Nowadays, when we rarely pop open the hoods of our cars on our own, and the only things we usually worry about are putting in the gas and taking them to the dealer or the mechanic for their scheduled maintenance, we can hardly fathom what goes on inside those modern engines. This wonderful video, made … Continue reading A look at lubrication inside an engine, in 1937
The following are a couple of examples of what's going on in Romania right now. Romania's largest petroleum reserves (famous since WWII) were recently sold to OMV (Österreichischen Mineralölverwaltung Aktiengesellschaft). Petrom, Romania's state-owned petroleum company, now belongs to OMV, and every time I fill up my car at Petrom, the receipt says OMV Petrom. I … Continue reading The pillaging of Romania’s natural resources
Please watch "The Energy Non-Crisis". You can find it on Google Video, and probably on YouTube as well. Draw your own conclusions after you've seen it. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3340274697167011147 Regardless of who is really in control of oil, what's clearly evident here is that our economy is suffering. If there really are such huge oil reserves in … Continue reading Watch "The Energy Non-Crisis"
That's the going price for premium gasoline (93 octane) in these parts (Bethesda, MD). Back when I advocated the use of a heavy gasoline tax three years ago, I had $4-5 per gallon in mind, but I envisioned about $2 of that to be the actual tax itself. What we've got now is a puny … Continue reading I bought gas for $4.45 a gallon tonight
As I read through my feeds, I noticed a headline about the fading car culture. It seems a Nissan executive has noticed how interest in cars is waning due to congestion costs, interest in public transportation, and a desire to spend money elsewhere, like gadgets. I also noticed something disingenuous in that article. It was … Continue reading My take on the fading car culture
A bit of a health theme to this edition of condensed knowledge: A new CPR technique was discovered. It's called OAC-CPR (Only rhythmic Abdominal Compression). As its name implies, you only press on the abdomen, eliminating the risk of broken ribs, mouth-to-mouth, and fatigue from pushing so hard. Definitely worth looking into this! Prozac found … Continue reading Condensed knowledge for 2007-09-19
Just read an article written by someone at AP and published on MSNBC, entitled "World feels China's growing thirst for oil". I wish they'd publish author names as well! This was a very well-written article, and full of insights into the issue. If you thought China's energy demands are small still compared to the US, … Continue reading China's growing energy problem, and the US policy quandary
From Gizmag: "April 21, 2006 -- Another wondrous enabling technology has been announced - a microreactor, about half the size of a credit card that produces biodiesel by combining alcohol and vegetable oil directly, greatly speeding and simplifying production compared to traditional methods. By stacking many of these microreactors in parallel, a device the size … Continue reading Microreactor for biodiesel production