The relative importance of natural disturbances and local site factors on woody vegetation regeneration diversity across a large, contiguous forest region.        
Stand-level diversity after natural disturbance can potentially differ across a large, contiguous forest region despite being dominated by the same canopy species throughout as differences in disturbance types and local site conditions can regulate species distribution. Our main objective was to examine the relative importance of natural disturbances (spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) outbreak, windthrow, and their interaction) and local site factors (climate, physiography, and stand structure and composition variables) on woody vegetation diversity among three, physiographically distinct locations across a large, contiguous forest region. Seventy-six Abies balsamea-Betula spp. stands affected by natural disturbance were compared and analysed using canonical ordination methods, diversity indices, and ANOVA. Different combinations of factors were important for vegetation re-establishment at each location. Differences in alpha (α), beta (β), gamma (γ), Shannon’s H’, and evenness (J) diversity indices were observed among locations across the study region. Our findings indicate that while certain processes are important for maintaining canopy dominance by Abies balsamea and Betula spp. throughout the region, different combinations of factors were important for creating variation in woody species diversity among locations that resulted in greater woody species diversity at the regional scale.
          â€œNext Generation Divorce” Takes On A New Meaning At St. Pete Pride        
Last Sunday, I met a lot of people who had a lot of questions regarding their parental and family law rights.  My law firm sponsored a booth at the St. Pete Pride festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, where I discussed … Continue reading
          New 2018 Specialized Diverge and CruX - Ten Things to Know        
New 2018 Specialized Diverge and CruX - Ten Things to Know

We love when new bikes are launched, so we were especially excited with the news that Specialized were dropping two!

New for 2018 are the revamped Diverge with significant changes to the frame design and plenty of new features to improve its on and off-road capacity, and a new CruX which recommits itself as a pure cyclocross race bike.

We've broken down the top ten things you need to know about the new bikes from Specialized.

1. Best launch ever - Diverge

There are the usual ways to launch a bike, and then there's the Sagan way. To launch the new Diverge, Specialized gave two-time defending World Champion Peter Sagan the new bike, a film crew and said, 'do whatever you want!'

So before we go into details of the bike, sit back and enjoy Sagan launching the Diverge in his own unique way.

2. The aim of the Diverge and the CruX

There are so many specialty bikes available that it can sometimes be confusing and difficult to differentiate between them, especially given so many offerings blur the lines. However, the aim of the Diverge and CruX are clear and simple.

For the Diverge, it's to create one bike that is equally capable on and off road, or as Specialized puts it, "one bike that shreds gravel and dirt and crushes through road miles with equal expertise." To do this, the Diverge features plenty of compliance, huge tire clearance, inventive geometry and an impressive weight figure.

And for the CruX, it's a pure cyclocross race bike. Rather than create a versatile cyclocross bike that can also be used for adventure and gravel riding, Specialized has committed to keeping the CruX as pure to its cyclocross heritage as possible. That means a lightweight frame, agile handling, and cyclocross specific geometry.

3. Future Shock - Diverge

fullpage specialized 2018 diverge crux ten things to know future shock 1

We first laid our eyes on Specialized's 'Future Shock' when the new Roubaix and Ruby bikes were launched in 2016. The system works via a suspension cartridge that sits inside the steerer tube that responds to vibration and impact. On the Roubaix and Ruby, the technology provides 20mm of travel (otherwise known as movement), at the front end of the bike producing exceptional shock absorption capabilities that had rarely been seen on road bikes.

Future Shock features on the Diverge too but unlike the more road-skewed bikes mentioned above, features a 'Progressive Spring' that makes this technology more suitable for mixed terrain applications and be more supportive through harder impacts. Riders will have the ability to customize the tension of the spring to best suit preferences or terrain.

4. Open-Road-Ready frame - Diverge

fullpage specialized 2018 diverge crux ten things to know open road frame

While the tire size (more on that in a minute) might scream off-road ready, the new look frame shares a few features with Specialized's road specific line-up indicating it should perform well on sealed roads.

