The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party’s Right to Be Wary


“He worked on Capitol Hill, worked in a think tank, then went back as a congressman. He speaks Washingtonese with the best of them.

“He’s a master at the insider cronyism that defines Washington today.

Source: The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party’s Right to Be Wary

Lawmakers eye broadband deployment issues | TheHill


The subcommittee was considering six pieces of draft legislation that use different approaches to the same problem: how to make it easier for companies to put up the infrastructure critical to delivering high-speed internet service to Americans.

Source: Lawmakers eye broadband deployment issues | TheHill

Are We Humans Destroying Our Own Nest?


Seabirds and some types of fish, like salmon, once carried more than 300 million pounds of phosphorus from the ocean onto land each year.

According to the study, that figure is down to about 4 percent of what it was, closer to 12 million pounds.

Marine mammals, like whales, used to move around 750 million pounds of phosphorus from the ocean’s depths to the surface every year. That number is now closer to 165 million pounds

Source: Are We Humans Destroying Our Own Nest?

This Could Be the Worst Climate Crisis in the World Right Now | Mother Jones


Indonesia is in the middle of a public health crisis from forest fire haze.

The problem isn’t just deforestation, but how that deforestation is happening. In Indonesia, forests are often cleared out with fire.

Source: This Could Be the Worst Climate Crisis in the World Right Now | Mother Jones

Is Seaweed the Next Superfood? | The New Yorker


As industrial land-based agriculture becomes increasingly untenable—environmentally destructive and at the same time vulnerable to drought and changing weather—we are being pushed out to sea.

Bren Smith says, “The question is, Are we going to do it right or wrong?” He calls his system, which uses the entire water column, a “3-D farm,” and he would like to see it become the dominant form of aquaculture.

Source: Is Seaweed the Next Superfood? – The New Yorker

Something is going to kill you. Life is about what happens before that | The Guardian


Perhaps it is short-sighted or even un-American, but I take little joy in hearing about each thing that will quite possibly kill me.

Each added item on the list of known, proven, suspected, linked, possible or rumored carcinogens pales before the one thing that I know will certainly be fatal: life.

Source: Something is going to kill you. Life is about what happens before that | JC Johnson | Comment is free | The Guardian

The world’s fastest nanoscale photonics switch


International team of researchers from Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. and the Australian National Univ. in Canberra created an ultrafast all-optical switch on silicon nanostructures.

This device may become a platform for future computers and permit to transfer data at an ultrahigh speed.

“In our experimental research me and my colleague Polina Vabishchevich from the Faculty used a set of nonlinear optics methods that address femtosecond light-matter, — explains Maxim Shcherbakov. — We used our femtosecond laser complex acquired as part of the MSU development program”.

Source: The world’s fastest nanoscale photonics switch

Deutsche Bank to shed 35,000 jobs, exit 10 countries


The bank will withdraw from Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, Peru, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Malta and New Zealand.

Source: Deutsche Bank to shed 35,000 jobs, exit 10 countries

Concerns raised by US regulators on Philips’ Lumileds Sale to Go Scale Capital  | Venture Capital Post


The company had announced plans to merge and spin out its Lumileds and automotive lighting businesses as one unit in June 2014.

Investors in GO Scale Capital are all based in China, including GSR Capital, Nanchang Industrial Group, and Asia Pacific Resource Development.

Source: Concerns raised by US regulators on Philips’ Lumileds Sale to Go Scale Capital : Regions : Venture Capital Post

UAE businesses brace for credit squeeze | The National


Business borrowers are steeled for a tough year ahead following a slew of warnings from banks over a looming credit squeeze.

As the funding pool shrinks small firms are already struggling

Source: UAE businesses brace for credit squeeze | The National