Saturday, February 23, 2013


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Dateline: 23 February 2013

AxSA: Factoid of the Week
Our current energy renaissance could be bolstered by the liquefaction capabilities of natural-gas producers, a process that enables them to store and transport the commodity easily, even across oceans, but the opportunity for securing a place in the global market is fleeting. If allowed by the federal government, liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States to other parts of the world would not just radically impact our trade deficit; the exports would generate billions in tax revenue and create thousands of well-paying, domestic jobs. Unfortunately, the planned number of LNG facilities, worldwide, would create far more capacity than is needed to meet real demand. In fact, in the U.S., plans awaiting approval to build new LNG facilities promise to bring 28.7 trillion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas to market, while new foreign capacity may yield another 50 trillion cubic feet of LNG. At present, though, global capacity stands at 37 trillion cubic feet, and according to Credit Suisse, by 2025, global demand for LNG will only rise to roughly 64 trillion cubic feet.

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News & Commentary
Should I Start a Business? Answering a Common Question
Psychology Today
Findings suggest that most of you would never elect to venture into business because of a deep aversion to risk and the strong tendency to seek comfort and security. More

The Fiscal Crisis
The Manufactured Crisis of the Sequester
Washington Post
The White House is predicting market-rousing difficulties if the sequestration is not prevented on March 1, 2013, but George Will argues that the effects of these spending cuts may not be so dire, after all. More

A Dangerous Game of Chicken
Looking beyond sequestration, a new issue arises in late March: can our divided leaders reach a compromise to either pass a budget or another continuing resolution, in order to prevent a federal government shutdown? More

The Bank Where Doctors Can Stash Your Genome
Technology Review
A new type of company is cropping up that will allow medical professionals to store and study your genome sequence, in order to provide you with more individualized treatment. More

A Genetic Code for Genius?
Wall Street Journal
Researchers in Hong Kong theorize that, if certain genes are synonymous with lower IQs, then other genes must have a significant collation to higher degrees of intelligence. If they are right, we will eventually be able to predict and test for inherited cognitive abilities. More

The Criminal Element
Death in Singapore
Financial Times
Police in this city-state say that Shane Todd, an engineer from the United States, committed suicide in his Chinatown apartment, but members of his family and other associates believe he was likely killed for his work on GaN technology. More

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