For starters, the S-Works frame weighs a feathery 880g, equal to or exceeding that of the other road specific bikes, and new for the 2018 range are the dropped seatstays that feature on almost all of Specialized' road line-up. To aid the bikes handling and stability, the bottom bracket height has been dropped by 5mm compared to the previous Diverge.

Not forgetting comfort, Specialized claims the new frame increases vertical compliance by 5% and the inclusion of the CG-R seatpost (uniquely designed head to absorb impacts) makes for a plush ride.

5. Tyres: The Bigger the Better - Diverge

fullpage specialized 2018 diverge crux ten things to know tyres 11

The second-generation Diverge will accept much larger tires than its predecessor, so there's plenty of scope for tuning the capabilities of the bike to the local terrain and favorite paths/trails. The new carbon fiber Diverges comfortably fit up to 700x42mm (700x38mm on alloy) and 650bx47mm tires, and so there's virtually no path or trail that is too tough for the Diverge assuming you have the will and ability to test it out.

6. The complete one bike - Diverge

fullpage specialized 2018 diverge crux ten things to know men women

In order for the Diverge to truly be 'one-bike', it needed to tick a number of boxes in addition to the performance characteristics and mixed terrain applications listed above.

Flat mount disc brakes come as standard to provide confidence-inspiring braking in all weather conditions, and to keep things simple, the Diverge along with the Tarmac, Roubaix, Venge and CruX, all feature 12x142mm rear axle spacing and 160mm rotors.

There is an abundance of storage options including; a 'SWAT box', a small storage system that attaches to the downtube via braze-on to store tools and accessories you'd normally tuck away in your saddle bag; 'Plug + Play' fender mounts; and three bottle mounts for long-haul adventures.

To meet the needs of both men and women, the Diverge features a shared geometry between genders but is also available in men's and women's versions with key touch points tweaked to provide a better fit.

And finally, the sub-compact (48-32) crankset returns with wide cassette ratios to provide an enormous wide-range combo for on and off road riding.

7. Race bred frame - CruX

fullpage specialized crux 2018

As mentioned, the CruX stays true to its cyclocross heritage but the frame gets some significant gains (or losses depending on how you look at it). The new frameset drops 400g from the previous CruX, now weighing 900g for a 56cm, which makes it one of the lightest of Specialized bikes across the board.

The bottom bracket sits relatively low (cyclocross bikes have higher than normal bottom bracket heights to aid obstacle clearance and sharp turns), the underside of the top tube is flat to make shouldering comfortable, and Specialized describe the front end as 'sharp'.

To improve comfort, the seat collar has been dropped 20mm to allow for more seatpost 'deflection'. And as mentioned, the rear axle spacing and rotor size are consistent across the line-up to make swapping wheelsets nice and easy.

8. Mud shedding - CruX

Raced across dirt, sand, snow and grass, the ability to shed debris is crucial to maintain performance and reduce the chance of a mechanical issue, and so the new CruX features eight millimeters of clearance on all sides of a 33mm tire (UCI size limit) and S-Works models even feature a special hydrophobic, mud-shedding paint.

9. The line-up

First the Diverge:

  • Diverge Men’s Comp:
  • Diverge Women’s Comp:
  • Diverge Men's Comp E5:
  • Diverge Women’s Comp E5:
  • Diverge E5 Sport:

And the CruX:

  • CruX Elite X1:
  • CruX S-Works Frame:

10. Availability

The Specialized Diverge Men's Comp Carbon and Women's Comp E5 are available now, with the other Diverge options available August 2017. The CruX Elite 1 and S-Works frame will be available July 2017.

Images provided by CyclingTips and Specialized.

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          Next Generation Diver        
Ladies and Gentlemen; Please join with me in welcoming the next generation of divers: Zackary Alan Peters Born: 21 Jan 2008 Weight: 7lb 14oz Length: 21 inches (My first Grandson) Congrats to Ronald III & Ashley
          New 2018 Specialized Diverge and CruX - Ten Things to Know        
New 2018 Specialized Diverge and CruX - Ten Things to Know

We love when new bikes are launched, so we were especially excited with the news that Specialized were dropping two!

