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The Shale Gas Shake

28 Mar

Oklahoma TemblorSo, you need another reason to oppose fracking (via The Oil Drum)?

The earthquake near Prague, Oklahoma, on Nov. 6, 2011, was the state’s biggest and may be the largest linked to the injection of water from drilling process, the researchers reported. The state’s geological office disagreed, and said it was likely “the result of natural causes.” The temblor destroyed 14 homes, damaged other buildings, injured two people and buckled pavement, according to the report.

Left hand: cheaper gas for my guzzler (and more fun driving down roads); right hand: temblors?

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Bacteria In A Cold Pressure Cooker

28 Mar

Mariana Trench BacteriaDo bacteria colonies at ocean depths where the pressure surpasses 1,000 times atmospheric levels worry you, or excite you (via SGU #401)?

There is abundant life at 36,000 feet below the ocean surface, living under the kind of pressure (more than 1,000 times atmospheric pressure at sea level) that would crush human bones down to liquid, according to the first data from a 2010 robotic exploration of the sediments in the Mariana Trench, in the western Pacific Ocean.

Bacterial communities are 10 times more active at the bottom of that trench than in the plains surrounding the trench, according to the findings, published in Nature Geoscience.

“The deep sea trenches are some of the last remaining ‘white spots’ on the world map. We know very little about what is going on down there or which impact the deep sea trenches have on the global carbon cycle as well as climate regulation,” said lead author Ronnie Glud, a biochemist from Nordic Center for Earth Evolution at the University of Southern Denmark.

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Why We Don’t Need Petraeus

28 Mar

James SteeleThe capacity for Americans to forgive its representatives who abuse power looks like manipulation especially when a second-rate pundit like Mike Barnacle asks, why David Petraeus resigned from the Central Intelligence Agency. Umm, because of poor judgment!

Can women afford to forgive the head of the CIA for not being able to know who to grant or not grant access to information?

Petraeus’ personal life is his business, and whether those nearest and dearest to him can forgive him is their business.

But here’s what I have trouble forgiving: By so flagrantly violating the necessary boundary between a powerful married male and less powerful married female subordinate, the two of them have injured the idea that men and women can work closely together in purely platonic relationships.

They’ve given credence to the idea that a senior man and junior woman who are collaborating on a book, a project, a speech – whatever — will eventually tumble into the sack. This issue plagues all workplaces, and does a disservice to women who have much more trouble than men finding mentors to help them up the corporate ladder.

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