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Current vs. Capital Expenses

When you may deduct a given expense depends in part on whether it is considered a current or capital expense. Bonus depreciation. In addition to Section 179, there is a special depreciation deduction for new qualified property called bonus depreciation, Bonus depreciation allows taxpayers to depreciate an additional percentage of the adjusted basis of qualified property…
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5 Signs that You Should Replace Electrical Wiring

As houses age, the electrical wiring can become "worn out," causing dangerous predicaments within the walls that homeowners cannot see. For example, insulation sometimes wears out due to excessive heat caused by overloaded circuits. Homeowners should become aware of what the safety concerns are of old wiring in their houses and learn about five of…
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12 Worst Medical Technology Dangers

Technology provides benefits to patients, but it also brings significant risks that can threaten patient safety. The ECRI Institute of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, an independent nonprofit organization that studies improvements to patient care, has named the Top Health Technology Hazards for 2012. (We also include 2 hazards from the prior year.) Each hazard met 1…
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The Copenhagen Wheel turns any bicycle into an electric hybrid

The heyday for electric vehicles was way back in the early ’30s — the 1830s that is. By 1867, a workable two-wheeled electric cycle was on display at the Paris World Exposition courtesy of Austrian inventor Franz Kravogl. In the early 1900s, the premier bike shops of the day, namely that belonging to the Wright…
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Hints On How You Can Use Green Energy At Home

Hints On How You Can Use Green Energy At Home These days, the importance of protecting our environment is stressed everywhere we turn. If you apply green energy use in your home, you can take care of both your wallet and the environment. The following... (more…)
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Environmental Problems: Landfills

Landfills have led to some of the most heated, acrimonious battles over pollution in the public commons that have ever been seen. While there are a number of reasons for the vehement arguments that often surround landfills, one of the largest is the juxtaposition of both the understood need for landfills and the lack of…
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Is your old computer costing you more than you think?

Re-using old computers as servers around the home or office is a common and practical solution to the increasing need for always-on machines like HTPCs (Home Theater PCs), solar panel monitoring, home automation, weather station uploading, and security systems. Since older machines have outlived their usefulness as primary desktops or servers they’re just like found money, saving the expense of…
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Chinese physicists achieve quantum teleportation over 60 miles

Hold onto your seats: Chinese physicists are reporting that they’ve successfully teleported photonic qubits (quantum bits) over a distance of 97 kilometers (60mi). This means that quantum data has been transmitted from one point to another, without passing through the intervening space. Now, before you get too excited, we’re still a long, long way off…
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How to watch hacking, and cyberwarfare between the USA and China, in real time

You’ve no doubt heard countless stories about how the internet is rife with hackers and ruled by malware-peddling malcontents. You’ve probably read dozens of paragraphs on how the next great theater of war will be online rather than offline, and how China and the US are already battling each other for cyber supremacy. The truth is, though, unless you’ve…
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What should you do with old servers and outdated data center equipment?

For problems encountered when renovating data center facilities to choosing between reducing, reusing or recycling assets, SearchDataCenter offers guidance on the process. We've gathered several helpful tips into this list of frequently asked questions about old servers and data center overhauls. Are newer, high-density servers too much for older rack cooling technology? Older rack cooling…
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How Does Mining Affect the Environment

Many people are asking how does mining affect the environment. It is a great question and the answer is not as clean and clear, as one would hope to find. How Does Mining Affect the Environment - The Trees It does not take a rocket scientist to look at the process and immediately understand how…
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Tesla swings by DEF CON in search of car hackers to secure the Model S

The traditional auto industry has been slow to adopt new technology, but Tesla is far from traditional. The electric car start up helmed by Elon Musk (also the founder of SpaceX) relies on advanced computer control of the car’s systems, and of course it has that gigantic 17-inch touchscreen center console in the Model S.…
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Google has built a Matrix-like simulation of California to test its self-driving cars

Google, it has emerged, has built a “Matrix-style” simulation of the entirety of California to test its self-driving cars. While this in itself isn’t massively surprising given Google’s history as a software company (though it is a bit scary), the company is also petitioning California’s state officials to allow safety testing within the Matrix, instead of testing…
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Climate Change Threatens California

The Golden State faces an onslaught from Mother Nature. Two California residents console each other in the aftermath of the Eiler fire on August 5, 2014, in Hat Creek, California. Lack of water has led to more and larger wildfires in the state. SACRAMENTO,... (more…)
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How To: Determine the value of your donated equipment

1/ How To: Determine the value of your donated equipment 2/ How To: CLEAN ALL YOUR PERSONAL INFO/DATA OFF YOUR DRIVE! 1/ We advise you to consult your tax adviser (CPA, Enrolled Agent, etc.) to make sure you are doing the right thing for your tax circumstances and valuing the item in accordance with the…
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Upgrading to energy-efficient servers

When you plan to green your datacenter, it would be nice if you could do it in one fell swoop. But, realistically, that's not going to happen. You can't really take down your entire system and replace it from scratch. It won't work for a couple reasons. First, the cost would be too prohibitive. The…
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The first human brain-to-brain interface has been created. In the future, will we all be linked telepathically?

International researchers are reporting that they have built the first human-to-human brain-to-brain interface, allowing two humans — separated by the internet — to consciously communicate with each other, with no additional sensory cues. One researcher, attached to a brain-computer interface (BCI) in India, successfully sent words into the brain of another researcher in France, who was wearing a…
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Pros and cons of selling excess lab equipment

Selling redundant equipment could generate vital funds – but how do you go about it, and what are the pitfalls? Here is our guide to becoming an equipment trading expert    Times change and things move on, both in our lives and in our labs. Equipment that has served us well for years will, by very…
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Digital game downloads are worse for the environment than Blu-ray discs

You would think that the world would be a less polluted place if everyone switched to digital downloads, lessening the number of physical objects — and factories to produce them — in the world. A recent study suggests that even though removing physical objects lowers the potential for future for garbage and factory pollution, going digital isn’t…
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Walking May Be Worse For The Environment Than Driving

It may be counterintuitive, but walking might be worse for the environment than driving. That's the conclusion Richard B. Mckenzie, a professor of Economics at the Paul Merage School of Business comes to in his blog post on EconLib. Because of the way food supply chains work, walking a mile — and consequently expending calories…
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What Impact Does Recycling Have on the Environment?

The question 'how does recycling help the environment' does not have one simple answer. There are many ways that recycling helps and even the smallest step can have significant results. While we are all very aware that we 'should' recycle, it is not always clear 'why' we should recycle. Is there really a significant benefit…
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