New for 2018 are the revamped Diverge with significant changes to the frame design and plenty of new features to improve its on and off-road capacity, and a new CruX which recommits itself as a pure cyclocross race bike.

We've broken down the top ten things you need to know about the new bikes from Specialized.

1. Best launch ever - Diverge

There are the usual ways to launch a bike, and then there's the Sagan way. To launch the new Diverge, Specialized gave two-time defending World Champion Peter Sagan the new bike, a film crew and said, 'do whatever you want!'

So before we go into details of the bike, sit back and enjoy Sagan launching the Diverge in his own unique way.

2. The aim of the Diverge and the CruX

There are so many specialty bikes available that it can sometimes be confusing and difficult to differentiate between them, especially given so many offerings blur the lines. However, the aim of the Diverge and CruX are clear and simple.

For the Diverge, it's to create one bike that is equally capable on and off road, or as Specialized puts it, "one bike that shreds gravel and dirt and crushes through road miles with equal expertise." To do this, the Diverge features plenty of compliance, huge tyre clearance, inventive geometry and an impressive weight figure.

And for the CruX, it's a pure cyclocross race bike. Rather than create a versatile cyclocross bike that can also be used for adventure and gravel riding, Specialized has committed to keeping the CruX as pure to its cyclocross heritage as possible. That means a lightweight frame, agile handling, and cyclocross specific geometry.

3. Future Shock - Diverge

specialized 2018 diverge crux ten things to know future shock 1

We first laid our eyes on Specialized's 'Future Shock' when the new Roubaix and Ruby bikes were launched in 2016. The system works via a suspension cartridge that sits inside the steerer tube that responds to vibration and impact. On the Roubaix and Ruby, the technology provides 20mm of travel (otherwise known as movement), at the front end of the bike producing exceptional shock absorption capabilities that had rarely been seen on road bikes.

Future Shock features on the Diverge too but unlike the more road-skewed bikes mentioned above, features a 'Progressive Spring' that makes this technology more suitable for mixed terrain applications and be more supportive through harder impacts. Riders will have the ability to customise the tension of the spring to best suit preferences or terrain.

4. Open-Road-Ready frame - Diverge

specialized 2018 diverge crux ten things to know open road frame

While the tyre size (more on that in a minute) might scream off-road ready, the new look frame shares a few features with Specialized's road specific line-up indicating it should perform well on sealed roads.

For starters, the S-Works frame weighs a feathery 880g, equal to or exceeding that of the other road specific bikes, and new for the 2018 range are the dropped seatstays that feature on almost all of Specialized' road line-up. To aid the bikes handling and stability, the bottom bracket height has been dropped by 5mm compared to the previous Diverge.

Not forgetting comfort, Specialized claims the new frame increases vertical compliance by 5% and the inclusion of the CG-R seatpost (uniquely designed head to absorb impacts) makes for a plush ride.

5. Tyres: The Bigger the Better - Diverge

specialized 2018 diverge crux ten things to know tyres 11

The second-generation Diverge will accept much larger tyres than its predecessor, so there's plenty of scope for tuning the capabilities of the bike to the local terrain and favourite paths/trails. The new carbon fiber Diverges comfortably fit up to 700x42mm (700x38mm on alloy) and 650bx47mm tyres, and so there's virtually no path or trail that is too tough for the Diverge assuming you have the will and ability to test it out.

6. The complete one bike - Diverge

specialized 2018 diverge crux ten things to know men women

In order for the Diverge to truly be 'one-bike', it needed to tick a number of boxes in addition to the performance characteristics and mixed terrain applications listed above.

Flat mount disc brakes come as standard to provide confidence-inspiring braking in all weather conditions, and to keep things simple, the Diverge along with the Tarmac, Roubaix, Venge and CruX, all feature 12x142mm rear axle spacing and 160mm rotors.

There is an abundance of storage options including; a 'SWAT box', a small storage system that attaches to the downtube via braze-on to store tools and accessories you'd normally tuck away in your saddle bag; 'Plug + Play' fender mounts; and three bottle mounts for long-haul adventures.

To meet the needs of both men and women, the Diverge features a shared geometry between genders but is also available in men's and women's versions with key touch points tweaked to provide a better fit.

