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Soy Oil Delivers Another Use PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Friday, 19 October 2012 08:16

New York City’s sometimes progressive mindset coupled with its frigid winters also helped make it a big focus for a new soy oil market: Bioheat®. This heat source combines home heating oil with biodiesel, resulting in a renewable, cleaner-burning fuel.

“Biofuels are welcomed in this part of the world and embraced by home heating oil representatives,” says Lewis Bainbridge, soybean farmer from Ethan, S.D., and farmer-director for United Soybean Board. “Everyone is working together to promote Bioheat.”

The home heating oil industry itself took proactive action to implement biodiesel into their systems, replacing petroleum with the cleaner burning fuel. They resolved to use Bioheat blends of B2 to B5 and proved to be instrumental in passing a New York City law that requires that all home heating oil contain 2 percent Bioheat starting this month.
Watch this video to learn more.

 
Mars Curiosity & the Human Condition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 08:02
Religious Scholar Cites 4 Reasons
to Support Space Exploration

Despite slashing government budgets on everything from entitlement to defense programs, NASA is proceeding with its $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission.

Central to the mission’s success is Curiosity – a one-ton rover that continues to impress Earthlings with laser blasts for rock samples, mobility via a joystick and plenty of video and pictures. On all accounts, the mission, which may provide answers to questions of life on Mars, has so far been a wild success.

“With this Mars program, NASA has once again captured the imaginations of people throughout the world, instigating conversations about the universe and even the significance of life not only on Earth, but also on other planets,” says Sanjay C. Patel, (www.SanjayCPatel.com), author of “God Is Real,” a book that explores similarities between modern science and ancient cosmology.

Science and religion do not conflict with each other; they are different languages that ultimately lead to the same truth, he says. As science has done in the past, Patel suspects more data from extraterrestrial locations like Mars will continue to confirm ancient religious theories. He discusses four reasons why the Mars mission is well worth the expense.

• 2012 meets 1492 – an argument for resources: It’s not just science-fiction anymore; prominent scientists like Steven Hawking say Earth’s moon, Mars and Titan, a moon of Saturn, have resources people will need sooner rather than later. The main reason – the world’s explosive growth in human population and the exponential consumption of land and other necessities. What we might find, Patel says, is a scenario very much like that which early Europeans experienced in the New World: new foods, reams of building supplies, new fuels, land and other resources. We may discover things that will become essential to future human beings.

• A spiritual-scientific connection: Science has confirmed what religion posited more than a millennium ago, Patel says. For example, scientific findings have confirmed what ancient Yogis said: That volcanic fire scorched India about 120 million years ago. Related volcanoes in the ocean south of India submerged about 117 million years ago. “The submarine Fire exists in the ocean,” he says, quoting ancient Yogis. “It drinks the seawater and removes its saltiness. It then expels the desalinated water from another opening. … That perfectly describes the undersea volcanoes and hydrothermal vents near India.”

• If we’re not moving forward … Predictions as to where we’d be with space exploration in 2012 were quite ambitious during the race to the moon in the 1960s. But we haven’t accomplished a lot since then. Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recently argued that we’re still reaping the benefits of the research and development that went into the space race decades ago, and to negate space exploration is to turn off one of humanity’s most important dimensions – our ambition to innovate.

• Alien life may not be so alien: As the European discovery of the New World revealed, the meeting of foreign civilizations can have disastrous consequences. However, the discovery of life elsewhere, whether or not it is intelligent or self-aware, can further enlighten us as to our origins, our reason for being, and our role in the universe, Patel says.

About Sanjay C. Patel

Sanjay C. Patel studied theology, Sanskrit, ancient cosmology, advanced yoga and meditation techniques, among many other subjects, earning a degree in Divinity at the BAPS Swaminarayan Ashram in India. He continued studies of modern science and ancient spiritual texts for 30 years. His discoveries regarding the convergence of science and ancient texts were published in mainstream science journals and presented at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science in Beijing.

 
Get 100 MPG and spend $500 a year on Fuel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sierra Club   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:48
Electric Vehicles Buyer's Guide

How much camping gear can you cart around in a Toyota Prius? What's the annual fuel cost for the Chevy Volt? Will the Tesla Model S be around in 10 years?

