Mayor Richard Beneville has bold plans for Nome, Alaska. He envisions his adopted home becoming a major center for world trade. That may seem a bit far fetched, but remember, the Arctic Ocean is projected to become more navigable over the coming decades. It may become almost entirely safe by 2050. Aircraft can usually travel […]Read more "Nome, Alaska: (End of The) World City"
After the way 2016 has gone, I plan on eating extra black eyed peas tomorrow. We’re going to need all the good luck we can get. The Internet is unclear on how the black eyed pea became associated with good luck on New Year’s Day. I think the story about Sherman’s March is not […]Read more "Good Luck, We’ll Need It"
Carbon, atomic number 6, has three naturally occurring isotopes with atomic masses of 12, 13, and 14. The relative abundance of these three isotopes in a sample of material can reveal many secrets. We can tell how fusion works in stars from carbon isotopes. Carbon can reveal the source and age of organic molecules. Carbon can tell […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: The Three Carbons"
The “Five Stages of Grief” model may not be entirely accurate, but I’m bargaining like hell right now. Perhaps it’s just denial. The Grandcamp is on fire and somehow I’m imagining it’s just another fire. And I still think there simply has to be some little switch that saves the day. Isn’t there a little switch? By Wednesday afternoon lots […]Read more "Grasping at Straws"
In the story of King Canute and the Waves Caunte demonstrates his piety before the power of God and the sober recognition of his limitations by having his throne carried to a beach at low tide and commanding the sea not to get his robes and feet wet. Of course, the rising tide covers his feet and […]Read more "King Canute Came to Texas"
Today The Board will continue on the subject of global warming. One of the most obvious ways of mitigating the effects of climate change is to stop putting so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by replacing carbon based energy sources with sources that produce zero carbon emissions. It is fortunate that solar and wind […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Thorium and Daisies"
There are two major approaches to dealing with global warming, mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation is the effort to reduce the effects of future climate change by reducing the drivers of climate change. It’s probably what most of you think of when you think of solutions to global warming.. Mitigation includes replacing high emission sources of […]Read more "A Fortress in a Pirate’s Kingdom"