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USA : Real recession or exaggeration ?

Because the world's economy is highly tied to the USA's economy, we're currently very worried about the current smoldering economical crisis in USA. While some specialists say this crisis will be solved quickly, some others are already talking about recession with negative repercussions over the rest of the world ... The simple devaluation of the US dollar already has various negative effects on the EU economy. So what would happen to the whole world if the economy of USA was in recession ? I'd be curious to read your ideas, sentiments and opinions about this crisis. Is this a real crisis ? Is talking about recession exaggerated ?

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Is Chinese economy reach a battleneck?

China has been incresing the interst rate for years(although recently it is finally decreased), and also there are lots of problem within the housing market. Is China meet a battleneck after its sixty-year's dramatic development? If it is, why?

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How Chinese economy differ from other countries(like Canada, United States, Britain....)? Answered

First I appreciate everyone who answers. I am going to a Canadian university for studying economics this fall. As an international student, i am strongly interested in economy, especially the differences between the economy of China and developed countries. I have asked this question to my teachers and some friends in university, but their answers are mostly personal or narrow. So , i am look for a more overall and objective answer for it. (Because English is not my first language, my words may be weird to read. I hope it wil not cause any communication problem. Thank you)

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How does the economy "grow"? Answered

How does the economy "grow"? I've asked this question to a lot of people and never got a real answer. The news is always talking about the economy "growing" and that credit is the answer, but I don't understand the question. I understand the idea that you want more wealth to be flowing around and that means there is more out there to grab but what is making the economy bigger?

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Agriculture

Hi, I'm looking for similar agriculture triumphs from 2011. Here is an example of what I am looking for -> http://blog.machinefinder.com/6585/john-deere-s-series-combine-project-can-do I am also interested in helpful machines, and locations that have flourished. Thank You!

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Possible way to help the economy?

So, I was thinking for a few days, and have came up with a few questions, and some possible answers(solutions?) 1) Companies and buisnesses are loosing employees because they can't pay them, or employees are quiting because they aren't payed enough, and therefor, companies are loosing more money, correct? Well, what if people volunteer to work at buissnesses(for this example, we'll use a restaurant) to help out. Obviously, they wold have to be qualified, and still be "hired" In doing so, companies would more help, better work efficiency and hopefully, more buissness(more money) When they get more income, they can pay their volunteers and both the buissness, and the (now paid) vounteers make more income. 2)How are we loosing money? I never really understood how we're loosing money as a nation, and why the government can't make more. Who's to say that we can't print more money, and give it to people, and companies, and even other countries? 3) People can't buy products because of the price. Companies are raising prices, which means more people can't buy products. If companies and buisnesses were to lower prices, people would be able to buy the products, thus companies would make money. Maybe at a slower rate, but eventually companies would have more money to pay employees, and more money to hire and pay more employees. Employment rates would possibly go up, and so would the economy. What are your guys thoughts?

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Incredible Fuel Economy Jump

Okay - so I recently read this article (Article) about this auto club - the hypermilers.My lady friend got sick and I had to take her home - we were a 30 minute highway drive away at the time. At the time, I was driving a 2006 Altima (31/24mpg for the mtx drive train).Applying some of the things mentioned in the aforementioned article, I got a consistent 41.5mpg averaging 50mph and when I parked at home after some city driving and a lot of stop signs - the meter read 40.2mpg! For about 5 minutes on the highway, I was getting 43.4mpg.Impossible you say? Here's a picture off the dash from last night ;) Mind you, this was with an atx gear box! So those EPA estimates should be lower than what I posted above. Now that's damn near Prius territory for the average everyday stop/go driver with a 2.5L engine :PAt no time did I draft anyone or shut off the engine while en route. AND, I didn't take anything out of the car. There's a road kit, some umbrellas and a case of water bottles :PSo does anyone know where I can buy a meter to measure my fuel economy like this? I found Scangauge but the $170 cost comes with a bit of sticker shock :P Like the article said -- it turns into a game always trying to beat your last high score :P

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Italiens Wahl lässt Land-- und Eurozone--auf finanzielle Hochseil

