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California Grid Smashes Record, Gets 67% of Energy From Renewables – Futurism

Posted: May 21, 2017 at 3:45 am

In Brief A California grid broke another renewables record, getting more than 67% of its energy from renewables on May 13, 2017. The state is still leading the U.S., but the entire country is making progress with renewable energy. California Leading The Way

On May 13, 2017, California smashed through another renewable energy milestone as its largest grid, controlled by the California Independent System Operator (CISO), got 67.2% of its energyfrom renewables not including hydropower or rooftop solar arrays. Adding hydropower facilities into the mix, the total was 80.7%. Sunny days with plenty of wind along with full reservoirs and growing numbers of solar facilities were the principal factors in breaking the record. The CISO controls 80% of the states power grid.

These are also the reasons why experts believe 2017 will continue to be a record-breaking year for renewables in California. The state also set a new wind power generation record on May 16, 2017, producing 4,985 megawatts.

Its going to be a dynamic year for records, CISO spokesperson Steven Greenlee told SF Gate. The solar records in particular are falling like dominoes.

The fact that the grid can handle 67 percent renewable power from multiple sources its a great moment, and it shows the potential we have, Center for Sustainable Energy director of policy Sachu Constantine told SF Gate.

There are plenty of races we need to avoid as humans the arms race, for example but the renewable energy race is one that is producing nothing but winners across the board. This isnt CISOs first win it broke its previous record in March 2017when it hit 56.7% of the days demands with renewables. In September 2016, a California power companycontracted with Tesla to ensure Powerpacks would keep the state humming during outages. BART, the public transit system in San Francisco, is on track to be running on clean energy by 2045, and is already reducing its fossil fuel consumption.

While California is certainly leading the nation, other states and cities are following suit. Atlanta will run on 100% renewables by 2035, and Chicago will power all city buildings with renewables by 2025. The Las Vegas government has them both beaten, as its already 100% powered by renewables, and Nevada itself has a goal of 80% renewables by 2040. Massachusetts will be 100% renewables-powered by 2035, followed by Hawaii in 2045.

If youd rather hear about goals that have already been achieved, New York State has increased its solar use by 800%.Block Island in Rhode Island has just switched entirely to wind power, shutting down a diesel plant. In fact, experts say that the eastern United States could get 13% of its energy from renewables by 2025, and weve already experienced days of more than 50% wind power running the entire country.

Our renewable energy goals are attainable. Look what weve already done.

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Chemistry teacher accused of having sex with student in car – KRON4.com

Posted: May 21, 2017 at 3:44 am


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FLORIDA (WFLA) A Port St. Lucie chemistry teacher is facing felony sexual assault charges after police say she had sex with a 17-year-old student. Police began investigating Tiffany Michelle Geliga, 35, after school administrators at Port St. Lucie
Police: Florida chemistry teacher had sex with studentCBS News
Female chemistry teacher, 35, arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old student in her carThe Sun
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Astros’ depth, chemistry and veteran leadership could yield a … – Houston Chronicle

Posted: May 21, 2017 at 3:44 am

Photo: Melissa Phillip, Staff

Marwin Gonzalez is so versatile that the deep Astros can rest players at will and insert Gonzalez into the lineup.

Marwin Gonzalez is so versatile that the deep Astros can rest players at will and insert Gonzalez into the lineup.

April 3: Astros 3, Mariners 0

Record: 1-0

April 3: Astros 3, Mariners 0

Record: 1-0

April 4: Astros 2, Mariners 1

Record: 2-0

April 4: Astros 2, Mariners 1

Record: 2-0

April 5: Astros 5, Mariners 3 (13th inning)

Record: 3-0

April 5: Astros 5, Mariners 3 (13th inning)

Record: 3-0

April 6: Mariners 4, Astros 2

Record: 3-1

April 6: Mariners 4, Astros 2

Record: 3-1

April 7: Royals 5, Astros 1

Record: 3-2

April 7: Royals 5, Astros 1

Record: 3-2

April 8: Royals 7, Astros 3

Record: 3-3

April 8: Royals 7, Astros 3

Record: 3-3

April 9: Astros 5, Royals 4 (12 innings)

Record: 4-3

April 9: Astros 5, Royals 4 (12 innings)

