Science and Energy

WHATS IN THIS BLOG? Text from Australia: 71 wildfires burning. Bats and flying foxes killed by the thousands. Where was the heatwave the worst? Australia has been getting warmer.

TEXT FROM AUSTRALIA.“Heat wave in eastern Australia. 71 wildfires in New South Wales and Victoria. It’s a bit different to your part of the world in USA.”

This text was sent by my brother Clive just a few days ago – 17 January 2019. Less than a week before that I had sent him a video of a three-inch snowfall I experienced here in the USA. What a contrast!

Some of the following is excerpted from BBC News. The heatwave has broken heat records at more than ten places around Australia. The record-setters included Port Augusta which reached 48.9C or 120F.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Einstein is a hero to me. • TV series called Genius. • The God Einstein believed in. • Richard Dawkins missed out. • Einstein defined happiness. • The full God-letter.

ALBERT EINSTEIN IS A HERO TO ME. Always has been. E = mc2 and all that. I was trained as a physicist after all. I even wrote a blog about Einstein’s startling prediction of gravity waves (when two neutron starts collide) and their even more startling discovery in late 2017.

It was surprising to hear about a letter that he wrote the year before he died called Einstein’s God-letter. He was 74 years old and concerned daily about his physical deterioration. But his mind was as sharp as ever.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Wildfires in California. • Greenhouse gases reach new high. • New US government report – what does President Trump think?

There is a reason for Part 6 in this series on Climate Change. I am concerned that the world is on the cusp of a pretty big crisis. And I sense that events of the past couple months are moving USA opinions to a tipping point.

Part 5 and Part 6 here present information to support this tipping point. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts – please use the Comment box at the bottom of the blog.

If you’re interested in reading previous Parts 1-5 you can do a search on Climate Change in the SEARCH box on the main page of my blog article.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The situation is worse than we thought. • Between 70 and 90% of coral reefs expected to die off, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. • Individuals can do something about it. • Being aware of what we eat, where it comes from, how we travel, how we heat our homes, can impact energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. • Drastic action is required but will require global political engagement.

NEW IPCC REPORT OUT IN OCTOBER 2018. I live in the southwest USA. Seeing more pine trees killed by pine-bark beetles is sad. The huge numbers of wildfires in the west got to me this past summer. Hearing about the terrible droughts now in Australia is dwpressing.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Eugene Parker. • Parker model of sun’s magnetic field. • Parker Solar Probe. • Warning to Earth. • Life-Learnings.

I worked in space science for over ten years. This blog article is Part 2 about my initial study of cosmic radiation. It was another step in my R&D career. You can read Part 1 by clicking HERE.

The following is a mix of personal history and technology in the dramatic discoveries of space science in the 1960s. My involvement was minor, but I did reach out and touch some famous personalities who influenced my career. The story concludes with some valuable life-learnings.

EUGENE PARKER. Soon after I entered graduate school at the university of Adelaide, I flew to Tasmania to a conference.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Space science started with Sputnik. • Discovery of Van Allen belts of radiation. • Cosmic rays. • My supervisor was famous. • Life-learnings for me.

I worked in space science for over ten years. This blog article is about my initial study of cosmic radiation. It was a critical step in my R&D career.

But first, a brief laugh. In my early days in the USA an airline stewardess leaned across the empty seats and said, “I just love your accent.” After I explained it was an Australian accent, she asked what my work was. “I’m a space scientist,” I said. She looked blank for a minute, then said with a big smile, “Oh, I’ve always loved spices.”

The following is a mix of history and technology in the dramatic discoveries of space science in the early days.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Earthquakes in Oregon? • The big one is coming. • It will be the worst natural disaster in the history of North America.

I’VE WRITTEN ABOUT EARTHQUAKES IN OKLAHOMA, caused mainly by the oil-and-gas industry (see HERE and HERE). The numbers reached their peak in 2015-2016 and have been falling since then due partly to regulations by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

I’ve also written about Kansas earthquakes (see HERE), which were caused by the same oil-and-gas practices that spilled over the border from Oklahoma. Seismic activity dropped from 1,967 earthquakes in mid-2015 to 668 earthquakes at end of 2016 (both were 5-month recording periods). The number of quakes dropped to one-third of what it was in a period of 18 months, and this was partly due to new State regulations.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The drive, focus and leadership of T. Boone Pickens. • Reputation as a corporate raider. • A magnificent ranch in Texas. • A difficult personal life. • Benevolence toward Oklahoma State University.

It’s the month of May in Oklahoma, where tornadoes come quickly to mind. But this year, another event comes to mind….the 90th birthday of Boone Pickens. The man is a legend – known as a successful oilman, and corporate raider in the 1980s, and for his largesse to Oklahoma State University (OSU), and for his five divorces.

The following bullets are a sample of Boone Pickens life….most of them are excerpts from the Tulsa World on Tuesday 22 May, 2018 — an article written by Bill Haisten.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • May is tornado month. • Examples of the damage from the Moore tornado. • Whats a safe room? • How many safe rooms in the Moore school district?

PREAMBLE: I have made a few more videos (most of them less than 2 mins) on the subject of Fracking for Dummies and Non-Experts. How to access? See at bottom of this blog writeup.

MAY IS TORNADO MONTH. I opened an Oklahoma newspaper today, 22 May 2018. The front-page headline was The Moore Effect. The story was about an immense tornado.

May in Oklahoma is a deadly time for tornadoes. The cooler winds from the north meet the warmer winds from the Gulf of Mexico in a line that extends roughly northeast and centers on Oklahoma.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Where are the Kansas earthquakes? • Disposal wells cause earthquakes. • What about earthquake insurance? • But earthquakes go along with economic development. • Regulations that worked. • Map of earthquakes versus disposal well locations.

I’ve written about earthquakes in Oklahoma, caused mainly by the oil-and-gas industry (see HERE and HERE). The numbers reached their peak in 2015-2016 and have been falling since then due to regulations by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

KANSAS REPORTED EARTHQUAKES NEAR THE OKLAHOMA BORDER. Same origin as the quakes in Oklahoma: disposal wells for getting rid of waste-water, which is mainly water produced along with oil and/or gas. The main culprit, in both states, was the Mississippi limestone, a formation that produces oil and LOTS of water in the regions northwest – northeast of Oklahoma City.… More


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