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July 10, 2009

LOTD for July 10

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 5:55 pm

The Air Force plans to use purple bacteria to enable UAVs to be solar powered. Dye-sensitized solar cells can be produced for a quarter of the cost of silicon cells:
http://defensenews.com/story.php?i=4172521&c=FEA&s=TEC

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated a way to fabricate efficient solar cells from low-cost and flexible materials, growing optically active semiconductors in arrays of nanoscale pillars:
http://newscenter.lbl.gov/press-releases/2009/07/09/nanopillar-solar-cells/

This cannot be good for those fighting to try to get more F-22s ordered despite the Pentagon trying to end future orders…a whistleblower alleges there are “Major Shortcomings” in the stealth jet, stating that he witnessed Lockheed order and use coatings that Lockheed knew were defective:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/07/whistleblower-alleges-major-shortcomings-in-stealth-jet/

Israel ordered its first squadron of stealth figure jets, the F-35s from Lockheed:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1246443770618&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

The US will conduct the biggest mass vaccination campaign (against the swine flu) since the polio epidemics of the 1950s, with school-age children getting their shots at school:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/10/MNF218M17R.DTL&type=health

Study found that humans can infect pigs with the swine flu, which then spreads quickly among pigs:
http://homelandsecuritynewswire.com/single.php?id=8301

The Ebola virus has been found in pigs for the first time, raising concerns that it could mutate and pose a new risk to humans:
http://homelandsecuritynewswire.com/single.php?id=8303

Galileo’s notebooks seem to reveal that he discovered Neptune in 1613, 234 years before Neptune was officially discovered:
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Breweries have tons of leftover grain waste that they currently transport to farms, but a German biomass company has found a way for the breweries to turn the leftover grain into steam and biogas to provide energy to run the breweries. This green breakthrough will save on energy costs and the cost of transporting the grain to farms:
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I thought that California had a bad drought situation, but Texas is going through a record-breaking drought and the high temperatures have increased the danger for their fire season:
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/drought/2009-07-09-texasdrought_N.htm?csp=34

The 6,000 Sprint employees now being transferred to Ericsson in the outsourcing agreement are understandably worried about their jobs:
http://www.crn.com/networking/218401383;jsessionid=2RCQ313PVZEQEQSNDLPCKH0CJUNN2JVN

Analysts raised the estimate for Apple’s current quarter, noting that Apple didn’t any iPhone sales between 3/17 and 6/17, apparently carrying over that revenue to boost this quarter’s numbers:
http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2009/07/10/apple-credit-suisse-ups-estimates-on-iphone-mac/#mod=yahoobarrons

Another article about the controversy over Google’s CEO serving on Apple’s board after Google released an operating system that is a competitor to Apple’s operating system:
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE56909C20090710?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

Google’s CEO was caught using his BlackBerry…instead of a phone with Google’s Android operating system:
http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/07/09/google-ceo-schmidt-avoids-the-dog-food-captures-memories-with-b/

Speculative article wondering whether or not AT&T will follow Verizon’s example and sell their wireline network:
http://www.telecomtv.com/comspace_newsDetail.aspx?n=45219&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10#

I cannot understand how people could dig up as many as 300 bodies and resell the empty plots. They may have made $300,000 over four years, but now they are arrested and the families of those who no longer know where their loved ones are devastated:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-07-09-chicago-cemetery_N.htm?csp=34

I think that it was a great idea for Texas to get this motivational speaker to talk with them:
http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/2009/07/10/0710texfoot.html

A man was gored to death during the annual running of the bulls in Spain. I don’t have time now to watch the video…and don’t know if I really want to see a video of the horn going into his neck:
http://thebiglead.com/?p=15593

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