And finally, the sub-compact (48-32) crankset returns with wide cassette ratios to provide an enormous wide-range combo for on and off road riding.

7. Race bred frame - CruX

specialized crux 2018

As mentioned, the CruX stays true to its cyclocross heritage but the frame gets some significant gains (or losses depending on how you look at it). The new frameset drops 400g from the previous CruX, now weighing 900g for a 56cm, which makes it one of the lightest of Specialized bikes across the board.

The bottom bracket sits relatively low (cyclocross bikes have higher than normal bottom bracket heights to aid obstacle clearance and sharp turns), the underside of the top tube is flat to make shouldering comfortable, and Specialized describe the front end as 'sharp'.

To improve comfort, the seat collar has been dropped 20mm to allow for more seatpost 'deflection'. And as mentioned, the rear axle spacing and rotor size are consistent across the line-up to make swapping wheelsets nice and easy.

8. Mud shedding - CruX

Raced across dirt, sand, snow and grass, the ability to shed debris is crucial to maintain performance and reduce the chance of a mechanical issue, and so the new CruX features eight millimeters of clearance on all sides of a 33mm tyre (UCI size limit) and S-Works models even feature a special hydrophobic, mud-shedding paint.

9. The line-up for Australia

First the Diverge:

  • Diverge Men’s Comp: AUD$4,000 RRP
  • Diverge Women’s Comp: AUD$4,000 RRP
  • Diverge Men's Comp E5: AUD$2,400 RRP
  • Diverge Women’s Comp E5: AUD $2,400 RRP
  • Diverge E5 Sport: AUD$1,500 RRP

The S-Works will not be available in Australia.

And the CruX:

  • CruX Elite X1: $4,400
  • CruX S-Works Frame: $4,000

10. Availability

The Specialized Diverge Men's Comp Carbon and Women's Comp E5 are available now, with the other Diverge options available August 2017. The CruX Elite 1 and S-Works frame will be available July 2017.

Images provided by CyclingTips and Specialized.


