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Carefully embracing the advance of technology

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Advancing technology can actually help us lower the carbon footprint and still live fuller lives. Think microchip versus vacuum tube. Solar collector versus wood stove. Mass transit versus traffic jam.

My brother's going solar. Small can be better. Lesson from computer industry.

The role of a frontier for pushing forward. For instance space

Are right wingers crazy when they worry about matching solar to. Important milestone in 2014. Get ready for some big changes, vertical farms, desalinization, changing economics. Just a few corporations are actually doing visionary things. Some differences of opinion between scientists and the general p. Internet is good counter to media consolidation. Can a newspaper break even in digital era? FDA Approves Clinical Trial for Possible HIV Cure: Forum. Fri, Mar 6, 2015 -- 9:00 AM TweetShareEmail Fri, Mar 6, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Download audio (MP3) T.J.

FDA Approves Clinical Trial for Possible HIV Cure: Forum

Kirkpatrick/Getty Images Timothy Brown, known as the 'Berlin patient' and the only person to have been cured of AIDS. The FDA has approved a clinical trial for an experimental stem cell therapy that aims to cure HIV patients. Host: Mina Kim Guests: Jeff Sheehy, HIV patient advocate on the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)John Zaia, chair and professor in the Department of Virology at City of Hope and a principal investigator on the approved FDA clinical trials More info:

Ebracing the technology of vaccines

Technology can bring less expensive medical tests. Ipod better for environment than wood stove. Wind turbines can be thought of as wind sculptures. Too bad the majority in Whatcom County Council voted to ban wind power turbines in county agricultural and forestry zones; so I hear.

Wind turbines can be thought of as wind sculptures

Still allowed in industrial zones, but will that be enough space? What's the problem? Are wind turbines not considered aesthetic? Can't they be viewed as wind sculptures by a more open minded population? We have some wind sculptures in Bellingham. Maybe they are also worried about bats getting caught in the turbines, but there are ways to reduce that problem.

US is getting more serious about actually tapping alternative energy. Short Youtube video below. Open house for Bellingham Housing Authority's green retrofit. If nothing else, it's an opportunity to visit the roof of Lincoln Square high rise.

Open house for Bellingham Housing Authority's green retrofit

Oh, what a view. The view is interesting to me since downtown Bellingham is my neighborhood. Reason for the visit was an open house to celebrate solar collectors on the roof and a green retrofit of the building. In my book, a high rise is already green compared to low density housing that spreads out over the landscape. Easier to contain impact of 190 homes when they are studio apartments and all under one roof. Stimulus money was available to make this even better. Up on the roof, folks discussing the collectors. Some might ask, why bother when Bellingham is so cloudy? I learned that collectors often work better during overcast conditions. Of course in Bellingham, the clouds are often dark, but that's another story. Looking across town, Washington Square has collectors also. Looking down to a green roof on top of a utility building. Quite a bit was done besides just the solar collectors. Build a sidewalk. Wow, Google cars that can drive themselves.

As much as I advocate alternative transportation and bicycling, driving might not be so bad in the future.

Wow, Google cars that can drive themselves

Technology to the rescue. Here comes Google cars that can drive themselves. Much safer than the horrible carnage of over 37,000 US highway deaths per year from today's vehicles. Most people take this death toll for granted. It's an appalling truth about today's cars, but maybe not tomorrow.

Great science show about what the future might hold

Tesla basically just ignited the driverless car era. The computer-controlled driverless car is barreling down the road of the future towards us.

Tesla basically just ignited the driverless car era

We've known this for a long time, but the speed and the matter-of-factness with which it is moving from prototype to actual product still has the power to give you whiplash. That became clear on Thursday, when Elon Musk offered a classic example of what journalists call "burying the lede. " He had called a press conference on the subject of a Tesla software update designed to eliminate "range anxiety," or the fear that your electric car will run out of power before it reaches the next charging station on a long road trip. After he'd dispensed with that subject, Musk dropped in a casual addendum: all Teslas will get an over-the-air update this summer, probably around June, allowing them to drive in "Autopilot" mode. Just to be clear, we're not talking about some far-off future Tesla. This is a car you can buy today And how about surface streets? And it doesn't end there.

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