Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Government Health Care - Not So Sure

Heck, I knew long ago that government run health care is a REALLY bad idea, but this is a nice illustration. Take a peek around the med schools. People are talking about switching careers rather than becoming doctors or nurses, should this monstrosity pass. Costs will go up, choices will go down. Take a look at the CATO Institute's article "WHO's Fooling Who? The World Health Organization's Problematic Ranking of Health Care Systems" I like that we have options, and that I don't have to wait months for treatment, and that my mom stills gets treated even though she's old.

Since when has the government been efficient and effective at running anything? Think DMV and Veteran's Hospitals. This is not good. They can't even buy ham and cheese at a reasonable price.

I am hoping and praying that congress comes to its senses and averts this fiasco (and contacting my representatives). What a mess.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Nanopillar Solar Cells

From Technology Review:

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have made a new kind of solar cell by growing an array of upright nanoscale pillars on aluminum foil. They make bendable solar cells by encapsulating the entire cell inside a transparent, rubbery polymer. The design, the researchers suggest, could lead to solar cells that cost less than conventional silicon photovoltaics.

This is the type of renewable energy news I like to see. Scientists working to develop an affordable product with a lot of potential practical applications. Go, you treehuggers, go!