Category Archives: Energy

There’s a gap, all right

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Yesterday, we talked about the Ukraine and DNC hacks.  And, that Israel has strong programs to combat cyberattacks..  Today, we’ll find that US universities are missing the boat- and our electric grid (power transmission in the US) is at tremendous risk, among other critical infrastructure components.

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Woops, there goes another kilowatt dam…

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No matter what Donald Trump says, sentient beings recognize the fact that Russia had a field day with the Democratic Party apparatus.  (The Russians probably attacked the Republican Party, too- but they kept that data for their own internal use.)  And, those same sentient beings also recognize that this was the primary Democratic party sites (and certainly John Podesta’s eMail)- they didn’t seem to hack Hilary Clinton’s private server.

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Nanowires- with high conductivity

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Most of us who work in biochemical engineering know that nature has supplied us with a variety of microbes that provide great starting grounds from which we can develop the specialized strains we need.  In my case, that meant finding two strains that could degrade ammonia to innocuous gases- and with a little manipulation, a viable product was soon available.   We employed the same process to eradicate aromatic hydrocarbons and,m then again, for some specialized mining situations.   (The first set of microbes where I used this process involved finding the right bunch of bugs in nature for the inoculum to  degrade honest-to-goodness solid waste to methane near Deer Island and the Boston Common- for one of my theses.)  I also reported that Drs. Lewis and Epstein used the same ideas for their new antibiotic development.

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Can’t Stand Still!

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So, you know I drive my car to and from Philly.  And, let’s not forget the trip between Charlottesville and DC.  So, I’ve developed two favorite vendors for my stops.  One is WaWa.  This company has the best food, great coffee, fantastic shakes (we have to rely on my son for this fact), clean bathrooms, and great prices.   Oh- and they treat their employees really well.  Which is why service is fantastic.

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