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A Banner Year for the U.S. Wind Industry

Posted on August 15 2012 by The White House / IM

Today, the Energy Department and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a new report highlighting strong growth in America’s wind energy market in 2011 and underscoring the importance of continued policy support and clean energy tax credits to ensure that the U.S. remains a leading producer and manufacturer in this booming global industry. As President Obama has made […]

Asylum seekers feared dead off Australia

Posted on August 15 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

Authorities admit “grave fears” for 67 people reported missing after leaving Indonesia last month for Christmas Island. More than 60 asylum seekers have been reported missing off the Australian coast, and authorities hold “grave fears” for their safety, an official has said. The 67 people left Indonesia in a rickety boat bound for Australia more […]

Indonesia farmers struggle against imports ( video)

Posted on August 14 2012 by Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen / IM

Experts say agricultural sector must modernise to avoid country’s dependence on food from abroad. Indonesia is one of the most fertile countries in the world, experts say, but farmers there are struggling to grow basic crops. The country was self-sufficient before it opened up its agricultural market, under international pressure, to the free market in […]

Olympics Day 16: ‘Glorious’ Games come to an end

Posted on August 13 2012 by CNN / IM

Legendary track star and chairman of the London Organizing Committee Sebastian Coe congratulated his fellow Britons for a “glorious” Olympic Games on Sunday night. “When our time came, Britain, we did it right,” Coe told the 80,000 gathered at Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony. Coe said these “two glorious weeks” would “inspire a generation.” […]

Ryan’s selection as Romney’s running mate energizes both sides ( video )

Posted on August 12 2012 by CNN / IM

Mitt Romney on Saturday announcedU.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate for the White House — a bold and risky move that energized both conservatives and their opponents. Ryan is a rising Republican star and the party’s leader on fiscal and budget issues. He is the architect of a Republican spending plan that […]

Why Is The World’s Largest Foundation Buying Fake Poop?

Posted on August 11 2012 by MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF /NPR / IM

Last week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it’s purchasing 50 pounds of fake poop. A practical joke? No, not in the least. Nor is this synthetic poop a plastic replica of the real thing; it’s an organic version made from soybeans. The Gates Foundation will use it to test high-tech commodes at theirReinvent the […]

Could this be the scariest hotel swimming pool ever?

Posted on August 10 2012 by elly

 Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao’s swimming pool has an exceptional view, as the image above shows. Part of the indoor pool, which perches atop the 24-story hotel, protrudes from the main building and is suspended mid-air. Its bottom is constructed with toughened glass. This gives guests a delirious sense of swimming in the sky — […]

Pro-Rohingya protest staged in Indonesia

Posted on August 10 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

Group calling itself “People’s Care for Rohingya” demands an end to violence against Southeast Asia’s stateless people. An Indonesian group calling itself “People’s Care for Rohingya” has been protesting in front of the Myanmar’s embassy in the capital Jakarta against the violence and discrimination suffered by the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar. Thursday’s demonstration attracted protesters carrying […]

President Obama’s Call with the Prime Minister of India

Posted on August 9 2012 by The White House / IM

Yesterday morning, President Obama placed a call to Dr. Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India.   The two leaders discussed the shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and the President expressed his condolences for the senseless attack. According to a readout of that conversation, “Prime Minister Singh expressed his gratitude for […]

New images from Mars ( video)

Posted on August 9 2012 by Reuters

NASA releases new images of Mars, compares landscape to the Mojave Desert. Deborah Lutterbeck reports               This post was submitted by Reuters.

1st Annual Filipino-Indonesian Brotherhood Ride

Posted on August 8 2012 by Sonny "Hog-Indo" Walukow / IM

On July 15, 2012 during a nice and sunny Sunday morning, a perfect riding weather, about 80 plus motorcycles and close to 100 people convene in the parking lot of Quaid Harley-Davidson dealership in Loma Linda. They were part of 1st Annual Filipino-Indonesian Brotherhood Ride. This was a unique event and rather historic since no event […]

NASA’s Curiosity rover lands on Mars ( video)

Posted on August 7 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

Science rover finishes eight-month journey and will now seek evidence Red Planet once hosted ingredients for life. The Mars science rover Curiosity landed on the Martian surface shortly after 10:30pm Pacific US time on Sunday (0530 GMT) to begin a two-year mission seeking evidence the Red Planet once hosted ingredients for life, NASA has said. […]

NASA’s search for signs of life on Mars ( video)

Posted on August 6 2012 by CNN / IM

John Zarrella reports on the Sherlock Holmes of Mars rovers looking for clues to life with elementary science.                   This post was submitted by CNN / IM.

‘Blade runner’ makes unprecedented Olympic debut ( video)

Posted on August 5 2012 by CNN / IM

 Oscar Pistorius, a South African double-amputee nicknamed the “Blade Runner,” made an unprecedented Olympic debut Saturday, finishing second in his 400-meter qualifying heat. With a time of 45.44 seconds, Pistorius qualified for Sunday’s semifinals. The runner’s legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old because of a bone defect. He runs […]

Photos of President Obama

Posted on August 4 2012 by The White House / IM

Today, President Obama turns 51. In honor of the occasion, we thought we’d share 51 of our favorite pictures of the President in the White House.     President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share a private moment in a freight elevator at an Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.     President Barack […]

Cool collectible cars for sale at Pebble Beach

Posted on August 4 2012 by PETER VALDES-DAPENA / CNN

These are some of the most interesting cars available in the world’s premier collector car auctions. 1960 Plymouth XNR Estimated Value: N/A Auctioneers: RM Auctions   Every year, top car collectors compete in the Pebble Beach Councors d’Elegance. Cars are judged and awards are given for the best restored and most beautiful collectible cars. With so many […]

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