• The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy

    This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

    Jonathan Kusel owns three pickups and a 45-foot truck for hauling woodchip bins. He operates a woodchip yard and a 35-kilowatt biomass plant that burns dead trees, and he runs a crew marking trees for loggers working in national forests. Those are a lot of blue-collar credentials for a UC Berkeley PhD sociologist known for his documentation of how the decline of the timber industry affects rural communities.

    What drove Kusel into a side business—logging small and dead trees and burning them in biomass boilers—is fear of fire. In 2007, the 65,000-acre Moonlight Fire blew flaming embers onto his lawn near Taylorsville, California, as he readied his family to evacuate. Last September, the Walker Fire scorched 54,614 acres just up the valley from the offices of the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment,

  • The best Stephen King books to read depending on your mood

    Stephen King.

    Whether you’re a hardcore reader or you only pick up a book every now and then, chances are you’ll have heard his name. Not only is the horror master one of the best selling, highest-earning authors in the world, but he’s also responsible for some of the most famous movies ever made.

    The Shining? Stephen King. IT? Stephen King. The Shawshank Redemption? Yep, that one was based on a Stephen King novella, too.

    For now, though, we’re going to focus on the books. If you’re new to King books, what should you dive into first? Or if you’re an ardent fan, what should you read next?

    I’ve been reading King since I was about 12 years old, and although I haven’t read everything he’s written (not yet, at least), I’ve read the majority of his work. The following novels, novellas, and short stories are some

  • Dr Disrespect breaks silence, but Twitch still refuses to say what’s going on

    What you’ve probably heard: three months after he signed an exclusive two-year contract with Twitch for a “life-changing” amount of money, Twitch has nonetheless “permanently banned” Guy Beahm, aka Dr Disrespect, for something he did in violation of the company’s rules.

    What you might be thinking: it’s too much of a coincidence for his channel’s abrupt disappearance to happen a single day after Twitch announced it would start permanently banning streamers for sexual harassment and assault.

    The truth: we do not currently know whether Twitch has even banned Beahm, much less the facts around why Disrespect disappeared on Friday, because the company has repeatedly refused to confirm even a ban to The Verge — and declined to deny a new statement from Beahm this evening that claims Twitch won’t even tell him what’s going on.

  • Biotechnology Major

    A pastime is a non worthwhile human selection of act for passing leisure time. Language is an especially human trait. It not solely enables us to communicate, it additionally separates us from every other species. Oscar Wilde famously quoted, There is no such thing as a mode of motion, no form of emotion, that we don’t share with the decrease animals. It is only by language that we rise above them.” Nevertheless, thanks to technology, one thing that was exclusive to people is evolving quicker than ever. Machines, in other phrases, are becoming stunningly adept at making choices for us on the basis of huge quantities of data – and getting higher at this at an equally gorgeous price. Overlook the hypothetical emergence of general goal synthetic intelligence, a minimum of for a moment: we’re handing over more and more of what occurs in our world, at present, to the …