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    Today, 01:46 PM
    Researchers have created a concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system with embedded microtracking that is capable of producing 50 percent more energy per day than the standard silicon solar cells. “Solar cells used to be expensive, but now they’re getting really cheap,” says Chris Giebink, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State. “As a result, the solar cell is no longer the dominant cost of the energy it produces. The majority of the cost increasingly lies in everything else—the inverter, installation labor, permitting fees, etc.—all the stuff we used to neglect,” he says. This changing economic landscape has put a premium on high efficiency. In contrast to silicon solar panels, which currently dominate the market at 15 to 20 percent efficiency, concentrating photovoltaics focus sunlight onto smaller, but much more efficient solar cells like those used on satellites, to enable overall efficiencies of 35 to 40 percent. Current CPV systems are large—the size of billboards—and have to rotate to track the sun during the day. These systems work well in open fields with abundant space and lots of direct sun. “What we’re trying to do is create a high-efficiency CPV system in the form factor of a traditional silicon solar panel,” says Giebink. To do this, the researchers embed tiny multi-junction solar cells, roughly half a millimeter square, into a sheet of glass that slides between a pair of plastic lenslet arrays. The whole arrangement is about two centimeters thick and tracking is done by sliding the sheet of solar cells laterally between the lenslet array while the panel remains fixed on the roof. More at: http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Solar-Energy/New-Solar-Tech-Produces-50-More-Energy-Than-Silicon-Cells.html
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    Today, 01:42 PM
    Why Oil Prices Can’t Gain Tractionhttp://oilprice.com/Energy/Oil-Prices/Why-Oil-Prices-Cant-Gain-Traction.html Brazil Seeks To Lure Oil Investors With Lower Royaltieshttp://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Brazil-Seeks-To-Lure-Oil-Investors-With-Lower-Royalties.html
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    Today, 01:30 PM
    I think he was a bad choice for all the reasons you do, I just hope Dump will fire him now.
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    Today, 12:58 PM
    He was a Senator in 2006 like McPain.
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    Today, 12:22 PM
    He was a bad choice, Dump should fire him now.
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    Today, 12:18 PM
    And when the communists took over their economy tanked and never recovered, the fact that they didn't have a recession in nearly a quarter century is caused by the fact that they had nearly nothing to lose, they are now beginning to lose even that.
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    Today, 11:37 AM
    Interpretative nonsense. Slaves do not MIGRATE, IMPORTATION was mentioned separately, and to prohibit congress a power until 1808 is to give it to them after 1808. Indentured servants don't help you because if congress can control them they can control any immigrants since they come of their own free will.
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    Today, 11:29 AM
    I am talking about the Cuban economy you seem to like so much
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    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    I'm not sure how to take your comment. We need to leave, we made things worse by going there, I don't know if we made things worse when we helped kick the Soviets out but we may have then.
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    Yesterday, 11:40 PM
    "It's a very aggressive tumor," said Gupta. He explained that average survival for malignant glioblastoma tends to be around 14 months with treatment. In McCain's case, additional therapy, including radiation, could not begin until the incision heals, which would be in the next three or four weeks. Still, one 2009 study reported that almost 10% of patients with glioblastoma may live five years or longer, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/health/gupta-mccain-glioblastoma/index.html
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    Who can resist a guy who sings BOMB BOMB BOMB BOMB BOMB IRAN? I bet the Beach Boys loved him for that.
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    The world will be a better place without him, that makes me happy.
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    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    By my reckoning he used those up on his last 10-20.
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    Yesterday, 09:40 PM
    He will be judged.
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    Yesterday, 09:17 PM
    Originally Posted by Cleaner44 I hope he can appoint Kelli Ward
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    Perfect.
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    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    That poor tumor, it should get a medal for service to it's country above and beyond the call of duty.
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    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
    Dumb rules were made to be broken.
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    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    I believe it says that she gave them the access code to the computer they already held.
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    Yesterday, 06:44 PM
    Days after John McCain had a blood clot removed from his eye, on Wednesday afternoon his office announced that the Senator has been diagnosed with brain cancer. According to a statement from the office, the tumor was revealed after surgery to remove blood clot, adding that "scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria." The office added that "the Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation." The statement also notes that "the Senator's doctors say he is recovering from his surgery 'amazingly well' and his underlying health is excellent." Full statement below: STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF SENATOR JOHN McCAIN "On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot. "Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria.