Http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6ab63716-80d2-11e2-9c5b-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2M8lS3l8w Brillante Köpfe über die Finanzwelt noch versuchen, die Auswirkungen der italienischen Wahlergebnis auszuarbeiten. Vorerst, die beste Antwort ist, dass es wahrscheinlich auch bald zu erzählen. Nachdem am Dienstag fällt hat ein wenig Stabilität zu Märkten, möglicherweise zurückgegeben, da jeder immer noch versucht, zu erarbeiten, was Sie denken.Kredit-Rating-Agentur Moodys hat davor gewarnt, dass das Wahlergebnis für Italien--negativ und auch für andere Staaten verschuldete Eurozone negativ ist. Man fürchtet politischer Unsicherheit wird weiter und warnt vor einer "Verschlechterung des Landes wirtschaftlichen Aussichten" oder Schwierigkeiten bei der Umsetzung der Reform, sagte der Agentur.Für den Rest der Eurozone riskiert das Ergebnis: "die Euro-Schuldenkrise entfachen." Madrid muss mit Angst nach Italien suchen. Wenn Investoren, dass Italien wieder riskante sucht und wieder weg vom Kauf seine Schulden entscheiden, wird dann Spanien in die Schusslinie zu gezogen. Kann der Anti-Berlusconi Italien retten? Standard & Poor ist erklärt, dass Italiens Bewertung wurde durch die Wahl nicht unmittelbar betroffen, aber ich denke, der wesentliche Teil dieses Satzes ist "nicht sofort." Zur gleichen Zeit Herman Van Rompuy Tweets geben einen Hinweis auf die Ansicht aus Brüssel: "Wir respektieren das Ergebnis demokratischer Wahlen in Italien," seine Feed festgestellt.Wirklich? Das ist ein Novum. Der demokratisch gewählte Silvio Berlusconi wurde heraus gezwungen, wenn er nicht mit strenge durch nach der Europäischen Zentralbank Italien trug durch den Kauf seine Schulden im Herbst 2011 folgen."Es ist jetzt bis zu italienischer Politiker, Verantwortung, Kompromiss und bilden eine stabile Regierung zu übernehmen", tweeted Van Rompuy.Wahl Blätter Italien blockiertHat er die Ergebnisse gesehen? Die Newcomer und Anti-Establishment Komiker Beppe Grillo weigert sich, ein Geschäft zu tun, und doch ist er der natürliche Königsmacher, polling bei 25 %.Italiens erste Parlament?"Auch für Italien gibt es eine echte Alternative zu anhaltenden fiskalischen Konsolidierung und Reformen," fuhr er fort.Wirtschaftlich ja, aber die italienischen Wähler nicht zustimmen. Und vorerst, in Italien eine Demokratie (von Sorten).Schließlich: "Ich bin zuversichtlich, dass Italien Mitglied der Eurozone stabil bleiben wird."Er hofft...Der Schlüssel zu, ob die Krise reignites ist, ob Investoren beginnen nach hinten Weg von Kredite an Italien. Wenn ja, wird das der große Test für die EZB Entschlossenheit zur Rettung des Euro.Lesen Sie mehr: Euro-Krise-Abdeckung Das wichtigste zu betrachten ist italienische Anleihen, da ob Kosten steigen von 4,8 % für 10 Jahre Geld derzeit auf näher 6 % Kredite, dann Italien startet es zu teuer leihen zu finden.Die Billionen-Euro-Frage ist, wenn die EZB Schritt wird in zu helfen, auch wenn es nicht erhalten können, die Reformen und Sparmaßnahmen, die es (aufgrund der politischen Situation) verlangt. Das ist der Haken an der Sache. Und es werden viele in der Stadt, die heute diese Frage nachzudenken.Eindeutig auf den Finanzmärkten ist zu einer Zentralbank eine gefährliche Sache zu tun. Soros abgebrochen hat die Bank of England am schwarzen Mittwoch 1992, Milliarden von zwingen Sterling aus der EWU, aber das war vor langer Zeit.Italien vermeidet Panik bei einer Anleihe-AuktionWas wir aus dieser Krise gelernt haben ist nicht gegen "die Fed" (oder der EZB). Im vergangenen Sommer der EZB Chef Mario Draghi setzen eine Linie im Sand mit seiner "Waffenlieferung" (zur Rettung des Euro) Rede.Aber als Teil dieser Verpflichtung betont er immer wieder neue Hilfe der EZB kommt an Bedingungen geknüpft. Und diese Bedingungen sind was also nachteilig für die Italiener--Sparmaßnahmen und Reformen erwiesen haben.Wir haben also zwei unerbittliche Objekte zueinander Rast. Das politische Chaos in Italien und den Wählern Abneigung gegen Sparmaßnahmen und Reformen (etablierten Technokrat Mario Monti Befragten nur 10 %).Was passiert als nächstes? Der Status Quo können weiter, wenn italienische Kreditkosten nicht von hier aus steigen und Italien daher nicht EZB-Hilfe braucht.Wenn Märkte glauben an Draghi und Brüssel weiterhin, dass der Euro "unumkehrbar" ist, dann weiterhin Investoren nach Italien zu verleihen. Ja, Märkte werden nervös und ängstlich, aber Italien wird schließlich klären sich politisch. Der große Vorteil für Italien ist, obwohl es viele Schulden hat, ist es nicht schaffen, Schulden schnell (wie Griechenland, Spanien oder auch England). Und wie ich gestern auf meinem CooperCity-Blog, das positive Ergebnis von allen, was das sein könnte, dass Brüssel Rücken aus aus Sparsamkeit, was eine gute Sache wäre. Die Grundregel der Finanzierung ist jedoch, dass hohes Risiko mit hoher Rendite kommt. Soros hat ein großes Spiel gegen der britischen Zentralbank, aber es angeblich machte ihn ein Milliardär über Nacht. Es muß ein paar Hecke Geldgeber italienische Verhältnisse mit ähnlichen Gier in ihren Augen zu betrachten. Wenn er den Euro zu retten will, ist es Zeit für Mario Draghi, die Furcht vor Gott wieder in solche Herzen. Dies sehen: http://bradleyassociatesspaintyleruda.blogspot.com/2011/10/bradley-associates-madrid-frage-was-ist.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIIXuCo8kqk

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Open Source Ecology

Member Mikolynn suggested a new link to a site that will be of interest for most of our community: Open Source Ecology

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when america goes down the drain and all hell breaks loose, what items would i need to have to survive?

Im talking things such as gas masks and things like that. and how i could make these things cheap.

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40% Off: an art show for the new economy

Come on out to 40% Off: an art show for the new economy this Friday!New artwork from:Aaron GemanBen CowdenDaniel BenoitLuigi OldaniMitch HeinrichRandy SarafanNoah WeinsteinShelly CournoyerPlus, 40 gallons of delicious home brewed beer from Dying Vines, drink serving robots, live music from Belly of the Whale, Tiny Things and No's at 10PM, 8000 sq. ft of community art space, 1200 sq. ft of show space, a big yard with a fire barrel, a bus, a man living in a shipping container and many classic mercedes cars!Friday, February 20th, 2008 at 7PMABCo artspace3135 Filbert St.Oakland, CAMore at http://sfmedialabs.com/

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Fuel economy of the world's longest in-service ship