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          FuseBox Radio Broadcast w/ DJ Fusion & Jon Judah #314 – August 1, 2012         
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This is the latest episode of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Jon Judah for the week of August 1, 2012 with some new and classic Hip-Hop & Soul Music, news and commentary. Photobucket Our extended commentary this week touched base on the 2012 Olympics & some athlete stories, passing of author Gore Vidal, rapper/singer Drake's foolish comment that he's the first successful artist to combine both art forms, Chick-Fil-A controversy about gay marriage & freedom of speech in the U.S., some fool in Australia who decided that fireworks, flame + their backside was a good idea and some other things here and there. There is a brand new Black Agenda Report News mini-segment on this week's episode. FuseBox Radio Playlist + Charts for the Week of August 1, 2012 Top Spins (Music Still Lasting in Rotation/Music Played Live on Air Each Week/As Well As Music Requested By The Listeners) 1. Nona Hendryx/Black On Black/Righteous Babe Records (Played Live) 2. Nas feat. Amy Winehouse/Cherry Wine/Def Jam (Played Live) 3. Public Enemy feat. Large Professor/Catch The Thrown/SlamJamz (Played Live) 4. Tess/MJ/TheNameIsTess.com (Played Live) 5. Alicia Keys/New Day/RCA (Played Live) 6. Vicelounge/Good Water/Record Breakin' (Top Song Requested) 7. Meshell Ndegeocello feat. Valerie June/Be My Husband/Naive Records (Top Song Requested) 8. Shawn Lee/Celestial Waltz/Ubiquity (Top Song Requested) 9. J. Dilla/Rebirth is Necessary/OfficialJDilla.com (Top Song Requested) 10. Large Professor feat. Fame of M.O.P./Happy Days R Here/Fat Beats (Top Song Requested) 11. Cody ChesnuTT/That's Still Mama/CChesnutt.com (Top Song Requested) 12. Evitan (Dres of Black Sheep & Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest) feat. Sadat X/The 3 Kings/White Label (Top Song Requested) 13. The Alchemist feat. Evidence/Never Grow Up/Decon (Top Song Requested) 14. Teresa Jenee/Mathematics/TeresaJenee.bandcamp.com (Top Song Requested) 15. Miremonos/Jagermesiter/Miremonos.com (Top Song Requested) 16. Wax Tailor feat. Jennifer Charles/Heart Stop (RJD2 RMX)/LePlan (Top Song Requested) 17. The Cinematic Orchestra/Necrology/Ninja Tune (Top Song Requested) 18. Muthawit/Generation Divide/URB ALT (Top Song Requested) 19. Naymez/Thank You/Never So Deep Records (Top Song Requested) 20. OH NO feat. Phife Dawg & Jose James/Dues N Donts/Brick Records & Five Day Weekend (Top Song Requested) 21. House Shoes feat. Jimetta Rose/Castles/Tres Records (Top Song Requested) 22. Nas/Back When/Def Jam (Top Song Requested) 23. Frank Ocean/Pilot Jones/Def Jam (Top Song Requested) 24. Mr. Vegas feat. Alison Hinds/Bruk It Down (Soca RMX)/MV Music (Top Song Requested) 25. Electro Deluxe/Let's Go To Work/EnzoProductions.com (Top Song Requested) Top Adds (New Joints Played Live On This Week's Broadcast) 1. House Shoes feat. Black Spade/Sunrise/Tres Records 2. Air Dubai/Let Down/RhiasNoise.tumblr.com 3. Ne-Yo/Let Me Love You/Motown 4. Nappy Roots feat. Jeff Johnson/I'm Doing Good/NappyRoots.com 5. Talib Kweli feat. Curren$y, Kendrick Lamar & Glen Reynolds/Push Thru/Blacksmith & EMI 6. Busta Rhymes feat. Reek Da Villian & Chanel/Doin' It Again/White Label 7. Aesop Rock/Cycles to Gehenna/Rhymesayers 8. DJ Eleven fat. Sharina Doyle/Last Beat/11 Inch Records 9. Oh No/3 Dollar Club/White Label 10. Tanya Morgan/Whatever That's Mine/Hipnott Records 11. Skinny Fabolous/Monster/White Label 12. Los Fulanos/End of The World/Lovemonk 13. Peter Adams/Half-Light Suite (Pt. 1 - Dreams)/SpotFloodLight.com DJ Fusion Flashback Tracks: The Roots feat. Bahamadia/Proceed III/OkayPlayer Roy Ayers/We Live In Brooklyn/Polydor PLUS Some Extra Special Hidden Tracks in the Jon Judah Master Mix w/ Old School Black Music Classics and Independent Music Finds
          FuseBox Radio Broadcast w/ DJ Fusion & Jon Judah #312 – July 18, 2012        
