History and Future of the Compressed Air Economy

Compressed air energy storage (CAES) is considered to be an important component of a renewable power grid, because it could store surplus power from wind turbines and solar panels on a large scale. However, in its present form, the technology suffers from large energy losses and depends on natural gas to operate.

A look at the 4,000 year long history of compressed air makes clear that this is not unavoidable. Although our ancestors were dependent on less energy efficient technology, they used ...
Submitted by a murder of lawyers at 2018-05-23 19:18pm to the Science forum.

Party Leaders Are Not Strategic Geniuses, They Just Really Like Moderates, New Research Finds

THE BATTLE BETWEEN grassroots Democratic activists and Washington-based party leaders continued to unfold Tuesday night, with the national party notching some rear-guard victories and local forces delivering the party its second high-profile setback in as many weeks.

Through all of these contests, national party leaders have argued that their decision-making is not personal or ideological. They believe in the same progressive values as the grassroots activists, goes the argument, but more ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-05-23 19:12pm to the Politics forum.

DeVos: Schools should decide whether to report undocumented kids

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that it’s up to individual schools to decide whether to call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement if they suspect their students are undocumented.

“That’s a school decision. It’s a local community decision,” DeVos said during testimony before the House Education and the Workforce Committee, adding that “we have laws and we also are compassionate.” Her comments came in her first-ever appearance before the education panel, lasting ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-05-23 17:59pm to the Education forum.

Michael Cohen’s Business Partner Agrees to Cooperate as Part of Plea Deal

A significant business partner of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has agreed to cooperate with the government as a potential witness, a development that could be used as leverage to pressure Mr. Cohen to work with the special counsel examining Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Under the deal reached with the New York attorney general’s office, the partner, Evgeny A. Freidman, a Russian immigrant who is known as the Taxi King, specifically agreed ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-05-23 17:57pm to the Crime forum.

Stacey Abrams wins Georgia 'Battle of the Staceys' in bid to become first black female governor in U.S.

Stacey Abrams easily defeated Stacey Evans in the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday that attracted national attention.

Now, Abrams will attempt to make history by becoming the nation's first black female governor — and Georgia's first woman governor — by winning the general election in November in a state that Republicans still dominate.

"We are writing the next chapter of Georgia history, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired," Abrams told ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-05-23 17:56pm to the Politics forum.

Gay Kentucky man loses bid to challenge Rowan County clerk Kim Davis

 A gay man in eastern Kentucky has lost his bid to challenge Republican county clerk Kim Davis, who went to jail three years ago for denying him and others marriage licenses in the aftermath of an historic U.S. Supreme Court decision.

David Ermold sought the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary in Rowan County, Kentucky. He lost to Elwood Caudill in a four-way Democratic primary, despite a campaign that raised more than $200,000 with donations from at least 48 states.

Caudill will ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-05-23 17:54pm to the Politics forum.

Ukraine 'paid Trump lawyer for talks'

Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.

The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.

Mr Cohen denies the allegation.

The meeting at the White House was last ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-05-23 17:52pm to the The World forum.

Trump can't block Twitter followers, federal judge says

President Donald Trump cannot block users on his Twitter feed, a federal judge in New York City ruled Wednesday.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said in her ruling that Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing certain Americans from viewing his tweets.

The social media platform, Buchwald said, is a "designated public forum" from which Trump cannot exclude individual plaintiffs.

The judge's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed last July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-05-23 17:51pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Dallas candidate who promised to reward kids for marrying white loses by 25 votes

Dallas attorney J.J. Koch eked out a win for the Republican nomination for Dallas County commissioner, beating Vickers “Vic” Cunningham, a former judge who drew national headlines over alleged racist behavior and language.

Twenty-five votes decided the race for northern Dallas County’s District 2 seat. Because the race was so close, Cunningham could have the right to request a recount. It was unclear whether he would. “That was totally bonkers,” Koch said. “To say that this race ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-05-23 17:56pm to the Politics forum.

NFL owners approve new national anthem policy with hope of ending protests

NFL owners approved a new national anthem policy Wednesday that gives individual teams the authority to set their own anthem-related rules and permits players to remain in the locker room during the playing of the anthem, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.

The new policy eliminates the current requirement from the league’s game operations manual for a player to be on the field for the playing of the anthem, allowing a player to remain in the locker room. Teams would then ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-05-23 17:52pm to the Sports forum.