The Emma Maersk is the second longest ship in the world, and the longest currently in service. It's so large, it looks photoshopped into any picture it appears. Driving such a large ship requires a lot of power. From Wikipedia:The Emma Maersk is powered by a Wartsila-Sulzer 14RTFLEX96-C engine, currently the world's largest single diesel unit, weighing 2,300 tons and capable of 109,000 horsepower (82 MW). The ship has several features to protect the environment. This includes recycling the exhaust, mixed with fresh air, back into the engine for reuse. This not only increases efficiency by as much as 12% but also reduces engine emissions. Instead of biocides, used by much of the industry to keep barnacles off of the hull, a special silicone-based paint is used. This increases the ship's efficiency by reducing drag while also protecting the ocean from biocides that may leak. The silicone paint covering the part of the hull below the waterline is credited for lowering the water drag enough to save 1200 tons of fuel per year.We started talking about energy consumption after watching a practice version of Saul's upcoming E-Tech Keynote, Energy Literacy, and Dave Culp of Kiteship and Speed Sailing did a back-of-the-envelope MPG calculation for this ship:A few more facts about Emma Maersk:Running at her rated 80 Mw, her main engines burn 14 tons of residual fuel each hour. Annually, that's 97,400 tons of fuel. Her auxiliaries, delivering their full 30 Mw, burn an additional 6.6 tons/hour, for a total fuel burn of 20.6 tons/hour. Given 290 steaming days/year (80% capacity factor, which is conservative), this yields a total annual usage of 143,400 tons or about $64.5 million in annual fuel costs.Burning 20.6 tons/hour = 6724 gals/hour. At 31 kts/hour, this equals .0046 nautical miles/gallon. At 6076 ft/nautical mile, that's 28 feet/gallon of fuel burned.The 1200 tons saved by her "revolutionary" bottom paint represents a bit less than 1% of this cost, so increases her fuel mileage to 28.2 feet/gallon.Dave concludes:You gotta haul a lot of containers full of $7 tee shirts to make this profitable.28 feet/gallon!Images from jtashipphoto.dk and Wikipedia.

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What does the Huawei trade ban mean for us?

You might have got in the news ages ago but for those in other countires:The company Huawei together with some of the subdivided companies got involved in the trade war between China and the US.In terms of consequenses for the users we certainly will see that there won't be any new devices getting on the local markets until this disaster got resolved.For existing users or those buying stocked items from before the ban took place the future might be not as good as previously thought.Firmware updates might not be allowed anymore, meaning if Huawei has a usable update for another region that could work it is a manual process that might render the device into a brick.Google already stopped Playstore support for many devices and there won't be any Google licinsed new devies anymore either if they get their will.Gives regional selling a whole new meaning and finally allows the full use of firmware checks and more to keep devices with addded but unlicensed Google services fully out.How did it come to the ban?The claim is that Huawei can already be used by the Chinese government to spy on users or might be to in the future.What gave it a feed for the press was the phones, the ban however is more aimed on backbone infrastructure.Collateral damage so to say.A bit like taking someone without any proof of wrongdoing and to lock him away.Oh, wait that is already a common thing...The funny thing is the same that Huawei now uses in a court claim against the US:Every hardware used for the internet in any way can have security issues.Otherwise we would not need firmware updates to fix security issues.What's the big deal then? Well, that is exactly the point Huawei is trying to make in court now.The problem behind the band and now issues worldwide is however realted to something we might not really consider at a first glance: The new 5G network for our mobile phones and other mobile devices.Once some "hackers" exposed and excessive list of security flaws in the 5G network two things became evident way too quickly:A) The same agencies that signed up on the security of the network got exposed for already impementing them into their surveillance systems.B) The securtiy flaws are so severe that anyone with access to the backbone infrastructure could basically check whatever happens on any part of the network, down to the user level and possible device control through remote services.The first is not a deal breaker as the agencies got exposed for abusing the rights of people since they exist.The second means it is no big deal to create patches for the flaws that can be implemented through firmware updates.And that is exactly the concerns of those spying on us (legally they claim).To implement the fixes you need to provide the information on the flaws and the exact way to fix them - which means you provide the information required to get acess like before even with the updates rolled out.Huawei provides everything from end user devices (phones and such), over routers and modems to the hardware required by your ISP or those in charge of the worldwide backbone infrastructure.With the ban it is now possible to get the 5G network happening with "Made in the USA" hardware only.Or, of course hardware from "trusted" companies outside the US.Brings nice and decent boost for the local harware manufactures while hiding the fact that the 5G network in the current form is more like a Swiss chesse - fully holes in terms of security.There are now claims however that say those agencies that signed up on the security "overlooked" the security flaws with the intention of having a future option against China in the trade war.Too bad the security flaws were not kep secret by those "hacker" paid to confirm the safety, instead they made an almost public event to present them.Otherwise the whole thing would have gone totally unnoticed by the world.And if such a move ever showed one thing than it is loyalty and only those countries with strong ties to the US jumped onto the ban while other either say they don't see concerns or simply wait until the concerns are proven to be real before replacing all the expensive gear with US products.If you followed the trade war a bit you realised it already thing with global consequences.Entire supply chains struggle or collapse already.Jobs are lost, economies suffer.And what was already a problem for countries outside Chinese and USA territories is now affecting the big guys as well.The world depends on fair trade.This fair bit is now devided by two countries deciding on what the rest of the world has to pay.What started with the refusal to take our rubbish was played out like a fight between two rival sibling below school age.Things are said and tossed around with no care about what happens as a result.Only problem is the toys are not stying in a kids room, the toys are things in other countries.The scratches are not a kids skin, they are in the hip pockets of everyone.Except for a few things both countries could do fine without each other that is what trading is for.But both countries want full control about everything with no care about how this affects other countries and people in the world.Prices are going up for everything as result.Will there be a winner, will there be an end, how might it end?There is only one winner and this winner is already clear, or make that two: Big companies and banks.Only those with a supply chain affected by the trade war will struggle to compensate and adjust to the changes.We just pay a higher price and have to accept it.Unless both sides give in and act like adults instead of toddlers the only possible end is once one side has fully control again.The most likely end would be a great devide between the US and China and a s result China getting an even stronger focus on being better than the rest of the world without involving it.Trillions of Dollars are wasted every year just because those two have to make copies of everything the other onew does wihtout ever really working together to more than half the costs.Not mention the money saved on no longer needing to spy on each other.Just take the moon, the USA needs to get back up there fast, China has fixed plans and India is not far behind either.Russia is stitting back and doing a bit here and there for everyone to be included without wasting too much money.If you check the territories in Antartica you will notice there is not that much Chinese presence.That bit of our world is appearntly only for peaceful exploration, despite the ever present military.Now what about the moon again ?China already managed several times to sent probes not only to the moon but also onto the moon - without any of it being detected by the US.Only once China presented images and videos it becae evident that their space program is much further ahead than previously thought.Pretending to only help the poor civilians aorund the south pole is a thing you might get away with.Not so much however when it comes to territories on the moon.If you can estabilsh a scientific base on the moon or estabilsh moning operations than how hard would it be to do the same with a military installation?And from up there even throwing rocks down to earth would do enough damage if the rocks are big enough...Nw, if you can't trsut a a space travelling country here on earth: How can you trust them to behave on the moon where really no one can go have a quick check on things?It is not like anyone would go for a quick drive to next outpost if it means risking your life every meter of the way.The consequences of this useless trade war are not only globally but start to affect the lifes everyone in the modern world.And did anyone ever consider that the atmospheric distortions are a problem for a telescope when watching the moon but not so much the other way around?Using the same digital telescope a pixel on the moon circles about 50 meters.Thanks to the long distance from out atmosphere to the moon.On the other hand the same pixel on earth, if watched from the moon, would only move around a few cm at the worst of times!

