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Lithium Extraction – the price

This was posted to Friendica today. I am sharing as it seems a really important discussion point.

On the one hand, we are being encouraged to buy electric cars, we are becoming more reliant on electronic devices. All of which use a power source which uses the Element Lithium, this has to come from somewhere, but what is the price.

Reference and source of the article and link below.
Khurram Wadee 1 hour ago diaspora Mark Lansbury 2020-01-24 08:27:16

Lithium Extraction for E-mobility Robs Chilean Communities of Water

“Before the mining companies arrived here, there was a lot of water. But mining has consumed the groundwater, the companies even take water from the river, so we farmers don't get the water we need any more.”

In the middle of the world's driest desert is a vast expanse of turquoise basins, each one like a colossal swimming pool, up to 20 times the size of a football field.

The pools are filled with a salty brine pumped up from ancient reservoirs under the desert. It also contains lithium carbonate, the raw material for a light, silvery metal that happens to be a component of the batteries now used by virtually all computers, phones and electric cars.

At first glance, Chile's Atacama Desert looks a barren, inhospitable place. Yet indigenous people and animals have long thrived there. Now locals says they're having to compete with the lithium industry for the desert's limited water resources.

Coyo is one of dozens of Likan-antai communities that live in the desert's small oases. The community takes turns to tap the San Pedro River water and after waiting for two weeks, today, Hugo Diaz can finally water his crops.

Makes an interesting discussion, we need to think about how we consume and where everything that goes in to this comes from. Lots of talk about where food comes from, even less discussion as to where other products come from, and like with people thinking food comes from the supermarket, phones, tablets, TVs ,computers do not just come from the local electrical retailer.

#Lithium, #Chile, #mining, #water, #desert, #depletion

You can find me on Friendica at zleap@social.isurf.ca


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Code Club 01/02/2020

The next Code Club will be on Saturday 1st February at Paignton Library and information Centre.

Carrying on from what we were doing on 18/1/2020, If anyone is interested in the Hour Of Code activity, we can have a go at that too.

More Scratch 3.0 coding, which is great and a good starting point before moving on to other programming languages.

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Rocksndiamonds. which I hope we can eventually use to learn level layout.

References and further information

#coding, #codeclub, #programming, #scratch, #python, #html, #css, #javascript,#coding

You can find me on Friendica at zleap@social.isurf.ca


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As I have signed up to various science based courses, mostly with OpenLearn at the moment. I have signed up to the ScienceForums website.

This is a free message forum where you can discuss a wide range of science topics, ask questions, help others. It is quite advanced in places but this suits me fine. You can learn by just reading the questions and answers from different users.

As I am also on IRC then I have joined both physics and chemistry channels on Freenode. This is in order to ask questions or clarification. The physics channel is more useful for the astronomy and astrophysics based courses.

You can join the IRC community via the Freenode Webchat tool.

These websites can really complement e-learning and they provide a way to chat to people who share a real interest in these subjects.

These sites should also be able to complement the e-learning forum that I posted about yesterday.

#science, #forums, #help, #support, #homework

You can find me on Friendica at zleap@social.isurf.ca


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I am have set up a forum on Torbay Together. This is a local website to support the volunteer sector and community within Torbay. The site allows people to post volunteer opportunities, share skills etc.

As I am undertaking distance learning with OpenLearn, as well as other providers. I have set up a forum on Torbay Together. You will need to sign up to Torbay Together, follow the above link and click on e-learning and self teaching support network. And you will be taken to the forum page(s).

The idea is to swap impartial advice, hints, website urls etc I am not in a position to advise on which courses are best for individual needs.

For the most part the forum can at least signpost to different providers it is then up to the learner to do their own research as to the suitability.

e-learning

#learning, #distance, #internet, #e-learning.

You can find me on Friendica at zleap@social.isurf.ca


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If you would like to try out different desktop environments on a GNU / Linux based OS then Debian offers a tool called tasksel. This will make it easier to choose a different desktop environment for example.

You need to run this as root.

#tasksel

which presents you with the following.

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The tasksel tool runs as part of the text based installation routine but post install you may want to change something without having to resort to using synaptic or other graphical package manager or even using apt from the linux terminal or console.

You can also opt to install a webserver or ssh server.

#Linux, #debian, #console, #software, #choice, #install

You can find me on Friendica at zleap@social.isurf.ca


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NFL Conference Championship games

January 19, 2020

The results of the Championship games last night were as follows:

Titans 24-35 Chiefs Packers 20-37 49ers

Therefore this years superbowl will be played on 2nd February between

Kansas City Chiefs vs San Francisco 49ers

Full details of the post season can be found here.

#football, #nfl, #fixtures, #results, #update, #postseason, #superbowl, #conference, #championship,

You can find me on Friendica at zleap@social.isurf.ca


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With Superbowl LIV two weekends away. Sunday 19th January sees the 4 contenders battle it out for their place in NFL History.

Conference Championship games.

The games look like:

Titans vs Chiefs Packers vs 49ers

These games will be played on Sunday 19th January 2020

Full details of the post season can be found here.

#football, #nfl, #fixtures, #update, #postseason, #superbowl, #conference, #championship,

You can find me on Friendica at zleap@social.isurf.ca


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Code Club 18/1/2020 Write up

Today at Code Club we had 8 attendees, which is a really good So we had more scratch, and did some more work on the website project.

There was some interest in Micro:bits but not that much. This is something for future sessions. Or even a dedicated session at the library for this. Which may work better.

I also trying and get a Lego Mindstorms Robot built, but this takes time.

We also had Lucy, from the Tech Jam drop in and this resulted in a few e-mail between myself and Lucy go discuss learning platforms.

Next Code Club is on Saturday 1st February 2020.

#coding, #codeclub, #programming, #scratch, #python, #html, #css, #javascript,#coding

You can find me on Friendica at zleap@social.isurf.ca


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As I am a STEM Ambassador. I attended some training today (17/1/2020) to help support the First Lego League Jr Expo event. This will running in June 2020.

We started out with a presentation on STEM Ambassadors, then we moved on to looking at the Lego WeDo kits, what we could do with them and how to use the various sensors that come with the kit. For example sound sensor, movement and distance sensor. The IDE for this is really easy to use. Scratch also has built in support (via a module) that supports WeDo.

In the afternoon we looked at what the Lego League Expo was and how schools can prepare for this event in June.

Each school received 2x Lego WeDO kits and 2x lego enginnering kits for the Expo.

#lego, #stem, #wedo, #training, #mindstorms


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Applications for mentoring organizations for this years Google summer of code are now open.

A timeline for the programme is available with student applications starting in March. This should give time for people to research any projects they want to help, learn additional software for example before starting.

Please use the contact details here to find out more information.

#gsoc, #google, #summer, #code, #student, #coding, #projects, #GoogleSummerOfCode


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