Wealth bestows power, and that's one of the big reasons why the events in Iraq matter so much. In that beleaguered nation, the wealth bubbling up out of the ground is literally power
by the barrel, labeled O-I-L, and it often spells death. It's long past time to excise ruthless dictators, religious fanatics, unstable regimes and dangerous industries out of our collective, critical energy loop
Billionaire, Tesla founder, and private space entrepreneur Elon Musk announced yesterday that Solar City, the solar installation company where he is chairman, plans to acquire a startup called Silevo for $200 million (plus up to $150 million more if the company meets certain goals). And with typical bravado, he also said that the company plans to build a huge factory to produce Silevo’s high-efficiency solar panels, a strategy he claims will make solar power “way cheaper” than power from fossil fuels.
- The motorcycle in the image above? That's an electric Harley!
- Both ghoulish and fascinating: an electro-chemical process takes the fat out of pickled brains and leaves behind the delicate, intact neural structures for study.
- Is the Earth's turbulent magnetic field weakening, moving, or about to flip?
- Solar energy looks like a solid growth industry to me. One where the technology is finally far enough along to help us break away from the glaring shortcomings of a 20th century energy policy cobbled together to power a 19th century industrial revolution. I'm interested in looking at some articles/interviews on the state of that science and technology if anyone in the biz is up for it.
- Enough of that electro-magnetic energy stuff! Here's some bloody wet science to help tide Game of Thrones fans over the summer dry spell:
Europe's most well-known extinct humans, the Neanderthals, probably evolved their distinctive facial features in a chaotic "Game of Thrones" manner, as their ancestors clashed and competed in a harsh Ice Age environment, researchers say.