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Do the economy seats on a Japan Airlines 777-300ER have power ports?

Http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Japan_Airlines/Japan_Airlines_Boeing_777-300ER.php says yes, but http://seatexpert.com/seatmap/388/Japan_Airlines_Boeing_777-300ER_(Version_W73)/ says noIt's a round-trip flight from New York, New York (JFK) to Fukuoka, Japan.

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It was totally worth it to get Indiana Jones for $9!

Yes, a win for consumerism, the economy is saved.So which side of the bell curve do you think these shoppers fell on?

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Which is the best yet economical projector light source that can be used with a 35mm Geneva projector?

Light sources available in market or the ones that have to  be constructed, either will do the job. It is a college project with limited funds so   both economy and quality are to be considered.

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where can i get a free car (it dosnt have to run)?

My cousin lost his house (the economy) and im trying to raise money to try to get him an apartment so im doing a car bash and a car wash. 

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Go Team Earth!

I'm very proud of us, all of us. It truly takes a thriving economy to pull off something this immense and fantastically... itself. For there is nothing smaller. This is the biggest. We have pushed the envelope off the table and have gone outside the box and stomped it into the floor. The biggest ad in the worldKeep on striving, humans.

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How do I build a "horse walker" (no motor needed)?

I am wondering if anybody has ever built a horse walker before. I am looking for an easy design that will be safe and effective. I am not trying to make a fancy machine with variable speeds or forward and reverse. My girlfriend is a young horse trainer and money tight, especially with the economy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Kelly's controller slowing down manually

Greetings, I'm looking for a while now but no solution, so wanted to post this question in here. Got a e-bike that can do 90km/u but I need to keep it 45km/u for road legality. But on private property on my job and stuff, don't need the 45km/u so I wish without to connect the controller to my laptop and stuff to make it go faster and slower, twice a day, it would be handy I could let it go with a simple push of a button go slow/fast. It's about this controller: http://kellycontroller.com/keb72601x24v-72v280a6kw-bike-brushless-controller-regen-p-279.html There is software for to download: http://kellycontroller.com/mot/downloads/Kelly%20KBL%20and%20KEB%20User%20Program%20Release%20Setup%20v3.3.zip Manual aswell: http://kellycontroller.com/KEBhelp.php Also, there is a configurable boost switch if I wanted, so maybe through that ... Or an economy function... If only that could be programmed, so I can set my engine power to 100% and the economy to what ever makes it run legal speed. Hope I gave some info, to make things up for what I ment ...

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Rising Prices! What are you doing to cope?

Wow! Prices are on the rise, and RAPIDLY! $4.00 A gallon gas, here in the good ole U.S. of A. Have you been to the grocery store lately? I haven't, my heart cant stand the strain. When my wife tells me grocery-price horror stories, I have to make her stop so I can take my blood-pressure meds. I've always been frugal, maybe even tightfisted. I'd just like to build up something I'd be proud to leave my kids and grandkids some day. (Note to Skunkson: No grandkids for at least 10 years!) Sacrificing comfort in the interest of a better future is a noble cause. But the current economy is squeezin' this poor boy to death! I am: A) Trying to get a job closer to home. B) Parking the SUV. C) Driving the crappy, egg-shell, crackerbox economy car (and the Harley to soothe my male ego). D) Adjusting the thermostat. E) Doing more with the garden and the chickens. F) Rationing my beloved Coca-Cola. So what are you doing to cope with the raising cost of getting by? Real suggestions would be best, but humour wouldn't hurt, as the only thing I've laughed/cried at lately is my plummeting bank account.

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Did everyone else earn an Instructables Halloween card? Answered

I got a vague and generic email saying I have earned a Halloween card from Instructables. Then it asked for my name and mailing address. It this some sort of marketing gimmick so that Instructables can sell my information to a bunch of scam artists and the publisher's clearing house? Or is Instructables secretly working with the FBI to turn in people who have submitted Instructables that adversely affect the economy and/or domestic security? Or am I just really paranoid? Cuz I really think I earned a Halloween card. :)

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I work event photography and can't get people to stop photographing the kiosks w/camera phones Any ideas? LED? Software?

