Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amazon's Using the Heat From Its Data Centers To Warm Its New HQ

Source: http://gizmodo.com/amazons-using-the-heat-from-its-data-centers-to-warm-it-1635590131

Amazon's Using the Heat From Its Data Centers To Warm Its New HQ

Downtown Seattle is being slowly consumed by Amazon-funded infrastructure, thanks to the expansion of its corporate headquarters—glass domes , bike lanes, streetcar improvements. Now the company has figured out an innovative way to heat their new buildings by using the energy generated by their data centers across the street.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Wild Chinese sturgeon on brink of extinction: state media

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-wild-chinese-sturgeon-on-brink-of-extinction-state-media-2014-9

Artificially bred Chinese sturgeons are released into the Yangtze river in China's Hubei province on April 13, 2014

Beijing (AFP) - The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction, state media reported, after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river last year.

One of the world's oldest living species, the wild Chinese sturgeon are thought to have existed for more than 140 million years but have seen their numbers crash as China's economic boom brings with it pollution, dams and boat traffic along the world's third-longest river.

For the first time since researchers began keeping records 32 years ago, there was no natural reproduction of wild Chinese sturgeon in 2013, according to a report published by the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences.

No eggs were found to have been laid by wild sturgeons in an area in central China's Hubei province, and no young sturgeons were found swimming along the Yangtze toward the sea in August, the month when they typically do so.

"No natural reproduction means that the sturgeons would not expand its population and without protection, they might risk extinction," Wei Qiwei, an investigator with the academy, told China's official Xinhua news agency on Saturday.

The fish is classed as "critically endangered" on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's "Red List" of threatened species, just one level ahead of "extinct in the wild".

Only around 100 of the sturgeon remain, Wei said, compared with several thousand in the 1980s.

Chinese authorities have built dozens of dams -- including the world's largest, the Three Gorges -- along the Yangtze river, which campaigners say have led to environmental degradation and disrupted the habitats of a range of endangered species.

Many sturgeon have also been killed, injured by ship propellers or after becoming tangled in fishermen's nets.

Animal populations in many of China's ecosystems have plummeted during the country's decades of development and urbanisation, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a 2012 study.

According to findings compiled by WWF from various sources, the Yangtze river dolphin population crashed by 99.4 percent from 1980 to 2006, while that of the Chinese alligator fell by 97 percent from 1955 to 2010.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Article: Panasonic X940 4K Ultra HD TV Unveiled With Massive 85 Inch Screen

Panasonic has today unveiled a new selection of 4K Ultra HD TVs that its has launched with the flagship TV coming in the form of a massive 85 inch Panasonic X940 4K Ultra HD TV. Panasonic also unveiled the AX900 4K UHD TV and AX630 4K UHD TV as well as announcing that Netflix 4K […] (Read More .....

http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/panasonic-x940-4k-ultra-hd-tv-unveiled-with-massive-85-inch-screen-04-09-2014/

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Article: Skype for iPhone now lets you host group audio calls, add or remove people on existing calls

Skype today updated its iPhone app with calling features and accessibility improvements. You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store. The full Skype 5.4 for iOS changelog is as follows: Turn a chat, an audio call or a video call into a group audio call with up to four peo...

http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2014/09/04/skype-iphone-now-lets-host-group-audio-calls-add-remove-people-existing-calls/

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Article: Motorola's new Bluetooth headset hides inside your ear

In case you need a stylish new Bluetooth headset to go along with your brand new Moto X, Motorola also announced the Moto Hint. Meant to be as discreet as possible, the Hint almost looks like an ear plug when worn. It's so discreet that the Hint doesn't even have buttons -- simply tap its capacit...

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/05/moto-hint/?ncid=rss_semi

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Article: Firefox Beta Gets Built-In WebRTC Video Calls On Desktop, Chromecast And Roku Video Casting On Android

Mozilla is launching the latest batch of updates to the Firefox beta channels for desktop and Android today. While there weren't all that many exciting changes in the last few releases, today's updates include a couple of interesting new user-facing tools. Update: looks like we jumped the gun her...

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/04/firefox-beta-gets-built-in-webrtc-video-calls-on-desktop-chromecast-and-roku-video-casting-on-android/?ncid=rss

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Mexico investigates huge fish kill in lagoon

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-mexico-investigates-huge-fish-kill-in-lagoon-2014-9

Fishermen collect dead

Tlajomulco (Mexico) (AFP) - Fishermen used shovels, wheel-carts and trucks in western Mexico to pull tons of dead fish out of a lagoon that has been the scene of four fish kills this year.

Authorities are investigating whether negligence at wastewater treatment plants was to blame after millions of fresh water fish locally known as "popocha" began to float up in the Cajititlan lagoon last week.

Some 130 fishermen from the town of Tlajomulco continued to pull dead fish out of the water on Monday and buried them in pits, removing some 53 tons so far, according to the Jalisco state environment agency.

"We don't want this problem to worsen because we would end up in the street," said Rigoberto Diaz, a local fisherman who fears that other species such as tilapia, which unlike popocha is edible, will die too.

Fellow fisherman Mauro Hernan echoed concerns that authorities have yet to confirm the cause of the die-off.

"We were told that the state government will support us. We don't know when we will be able to fish again," Hernan said.

Jalisco state environment secretary Magdalena Ruiz said it was the fourth unexplained fish kill at the same lagoon this year.

"You can't deny that there's a contamination" due to suspected negligence at wastewater treatment plants, she said Monday.

Authorities are conducting tests on the dead fish while state environmental prosecutors are investigating local wastewater treatment plants.

Ruiz Mejia had said Sunday that such deaths were "more and more" frequent due to "bad management of the body of water." 

The Tlajomulco municipality, however, said the deaths were due to a cyclical change in water temperature that caused oxygen to drop.

The local fishermen agree with town officials, saying that other fish species would have been killed if it was a case of contamination.

In a separate incident in July 2013, some 500 tonnes of fish died in a Jalisco reservoir after a company that made food for livestock without a permit dumped huge amounts of molasses into the water.

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