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  1. JacksinPA

    Monday I get shot

    Phone rang midday. It was a nurse at my PCP's office. She asked if I wanted the vaccine. I'm now scheduled Monday PM at the hospital. I had cancelled two elective procedures until after I was vaccinated. Depending on the vaccine, I have 3-4 weeks for shot #2, then another 3-4 weeks before I...
  2. JacksinPA

    Hunt for renewable plastics clears a hurdle

    https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6532/873 (subscription) Plastics are a climate problem. Making precursors for common plastics, such as ethylene and carbon monoxide (CO), consumes fossil fuels and releases plenty of carbon dioxide (CO2). In recent years, chemists have devised...
  3. JacksinPA

    Commercial antenna for my wideband SWL project

    I agree. I found the design equations for a bicone that can be made from just copper antenna wire, some insulators & a couple of N-connectors. Probably less than $50.
  4. JacksinPA

    ‘Go somewhere else’: Florida officials crack down on spring break amid COVID pandemic

    https://nypost.com/2021/02/24/go-somewhere-else-florida-officials-crack-down-on-spring-break-amid-covid-pandemic/ Florida officials are cracking down on spring-breakers hoping to flee to the state’s beaches amid the pandemic. New restrictions are being implemented to help slow the spread of...
  5. JacksinPA

    Agency permanently bans fracking near Delaware River

    The Delaware River commission is necessary because several states are affected by that river. Is your river basin multi-state?
  6. JacksinPA

    Costco lifts minimum wage above Amazon or Target to $16 per hour

    Unfortunately, companies will always think of their employees as an expense that can be readily replaced. Based on what I was told the minimum wage in 1960 ($1.50/hr) was only worth under $11 today, so $15 is just going to raise prices & fan inflation. Look what it did to the minimum wage since...
  7. JacksinPA

    Electrochemical Synthesis of Ammonia from Nitrogen Under Mild Conditions: Current Status and Challenges

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41918-019-00061-3?utm_source=TrendMD&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Electrochemical_Energy_Reviews_TrendMD_1&origin=df8b3fdf30f42adb4135c16adeb16ad5 Abstract The electrochemical synthesis of ammonia under mild conditions has attracted significant interest...
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    Martian rover sends back ‘overwhelming’ video, audio from the Red Planet

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/martian-rover-sends-back-overwhelming-video-audio-red-planet (subscription) Just four Martian days after touching down on the Red Planet, NASA’s Perseverance rover has sent back its first video of its new home: a 1-minute arabesque of color and motion...
  9. JacksinPA

    Costco lifts minimum wage above Amazon or Target to $16 per hour

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-costco-wholesale-pay/costco-lifts-minimum-wage-above-amazon-or-target-to-16-per-hour-idUSKBN2AP28X (Reuters) - Costco Wholesale Corp is raising the minimum wage for its hourly staff to $16 from next week, a dollar more than what its competitors Amazon.com Inc...
  10. JacksinPA

    China denies subjecting US diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests

    The anal swab test is legitimate. That's what they have, so go with it, diplomatic immunity or not. This is one of the reasons why huge China got an early grip on the virus.
  11. JacksinPA

    China denies subjecting US diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests

    https://apnews.com/article/china-denies-anal-covid-tests-diplomats-9a99c52ffea78e9c50ed7aaa8e8c9efd</div> BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday denied subjecting U.S. diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests following reports from Washington that some of its personnel were being made to undergo the...
  12. JacksinPA

    Agency permanently bans fracking near Delaware River

    PA does not require a radon test in order to sell a house. NJ does. After they found that I had been inhaling radon above the limit for 28 years, we had to do remediation, including a blower fan. I see a few in the 'hood so I ordered a home radon test, which is actually 2 tests so that one can...
  13. JacksinPA

    China approves two more COVID-19 vaccines for wider use

    https://apnews.com/article/public-health-health-coronavirus-pandemic-china-taiwan-7574295bb088381c7616c2b724f60b8e</div> TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China approved two more COVID-19 vaccines for wider use Thursday, adding to its growing arsenal of shots. The National Medical Products Administration...
  14. JacksinPA

    Former Michigan Gov. Granholm confirmed as energy secretary

    https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-technology-biden-cabinet-michigan-jennifer-granholm-15acadc1a86559e3a8a7e1d026a0732f WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be President Joe Biden’s energy secretary. The vote was 64-35. Granholm, who...
  15. JacksinPA

    Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot, French bulldogs stolen in LA

    https://apnews.com/article/lada-gaga-dogs-stolen-walker-shot-4af7138daa4fbbb6201a0ee75c7ace49</div> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of the singer’s French bulldogs were stolen in Hollywood during an armed robbery, police said. The dog walker was shot once Wednesday...
  16. JacksinPA

    Agency permanently bans fracking near Delaware River

    https://apnews.com/article/fracking-ban-vote-delaware-river-16dbb425b97cff0fb6f10186b0a2bae8</div> A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply of more than 13 million people in four Northeastern states voted Thursday to permanently ban natural gas drilling and fracking near a...
  17. JacksinPA

    Man calls 911, confesses to shooting naked man outside home

    https://apnews.com/article/florida-man-911-confess-shot-naked-man-1af2ec87b6420e07839dbf4b81b72544 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — A naked man who was knocking on doors at a South Florida apartment complex was shot on Wednesday by someone who then called 911 to turn himself in, police said. The...
  18. JacksinPA

    Manhattan prosecutor gets Trump tax records after long fight

    https://apnews.com/article/manhattan-prosecutor-trump-tax-records-87f675d7ae8e24fbf2e8f33c480869d6</div> NEW YORK (AP) — A New York prosecutor has obtained copies of Donald Trump’s tax records after the Supreme Court this week rejected the former president’s last-ditch effort to prevent them...
  19. JacksinPA

    Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

    https://apnews.com/article/flu-has-disappeared-us-pandemic-2145d999319b53d8a32a829a324f398d NEW YORK (AP) — February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year. Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with...
  20. JacksinPA

    United Airlines announces investigation into leak of Cruz's Cancun flight information

    There were a number of people in that airport that videoed Cruz. It's not like his departure to Cancun was a state secret. And to conclude that it might be a United employee who dropped a dime on him is really reaching. Airports are public spaces.
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