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    Yesterday, 06:29 PM
    This “three percent” myth is born out of the claim that only 80,000 people served in the Continental Army and militia during the war. With the 1780 population estimated at 2,780,369, that gives us 2.96 percent of the country serving in George Washington’s Army. It turns out that the 80,000 number bandied about was the number of pension files and bounty-land warrant applications. It doesn’t include all in the Continental Army, militia or other units, or those who served but didn’t file for a pension or bounty-land warrant application. Historian John Ferling finds that the Continental Army size was actually 100,000, not counting the militia. “Probably twice that number soldiered as militiamen, for the most part defending the home front, functioning as a police force, and occasionally engaging in enemy surveillance” in addition to supplementing the Continental Army for stretches. John K. Robertson looks at this very issue of militia size in the Journal of the American Revolution in 2016. In his article “Decoding Connecticut Militia 1739-1783,” Robertson finds that in May of 1774, the Connecticut state legislature created the 17th and 18th Regiments. At the time, the state’s population was 191,392 white males, females and children (no word on the non-white population was listed). Of these, 26,260 were in the militia, which meant 13 percent of the population. And that estimate is very likely much too low for how many Connecticut militia there were, for several reasons. First of all, lacking a border with the Indian population, the age requirement for Connecticut in 1774 was much lower than other states (the maximum age fell from 60 to 45). Second, during the American Revolution, that maximum age of service rose to 55 in Connecticut. Third, the state expanded their regiments from 18 to 28, which would provide an estimated 14,588 men (estimated by dividing the 1774 regiment size by 18 regiments, multiplying that number by 10 for the new regiments), giving us 40,849 militiamen. Multiply that number by 13 states, and you get 531,035 militiamen (Connecticut was a middle-sized state in the 1790 Census). It could be a bit lower, but that figure a lot closer to Robert Allison’s numbers, which are 375,000 serving, or almost 15 percent of the population. That doesn’t include the U.S. Navy, state navies, Continental Marines (2,000 by one estimate) and the estimated 55,000 who served on American Privateers, which gets us from 15 percent to perhaps as high as 25 percent participation. That number also doesn’t count the men and women who worked to feed our troops, clothe our troops, provide supplies, gather information, and protect our frontier and shores.
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    Yesterday, 06:25 PM
    In the midst of the Democratic establishment’s effort to rebrand and excuse her for subverting democracy and disenfranchising millions of voters, she has found herself involved in a criminal investigation of one of her longtime IT staffers, Imran Awan. Politico reported on February 6 that the investigation involved “wide-range equipment and data theft.” Wasserman Schultz still employed Awan for weeks after the investigation began, though he was blocked from accessing the House of Representatives’ computer system. Awan reportedly fled to Pakistan earlier this year. Wasserman Schultz made headlines in May 2017 for threatening the U.S. capitol chief for not returning a confiscated laptop that Iwan hid in a crevice of a congressional office building. “I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way, and you should expect that there will be consequences,” Wasserman Schultz threatened. On July 19, Fox News reported that Wasserman Schultz is finally cooperating with the investigation. She provided U.S. Capitol Police with access to a laptop they possessed from her office, though it has not been confirmed that this is the same laptop Awan hid. The police have possessed the laptop for months but have been unable to access it. This week, Wasserman Schultz’s counsel began negotiating with investigators to provide them access. Wasserman Schultz has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but her stonewalling has elevated her role in the investigation. In March 2017, Politico reported, “In addition, Meeks and, to a larger extent, Wasserman Schultz, are said to have a friendly personal relationship with Awan and his wife, according to multiple sources.” More at: http://observer.com/2017/07/debbie-wasserman-schultz-investigation-imran-awan/
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    Yesterday, 05:39 PM
    Communism put your economy in the dirt, it is hard to fall below dirt level.
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    Yesterday, 05:16 PM
    In what may be one of the most significant foreign policy decisions of his first year in office, Trump is shutting down the CIA's covert program to arm rebels fighting the Syrian government. This would constitute a monumental shift in terms of US priorities in Syria which throughout most of the 6-year long war have focused on removing Bashar al-Assad. The Washington Post reports: Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The move is consistent with signals coming out of the White House over the past months, as well as in keeping with Trump's early campaign promises that he would seek to wind down the war in Syria by making ISIS the only objective, and not the removal of Assad. There have been additional hints at willingness to work closer with Russia in a strategic anti-terror partnership in Syria. Secretary of State Tillerson's said in an April interview with ABC News, as well several weeks ago, that Assad's fate would be up for the Syrian people to decide, adding that: In that regard, we are hopeful that we can work with Russia and use their influence to achieve areas of stabilization throughout Syria and create the conditions for a political process through Geneva in which we can engage all of the parties on the way forward, and it is through that political process that we believe the Syrian people will lawfully be able to decide the fate of Bashar al-Assad. Image via Syrian opposition social media/ The Blaze Tillerson has made similar remarks throughout the summer. But there were at times contradictory statements being issued from other areas of the administration, especially the State Department and ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who often continued to reiterate the "Assad must go" line - a policy put in place when Obama first uttered those words all the way back in summer of 2011. The divergent statements left pundits confused as to what America's future role in Syria would look like. The Trump administration has from the start faced an uphill battle against hawks and neocons in D.C. regarding Syria, who are already accusing the president of appeasing Assad and "falling into the Russia trap." More at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-19/seismic-shift-syria-trump-ends-covert-obama-era-cia-program-which-sent-arms-jihadist
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    Yesterday, 05:08 PM
    Read the words Zippy not some stupid "interpretation", slaves may be imported they do not MIGRATE, and migration is listed FIRST as the primary item being protected from restriction UNTIL 1808. Originally Posted by Swordsmyth Article 1 Section 9. The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight It is after 1808.
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    Yesterday, 04:32 PM
    Saudi-Led Bloc Eases Up On Qatari Demandshttp://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Saudi-Led-Bloc-Eases-Up-On-Qatari-Demands.html
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    Yesterday, 04:26 PM
    The Qatar Blockade Is Threatening The OPEC Dealhttp://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/International/The-Qatar-Blockade-Is-Threatening-The-OPEC-Deal.html
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    Yesterday, 04:09 PM
    Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities. House and Senate committees were holding simultaneous hearings Wednesday on bills to revise the law and limit lengthy and costly litigation associated with it. More at: http://globalnews.ca/news/3609486/republicans-want-to-roll-back-endangered-species-act/
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