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This week, ABC announced that model, comedian, and anti-vaccine activist Jenny McCarthy would be joining the hit daytime talk show The View. On The Media’s Bob Garfield looks at the controversy surrounding her hiring and at the media’s description of McCarthy’s “controversial” views.
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A powerful statement on the need for basic research into more efficient lighting methods, like solid-state lighting that powers light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Incandescent lights—the classic bulbs that use glowing wires of tungsten or other metals—convert only about 5% of their energy into visible light, with the rest lost as heat. Fluorescent bulbs, which use a chemical reaction to create light, push that efficiency up to about 20%, still wasting 80% of the electricity needed to keep homes and businesses bright. In both of these instances, light is only the byproduct of heat-generating reactions rather than the principal effect, making the technology inherently inefficient.
Brookhaven researchers are exploring the atomic-level inner-workings of LEDs in order to find cost-effective ways to one day illuminate everything from televisions to traffic lights with near perfect efficiency.