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Tweeting to Save the Day

So Superstorm Sandy comes and pretty much knocks everybody on their butts – and then what? Where to go? Shelters? Food? Which streets are open, and which are flooded?

January 4, 2013 — Scott Huler

How North Korea Fuels Its Military Trucks With Trees

Today, The Atlantic ran an In Focus photo feature on North Korea. One photo stood out to me:The In Focus caption reads: “A truck, retrofitted to run on a barrel of burning wood, stops on a road in Hamhung, North Korea, on August 11, 2012."Is this really a truck running on wood?...

January 2, 2013 — David Wogan

The Eagle Ford Shale Boom from Space

It can be difficult to comprehend just how big the current U.S. shale boom is. Here in Central Texas, we hear about the Eagle Ford Shale and how it’s transforming South Texas (in both positive and negative ways).The shale, named for the town of Eagle Ford, TX, is a geologic remnant of the ancient ocean that covered present day Texas millions of years ago, when the remains of sea life (especially ancient plankton) died and deposited onto the seafloor, were buried by several hundred feet of sediment, eventually turning into the rich source of hydrocarbons we have today.The shale was first tapped in 2008 and now has around 20 active fields good producing over 900 million cubic feet per day of natural gas...

December 27, 2012 — David Wogan

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