We compared six all-electric vehicles and three plug-in hybrids currently on the market for our fall buyer's guide. Three of them get upwards of 100 mpg, three more get 95 mpg or better, and nearly all have an estimated annual fuel cost of less than $1,000 if you average 15,000 miles per year. Find out who won the EV race.

 
Governor Quinn Announces Second Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge Winner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan C. Woods   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 13:51

State’s $1 Million Seed Investment Will Connect Education, Business, Healthcare Communities to Aurora’s Fiber Optic Network; Help Create 2,500 Jobs Over Five Years

 

AURORA – October 16, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that OnLight Aurora is a recipient of an Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge award, a statewide competition to establish ultra-high speed broadband networks across Illinois. The state is awarding $1 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding to OnLight Aurora to help connect the city of Aurora’s fiber optic network to its education, business, and healthcare communities and accelerate economic growth and job creation.

Announced during Governor Quinn’s 2012 State of the State Address, the Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge advances the governor’s efforts to encourage world-class broadband infrastructure in every area of Illinois.

“Smart communities will foster the job engines of the future," Governor Quinn said. “To win in the information economy, we need information infrastructure that is second to none. Through the Gigabit Communities Challenge, Illinois will build stronger, smarter communities with Internet connections more than 100 times faster than they are today."

OnLight Aurora is among the first in a series of Challenge award recipients that will be announced in the coming weeks. The state’s investment will help connect Aurora’s robust, state-of-the-art fiber network to more than 12,000 end users, including students, nurses, business men and women, and residents.

Administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the $1 million award represents a seed investment for OnLight Aurora’s pilot project and will help leverage an additional $1 million in public and private matching funds and create 2,500 jobs over the next five years. The state’s investment will help provide connectivity to Aurora’s public and private K-12 schools, higher education and healthcare institutions, commercial corridors and community anchors in underserved areas, and major non-profit organizations across the city.

“This grant will help OnLight Aurora continue to close the digital divide within our city by capitalizing on our Fiber Optic Network,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “We know that technology has the potential to revolutionize our educational system and it is an absolute must for successful companies of all sizes. By developing the infrastructure of the future, we drive economic development, strengthen our tax base, and address our community’s most fundamental needs: jobs, quality of life and global competitiveness.”

OnLight Aurora is an independent, not-for-profit organization that was formed out of a technology task force organized by Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner in 2011 that included public and private sector volunteers. The mission of OnLight Aurora is to leverage the world-class connectivity of Aurora’s Fiber Optic Network for non-municipal use.

“One of the major factors in companies locating to a city is the access to technology,” said Joseph Henning, President and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This grant will make it more cost effective to provide current businesses and those looking to make Aurora home, with the technology they need to succeed in today’s global business environment while creating thousands of jobs over the next five years.”

As part of the comprehensive, multi-year Illinois Jobs Now! economic development program, the Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge sought proposals from private and public organizations to encourage promising ultra high-speed broadband deployment projects throughout Illinois. Applicants were required to provide a viable plan to connect at least 1,000 end users to an ultra high-speed broadband network. Award recipients will receive seed funding to help build or expand world-class broadband networks in Illinois.

Earlier today, Governor Quinn awarded the first Gigabit Communities Challenge grant to Gigabit Squared during an awards ceremony held in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. For more information on the Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge, visit Gigabit.Illinois.gov.

A longtime advocate for improving our technology infrastructure, Governor Quinn has been a strong voice for broadband deployment in all areas of Illinois. As part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, the Broadband Deployment Fund was used in 2010 and 2011 to jumpstart more than 4,000 miles of new fiber optic cable construction and more than $300 million in private and federal investment in Illinois.

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Ribbon Cutting for Electric Vehicle (“EV”) Charging Stations at Quad City International Airport on Wednesday October 17, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cathie Rochau   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:56

What:             Ribbon Cutting for Electric Vehicle (“EV”) Charging Stations at the Quad City International Airport

When:            Wednesday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m.
Introduction by Bruce Carter, followed by brief comments from the Chamber, followed by “Green” Ribbon Cutting by the Chamber and Ambassadors, and the “plugging in” of an electronic vehicle.

Where:           Short-term parking, at EV charging stations/stalls, across from Exit 6.
(Media and guests may pull in to the short term lot in order to park near the ribbon cutting area.)

Who:              Bruce Carter, Dir. Of Aviation, Tara Barney, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce,
and various other parties involved in making this effort grow in the QC area such as: Genesis Health, Lujacks, and more.

 
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