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This is the latest episode of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Jon Judah for the week of July 18, 2012 with some new and classic Hip-Hop & Soul Music, news and commentary. Photobucket Photobucket Our extended commentary this week touched base on the horrible movie massacre at Aurora, Colorado during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises", the passing of Boogie Down Production's Miss Melodie & Harlem, NY's businesswoman "The Queen of Soul Food" Sylvia Woods, our viewpoint on the outrageous interview on FOX News with George Zimmerman about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the reuniting at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival of Leaders Of The New School, our opinion of Toure's weak premise in his Washington Post article on "How America and Hip-Hop Failed Each Other" and some other things here and there. There is a brand new Black Agenda Report News mini-segment on this week's episode. FuseBox Radio Playlist + Charts for the Week of July 18, 2012 Top Spins (Music Still Lasting in Rotation/Music Played Live on Air Each Week/As Well As Music Requested By The Listeners) 1. Large Professor feat. Fame of M.O.P./Happy Days R Here/Fat Beats (Played Live) 2. Cody ChesnuTT/That's Still Mama/CChesnutt.com (Played Live) 3. Evitan (Dres of Black Sheep & Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest) feat. Sadat X/The 3 Kings/White Label (Played Live) 4. The Alchemist feat. Evidence/Never Grow Up/Decon (Played Live) 5. Teresa Jenee/Mathematics/TeresaJenee.bandcamp.com (Played Live) 6. Tess/MJ/TheNameIsTess.com (Played Live) 7. Miremonos/Jagermesiter/Miremonos.com (Played Live) 8. Wax Tailor feat. Jennifer Charles/Heart Stop (RJD2 RMX)/LePlan (Played Live) 9. The Cinematic Orchestra/Necrology/Ninja Tune (Played Live) 10. Muthawit/Generation Divide/URB ALT (Top Song Requested) 11. Naymez/Thank You/Never So Deep Records (Top Song Requested) 12. OH NO feat. Phife Dawg & Jose James/Dues N Donts/Brick Records & Five Day Weekend (Top Song Requested) 13. House Shoes feat. Jimetta Rose/Castles/Tres Records (Top Song Requested) 14. Nas/Back When/Def Jam (Top Song Requested) 15. Frank Ocean/Pilot Jones/Def Jam (Top Song Requested) 16. Mr. Vegas feat. Alison Hinds/Bruk It Down (Soca RMX)/MV Music (Top Song Requested) 17. Electro Deluxe/Let's Go To Work/EnzoProductions.com (Top Song Requested) 18. The Invisible/Utopia/Ninja Tune (Top Song Requested) 19. Bobby Womack/Stupid/XL Recordings (Top Song Requested) 20. Marc Mac Presents Visoneers/Funk Box (Jazzy Jeff Vocal)/BBE (Top Song Requested) 21. Brother Ali/Stop The Press/Rhymesayers (Top Song Requested) 22. Agartha Audio & Taiyamo Denku feat. Craig G & Sadat X/Road is Rough/Uncommon Records (Top Song Requested) 23. Gangstagrass/Our Life/Gangstagrass.com (Top Song Requested) 24. AWAR/Tunnel Vision/Lion's Pride & Raw Koncept (Top Song Requested) 25. BridgeZ feat. M1 of Dead Prez/If Love's A Game/White Label (Top Song Requested) Top Adds (New Joints Played Live On This Week's Broadcast) 1. Nas feat. Amy Winehouse/Cherry Wine/Def Jam 2. Nona Hendryx/Let's Give Love A Try/Righteous Babe Records 3. Vicelounge/Good Water/Record Breakin' 4. Public Enemy feat. Large Professor/Catch The Thrown/SlamJamz 5. Meshall Ndegeocello feat. Valerie June/Be My Husband/Naive Records 6. Shawn Lee/Celestial Waltz/Ubiquity 7. Alicia Keys/New Day/RCA 8. J. Dilla/Rebirth is Necessary/OfficialJDilla.com DJ Fusion Flashback Tracks: Miss Melodie/It's Fresh/Jive & RCA Records PLUS Some Extra Special Hidden Tracks in the Jon Judah Master Mix w/ Old School Black Music Classics and Independent Music Finds
          FuseBox Radio Broadcast w/ DJ Fusion & Jon Judah #311 – July 11, 2012        
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This is the latest episode of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Jon Judah for the week of July 11, 2012 with some new and classic Hip-Hop & Soul Music, news and commentary. Photobucket Our extended commentary this week touched base on Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney saying some foolishness at the NAACP convention & it's following media backlash, the findings from the Penn State sex scandal report done by former FBI director Louis Freeh, the legal conflict between Hip-Hop legend Lord Finesse & Hip-Hop MC Mac Miller regarding mixtapes & sampling and some other diverse topics here and there. There are brand new DIRECT EFX and Black Agenda Report News mini-segments on this week's episode. FuseBox