There must be something someone can come up with. I can't police every screen. It's hurting business by @20% let alone what the economy is doing to me. I use touchscreens for some systems and laptop screens for others so It must be universal. Some kind of anti photo film? would probably affect the touchscreen? Please help. Thank you for your ideas.

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Folding Bike Wheel Invented

Traveling with bikes can made easier with couplings and taking it apart, but the wheel has always been a solid item that has to be worked around. This might not be true in the future with this new folding wheel that is made up of six segments.This design by Duncan Fitzsimmons is being looked at by major manufacturers, or so he says, but no matter what it will take a while to come to market and likely cost more than all of my bikes combined. I can only hope that these eventually do some out and the economy of scale makes them only mildly ridiculous in price. link

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How to make a nearly everlasting stink bomb the size of a gumball, from common household chemicals?

My friends and I are always pulling pranks of nearly every sort on each other, the snake one got old after a month and thought I would get'em when asleep. I need it the size of a gumball, cause things in my pocket are normally that size, and common household materials due to the economy killing my money and pocket change. If any other info is needed for my reason for running people out of small rooms, let me know.

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What Grocery stores have the most reasonable prices for turkeys per pound?

Seeing that the economy has gone absolutely crazy with the outrageous prices for food!!!! I would like to ask my fellow community members if you have noticed any grocery stores who are having good deals on turkeys per pound? I live here in Northeastern Ohio and at Save a Lot(Discount food store) a turkey was $1.79 a pound. Please can somebody possibly give me some feedback on how a family of three can have a decent meal without spending my whole paycheck?

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Resistance Isn't So Futile

Nissan has introduced the Eco Pedal, an acceleration pedal that pushes back on the driver's foot if the driver is supplying unnecessary pressure and therefore being fuel inefficient. From Wired News: Nissan estimates that the Eco Pedal, coupled with the already ubiquitous instant fuel readout on the dash, can increase fuel economy 10 to 15 percent.While it may hinder driving freedom a little bit, it seems more like it's there to be a friendly little reminder. Sort of like parents when you're learning how to drive. Very environmentally friendly, fuel optimizing parents. Nissan via Wired News

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100% of Electricity from Renewable and Non-Carbon Sources in 10 Years

In the best talk of the 2008 Web 2.0 Summit Al Gore called for president-elect Obama to make a man-on-the-moon-like pledge to generate 100% of the United States' electricity from renewable and non-carbon sources within 10 years. Al Gore is truly an amazing orator, and when he got fired up about the climate, renewable energy, energy independence, and how it could play a centerpiece of our economy, I got fired up and so did the rest of the audience. What really sent shivers down my spine was this observation: When Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon, the average age of the control engineers running the mission from Houston was 26, making them 18 when Kennedy made his pledge in 1960.Generating 100% of our electricity from renewables and non-carbon sources in 10 years (let's call it 100-in-10) is the same caliber of challenge, but unlike getting to the moon -- which was something only a government could do at the time -- building a full economy of renewable energy should be orchestrated by the government, but requires the efforts of countless makers. I seem huge numbers of opportunities, both large and small, to make a difference and have impact. Get an engineering degree and invent a new type of powerplant, design and publish plans for low-cost DIY solar home heaters, be an advocate of renewable products and services. It's clear that a lot can happen in 10 years, and even if Obama doesn't call for 100-in-10, the time to make a difference is now. This is cross-posted on Makezine here.

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how do you take apart a SAMSUNG MODEL: SGH-A737, and fix it?

Ok my phone has been screwing up alot lately  and i cant get a new one because they cost alot and i cant return it because i still have half a year to go with it. and i cant get it fixed cuz it still would cost alot, the economy sucks so i dont have any extra $, the screen goes crazy everytime i slide it shut and now the buttons decide when they wanna work or not. I totally wanna throw it at a wall but if i did that then i wouldnt have a phone at all, so how do i take it apart and reassemble it??? PLEASE HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Question by hannah16  


A Giant Lands at Heathrow

The Airbus A380 has landed at Heathrow - it's first commercial flight to the UK.It is huge!24 metres high, 73m long, 80m wide - potentially carrying over 800 passengers, but instead they've installed enormous business class seat/beds, and first class passengers have their own rooms.Even it's economy-class seats are two inches wider and longer than a jumbo's.Yet they claim that it is more fuel efficient in terms of fuel per passenger per mile than an SUV such as a Rangerover!BBC news storyVideo - landing at Heathrow> Watch the wings sag as the wheels take the weight!Video - a tour inside the A380Video - on board during the flight to the UKMeet the man who's hobby is flying on the A380. He's single.Facts and figures

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New iphone 6?

The say we, the iPhone 6 is still quite far from its 'official sunrise' but rather as close as it advances now seem to be the two official versions of the device, while the price of the basic model would be around the 710 euro and then a figure even lower than the launch of the iPhone 5S 16 GB (729 €). On the price, in fact, we feed more than a suspicion that they may arrive at certain levels, but never say never, especially if the version phablet will come to the top of the hill 900 Euros and will represent the true top of the line. So, in summary, and using as a yardstick the dollar, the iPhone economy is expected to cost between 650 and 800 dollars, while the Apple iPhablet would bring with it a price that the sfiorerebbe 950-1000 dollars.

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How Did You Get Your Free or Cheap Motorcycle?

This question was inspired by 2 post: How to Get a Free Yacht, How to Revive an Old Motorcycle: Save Money on Gas/Fuel! Cheap Ride!, a question Ever Saved a Motorcycle from the Scrap Heap?, and oh yea the economy.I live in a rural area, don't know anyone with a motorcycle, and my finances (and other people's) could be helped with a free or cheap motorcycle. How did you get your free or cheap motorcycle? If you paid for it how did you calculate how much to offer? Did you have any problems getting it registered? Any other advice you think we should have on this topic? Thank-you for your help

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Help buying electronics on the internet.

