The Big Think

May 10, 2013

Wind Energy

Filed under: Science,Technology — jasony @ 4:39 pm

Invelox wind turbine claims 600% advantage in energy output: “Invelox takes a novel approach to wind power generation as it doesn’t rely on high wind speeds. Instead, it captures wind at any speed, even a breeze, from a portal located above ground. The wind captured is then funneled through a duct where it will pick up speed. The resulting kinetic energy will drive the generator on the ground level. By bringing the airflow from the top of the tower, it’s possible to generate more power with smaller turbine blades, SheerWind says.”

Seems like a great new tech. Bird friendly, cheap ($750/kw), and attractive (well, more attractive than spinning blades, which I kinda like anyway). It’s science!

Your Government At Work

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 4:18 pm

IRS Admits to Targeting Conservative Groups in 2012 Election: “After months of denying that the IRS has been targeting tea party groups for special scrutiny, Lois Lerner, Director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Division, admitted that the IRS had been giving additional scrutiny to applications for tax-exempt status from groups with the ‘Tea Party’ or ‘patriot’ in their title.”

I was going to say “I can’t believe they would do anything like that” then checked myself.

How Government Wrecked the Gas Can

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:54 am

How Government Wrecked the Gas Can | Laissez-Faire Bookstore: “‘Hmmm, I just hate how slow these gas cans are these days,’ he grumbled. ‘There’s no vent on them.’

That sound of frustration in this guy’s voice was strangely familiar, the grumble that comes when something that used to work but doesn’t work anymore, for some odd reason we can’t identify.

I’m pretty alert to such problems these days. Soap doesn’t work. Toilets don’t flush. Clothes washers don’t clean. Light bulbs don’t illuminate. Refrigerators break too soon. Paint discolors. Lawnmowers have to be hacked. It’s all caused by idiotic government regulations that are wrecking our lives one consumer product at a time, all in ways we hardly notice.

It’s like the barbarian invasions that wrecked Rome, taking away the gains we’ve made in bettering our lives. It’s the bureaucrats’ way of reminding market producers and consumers who is in charge.”

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