There is an expectation (hope) from many that science will provide a technological solution to many if not all of the world’s big problems, whether it be global warming, world food demands, disease, world energy demands.
However, developing a technological solution is only half the battle. The adoption of that technology has to be compatible with our current economic model(s). This is no more evident right now than in the field of solar power where providers are being taxed for adopting the new cleaner , greener, more `sustainable’ form of power generation. It’s been happening overseas for some time now in countries like Spain, Germany and some states in USA and hits the headlines here in NZ in the last couple of weeks.
What is the reasoning for these new taxes? Are they justified? What are the implications if they are? What do we do if they are not?
Below are 5 links to articles to help you make your own mind up.
Link 1 From Reuters News will give you an overview of what is going on overseas.
Links 2 is from the NZ Green Party
Link 3 is from Greenpeace
Links 4 is from National Business Review
Link 5 from NZ HERALD
Have a read and make up your own minds
Is there a problem with the technology at play, our economic model, or both? How might we address the issues?
Would love to hear your feedback
- Taxes, fees: the worldwide battle between utilities and solar
- Price rises no joke for solar and electricity customers
- Tax on solar and batteries shocks industry, green and consumer groups
- Regulator takes issue with penalty charge for solar power
- Charged reaction to Unison solar fee
Was sent this image this morning and thought it was too good not to share 🙂
There should be more posts about this on Imgur
Well, about 78,000 people have already applied to become Red Planet colonists with the nonprofit organization Mars One since its application process opened on April 22, officials announced today (May 7).
Mars One aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2023 as the vanguard of a permanent colony, with more astronauts arriving every two years thereafter.
Is this for real ? In the words of fellow Scot Danny Bhoy “Oh My God! How Bizarre! Literally!”
Check it out here
So, anyone even just as little bit interested? What we’d be keen to hear form you all is
- Why would YOU want to go?
- What would be your biggest fear ?(Can’t be dying cos, your going to die out there anyway, that’s part of the deal !)
- What science would be the most important on this first coloniser mission?
- How would you break the news to Mum and Dad? ( Give us your opening lines)
We look forward to your comments
From the PhET site.
Useful for exploring all of the year 12 electric circuit work as a refresher before starting the year 13 circuit theory.
Good visualisation of electron flow.
- Series & Parallel
- Kirchhoff’s Laws
- Voltage dividers
This achievement standard involves the description of the role DNA has in relation to gene expression and the determination of phenotype.
The role of DNA includes DNA structure and replication, the control of gene expression, protein synthesis, and the determination of phenotype.
The structure of DNA includes the molecular components and their role in carrying the genetic code. The replication of DNA includes the processes involved in replication and the role that enzymes have in producing accurate copies.
Control of gene expression is limited to factors that operate at transcription level:
- feedback in prokaryotes (repressors, inducers)
- enhancers and transcription factors in eukaryotes.
Protein synthesis includes the role of DNA in determining the structure of a protein and how that protein is produced (transcription and translation).
The determination of phenotype includes:
- allele interactions: dominance, incomplete dominance, co-dominance, multiple alleles, lethal alleles
- linkage and sex linkage
- gene-gene interactions: epistasis, collaboration, polygenes
- mutations: gene mutations, chromosomal mutations
- control of metabolic pathways by gene expression.