Check out this pretty neat website, TakingITGlobal.

It was one of the earliest social media websites, made in 1999!  You can look through groups and projects centered on world issues.  The website is mostly aimed at young people.

I’ve never heard of this before, but it seems like the kind of thing that should be more widely known about in activist spaces…

[UPDATE:  the twitter feed is active, but I haven’t found any groups that are recently active.  Not that the search feature seems capable of specifically finding recent activity…  I still think some kind of website/organization like this has a lot of potential, though.  And they do have links to educational material and stuff…]



Picture: The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is seen in an aerial view in the Mojave Desert in California near Primm, Nevada. The largest solar thermal power-tower system in the world, owned by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy, opened last week in the Ivanpah Dry Lake and uses 347,000 computer-controlled mirrors to focus sunlight onto boilers on top of three 459-foot towers, where water is heated to produce steam to power turbines providing power to more than 140,000 California homes.

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I want a social media website which has the sole purpose of connecting progressive activists and organizations, and pooling their efforts and resources.

Kite electricity generation!

This is a neat idea.  Winds high above the earths surface are powerful, and more reliably constant than ground winds.  A kite flying up there can pull with enough force to spin an electric generator.  I wonder if it would be a more concentrated power source than direct solar…

I think I’d really like to be involved with a meta-organization.

In particular, dealing with goals for a progressive society.

[Just now my radical daydreaming led me, once again, to the google, where I found that the thing I had thought of did indeed exist exactly as I would have named it.]

Recreating the Rationalist Masterlist


Apparently, Ozy deleted zir tumblr. This is bad in and of itself, but it’s also problem because that blog hosted the Rationalist Masterlist.

I’d like to take a shot at recreating it, so if you self-identify as an aspiring rationalist, are connected to Less Wrong or HPMOR, or just have an interest in rationality reblog this post and I’ll put you on the list, which I’ll keep updated.

If you don’t feel like reblogging, you can always send my a message and I’ll put you on there as well, but I’d prefer if you’d reblogged to increase visibility.

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MIT engineers design hybrid living/nonliving materials

MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

These “living materials” combine the advantages of live cells — which respond to their environment, produce complex biological molecules, and span multiple length scales — with the benefits of nonliving materials, which add functions such as conducting electricity or emitting light.

This approach could one day be used to design more complex devices such as solar cells, self-healing materials, or diagnostic sensors, says Timothy Lu, an MIT assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering. Lu is the senior author of a paper describing this innovation in the March 23 issue of Nature Materials.

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