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Fly Eyes Provide insights for Solar Collector design.

Serious close-up of a fly's eye.
Serious close-up of a fly's eye.
Scientists are tapping the underlying concept of a fly’s eye, which uses 4000 lenses, to design important commercial products. Using nano-technology, scientists in Spain and the U.S. have replicated these complex structures in a material called chalcogenide glass, which has superior optical and durability qualitites. The chain of innovation continues as other development groups seek to apply chalcogenide glass in the design of super efficient solar collectors.

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The Voter’s Paradox: Get Over It

One of the most common reasons given for not voting is “my vote doesn’t make a difference.” This view must be pervasive as 60- to 75-percent of the electorate sits out any given national election. The Voters Paradox by Leon Felkins and Mack Tanner presents these non voters as having made a rational decision. According to the Tanner-Felton paradox, the importance of any single vote declines the more people vote. The flip side is that when fewer voters turn out, the influence of their individual votes goes up. It’s kind of like a slightly off pitch violinist playing a solo, or as part of an orchestra.

So although, non-voters may think their vote doesn’t count, they’re giving up their voice to the voting elite; the minority that chooes to vote.

There’s another, and I feel, equally important reason to vote: It’s a symbolic affirmation of our democracy. And, if we all turn out together – red, white, blue, black, brown, yellow – voting will give us a unity as we express our differences through voting.

So get over your paradox, and get your ass to the polls.

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Fashion Industry Militates Against Real Beauty

A short film on Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty website shows the transformation of a real-life young woman into a fashion icon that ultimately gets plastered on a billboard. The delves into the broader issues of how such stereotyping negatively affects women emotionally and physically. Aren’t real people good enough?

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“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” are the words people whose ideas and
lifeblood have been ripped off by lazy, no-talent hacks. Carl, Dave, and LC, you
know who you are. We’re coming after you. We’re bringing on the heat, because the
most valuable commodity in the marketplace is intellectual capital and ideas. That’s
our business.

We know who you are,
and we’re coming to get

The copyright protections offered to creators of work under the law are an important
reason the U.S. has flourished as the mother of invention. Other nations, e.g. China
and Russia, don’t share our values about copyright. And they help themselves to our
technology, medicines, computer chips, black market videos, and even automobiles.
They’re hurting us.

Racketeering of that scale is beyond the control of most of us. But, you don’t have
to sit down and take it, either. Be vigilant. Monitor the Internet, blogs, airwaves
and publications. Act swiftly. Notify competitors’ ISPs of copyright violations.
When someone steals your advertising ideas, or an entire portfolio for that matter,
they’re stealing your brand and your daily bread.

Ask your attorney about how you can fight back. You might also visit Jonathan
Bailey’s blog, plagiarismtoday.com.

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