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Neuroscience of Oil Addiction

There is an interesting and thought-provoking essay at The Oil Drum.  It was written by Nathan Hagens, a student at the Gund Institute, University of Vermont.   He makes some errors in the science, and engages in some armchair hypothesizing (see graph above), but the overall conclusions are not affected.  

You Have One Wish Left

The old riddle goes: you were granted three wishes, and you have one wish left.  What do you wish for?  Everyone over the age of 6 knows: more wishes. When we figured out that there was oil under the ground, and figured out how to use it, it is as though we had been granted…

The Internet was abuzz for a bit today, when Engaget reported that a lithium-ion battery was in development, that could store 20 times as much energy as existing batteries, with lower cost.   But then it was clarified that battereis could deliver 20 times more power.   Apparently, the original article is behind a pay…

Another Oil Company Subsidy

Despite a chorus among citizenry and punditry to end oil company subsidies, it turns out that yet another has been foisted upon us.  What is worse, it was created under the guise of a populist program: Households will spend about $90 billion more this year on gasoline if fuel prices remain at current levels, according…

One thing about hospitals, is that they use an awful lot of electricity.  We already know about some of the challenges that will occur in health care in the post-peak-oil era; I wrote about that in October 2007.   …Petroleum scarcity will affect the health system in at least 4 ways: through effects on medical…

Run Household With Battery?

Apparently, it is not only possible to run a household with a battery, but to run 25,000 with a battery: a battery that uses uranium hydride. The device is being developed from technology  from Los Alamos National Laboratory, by a company called Hyperion Power Generation.  In an article in the Santa Fe Reporter, it is…

Sun in a Coal Mine

Sun Microsystems is planning to put a data center in an old coal mine.  The idea is to save on energy costs.  In fact, they expect nine million dollars per year on electricity.  This is because much of the electrical operating cost is for cooling. This leads me to think we should do the same…

True Cost of Alternative Energy

People who advocate alternative energy (i.e. not oil or natural gas) often fail to appreciate the true cost of developing the necessary technology.  Courtesy of Cryptogon, I now present a chart that illustrates these true costs, in proper perspective. As you can see, development of alternative fuels costs almost nothing, compared to fighting a war…

Pico Projector

This is a pico-projector from Texas Instruments.  The idea is to have a device that can project an image onto a screen, using a very small device such as a PDA.  Right now the usable image size is about 15 to 20 inches.  They hope to scale it up to 40 inches. I suspect that…

Quick Update on Peak Oil

Traditionally, the oil industry has tried to paint a rosy picture when it comes to Peak Oil.  That is changing, according to industry insiders: New findings on peak oil timing and impacts to be presented at Houston Conference by: OilOnline Tuesday, October 16, 2007 SPO-USA World Oil Conference, Oct. 17-20, in Houston, Texas. HOUSTON, TX…