A lot of ideas have been proposed for alternative energy. However, looking at conditions here in Alaska, I wonder if any of them will work at the level needed here in an arctic or sub-arctic environment. Solar is out for about half the year and not much for the rest. Hydroelectric dams harm the fish populations, and don't work when the rivers are frozen. Wind farms harm birds, disturb wildlife with noise, use up large quantities of land, and only work when the wind is blowing. Add in the increased needs here with the need for reliable winter heating. Transportation is another, with most of the state accessable only by air, and those few roads sometimes going more than 80 miles between fuel stations. Lastly, add in the large distances in the state and the problems of transmission losses for electricity. Considering these together, is there a way alternative energy can prove effective in Alaska?
A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.
- Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
- The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
- The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.
- The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
- Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
- Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
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