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The Chicken-Hydrogen Connection

IEEE reports that chicken feathers are superior to carbon nanotubes: Scientists at the University of Delaware say that carbonized chicken feathers could be a cheap way to store hydrogen for fuel cells. According to chemical engineering professor Richard Wool, the heat-treated feathers could hold more hydrogen than costlier competing technologies, such as metal hydrides and…

This method, if it pans out, could not only be clean, it could make the environment even cleaner. Jonathan Trent, the lead research scientist on the Spaceship Earth project at NASA Ames Research Center, has been working on a method to produce oil from algae.  Their Algal Biofuels Team appears to be making progress. NASA…

This is a continuation from last time.  Sort of.  Last time I wrote about some things from a recent program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  I took the material from one of the many presentations.  since then, I have looked…

A post at Energy Bulletin recaps a recent presentation at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The post is U.S. public health community begins discussing peak oil. The presentation was: Peak Oil: Implications for Disaster Preparedness & Response (the link goes to…

Malthus Was Right

Well, maybe not Malthus, but Garrett Hardin and Paul Ehrlich — the 1960’s-era neomalthusian academicians — have been right on the money.  There are hard limits to growth, and those limits are upon us.  This is the contention of Charles A. S. Hall and John W. Day, Jr., two systems ecologists who have published a…

The photo shows the first commercial implementation of a new kind of solar-powered electrical generation station (source: IEEE Spectrum).  The problem, of sorts, is that it is not in the USA.  It is in Spain.

Ike Spike

As noted on Dynamics of Cats, The Oil Drum has some details about loss of production of oil, natural gas, and refined oil products, due to hurricanes Ike and Gustav.  (They’ve been updated since the link first went up, so you might want to check them again.) Perhaps more importantly, they also have a post…

Probably everyone has seen it by now, but the NYT has a headline about the “culture of ethical failure” at the Department of the Interior.  In a way it is not news; I, among others, wrote about it two years ago. Back then, I referred to it as a culture of corruption.  Now, the department’s…

Krauthammer: Sloppy, or Liar?

There are other, more interesting things to write about.  But someone is WRONG on the Internet, so it must be corrected.  Moreover, we must speculate about the rationale for this blatant misstatement.  And wonder why it was printed in a prominent newspaper. Pelosi: Save the Planet, Let Someone Else Drill Friday, August 1, 2008

The House is considering legislation that would do two things: force oil companies to give up unused leases, and ban the export of oil from Alaska. It’s brilliant because it highlights the absurd fallacy: that opening up more land for drilling would lower gas prices.  The fact is, oil companies already have leases that they…