Tag Archives: Energy

Chernobyl and the costs of power

When I first heard of HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, it didn’t sound like something I’d be interested in watching.  I generally don’t have a fascination for disaster porn and that’s mostly what it seemed like from a distance.  But after numerous … Continue reading

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Manufacturing liquid fuel

One of the things that I think is often not appreciated about petroleum oil, is that it’s essentially stored solar energy.  Energy that was originally captured by life forms that died, sank to the bottom of oceans or lakes where … Continue reading

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Nick Lucid on mass and energy

I’m a bit busy today, but thought I’d leave you with this Science Asylum video on the difference between mass and energy.  (Hint: there isn’t any.)  

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Life on the Billionth Rock From the Sun | Seth Shostak

Seth Shostak has an article at HuffPost on asteroids.  Not the usual we-need-to-prepare-for-incoming, but discussing something I’ve noted before that the space age needs: an economic incentive.  As some of us have discussed, mining asteroids looks like it might be … Continue reading

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Why is the solar system flat?

Machines Like Us and others linked to this cool video explaining why the solar system is flat. I’m not entirely sure the four dimensional stuff was necessary, although it was interesting.  One thing to realize though, is that while the solar … Continue reading

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Why Life Does Not Really Exist | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network

Why is defining life so frustratingly difficult? Why have scientists and philosophers failed for centuries to find a specific physical property or set of properties that clearly separates the living from the inanimate? Because such a property does not exist. … Continue reading

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Born Wet, Human Babies Are 75 Percent Water. Then Comes Drying : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR

Born Wet, Human Babies Are 75 Percent Water. Then Comes Drying : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR. This particular pattern of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and other associated elements, found this article interesting.  We are bags of water and carbon, going from … Continue reading

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