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“THE age of melancholy” is how psychologist Daniel Goleman describes our era. People today experience more depression than previous generations, despite the technological wonders that help us every day. It might be because of them.

Our lifestyles are increasingly driven by technology. Phones, computers and the internet pervade our days. There is a constant, nagging need to check for texts and email, to update Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn profiles, to acquire the latest notebook or 3G cellphone.

Free yourself from oppression by technology – opinion – 27 December 2009 – New Scientist.

THE ECONOMIST:

It is all about politics. Climate change is the hardest political problem the world has ever had to deal with

The problem is not a technological one. The human race has almost all the tools it needs to continue leading much the sort of life it has been enjoying without causing a net increase in greenhouse-gas concentrations in the atmosphere. Industrial and agricultural processes can be changed. Electricity can be produced by wind, sunlight, biomass or nuclear reactors, and cars can be powered by biofuels and electricity. Biofuel engines for aircraft still need some work before they are suitable for long-haul flights, but should be available soon.

Nor is it a question of economics. Economists argue over the sums (see article), but broadly agree that greenhouse-gas emissions can be curbed without flattening the world economy.

A special report on climate change and the carbon economy: : Getting warmer | The Economist.

NASA

ARTICLE FROM: “The Daily Climate”

…It’s clear that we do not yet understand our own time and are seriously mistaken about the geography of the future. When future historians look back on the twentieth century, this quick visit to the moon will surely look like a minor event compared to the giant leap humanity took here on Earth. The greatest challenges of the 21st century will not be those of the space age, but rather urgent earthly ones in a new planetary era that arrived in the second half of the 20th century.”

Op-Ed: One giant leap … on Earth — The Daily Climate.

Can you imagine windows that not only provide a clear view and illuminate rooms, but also use sunlight to efficiently help power the building they are part of?

via Science Centric | News | Dye-coated glass to channel energy into solar cells.

For a technology that has sucked up billions of research dollars and prolonged agriculture’s dependence on chemical inputs, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have yet to justify their role in a world desperate for more sustainable ways to produce healthier food for more people. In a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists entitled “Failure to Yield,”

via Why GMO Foods Have Failed at Producing Healthy Food for More People : TreeHugger.

MEXICO CITY, Jun 26 (IPS/IFEJ) – Used in electric car motors and wind turbines, neodymium, a “rare earth metal,” is at the epicentre of the race between wealthy and emerging nations to create green technologies, while poorer countries appear to be relegated to spectator status.

IT ALL COMES BACK TO ONE THING – WITHOUT NATURE WE DO NOT EXIST AND WE HAVE TO STOP TAKING AND TAKING FROM HER.

via TECHNOLOGY: Rare Metals Could Trigger Next Trade War – IPS ipsnews.net.

BIONIC CONTACT LENSES -Augmented Reality Provides Terminator Eyesight!.

Before Schwarzenegger became the governor of California, he was known to don a Terminator costume every now and then and assume super robotic powers in a few movies of the same name. What if humans today could virtually see what Arnold’s fictional character saw? Read the rest of this entry »

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