FORT MCMURRAY, AB - JUNE 20: The Shell Oil Jackpine open pit mine uses trucks that are 3 stories tall,  weigh one million pounds, and cost 7 million dollars each. There is explosive growth in the oil field areas around Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The oil extracted from this area is the product that would travel through the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Business as Usual in the Alberta Oil Patch May be Over

May 7, 2015 – The election of the New Democrats (NDP), a socialist-leaning party, to lead the province of Alberta may have significant ramifications for Canada in its fight to ... Continue Reading →
Nanopore technology and gene sequencing

Gizmos & Gadgets: DNA Testing Goes into the Field

May 7, 2015 – It is called MinION and you pack the device in your overnight bag along with a laptop computer. When you arrive at your destination get set up in the field and start ... Continue Reading →
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Traffic Cop Needed for Mars Orbiters

May 6, 2015 – Managing the more than 1,000 satellites around our planet is becoming a colossal headache these days. And that doesn’t include the tens of thousands of discarded ... Continue Reading →
quantum_computing

A DOS for Quantum Computers Means We Are Getting Close to Seeing Them Everywhere

May 6, 2015 – Quantum computing has seen three really interesting announcements in the last few weeks. First it was IBM announcing two critical advances with new quantum-bit circuit ... Continue Reading →
Social Media to Bring Social Change

Using Social Media to Bring About Social Change

May 5, 2015 – The impact of new technology can lead to altered behavior. Just ask those born after 1980, the Millennials. Technology has altered the way this generation thinks, ... Continue Reading →
IPCC Climate Change Fifth Assessment

After Paris, What Next for a World Executing a Low Carbon Future Strategy?

May 5, 2015 – For those who short change the reports that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have issued in the last couple of decades, there are some statistics ... Continue Reading →
Peter Diamandis in zero gravity

Then and Now from Peter Diamandis

May 4, 2015 – In his weekly email blast Peter Diamandis of XPrize and Singularity University fame presents us with a snapshot of a decade ago and today. I very much wanted to ... Continue Reading →
NASA Earth sciences

Should NASA’s Earth Science Budget Come from Crowdfunding?

May 4, 2015 – The current United States House Committee on Science and Technology would rather have NASA get out of the science business and just focus on technology for human ... Continue Reading →
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New NASA Study Says Human Crews Going to Mars with Today’s Technology Would Arrive Brain Damaged

May 4, 2015 – Should this be a surprise to anyone who has studied radiation and its impact on living things? Conventional propulsion and shielding technologies will not cut it ... Continue Reading →
Lake Mead in drought

Lake Mead Continues to Drop with Dire Implications for Seven U.S. States and Mexico

May 3, 2015 –  Back on April 27th I wrote a posting entitled the Colorado River Flows to Sea of Cortez as U.S. Southwest Deals with Drought. In the research for that posting ... Continue Reading →