I have an update to the North Korea by night entry I posted several days after Kim Jong Il’s death in December 2011. At the time, I wrote “perhaps there is no better visualization of the isolation and oppression that the North Koreans live under”...
Over the next several weeks, we’ll be joined by Robert Fares, a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin researching the benefits of grid energy storage as part of Pecan Street Inc.’s ongoing smart grid demonstration project...
By Dawn Santoianni “Energy independence” is a concept that has become part of the political lexicon and touted as a panacea for a downturn economy.
Okay, sure -- you could buy a Smart car, and it costs $13,000 just to drive it home, plus no matter how cute it is it's still burning gas and if you want to go to a gig with your guitar and your girlfriend, one of them is going to be uncomfortable...
Live coverage of the Comparative Energy Policies and Technologies in France and USA Conference from Austin, TX
Welcome to the live coverage of the Comparative Energy Policies and Technologies in France and USA Conference from Austin, TX. I’ll be updating this post throughout the day with recaps of panels and other bits of info...
A quick heads up: I’ll be covering an energy conference here in Austin on Monday called Comparative Energy Policies and Technologies in France and the USA.
Innovation Opportunities with Vehicles By: Melissa C. Lott and Ian Kalin, Presidential Innovation Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy When weather and GPS data were first made publically available by the U.S...
By now you’ve probably seen the new Earth at Night images and videos from NASA. Chris Elvidge, a NOAA scientist who has studied the Earth at night for over 20 years (talk about an awesome job!) says, “Nothing tells us more about the spread of humans across the Earth than city lights.” Seen from ~500 miles above the Earth’s surface, you can see what he is talking about: a sprawling network of humanity stretching inward from coastlines, following rivers, tracing old trade routes, and in some cases ending abruptly at borders (who said there are no borders from space?)...
One of my first posts for Plugged In involved the electric car. Now, remember: it’s hard to get too worked up about electric cars. They’re better than gas burners, to be sure, but that’s setting the bar pretty low: electric cars are basically coal-burners that continue to enable sprawl and all its problems while being less-rotten for the planet than their oil-burning forebears.So two cheers and all that...
Whenever I watch videos of Earth from space I’m struck by how thin the atmosphere is. Seen from above, our atmosphere is nothing more than a thin shell, enveloping life on Earth.
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