New Method for Cleaning Up Land-Based Oil Spills Shows Promise

May 22, 2015 – Researchers at Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a product that oxidizes soil polluted by oil and other contaminants. According to an article appearing ... Continue Reading →

The Fate of an Oil Sands Pipeline Appears to be Doomed For the Wrong Reasons

January 7, 2015 – I’m not sure if the Keystone XL is the most notorious pipeline that has yet to be built but it sure has come to symbolize to environmentalists a line in ... Continue Reading →

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is All About the Past

August 29, 2014 – It is an inspiration to see the technological marvels that have gotten us to where we are today. And a great place to see this is Chicago’s Museum of Science ... Continue Reading →

Urban Spaces Update: SkyCycle Proposed for City of London

January 10, 2014 – A series of old suburban railway corridors covering 220 kilometers (136 miles) may be the place where Londoners will be able to ride bicycles without fighting ... Continue Reading →

Floods in Toronto, Floods in Calgary, Train Derailment in Quebec – How are they Related?

Not all of you who read this blog know that Toronto on Monday experienced a record weather event. At around 5 p.m. local time two thunderstorms converged over the northwestern approaches ... Continue Reading →
piezoelectric devices for generating renewable energy

Energy Update: Ever Heard of Piezoelectricity? Electricity from Your Feet!

Piezoelectricity is energy produced from pressure. The energy gets generated when an automobile, a truck or a train passes over a surface in which piezoelectric devices are embedded. ... Continue Reading →

Transportation – Part 5: Trains in the 21st Century

Until about six months ago I had a model train set in my basement. We were renovating and I finally parted with my world of miniature locomotives and boxcars. They found a good home ... Continue Reading →

Transportation – Part 1: Where We Will Go and on What in the 21st Century

The 20th century was the age of the internal combustion engine just as the 19th was the age of steam. Humanity went from horse and buggy, sail and balloons to the development of railway ... Continue Reading →