How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood

“It’s better than people going in thinking that it’s a ‘message’ movie, because no one wants to see that — I don’t want to see that! And because the truth is, every movie is a message movie. It’s just that most movies have messages that are in lock step with the status quo.”
Submitted by vvp the deathless at 2018-05-23 17:33pm to the Movies forum.

Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, et al., v. Donald J. Trump, et al., No. 17 Civ. 5205 (NRB), Memorandum and Order

This case requires us to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, “block” a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the President of the United States. The answer to both questions is no.

Our analysis proceeds as follows. We first set forth the background facts regarding Twitter as a platform, the @realDonaldTrump account that is the ...
Submitted by crote at 2018-05-23 17:17pm to the Politics forum.

Evolution wording removed from draft of Arizona school science standards

The Arizona Department of Education hopes to make changes to science standards, which will affect K-12 districts and charter schools. The changes include removing the word "evolution" in some areas and describing it as a "theory" in others.

Some educators and scientists are outraged by the change. 

According to the department, the standards are not curriculum or instructional practices. The standards focus on 14 core ideas regarding science and engineering that teachers use to create their ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-05-23 17:55pm to the Education forum.

God Friended Me

This is an actual trailer for an actual show airing on CBS this fall.
Submitted by gotterdamm at 2018-05-23 16:47pm to the Television forum.

Man Nonchalantly Pisses On Plane Seat And FBI: Man urinates on seat during Frontier flight to Charleston, lands in jail

The FBI said an airplane passenger drank vodka, touched a woman and urinated on the seat in front of him, causing a stir last week during a Frontier Airlines flight bound for Charleston.

Michael Allen Haag, 45, of Colorado, faces two federal charges, including a felony that could land him in prison for 20 years.
Submitted by nocash at 2018-05-23 16:05pm to the The World forum.

We Are Living in the Golden Age of the Right-Wing "Tantrum Warning"

At some point in your life, you will read a Tantrum Warning from a right-wing pundit.

Gnawed down to its base gristle, the Tantrum Warning amounts to this argument:

Progressives better stop doing (progressive thing) or the far-right will get even MORE conservative.
Submitted by nocash at 2018-05-23 15:50pm to the Politics forum.

Cohen threatened The Onion in 2013 over satirical Trump article

However, Cohen suggested in a tweet on Monday that the email was also satirical...“In the spirit of transparency,” The Onion released Cohen’s letter in full, which is dated Jan. 24, 2013, and has his Trump Organization email signature...The Onion joked that after five years they had finally gotten around to reading the email and would happily delete the article “in exchange for influence over the president's decision-making."

Featured comment: Satire is the last form of acceptable hate ...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2018-05-23 12:01pm to the Politics forum.

What makes a man attractive? Hint: Look at his limbs

A man may be attractive because of his curly, blond hair or slick pin-striped suit, but strip everything away and one luring—maybe evolutionary—piece remains, a new study finds: how proportional his body is, especially his legs.

Women prefer a man with legs that are about half his height, according to previous research; scientists believe that is an evolutionary result of women wanting to choose only healthy men. Legs that are too short, for example, have been linked to type 2 diabetes. ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2018-05-23 11:54am to the Science forum.

Food for thought: will an era of hyper-personalized meals leave a sour taste?

“My take is that pretty much all the food and beverage products on the market today are awful,” Jason Cohen tells me, with fierce conviction. “There are literally no products engineered for me.”

Cohen is the founder and CEO of Analytical Flavor Systems, an NYC-based startup that aims to usher in a new era of hyper-personalized food. We are meeting at a swanky Australian coffee shop near the company’s office in the financial district – the kind of place that offers multiple ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2018-05-23 13:12pm to the Food forum.

Giant predatory worms invaded France, but scientists just noticed them

When Jean-Lou Justine received the first photograph of a giant worm with a head like a shovel, the biologist was astounded.

Hammerhead flatworms, which grow to a foot or more in length, do not belong in European vegetable gardens. “We do not have that in France,” said Justine, a professor at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. The predatory worms are native to Asia, where they happily gobble up earthworms under a warmer sun.

The gardener who took the first photo, an amateur ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2018-05-23 11:59am to the Science forum.