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I have an Econ degree from UW Madison. I make my comments about macroeconomics. And given the state of the macroeconomics, I am learning to let go of the fascinations with fiat currency, and focus on tangible wealth like water, food, shelter, silver, gardens and bicycles.
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  • Supergiant Gas Field In The Mediterranean Doubles Size Record | IFLScience

    Sep 03 9:09 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Moore's Law Applied To Solar Energy

    'In what the University of New South Wales described as a world first, the researchers were able to convert more than 40 percent of sunlight hitting the panels into electricity.

    "This is the highest efficiency ever reported for sunlight conversion into electricity," UNSW Professor Martin Green said in a statement.

    "We used commercial solar cells, but in a new way, so these efficiency improvements are readily accessible to the solar industry."

    While traditional methods use one solar cell, which limits the conversion of sunlight to electricity to about 33 percent, the newer technology splits the sunlight into four different cells, which boosts the conversion levels, Green told AFP.

    The record efficiency level was achieved in tests in Sydney and replicated at the United States government's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the university said.

    The prototype technology is set to be harnessed by Australian company RayGen Resources for solar power towers, which use sun-tracking mirrors to focus sunlight on a tall building.'

    Dec 09 11:35 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Stock Rover Screening Tools

    A good stock screener is needed to perform this research. I used the screener built into Stock Rover, but there are a number of other free screeners available on the Web that will do the job. Note the screening process considered stocks traded on NYSE, NASDAQ and Toronto exchanges only.

    The exact criteria I used for the screen was as follows:

    • Market Cap ($M) > 2000
    • Payout Ratio < 35%
    • Dividend Yield > 1.0% and < 4.0%
    • Dividend Growth 5‑Year Avg > 5%
    • Dividend Growth 3‑Year Avg > 6%
    • Dividend Growth 1‑Year Chg > 7%
    • Sales Growth 5-Year Avg > 6%
    • EPS Growth 5-Year Avg > 10%
    Apr 11 12:02 PM | Link | Comment!
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