clark cable in black and white, graphene makes clean water from sea water, signal bridge black and white

Clark Gable

Clark Cable (William Clark Gable,February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960). I haven’t seen a poll, but I’m going to guess that he is best remembered for Gone With The Wind, a horrendous movie. If I had to pick a favorite it would be his last film, The Misfit (1961) in which he co-starred with Marilyn Monroe ( also one of her best films), Montgomery Cliff and the great Eli Wallach. A close second would be It Happened One Night (1934), which became the first film ever to win the “Big Five” Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Writing).  Also worth a look are Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Run Silent Run Deep (1958). He was married to Carole Lombard who died tragically in a plane accident.

This might be a real game changer in terms of survival rates for millions of the world’s poor and for international security issues, Lockheed Martin Corp finds method for cheap, clean water from seawater

A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially making it vastly cheaper to produce clean water at a time when scarcity has become a global security issue.

The process, officials and engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp say, would enable filter manufacturers to produce thin carbon membranes with regular holes about a nanometer in size that are large enough to allow water to pass through but small enough to block the molecules of salt in seawater. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.

Because the sheets of pure carbon known as graphene are so thin – just one atom in thickness – it takes much less energy to push the seawater through the filter with the force required to separate the salt from the water, they said.

The development could spare underdeveloped countries from having to build exotic, expensive pumping stations needed in plants that use a desalination process called reverse osmosis.

“It’s 500 times thinner than the best filter on the market today and a thousand times stronger,” said John Stetson, the engineer who has been working on the idea. “The energy that’s required and the pressure that’s required to filter salt is approximately 100 times less.”

Access to clean drinking water is increasingly seen as a major global security issue. Competition for water is likely to lead to instability and potential state failure in countries important to the United States, according to a U.S. intelligence community report last year.

“Between now and 2040, fresh water availability will not keep up with demand absent more effective management of water resources,” the report said. “Water problems will hinder the ability of key countries to produce food and generate electricity.”

About 780 million people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water, the United Nations reported last year.

 Semaphore signals on signal bridge No. 7. South Station Tower No. 1 & Interlocking System, Dewey Square, Boston, Suffolk County, MA

 Semaphore signals on signal bridge No. 7. South Station Tower No. 1 & Interlocking System, Dewey Square, Boston, Suffolk County, MA.

Conservatives used to like – and probably still do and I just haven’t read it lately to call anyone concerned about the environment – Luddites. That seems ironic now since they are the ones fighting technological progress and a cleaner, better country for your children,  Report Shows Fox News Is Wrong About Green Jobs. Fox News has become the hipster channel, rational people only watch it ironically for laughs.

Another Football Player Accused Of Rape, Another Community Blaming The Victim. There are some crimes and social issues where there is some daylight for a little moral ambiguity. Rape,and certainly raping a minor is not one of them.