The Polish mine, which opened in the 13th century, operated until 2007, when it had to close due to flooding. It is more than 178 miles long and reaches more than 1,000 feet below the surface. Hidden in its twists and turns is a treasure trove carved right out of the rock salt. … Read more
Most of us consume way too much sodium, either sprinkling it on fries or gobbling it unawares via prepared and processed foods.
We'd all like to cut down to avoid high blood pressure and heart disease, but apart from reading nutritional information labels, it's hard to determine how much sodium a dish contains.
Working to keep an edge on the mapping front, Google announced today that it's boosting Google Maps' live transit feature. Now, users can see several subway and bus live departure times in New York and Salt Lake City and service alerts for Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail.
"We want to make sure you have access to the most comprehensive, accurate, and useful information when you're on the go -- and that includes public transportation," Soufi Esmaeilzadeh, Google Maps partnership development manager, said in a blog post today. "With these updates -- part of the millions … Read more
John McAfee, who founded the antivirus software giant named after him, is wanted for questioning by police in Belize who are investigating the murder of a 52-year-old man, CBS reported today.
According to the report, police are searching for the killer of Gregory Viant Faull, an American expat. Gizmodo reported earlier today that McAfee was wanted for the crime, but CBS, quoting Rafael Martinez, spokesman for the Belize National Security Ministry, said it would be incorrect to call McAfee a suspect at this time.
Police in Belize say Faull, a general contractor and restaurant owner from Florida, was shot Saturday … Read more
This weekend and next week in Salt Lake City's Salt Palace Convention Center, there are likely to be more gigabits flying around, and at a faster amount per second, than just about anywhere else on the continent.
That's where a cadre of volunteers from top universities, government labs, and industry have put together a sort of dream network for this year's SC2012 Super Computing conference, beginning today in Utah. Using multiple 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) and 100Gbps circuits, SCinet links the convention center to other powerful networks around the world, including the Department of Energy's ESnet, Internet2, and National LambdaRail.… Read more
An Illinois woman is leading the charge against LinkedIn in a $5 million class-action lawsuit that alleges the social network failed to protect its members' data.
The suit is a result of the recent security breach in which hackers stole thousands of passwords. The passwords ended up on a site accessible to the public.
Katie Szpyrka, a registered LinkedIn account holder since 2010, filed suit last week in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, claiming LinkedIn violated its own privacy policies and user agreements by not following industry, ZDNet reported today.
LinkedIn spokeswoman Erin O'… Read more
The two sentinels of the kitchen table, salt and pepper, have stood the test of time guarding our meals against the specter of blandness. In fact, the spices add so much to food it is hard to imagine a meal without them. Yet, one important question is raised by this ubiquitous reality: why stop at two?
Gone are the days when salt and pepper seemed only to exist in a post-ground state, populating tables and kitchens everywhere only as a fine powder. Nowadays the superiority of freshly ground spices is well known with salt and pepper being available pre-ground in … Read more
Sacramento, Calif. is going to get a little steamy this weekend as the International Association for the Advancement of Steam Power and the Steam Automobile Club of America kick off a conference on the latest developments in steam power technology.
Ten steam-powered cars will be on display at the first-ever IAASP conference, to be held January 13, 14, and 15 at the California Automobile Museum. Conference participants will include steam automobile owners and developers, modern steam locomotive experts, small steam power plant developers and manufacturers, engineers, and enthusiasts.
By storing solar energy in molten salt, BrightSource Energy can now build one less solar power plant.
The company said today that it is adding energy storage to three planned solar projects that will supply power to utility Southern California Edison.
Instead of building seven power plants to provide about 4 million megawatt-hours per year, BrightSource now expects to be able to meet that with six concentrating solar plants to be built over the next six years, including three that will have storage. It is now constructing its first project, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which will not have … Read more
Scientists at Tel Aviv University say they have a novel idea for combating the negative effects rainforest deforestation is having on the planet.
The group, led by Amram Eshel and Aviah Zilberstein, professors at TAU's Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants, have successfully grown a forest of salt cedars in the Aravah Desert using only a small amount of recycled sewage water and salt water left over from desalination plants.
The scientists used different varieties of the botanical genus of salt cedar trees called Tamarix, which is indigenous to old-world deserts. They're known for thriving in … Read more