Record: 4-3

April 10:Mariners 6, Astros 0

Record:4-4

April 10:Mariners 6, Astros 0

Record:4-4

April 11:Astros 7, Mariners 5

Record:5-4

April 11:Astros 7, Mariners 5

Record:5-4

April 12: Astros 10, Mariners 5

Record: 6-4

April 12: Astros 10, Mariners 5

Record: 6-4

April 14: Astros 7, Athletics 2

Record: 7-4

April 14: Astros 7, Athletics 2

Record: 7-4

April 15:Astros 10, Athletics 6

Record:8-4

April 15:Astros 10, Athletics 6

Record:8-4

April 17:Astros 3, Angels 0

Record:9-4

April 17:Astros 3, Angels 0

Record:9-4

April 18: Angels 5, Astros 2

Record: 9-5

April 18: Angels 5, Astros 2

Record: 9-5

April 19: Astros 5, Angels 1

Record: 10-5

April 19: Astros 5, Angels 1

Record: 10-5

April 20: Astros 2, Angels 1

Record: 11-5

April 20: Astros 2, Angels 1

Record: 11-5

April 21: Astros 6, Rays 3

Record: 12-5

April 21: Astros 6, Rays 3

Record: 12-5

April 22: Rays 6, Astros 3

Record: 12-6

April 22: Rays 6, Astros 3

Record: 12-6

April 23: Astros 6, Rays 4

Record: 13-6

April 23: Astros 6, Rays 4

Record: 13-6

April 25: Astros 4, Indians 2

Record: 14-6

April 25: Astros 4, Indians 2

Record: 14-6

April 26: Indians 7, Astros 6

Record: 14-7

April 26: Indians 7, Astros 6

Record: 14-7

April 27: Indians 4, Astros 3

Record: 14-8

April 27: Indians 4, Astros 3

Record: 14-8

April 28: Astros 9, Athletics 4

Record: 15-8

April 28: Astros 9, Athletics 4

Record: 15-8

April 29: Athletics 2, Astros 1

Record: 15-9

April 29: Athletics 2, Astros 1

Record: 15-9

April 30: Astros 7, Athletics 2

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Small-Molecule Talk with Caltech’s New Assistant Professor of Chemistry Alison Ondrus – Pasadena Now

Posted: May 21, 2017 at 3:44 am

Alison Ondrus Credit: Caltech

New assistant professor of chemistry Alison Ondrus says shes excited to apply the tools of traditional chemistry to the study of biological problems and thinks Caltech, with its small, interdisciplinary environment, is the perfect place to do it.

Ondrus received her PhD in organic chemistry in 2009 from MIT, where she learned to synthesize structurally complex molecules. From there, she became interested in biology and began studying the Hedgehog signaling pathway as a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The Hedgehog family of proteins is responsible for many basic functions in animals, including development and organization of the overall body plan. Mutations in Hedgehog pathway genes can lead to congenital deformities as well as both juvenile and adult cancers.

At Caltech, Ondrus plans to use her chemistry background to continue studying the Hedgehog signaling pathway and address mysteries about how essential small molecules, such as cholesterol, control Hedgehog activity during the development of embryos, a process known as embryogenesis.

Your PhD was in synthetic chemistry. What does this involve? In synthetic organic chemistry, you build complex molecules from scratch. You start with a hypothesis for how to make an interesting molecular structure in the most convergent, elegant, efficient way possible based on the reactions that you choose. From there, you go to the lab and try to build the molecule.

How did you go from synthesizing chemicals to studying biological pathways? Id spent a lot of time just looking at the structures of molecules and appreciating the richness of structure, so when I had an opportunity to see how the same principles translated to biological activity, a new world opened up. I started finding myself thinking more and more about all of the small molecules that are already present in our own bodies. Ive always been fascinated by human health and human development, and I started to question how these molecules participate in normal physiology and disease. I started reading to try to find examples of where people had at least circumstantial evidence that small molecules played key roles in regulating a biological pathway, in particular in human health.

Through my reading, I came across the really fascinating pathway that I now studythe Hedgehog signaling pathway.

Why is the Hedgehog signaling pathway important? Hedgehog is important in almost every aspect of how an embryo becomes a human form, and its deficiencies showcase its importance. Its responsible for establishing our body plan, from our left-right symmetry to how many digits we have. As you can imagine, defects in the pathway lead to really acute phenotypes because its so fundamental in these early processes. The pathway also plays a role in various cancers, most notably basal cell carcinomaskin cancerthe most prevalent form of cancer in humans.

We know that certain small molecules that are based on cholesterol can turn the pathway on or off, but we dont know what enzymes produce these molecules, where theyre localized, or how they interact with the Hedgehog pathway. Elucidating these cellular processes is essential to understanding how the pathway controls things like body patterning and brain development, and how that can go wrong and lead to cancer.

If we can understand what components of cholesterol metabolism are necessary for Hedgehog activity, then we can start to address much more specifically some of these medical conditions and intervene in ways that we havent yet considered.

How will you go about studying cholesterol in the Hedgehog pathway? Im going to merge the synthesis part of my background with my understanding of signal transduction to ask questions about cholesterol and related molecules, and their role in regulating the Hedgehog pathway. Small molecules are often the missing link in hypotheses regarding Hedgehog pathway signal transduction. You may have two proteins in the pathway that communicate via these very specific small molecules, but without having chemical tools to ask questions in a precise way, the mechanism remains unknown. What are the exact structures of these molecules? How do they perform this communication? Something thats unique about our lab is that we can synthesize the specific cholesterol molecules needed to answer these questions.

What do you like about Caltech? At Caltech, there are really no barriers. Nobody says you cant do something or that an idea is too unprecedented. Theres a cultural acceptance that doing new things is fundamentally exciting and valuable. Thats what I really appreciate about Caltech.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love yoga and riding my bike, and reading both Eastern and Western philosophy. I just finished listening to the audiobook of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn, which I recommend to anyone.

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Anatomy of a Murder (1959) – IMDb

Posted: May 21, 2017 at 3:41 am

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Frederick Manion (Ben Gazzara), a lieutenant in the army, is arrested for the murder of a bartender, Barney Quill. He claims, in his defense, that the victim had raped and beaten up his wife Laura (Lee Remick). Although Laura supports her husband’s story, the police surgeon can find no evidence that she has been raped. Manion is defended by Paul Biegler (James Stewart), a rather humble small-town lawyer. During the course of interviews, Biegler discovers that Manion is violently possessive and jealous, and also that his wife has a reputation for giving her favors to other men. Biegler realizes that the prosecution will try to make the court believe that Laura was the lover of the bartender and than Manion killed him and beat her up when he discovered them together. Manion pleads “not guilty” and Biegler, who knows that his case is weak, sets his assistants to try to find a witness who will save Manion. Written by alfiehitchie

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star bids farewell to show with emotional note – CNN

Posted: May 21, 2017 at 3:41 am

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