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Science and Energy

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

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: Three positions for Genesis believers. Young Earth Creation (YEC). Theistic Evolution. (Evolution of birds from dinosaurs plus DNA evidence for evolution). Old Earth Progressive Creation. Each position has a dilemma.

This is the third part of a three-part series on creation and evolution. It’s a mix of science and spiritual. The subject here is personal belief, and how your belief compares with others. As always, I use as much data and facts as possible.

THREE POSITIONS FOR GENESIS BELIEVERS. If you believe in biblical truth AND you believe in science, you fall into one of three positions, as laid out in a book by Hal Reed and Duane Thurman called How to Think about Evolution (2015). It’s a carefully researched book, not yet published, by two biology professors.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Overview of creation – evolution. • Where does science succeed and where does it fail? • Fossil evidence for deep time. • How reliable are dating methods? • The bones of John the Baptist. • The dilemma of young earth creation. • Thirsty koala bear in Australian extreme heat drinking water.

On the subject of deep time, this is the second of three parts of a series on creation and evolution. It’s a mix of science and spiritual. As always, I use as much data and facts as possible. Your feedback and comments will be appreciated.

At the end of this blog is an ultra-cute video of a koala bear in Australia’s extreme heat drinking water offered by a cyclist.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Wonders of the natural world • The hummingbird • Spectacular hikes • Role of consciousness in creation and evolution

This is the first of three parts of a series on creation and evolution. It’s a mix of science and spiritual. I’m motivated by a need for clarity, as I’ve heard statements on the subject that seem way off the mark. As always, I use as much data and facts as possible, but there are times when my own experience and bias comes in. Your feedback and comments will be appreciated.

LET’S BEGIN WITH SOME WONDERS OF THE NATURAL WORLD. The whirlpool galaxy is a classic spiral galaxy, and one of the brightest in the sky. However, 75% of matter in this galaxy is missing.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The devastating wildfires close to Los Angeles: story and pics. • The fires are fanned by Santa Ana winds. • Man saves wild rabbit from burning. • Are the wildfires really caused by global warming? • Postscript: Conversation with a skeptical professional.

This is part of a series on climate change. In this article we look at the terrible wildfires ravaging California right now.

IF YOU DON’T LOOK AT ANYTHING ELSE, look at the very short video below of the man saving a rabbit from the fire. Have your tissues handy !!!

My next blog will be about teenage girls and smartphones, especially the negative and dangerous side of this issue, including suicide.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND FIRES.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Rising sea levels. • Severe heat waves. • Political instability. • Deterioration of ocean life.

This is part of a series on climate change. Information in this article is taken from the book Climate of Hope by Bloomberg and Pope. See pic of book cover below.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND FIRES. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were in all the news in my last two blogs on this subject (click HERE and HERE). Soon after, California was beset by the Napa Valley fires – the most destructive in the state’s history. The numbers are 41 people dead, 220,000 acres burned, and 2,800 homes burned.

In the following sections, we have excerpted from Climate of Hope.

 

RISING SEA LEVELS.… More

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