Some interesting weekend reading
In case my boss is reading, the following are interesting tidbits I’ve come across while researching for JobTrac listings:
Inexplicable flashes of electricity burst out of powdery materials seconds before they form cracks and fail. If better understood, the flashes could be monitored to forewarn of earthquakes, concrete bridge collapses or failures in the ceramic components of engines, such as turbine blades. …
Renewable energy received record investment in 2011 and expanded massively, but it also struggled with dwindling political support and plummeting prices. The industry faces several more years of growing pains before it can properly compete with fossil fuels. …
Blue skies would fade to hazy white if geoengineers inject light-scattering aerosols into the upper atmosphere to offset global warming. Critics have already warned that this might happen, but now the effect has been quantified. …
Neon light from around 1935 found behind wall in bathroom at historic Clifton’s Cafeteria in Los Angeles.
Spanish drivers were treated to an amusing sight over the weekend — a truck electronically towing a chain of cars behind it.
An angler has claimed to have caught a one-in-a-million “Frankenstein fish,” which appears to be up of three different species.
Exhaust fumes from diesel engines do cause cancer, a panel of experts working for the World Health Organization says.
It concluded that the exhausts were definitely a cause of lung cancer and may also cause tumors in the bladder.
There are many things that could block a stormwater drain.
But a wombat?
Jeff Moore is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He sometimes always works 9-5.