I'm going to buy usb arduino board,  some leds , breadboard and some other stuff and I would like to ask a couple of questions.(I've never bought a thing on internet :S )I chose http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=666The shipment payment when do I pay for it  (does it sum up with the items, or do I pay in mail office)?(PS. I live in Lithuania) What does this mean : First Class Mail International Package $3.44 NOT TRACKED, NOT INSURED "NOT TRACKED, NOT INSURED"?and there's also International Economy (4-5 Days)   $37.48which is really not attracting me because it would cost a lot (atleast it would for me )  and it would cost more then the item I'm buying.How long would it take to ship the items(2~3 weeks?)?Thanks for reading.Help would be really appreciated :)

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Hydrogen car to be Open Source

The manufacturer of a hydrogen car unveiled in London on Tuesday will make its designs available online so the cars can be built and improved locally.The Riversimple car can go 80km/hr (50mph) and travels 322km (200mi) per re-fuelling, with an efficiency equivalent to 300 miles to the gallon....The company will distribute the engineering designs to the 40 Fires foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that will make the designs "open source".The idea, they say, is to allow local manufacturing in small plants. This stands in contrast to the "economies of scale" that drive current plants to huge sizes and workforces.In addition, designs can be adjusted for local markets, using locally sourced parts or materials.The agreement will be such that if the designs are improved by a local manufacturer, those improvements will be sent back, so that what the company refers to as its "network of manufacturers" can contribute to the overall development of the product line.

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REQUEST: Mark Instructable as Video Only

I would REALLY like to see a feature added to Instructables that would mark projects that only contain a video as "video only." While I don't mind watching someone do something - sometimes that will help illustrate a point better than words ever could - for the most part I like to do this really weird thing called reading. I know in this day and age, the desire to read the printed word is seen as obsolete and old-fashioned, but surely I cannot be alone in this! If I wanted to watch videos, I'd go to youtube. 99.99% of the time, if I click on a project and it's only a video, I click off of it, but by then, not only have I wasted that time (albeit even only a few seconds), I have also increased that project's view count. Just my two cents, worth what it is in this economy...

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Hybrid cars - uphill strategies

I own a hybrid car (Honda Insight 2nd generation - CVT) and I'm happy with the fuel economy (4.3 L/100 Km  --  54,7 MPG),  but I think there is still room for improvement. My house is on top of a hill and when I get home I have to climb steep slopes. The batteries go low and the forced regeneration kicks in. (The car uses the gas engine to recharge the batteries.) When I get home the batteries are almost fully charged. The next trip is, of course, downhill and the high state of charge prevents me from getting the maximum advantage of regenerative braking. (Put in other words: I'm burning gasoline uphill to recharge the batteries that I could charge for free driving downhill...) How could I avoid/reduce forced regeneration? What strategies do you use driving uphill? Thanks

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Experienced internship in China

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How to make a cool-looking DIY canister filter for a 10 gal guppy tank with a college student budget?

Hi everybodyi'm a newbie for diy project but i would love to give it a try. ok, so my hang on the back filter for my 10 gal tank just stopped working. i started to google for a diy filter and found a cool site to make a diy canister filter. here is the link: http://www.petfrd.com/forum/articles.php?action=viewarticle&artid;=87&page;=2however i just wonder if anyone had tried it. if you did please respond back to me with a detailed step-by-step instructions on how to assembly one. in addition, please tell me where i can get the materials for the lowest cost. i guess in this economy a college student like me just can't afford to spend too much. btw i'm in san diego ca if that helps... thanks a lot for reading my questions.best,tino

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Delay washing machine start!

Hello, I love this place and I love making things and living cheaply. However Im stuck. I have just moved into a rented property with a brand new standard Bosh washing machine. I have a baby and lots of laundry! The house is on Economy 7, so electricty is waaaay cheaper from midnight till 6am. I need to delay the start on the washing machine until say 3am so that I can bring the bills down. Please note: The machine has no memory so I cant use a timer plug (tried) To start the program you have to touch (press & release - blu tack didnt work!) the start button No I cant stay up that late every night! Help! Basically I need a simple, discreet, failsafe idea for something to touch the start button at a preset time or say 3 hours after I ask it. Ideas extremely welcome. Dean.

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Instructables Alternative Revenue Strategies

At least once a month, we do an internal brainstorming session where we think up new things for Instructables. The focus of today's session is "alternative revenue strategies." Currently, Instructables is supported by a mix of brand and contextual advertising. If the economy goes into a state where fewer people are willing to spend money advertising on Instructables, how should we pay the bills? Would you pay for a "pro-account" that had reduced advertising, or other features? What features are worth how much? How about if you could leave a tip when someone answered a question really well? Are you interested in kits or deals on supplies for projects? If so, where do you currently go looking for kits or supplies? Also, in case you're worried, we're in good shape right now, and already have a plan B (and even a plan C!). Here, I'm hoping to tap into the community for some new ideas, and hopefully come up with some new things we haven't thought of before.

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some thoughts

A couple quick observations from a web dev which i hope can be of use to you as i love your site: considering the state of the world economy, actually the general state of the world, and the recent interest in gardening, i think that agriculture, or gardening, or growing food, or whatever you want to call it should be one of the main topics in the top nav. right now it sits uncomfortably between 'food' & 'life'. the help-> feedback was difficult for me to find because i did not equate feedback with help, i think 'feedback' should be in the left pulldown along with forums, marketplace, and help, and then you could even break it down into different feedback categories. the google ads are styled exactly like the rest and are right up the top before everything else. they got me the first time, and that's all well and good, as you deserve the $$. maybe it's too aggressive though, and may annoy people, even if subconsciously over the long term. maybe just reducing their font-size and arranging them horizontally would strike a good balance? best, _c

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Wheelchairs suck!

