Category Archives: Energy

The Day I Met Dr. Edward Teller

Dr. Edward Teller, the “Father of the Hydrogen Bomb,” is often known for his uneasy relationship with fellow Manhattan Project member J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “Father of the Atomic Bomb.” Their rivalry was not limited to the specific type of … Continue reading

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It’s Quantum Mechanics… Or Something

Scientists get things wrong very often. I, for one, am thankful they do. Being wrong is an opportunity to learn new and interesting things about the world. Or it might simply mean we need to do more work in order to see … Continue reading

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A Quick Example of the Effect of Climate Change

[Writer's note: Both me and my math checker missed a decimal error - my fear when I wrote this! Thanks to a comment I had to check my calculation again. I will fix the error of inland inundation below.] Because … Continue reading

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Fukushima Fear, Vol. 4: More Nonsense Than You Can Shake a Giant Squid At

Like an out of control flood of death and destruction, silly rumors and scares about the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster continue to emanate from a toxic slagheap and pour into the world, causing fear and panic buying … Continue reading

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Earthquakes and lights in the sky

It is not uncommon for folks in the skeptical/science community to examine claims of UFOs or aliens based upon sightings of lights in the sky. More often than not, these lights can be explained by normal, misidentified phenomenon such as … Continue reading

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More Fukushima Scaremongering Debunked

Another day brings another science-free but hysteria-packed screed of terror about how radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant incident will bathe all of us in torrents of cesium-soaked death. A few months ago, I took on one of these … Continue reading

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Spray On Energy

This week on Twitter Brian has thrown down the science blog gauntlet about an Indiegogo start-up. Specifically a spray on “energy drink”. I accept the challenge. Energy Drinks are a broad category of stimulant drinks. Some energy drinks have ingredients … Continue reading

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Are Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Really Over?

To paraphrase an oft-misattributed quote, pseudoscience can travel halfway around the world while good science is still putting its lab coat on. This would appear to be the case for “At the Very Least, Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean … Continue reading

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Thorium Power

An important step forward in energy technology has quietly occurred recently in Norway. Thor Energy have fired up their thorium test reactor for a five year trial run. Thorium has long been offered as a superior alternative to uranium for … Continue reading

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Anthropogenic Global Warming and CFC’s.

A new paper by Professor Qing-Bin Lu PhD is purporting to demonstrate that chlorofluorocarbons, not carbon dioxide, are behind global warming. Since CFC production has tapered off, he therefore predicts that we’ll see global cooling for the next 50 years … Continue reading

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