A Look at the Numbers While this is not strictly a nuclear issue, the issue of worker productivity affects all enterprises, so I will take some liberty with the theme of this blog and report on a recent Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study of worker productivity in a number of countries, as […]
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My father likes to say that some people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. The same could be said of the neoliberals of the world, who–in case you missed my previous piece–are now transcendent in most policy circles across the world. To review, the neoliberal agenda is one of deregulation, unfettered […]
“Whatever one man is capable of conceiving, other men will be able to achieve” – Jules Verne After talking ‘organic horsepower’ in the previous article, let’s get back to mechanical horsepower and onto the long path of the history of hydrogen and fuel cells. As you may know, one-third of all automobiles were battery-powered electric […]
Recently, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ordered references to human-caused climate change be deleted from the state Deparment of Natural Resources website. Scientific findings concerning the natural world have become an embarrassment for the neoliberal world view. The answer in this case seems to be to delete them. But what is the neoliberal world view and […]
A New Addition to the Library I was pleased to get a message a couple of weeks ago from a friend and colleague in France, Dominique Greneche, reporting on the publication of his book on the history of nuclear reactors. In the past decade, it seems to me that there have been a number of […]
“True greatness is when your name is like ampere, watt, and diesel — when it’s spelled with a lower case letter.” Richard Hamming It is also great that new automakers use old pioneers’ names, such as Tesla, Nicola, Faraday — and who next? It takes many great minds and many years to make a […]
Authors Richard Heinberg and David Fridley in their recent book Our Renewable Future make the case for a society that runs on 100 percent renewable energy. But they don’t pull any punches, giving us both the good news and the bad news. Okay, here’s the good news: A 100 percent renewable energy society is well […]
May the New Year 2017 bring you good health, happiness and success.May autonomous vehicles keep us safe.May hydrogen be our gas in the future.May fuel cell cars be in your dreams and driveway. “Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.” Arthur Conan Doyle In retrospect, perhaps the most significant […]
Intellectual Property in the Digital Age I came across an interesting opinion piece recently by Wolf Frommer from the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California, that criticized the growing trend of people taking digital photos of slides at conference papers–and then posting the images on social media. The concern was that some speakers present […]
I’m taking a holiday break and expect to post again on Sunday, January 1.