blood cells

UK to Test Use of Blood Made from Stem Cells Within Three Years

April 15, 2014 – I’m a regular blood donor. My blood type is “A,” “Rh+.” That can tell you a lot about your origins. But that’s not what interests ... Continue Reading →
OTEC platform

Headlines: Island Nations Build Ocean Thermal Power to Reduce Dependency on Fossil Fuels

April 14, 2014 – Seawater is proving to be one way to combat climate change by reducing fossil fuel dependency for some ocean island nations. Taking a page from land-based geothermal ... Continue Reading →
Russian moon base

Russia: First Crimea, Then the Moon

April 14, 2014 – Unlike the United States which has chosen to rest on its Apollo Program laurels, Russia is reviving the Soviet dream to establish a permanent human presence on ... Continue Reading →

IPCC Lays Out its Climate Change Mitigation Strategy

April 13, 2014 – Last week the IPCC gave us its weather forecast for climate change through the rest of the century. This weekend the contributing scientists told us what should ... Continue Reading →

Energy Update: Hybrid Solar Power Could Be a Renewable Game Changer

April 12, 2014 – There are two types of solar renewable technologies. The first, solar photovoltaics, is at best marginally efficient when converting energy from sunlight into ... Continue Reading →
humans adapted for Mars

What Mars One Needs is Genetically Altered Human Colonists

April 11, 2014 – What if we could re-engineer humans for the harsh environment of planets like Mars? Believe it or not there are scientists studying our genome to determine if ... Continue Reading →

Additional Thoughts on the Viability of Mars One

April 10, 2014 – In my previous posting on this subject I overlooked one of the larger challenges any expedition landing humans on Mars must answer. How do you land large payloads ... Continue Reading →

Headlines: U.S. Navy to Test Laser Weapon System This Summer

April 10, 2014 – The arms race doesn’t just include railgun naval technology. Add to it a new laser weapon that will be going to sea in the Persian Gulf on the USS Ponce ... Continue Reading →
Copper oxide nanocrystals

Headlines: Copper, Carbon Monoxide and Water – Voila, You have Ethanol

April 10, 2014 – Using agricultural land to grow an industrial crop to convert to fuel seems like a make work project for farmers. Yet an entire subsidized industry has grown ... Continue Reading →

Permafrost, Methane, Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change

April 9, 2014 – A new study opens with the following statement: “Carbon release due to permafrost thaw represents a potentially major positive climate change feedback.” ... Continue Reading →