Radio Playlist + Charts for the Week of July 11, 2012 Top Spins (Music Still Lasting in Rotation/Music Played Live on Air Each Week/As Well As Music Requested By The Listeners) 1. Evitan (Dres of Black Sheep & Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest) feat. Sadat X/The 3 Kings/White Label (Played Live) 2. Wax Tailor feat. Jennifer Charles/Heart Stop (RJD2 RMX)/LePlan (Played Live) 3. Muthawit/Generation Divide/URB ALT (Played Live) 4. Teresa Jenee/Mathematics/TeresaJenee.bandcamp.com (Played Live) 5. Miremonos/Jagermesiter/Miremonos.com (Played Live) 6. House Shoes feat. Jimetta Rose/Castles/Tres Records (Played Live) 7. Tess/MJ/TheNameIsTess.com (Played Live) 8. OH NO feat. Phife Dawg & Jose James/Dues N Donts/Brick Records & Five Day Weekend (Top Song Requested) 9. Mr. Vegas feat. Alison Hinds/Bruk It Down (Soca RMX)/MV Music (Top Song Requested) 10. Jean Grae feat. Mela Machinko/Bridge (Mr. Len RMX)/Smacks Records (Top Song Requested) 11. Electro Deluxe/Let's Go To Work/EnzoProductions.com (Top Song Requested) 12. AWAR/Tunnel Vision/Lion's Pride & Raw Koncept (Top Song Requested) 13. The Invisible/Utopia/Ninja Tune (Top Song Requested) 14. Killer Mike/Reagan/Williams Street Records (Top Song Requested) 15. Brother Ali/Stop The Press/Rhymesayers (Top Song Requested) 16. Bobby Womack/Stupid/XL Recordings (Top Song Requested) 17. Marc Mac Presents Visoneers/Funk Box (Jazzy Jeff Vocal)/BBE (Top Song Requested) 18. J. Dilla feat. Amp Fiddler/Let's Pray Together/OfficialJDilla.com (Top Song Requested) 19. Conya Doss/What About You And Me/ConyaDoss.com (Top Song Requested) 20. BridgeZ feat. M1 of Dead Prez/If Love's A Game/White Label (Top Song Requested) 21. Gangstagrass/Our Life/Gangstagrass.com (Top Song Requested) 22. The Invisible/Utopia/Ninja Tune (Top Song Requested) 23. RoQ'y TyRaiD/LAX to Germany/RoQyTyRaiD.com (Top Song Requested) 24. Agartha Audio & Taiyamo Denku feat. Craig G & Sadat X/Road is Rough/Uncommon Records (Top Song Requested) 25. Dubtonic Kru/Overcome/DubtonicKru.com (Top Song Requested) Top Adds (New Joints Played Live On This Week's Broadcast) 1. Large Professor feat. Fame of M.O.P./Happy Days R Here/Fat Beats 2. Cody ChesnuTT/That's Still Mama/CChesnutt.com 3. Nas/Back When/Def Jam 4. Naymez/Thank You/Never So Deep Records 5. Frank Ocean/Pilot Jones/Def Jam 6. The Alchemist feat. Evidence/Never Grow Up/Decon 7. The Cinematic Orchestra/Necrology/Ninja Tune 8. Jannel/On Point/White Label DJ Fusion Flashback Tracks: Special Ed/Taxing/Profile, Arista & BMG PLUS Some Extra Special Hidden Tracks in the Jon Judah Master Mix w/ Old School Black Music Classics and Independent Music Finds
          3M forms Renewable Energy Divison to evolve cleantech materials for energy generation and management        

Green 3MThe case for investing in a 'New Energy Economy' was just validated by one of the world's leading material solutions companies.

3M has announced the formal creation of its new Renewable Energy Division that will include two divisions dedicated to Energy Generation & Energy Management.

The Energy Generation Division will develop materials for solar, wind, geothermal and biofuel solutions such as films, tapes, coatings, encapsulants, sealants and adhesives to reduce costs and improve performance.

The Energy Management Division will focus on thermal efficiences (e.g. film efficiencies), membranes for energy storage devices (e.g. fuel cells, batteries) and other applications for the Automotive, Commercial Building and Residential market segments.

New Energy Economy depends on Advanced Nanostructured Materials
This is big news for the cleantech sector.  Energy is about interactions between light, molecules, metals, and heat.  The only way to build a 'green' economy is to advance materials that make these interactions cleaner and lower cost.

3M has the resources to fundamentally change the performance-price points of cleantech materials.  And it is a corporate stamp of approval on the idea that we must begin to move beyond extracting ancient stored energy (coal, oil and natural gas) and shift towards producing and storing energy using renewable resources that make clean electrons and clean molecules.


Category: Energy
Year: General
Tags: energy, materials, nanotechnology, chemistry, carbon