Hi, my name is Mary Heacock, a.k.a. Queen Mary, because if I have to sit in a chair, I’m gonna make it a THRONE! Wheelchairs suck! So I made something better, but no one cares. The market actually has disincentives to innovation. It just cost too much to innovate with very little to no reward. The current marketplace just will not respond. So I am building an entirely new collaborative marketplace to sky rocket innovation and bury costs. Cripple A will provide a collaborative platform (Autodesk Fusion 360) to support innovation and small manufacturing. This is truly what they mean by triple bottom line. The cripple wins with better gear, the innovator wins with micromanufacturing opportunities and the public wins with an entirely new bottom up economy. See the instructible that I published to explain my journey here:  https://www.instructables.com/id/The-THRONE-how-to-fix-a-crappy-industry-pun-intend/ I am but one person, but I know I can make a difference. Do you know anyone who’s up for changing the world? Better buckle up, Mary PS I have holes in my brain so I am terribly unreliable especially with forums such as this. Please be patient with me as I work out a system.

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Europe Turns Back to Coal, Raising Climate Fears

Europe, with its smart cars, good public transportation, and high density, is often a beacon of hope for environmentally-conscious Americans. However, since coal remains a relatively cheap source of energy (at least in the short-term...), many European countries are turning to it as oil and gas prices rise, and concerns about energy stability and independence grow stronger. Europe Turns Back to Coal, Raising Climate FearsOver the next five years, Italy will increase its reliance on coal to 33 percent from 14 percent. And Italy is not alone in its return to coal. Driven by rising demand, record high oil and natural gas prices, concerns over energy security and an aversion to nuclear energy, European countries are expected to put into operation about 50 coal-fired plants over the next five years, plants that will be in use for the next five decades. The fast-expanding developing economies of India and China, where coal remains a major fuel source for more than two billion people, have long been regarded as among the biggest challenges to reducing carbon emissions. But the return now to coal even in eco-conscious Europe is sowing real alarm among environmentalists who warn that it is setting the world on a disastrous trajectory that will make controlling global warming impossible.

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Ethanol-fueled Hummer - E85 H2

Do you think the people who designed this had some sort of irony-deflecting helmets?Hummer will offer E85-compatible flexfuel engines on both the H2 and H2 SUT starting for model year 2009, and by 2010, all Hummer models will be flexfuel-compatible. We'd have to put a few hundred miles on a test rig to say for certain, but based on our experiences with (a) Hummers and (b) ethanol rigs, we'd wager that the 2009 Hummer H2 E85 may well deliver the absolute worst fuel economy of any vehicle based off a light-duty truck chassis sold in the US in the last 20 years. Our guess: 11 mpg highway, 8 city. Going downhill. With a tailwind.As a special added bonus, E85 Hummer owners will be doing their part to jack up their monthly grocery bills---and everyone else's too--as increased demand for E85 has caused a serious disruption in a major component of America's food supply, which in turn has adversely affected the price of meat and dairy products, sodas and sweets, breads and breakfast cereals, baby formula, jellies and jams, salad dressings, and yes, even our beloved corn dogs. Now you've really ticked us off! But hey, it's clean and it's green. When you put it that way, $7.99 for a bag of tortilla chips doesn't sound so bad after all, now does it?via Fourwheeler

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We're running some experiments

As the economy ebbs and flows, so does the advertising industry. Since Instructables' only current sources of revenue are contextual and brand advertising, our future has a few more question marks than it did a few months ago. We're currently engaged in a number of experiments to see how some of our ideas around alternative revenue sources pan out. For example, we're currently asking non-logged in users to create an account to access all of the large images in an Instructable. Whether we decide to make any of these changes permanent depends on how they perform, feedback from the community, and if and when brand advertising picks back up. Advertising underwrites the creation, hosting, and distribution of a tremendous amount of awesome content. Keeping that content flowing when advertising has a down turn requires some creative thinking, and often requires business models that are not free. While we have no plans to charge our community to submit or get access to the Instructables content (because really, it's your content in the first place), we are experimenting and thinking about premium models around how that content is displayed and other features you may find valuable. If you see something out of the ordinary, please give us the benefit of the doubt while we experiment to find ways to ensure we're around for a long time to come.

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Anyone tried pumping cold water through the heater core on a non-A/C car as an alternative to A/C?

My idea is that during the summer months, the heater core could be bypassed of hot coolant with a section of copper pipe. With a cooler in the trunk filled with ice-water, containing a 12V pump/sump set-up, cold water could then be ran through the heater core. If the core is cold, and air is being pushed through it, the air would thus be cooled off before being pushed through the factory vents. The fist of only two issues I can see, is that the blown air may be hot air from the engine bay, thus harder to cool off. However, my vehicle has a feature that 'recycles' the air from inside my cabin as apposed to bringing in outside air. This might rule out the concern of cooling hot air. The second issue would be the possibility that the material which the heater core is comprised (probably aluminum) and/or its seams/welds may not hold up under such cold conditions, as it is designed for hot coolant to pass through. However, cars have cold coolant for several minutes on start-up in the winter, and many people crank the heater long before the coolant is warm, thus the core probably could withstand the cold exposure. I've never asked a question on here before. I'm not sure what I hope o gain from doing so. But if you have tried this or just have 2 cents to add... please, share. Thanks.

