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DERREN BROWN LIVE – 08/09/10

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Posted by Derren Brown News August 31, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Coming soon to Channel 4, Derren Brown, the acclaimed psychological illusionist, returns to Channel 4 for a thought provoking – and life transforming – special.

Following the successes of previous television specials such as Russian Roulette Live, Séance, The Heist and The Events, Derren once again creates edge-of-the-seat television as he takes ‘average Joes’ on an extraordinary psychological journey.

In a powerful transformation, which will include an amazing, must-watch live finale, Derren releases his subjects from the restraints that they have placed on themselves and allows them the opportunity to fulfil their true potential, opening the door to a new and exciting future…

Text Via Channel 4

PZ MYERS ON RELIGION IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM

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Posted by abeodbart August 31, 2010 at 9:12 am

PZ Meyers admits he’s not the politest person in the world. In this talk he throws about some rather abrupt insults at the creationist movement and why he is justified in doing them. He mentions his talks with Dawkins

Prof. Paul Zachary Myers works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). A selfavowed godless liberal and outspoken atheist, he is a vocal skeptic of all forms of religion, superstition, spirituality and pseudoscience.

He is quoted as having “nothing but contempt for Intelligent Design”, arguing that it is “fundamentally dishonest”. In 2009 Myers was named the American Humanist Association’s Humanist of the Year.

Via Atheist Media

1.25 GIGAWATTS OF SOLAR THERMAL POWER APPROVED IN CALIFORNIA IN PAST TWO DAYS WILL DOUBLE US CAPACITY

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Posted by abeodbart August 31, 2010 at 8:54 am

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“There’ve been multiple gigawatts of solar thermal power plants planned for various places in the California desert for some time, but finally some more of them are getting the approvals need so that construction can start: The US Bureau of Land Management has issued a final environmental impact statement for the 1,000 MW Blythe Solar Power Project; and the 250 MW Beacon Solar Energy project has received final California state approval as well.

The smaller of the two first: Renewable Energy World reports NextEra Energy Resources has been given the green light by the California Energy Commission to begin construction on the 250 MW Beacon Solar Energy project.

The $1 billion, 2,000 acre solar thermal power plant will use parabolic troughs to concentrate sunlight and generate electricity. NextEra expects the power plant to come online within the next three years, though as yet it has no power purchase agreement in place. In other words, no electric utility has yet committed to buy the power the plant produces.

And the larger of the two: With the final BLM environmental impact statement completed, and the CEC already saying it will approve the project once public comment closes next month, Solar Millennium Inc. will soon begin construction on the 1,000 MW Blythe Solar Power Project.

The 7,025 acre project, also using parabolic trough technology, is expected to produce enough power for approximately 800,000 homes, and alone will nearly double the installed commercial solar power capacity in the United States.

The price tag and time til completion: $6 billion and six years once construction actually begins.”

Read more at Tree Hugger

RARE FIRE TORNADO CAUGHT ON FILM

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Posted by abeodbart August 31, 2010 at 8:17 am

“Severe drought and strong dry winds in Sao Paolo have caused a rare fire tornado in the northwest city of Aracatuba. A three month drought in the region has led to brush fires across Brazil, creating the conditions for the fire tornado. Fire tornados, also known colloquially as fire devils, happen when a fire acquires a vertical rotating column of air. Some can be more than a half a mile tall and contain winds over 100 mph.

In 1923, Great Kanto earthquake in Japan, ignited a firestorm that raged through the city and produced a gigantic fire tornado that killed 38,000 in 15 minutes in the Hifukusho-Ato region of Tokyo.”

Read more at The Telegraph (Thanks @whispywolf)

GREAT GUERRILLA ADVERTISING

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Posted by abeodbart August 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

“Guerrilla Advertising is an unconventional way of performing promotional activities. Usually very funny or subtle, it’s a great way to promote a business with a low budget and generate buzz. But you’ll need lots of creativity.

Here are some great guerrilla ads examples. They are simply brilliant.”

Vacuum cleaner ad:
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Inventive mobile carrier ad:
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See more at Funnymos (Thanks Tracey)

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Grace
I came to see the Infamous tour in Southampton (April 11). Derren is my biggest hero, and I found myself incredibly lucky enough to be up on stage with him. Derren was as genuine and charming as I'd always hoped (which proved a contrast to my nervous and shaky demeanour). He is a brilliant showman and an all-round pleasure to watch. The show was sensationally mind-blowing - I'll be sure that I never miss another. Thank you Derren, for everything that you do. Sorry I was so shaky! Grace
Kay le poidevin
Really looking forward to tonight in Southaampton, bought tickets for husband, Terry's birthday. It's not today, it was in February.)
Sandra B. Myers
Derren Brown, For my daughter's birthday gift in November of 2013, I gave her a ticket to your show. For Christmas, I gave her a round trip ticket to London from Pensacola, Florida, our home. On my birthday, I flew from the Middle East, where I'm teaching English, to join her. On the 25th of March, you gave us your best. It was the highlight of our First English Spring Tour. No matter how far apart we are in the world or mindset, we both agree...we have no idea how you do it! And we like it that way.
Hannah A
I saw Derren at Leeds on 25th and I am still - 4 days on - utterly blown away by his incredible talent and incredible show! I have never ever had the pleasure of seeing him live before, but I will never miss an opportunity again. Someone as talented as Derren Brown is a MUST SEE. He's mesmerising, spellbinding, inspiring, jaw droppingly amazing. This experience is something I will take away with me forever and a day! Thank you SO much for bringing this show to Leeds! But goin forward, if travel roun te country to see you - you are THAT good :)