Archive | March, 2013

The Black Swan Blog: Your speed 32 mph – Slow Down!

Have you ever driven past one of those radar speed signs that indicates how fast you are going and flashes a warning if you are speeding?  If yes, did it cause you to slow down? If you answered yes to both questions then you are in the majority when it comes to driving behaviour. More […]

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John Landis:

Remembrance of a Nuclear Pioneer I recently had an e-mail message informing me of the death of John Landis on March 16, 2013 at the age of 95.  I haven’t noticed the news elsewhere, so although there are others who certainly know John better than I did, I wanted to devote this post to citing […]

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Celebrate World Water Day: Reduce Water Use

Guest post by Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank The United States is one of the world’s biggest users of water: many Americans use as much water as about 900 Kenyans. Water resources in the U.S. are shrinking. In the last five years, water shortages have occurred in almost every part […]

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Silver Bullet for Hydrogen Production May Be TiO2

The silver bullet in hydrogen production may actually be made out of titanium dioxide. At least this is what Associate Professor Darren Sun at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is saying. Under the category of the “Best Thing Since Sliced Bread and Ginsu Knives” Professor Sun has invented the Multi-use Titanium Dioxide (TiO2). When combined with […]

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Fukushima at Two Years:

The Larger Impacts In a couple of days, we will mark the second anniversary of the Fukushima accident.  I know that everyone who blogs on nuclear issues will be thinking about this event as they write.  In the hopes of trying to take a somewhat different approach than other bloggers, I am not going to […]

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Hydrail: a boost from Warren Buffet?

by guest blogger Stan Thompson At first glance, Russell Gold’s March 5, 2013, Wall Street Journal story, “Berkshire’s BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas,” looked like such a big splash that the hydrail boat might get swamped. But a closer look suggests that hydrail—the emerging hydrogen fuel cell hybrid technology for railroad propulsion—is […]

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Can we control our addiction to electricity? Should we?

If we really want to make renewable energy a critical component of the electricity generation mix I think we have to honestly face the fact that “instant-on” essentially unlimited power will no longer be the norm. I personally don’t think that is a bad thing, but it is something that deserves thoughtful consideration. We can […]

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Creative Financing for Renewable Energy

Harris Roen, Editor Roen Financial Report As more homeowners and business become interested in installing solar, a myriad of financing options have evolved. From third-party financiers to Solar REITs, the options available to benefit the renewable energy industry and end users keep expanding. This article highlights what alternative energy investors should know about trends in […]

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