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Constantly Evolving MMO Roleplay

So I came up with an idea for a pretty awesome MMO game.  Basically it's set in medieval times with swords and armor like your typical Elder Scrolls game.  You play as an adventurer building wealth getting a house ect. like a survival server in minecraft.  The only computer characters in the game are ones employed by a person to do work.  In a minecraft role-play server the downfall is nobody wants to sit around in a shop all day.  To solve this problem people employ workers in their shops.  The cool thing is people get a lot and can basically take to building anything they can afford.  The employed people come with various skills, wages, and levels.  The shop keeper can set up trade routes and gather supplies for his shop.  People who build better shops make more money by having better signs and better hospitality (more expensive to employ but happier customers).  You can build as many shops as you can afford and they can do anything.  To keep the virtual economy flowing people must eat food and consume a specified amount to be able to live.  So you must have so many grams of food each day which you can buy from shops, get from your farm ect. and then every week you must flow money out which can be in the form of repairs or sickness, or theft.  Now this all sounds pretty cool right, but wait for what comes next.  Lets review first though Join the game as adventurer Gain wealth Choose a career: shopkeeper / warrior / thief / assassin / ect.  If the thief of criminal is caught the fate is decided by the king. Gain power, prowice, friends Keep the economy flowing As I am typing this I realize the game would need to employ an economist to help prevent an in game depression or economic collapse. Now its time for some fun.  The game encourages the development of kingdoms.  By making friends and gaining in-game recognition someone can become king and gain ownership over a kingdom.  With enough wealth and land possession a king will be able to choose to build a kingdom.  These kingdoms are pre-set with boundaries and costs already incorporated.  As with all MMO games there are multiple worlds to log into and each one has multiple kingdoms within.  This allows for kings to go to war ect.  The whole game has very few limits on what can happen, however seeing as monopolies can ruin a game when someone becomes too powerful the game automatically sends bad things their way such as plague, fire, catastrophe ect.  Also to prevent one king from keeping power for the whole existence of this game every week things get a little harder for the king and his subjects are manipulated to go against him more and more until the kingdom finally collapses and starts anew.  This helps keep people hoping and wanting to try.  This is the basic idea of the game and I will now go into more detail on the interworking details.  Feel free to share your ideas to help with the development of this game. Details in a completely random unorganized order: King can collect taxes spend in various ways and do all that he can to maintain power.  He can employ and army and select various people to go underneath him such as dukes and lords.  The arm can be commanded by the king and at his expense be transported very quickly to a battlefield.  Generals command groups and keep track of all their men which helps the king prevent deserting soldiers.   The game's currency is dealt out to new players in various ways.  A quest may be formed, or a reward/bounty given to players so they can start making money.  The money payed to computer controlled employees goes out of the game and is carefully monitored to help keep the economy balanced. The total currency in the game can be increased or decreased in additional balancing attempts.  Thats what the full time economist is for. Resources are out there and just like with the currency, their appearance is carefully regulated.  Giant forests will exist making wood and endless resource, however from the start wood is fairly cheap.  Stone can be mined all over, however it is difficult to collect, shape and transport making more expensive.  Then there are gold diamonds iron ect. which are hard to find and appear in mines based on special algorithms.  The game will constantly be improved and will launch with hundreds to thousands of items which people can make and purchase.  Items can also be custom crafted either by the blacksmith or a painter which allows for unique items and helps create a competitive market.  There are in game "easter eggs" which can be found through experimentation so when a blacksmith gets it just right he can have super strong and lightweight armor, bound to his name which can create a buz about how special so and so's armor is.   Your help: How do we develop this, how do we get it out to the public, is it a good idea? What is wrong, what is right?  We were thinking kick-starter then employing a game development company.  How much does one need to develop a game like this?  Will it have public support?  How should you get the game.  Single purchase,  monthly subscription, in game purchases, purchase a character when character dies he is gone or some other ideas? Thanks

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What are you giving this year?

With the economy in the crapper, it's an especially good time to consider de-commercializing the holidays. I'm not saying I don't want to get (er, I mean *give*) a ton of gifts, but let's get real. I can't even afford to set foot in a mall right now, and I can only virtually window-shop online.So what am I going to do?The more I think about the state of the States right now, the more I think about the world at large.Frankly, I don't want to spend my money on the gifts that I can afford - gifts that are probably made in sweat shops with terrible conditions and sub-living wages.And I really can't afford to support the local designers using only organic denim to make those great jeans, no matter how much I'd like to.But heck, I'm a crafty person! And I'm surrounded by a creative community from whom I could learn a myriad of new skills.And I figured if I'm feeling this way, there's probably a few of you out there who can identify.So hey, let's put this site and this community to work!What are we gonna make this year?Let's come together as a helpful, creative community and share some ideas, then work with each other figure out the best ways to get them made.So tell us your ideas. If you already know how you're going to go about it, great, share that too! You'll be sure to inspire others.Have an idea that you don't know how to actuate? Share that too, and we as a community will come up with some answers.What do you say??

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And the winner is...

It's that time of year again - the Annals of Improbable Research has announced the 2010 IgNobel Prizes. It makes you proud to be British.... The full list of winners: Engineering Prize: Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse (UK) and colleagues for perfecting a method to collect whale snot, using a remote-control helicopter. Medicine Prize: Simon Rietveld (Netherlands) and colleagues for discovering that symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride. Transportation Planning Prize: Toshiyuki Nakagaki (Japan) and colleagues for using slime mould to determine the optimal routes for railroad tracks. Physics Prize: Lianne Parkin (New Zealand) and colleagues for demonstrating that, on icy footpaths in wintertime, people slip and fall less often if they wear socks on the outside of their shoes. Peace Prize: Richard Stephens (UK) and colleagues for confirming the widely held belief that swearing relieves pain. Public health Prize: Manuel Barbeito (US) and colleagues for determining by experiment that microbes cling to bearded scientists. Economics Prize: Awarded to the executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money — ways that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk for the world economy, or for a portion thereof. Chemistry Prize: Eric Adams (US) and colleagues for disproving the old belief that oil and water don't mix. The research, supported by BP, was published under the title: "Review of Deep Oil Spill Modeling Activity Supported by the Deep Spill JIP and Offshore Operator's Committee". Management Prize: Alessandro Pluchino (Italy) and colleagues for demonstrating mathematically that organisations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random. Biology Prize: Libiao Zhang (China) and colleagues for scientifically documenting fellatio in fruit bats.

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