Posts Tagged: ‘global warming’
There are two well-known biofuels that are widely available today: ethanol and biodiesel. Ethanol comes (in most cases today) from the fermentation of corn, using approximately the same process that has been used for centuries to make beer and then whiskey. Biodiesel comes from soybean oil or corn oil using a fairly simple process. A […]
In the following article, a really interesting question is explored. The question is: Is there a better, more efficient way to launch airplanes? Electric Aviation is the Future of Transport If you think about how airplanes take off now, you can see the potential problem. The pilot positions the plane at the end of the […]
Yesterday I put up a post about a company that has the potential to completely eliminate the use of fossil fuels: The impossible has happened: the solution to global warming and foreign oil dependence has arrived They have created bioengineered creatures that produce diesel fuel on demand. They claim they can produce 15,000 gallons of […]
This article indicates that, next year, the problems of carbon emissions, foreign oil dependence, oil spills, fuel shortages, etc. will all end: A brave new world of fossil fuels on demand In September, a privately held and highly secretive U.S. biotech company named Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically […]
Going to prison seems a little harsh, but the education aspect is refreshing: If you would like to learn more about the difference between climate and weather, these links can help: – How Weather Works – How Global Warming Works [[[Jump to previous Funny...]]] If you would like to follow Brainstuff on Twitter or Facebook, […]
Let’s imagine that you own a nuclear power plant. You are in a pretty good position these days because, compared to a coal-fired power plant, your operation is very green. You are producing lots of reliable electricity without releasing any carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. You don’t release any other pollutants, like sulfur or mercury, […]
This is not a very good video, but it introduces an idea that is interesting. The idea is to replace 18-wheel trucks with a different transportation system. The reason it is interesting is because, as soon as the idea is introduced, it becomes obvious that there is gigantic room for improvement in the “trucking industry”. […]
by Marshall Brain | November 1, 2010
The goal of the solar cell industry is to get the cost of solar panels down to $1 per watt. One way to get there is through basic incremental improvements in the manufacturing process, along with economies of scale as described here: Fun Facts about Solar Panels Another way is to come up with breakthroughs. […]
Home construction is one of those things that really has not changed a whole lot for hundreds of years. For example, if you look at the houses in Colonial Williamsburg, they have pitched roofs with shingles, walls with siding or brick on the outside and plaster on the inside, wooden floors, casement windows and so […]
Forget sonic headaches. The latest piece of wind-power news has to do with the weather. According to a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, utility-scale wind farms can change surrounding temperatures.
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