By Matthew Wall – Technology reporter, BBC News
Category Archives: Technology
Event: All White BBQ
Date: Saturday July 25th 2015
Time: 5:00pm until
Venue: 522 E46th St. Brooklyn. NY
(Between Snyder & Dead End – last house on the block)
Drinks will be on sale and food is free
Top Twelve Books of the Decade – selected by The Delanceyplace.com
This is the tenth anniversary of delanceyplace.com, and to celebrate we are doing three things. First, we are announcing our top books of the decade–all listed below. Second, we have tabulated all the many votes we received from our readers for best selections of the decade, and will be emailing them one-by-one in a countdown over the next couple of weeks. Lastly, we’ve randomly drawn ten names from among all those who submitted their choices, and will be sending a copy of all of our top books to each of the winners.
I’ve read roughly 1500 books in the past decade, but since Google tells us there have been 129,864,880 books published in modern history, it seems like the smallest possible drop in the bucket. I tried over the last couple of months to narrow down these 1500 books into my own personal top ten. Continue reading →
Exxon Mobil: Previously disclosed oil discovery in disputed area off Guyana is ‘significant’
Associated Press – MAY 20, 2015 — 3:55PM
GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Exxon Mobil Corp. confirmed Wednesday that it has made what it calls a “significant” oil discovery off Guyana in waters also claimed by Venezuela as part of a long-running border dispute between the South American countries.
The company and Guyana’s government had said May 7 that the exploration was showing promise but provided no details. Exxon Mobil now says it is still working to determine the commercial viability of the find at a site within the 6.6 million-acre area known as the Stabroek Block but has reasons to be optimistic. Continue reading →
Exxon-Mobil (Esso) has discovered hydrocarbons offshore- not sure if in commercial quantities -says Guyana government
Demerara Waves – May 7, 2015: Esso exploration well, the Liza-1 on the Stabroek Block, using the drill-ship, Deepwater Champion located approximately 120 miles offshore Guyana, has encountered Hydrocarbons.
That is according to Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Hon. Robert M. Persaud during an interview reflecting on the performance of natural resources and environmental sectors.
However, he pointed out that it is too early to confirm whether there are commercial quantities of hydrocarbons, specifically light crude. Minister Persaud revealed that a full evaluation of the results is underway from the exploration company. Continue reading →
In 1962 the slogan ‘axe the tax’ became well known in then British Guiana. The United Force adopted it in its campaign against a tax on beer in the Kaldor Budget and against the PPP Government. The campaign was the beginning of a successful three-year, multi-national effort, marked by tremendous violence and property damage, to remove the PPP from office.
The PPP had justice on its side in 1962 but in terms of strategy and public relations, shot itself in the foot. Fifty years later, shooting itself in the foot has become an occupational hazard for the PPP and its Governments. Continue reading →
Former Canadian defence minister urges governments to come clean on UFOs
CARIBBEAN360 – ONTARIO, Canada, Thursday April 30, 2015 – Against the backdrop of several recently reported UFO sightings worldwide, a former Canadian defence minister Paul Hellyer has accused world leaders of concealing the evidence of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) and the presence of aliens on earth.
Delivering the keynote speech during the Disclosure Canada Tour at the University of Calgary, Hellyer told a 400-strong crowd that “much of the media won’t touch it.
“So you just have to keep working away and hope that someday you get a critical mass, and they will say, in one way or another, ‘Mr. President or Mr. Prime Minister we want the truth and we want it now because it affects our lives,’” he continued.
More fatal earthquakes to come, warn geologists
By Alex Renton 4/28/15 at 1:34 PM – Newsweek
The untold – and terrifying – story behind the earthquake that devastated Nepal last Saturday morning begins with something that sounds quite benign. It’s the ebb and flow of rainwater in the great river deltas of India and Bangladesh, and the pressure that puts on the grinding plates that make up the surface of the planet.
Recently discovered, that causal factor is seen by a growing body of scientists as further proof that climate change can affect the underlying structure of the Earth. Continue reading →
Scientists find huge magma reservoir in Yellowstone ‘supervolcano’ (+video)
Beneath Yellowstone’s surface, seismologists at the University of Utah have discovered a huge reservoir of hot, partly molten rock – more evidence that Yellowstone with its earthquakes and geysers is a ‘supervolcano.’
By Brad Knickerbocker, Staff writer April 24, 2015
30 Mile Long Blob of Magma Found Beneath Yellowstone Supervolcano – Inform
Scientists and tourists have always known that Yellowstone National Park featured lively geologic wonders – regular small earthquakes and two-thirds of the world’s geysers, including Old Faithful – all constituting what’s known as a “supervolcano.”
Now, seismologists at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City have made a new discovery about Yellowstone’s subsurface plumbing, specifically a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock more than four times larger than the shallower magma chamber that scientists already knew about. To give that some perspective, the newly discovered reservoir would fill the Grand Canyon 11 times, compared with 2.5 times for the shallower chamber. Continue reading →
Technology – Does the digital era herald the end of history? – BBC
Has the digital transformation of our society put the future of recorded history in jeopardy? Many internet observers fear so. But why, and what do they mean?
Since the 1980s our lives have grown increasingly digital, and with dizzying speed.
Most of our photos, videos, conversations, research and writings are now stored as strings of ones and noughts on local computers or in data centres distributed throughout the world.
Data specialist EMC estimates that in 2013 the world contained about 4.4 zettabytes (4.4 trillion gigabytes) of data. By 2020, it expects this to have risen tenfold.
History, in other words, has gone online. Continue reading →
Has the U.S. Lost Its Role as Driver of Global Economy?
China’s New Investment Bank: A Premature Prophecy
Global Affairs – April 22, 2015 | 08:00 GMT – STRATFOR
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers wrote on April 5 that this month may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the underwriter of the global economic system. His comments refer to the circumstances surrounding China’s launch of a new venture, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Wary of China’s growing ambitions and influence, the United States had advised its allies not to join the institution, but many signed up anyway. The debacle was undoubtedly embarrassing for Washington, but even so, Summers’ prophecy is a bit premature at this stage.
To understand why, one must first understand the basis of the United States’ dominant economic position in the world. At the height of World War II, the heavily indebted United Kingdom signed the Lend-Lease deal, which handed over British naval bases to its American cousins in exchange for financial support. This act was akin to passing the military superpower baton, since it transferred control of the world’s oceans to the United States. Continue reading →