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Wind Turbines Are Good For Crops Too

Wind turbines have been in the news a lot lately, especially as the push for alternative forms of energy increases. New news coming from a report from PhysOrg says that wind turbines are not only good for producing energy, they're also good for crops, too.


"We're confident that wind turbines do produce measurable effects on the microclimate near crops," Ames Laboratory associate and agricultural meteorology expert Gene Takle said. "In this case, we anticipate turbines' effects are good in the spring and fall because they would keep the crop a little warmer and help prevent a frost. Wind turbines could possibly ward off early fall frosts and extend the growing season."

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The Coolest Power Point Ever!

This is by far the coolest powerpoint i’ve ever seen. In fact, I challenge you to find another quite as cool.  This was made using only Google Docs. I feel like an idiot for only using it for it’s spreadsheets.

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Military Considering Solar Powered Tents

The U.S. Military is finally looking into solar technology for it's essential gear. It's about time. They're creating solar powered tents that utilize flexible photovoltaics and have already been in use in Afganistan.

"They are ideal for charging up batteries, making sure your [communications], night vision goggles and computers are powered up. You don't want a generator on top of a mountain, and you don't want to have to bring fuel to a generator or haul batteries," Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, explained.

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Report: Facebook sales likely to hit $2 billion in 2010

Facebook Inc is likely to generate 2010 revenue of about $2 billion, more than previously expected for the popular social networking site, Bloomberg reported, citing three people familiar with the matter.

Facebook’s 6-year-old service, which ranks the world’s largest Web social network with roughly half a billion users, posted 2009 revenue of around $800 million, Reuters reported earlier this year.

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Stream TV Around The World

With all the traveling going on this holiday season there is a chance you may be out of the US for an extended amount of time. There is also a chance you will need an escape from 24 hour “family time”, so why not escape into the world of online streaming videos! Don’t miss your favorite shows just because you should be seeing the sights and enjoying the sounds of foreign lands. Since we can’t take credit for figuring out how to pull off all of this magic you will have to read the full instructions on Gizmodo.

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Rigid Jobsite Radio: The Manliest Radio Ever!

Ridgid’s Jobsite Radio, described as the first iPod-compatible boom-box designed to withstand just about anything you can throw at it. It can also be described as the manliest music box you could ever own. The device itself is encased in a ShockMount layer of bad-ass real man protective armor. Users simply flip down the lid in the front, slide their iPod in and then change tracks via on-board external controls or remote control. The unit is powered by a standard 120V or Ridgid 18V battery. It is also powered by pure testosterone*.

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Nissan Leaf Makes Debut In San Francisco

The very first Nissan Leaf has finally made its debut after being delivered to San Francisco resident and entrepreneur, Olivier Chalouhi. What a lucky guy?!

Though Nissan hasn't planned for a nationwide launch until 2012, we'll likely see Leaf's popping up all over the country.

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Give the Gift of Getting There

This post brought to you by NAVTEQ. All opinions are 100% mine.

It can be really hard to shop for some people. Especially the pickiest of your friends and family. So what do you do? You turn to practical gifts and call it a day. Well, what could be more practical than the gift that makes sure they even show up to your holiday shindig?

These days, millions of people have GPS units for their car. But, everyday new roads are being established, so what could be better and more practical than a map update? Not much.

Here are six reasons to give a map update for the holidays:

  • - Won’t get re-gifted
  • - Doesn’t have to be the right size, color, style

  • - Is perfect for that someone who has everything 

  • - Is perfect for someone who needs an extra push to arrive on time 

  • - Is a perfect gift for yourself! Getting to your office Christmas parties; going from store to store to get that sold out item; avoiding your own “Meet the Parents” experience 

  • - Helps take care of your family – keep them safe with the latest information on how to get there and places to stop along the way

All I know is that I don’t like getting lost so if anyone would like to get me a map update for me, I’m 100% fine with that.

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