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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Radioxenon Testing

I confess, I don't normally keep an eye out for the latest publications in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, but one recent paper on radioxenon measurements is of particular interest.This paper, as it turns out, is by one of the leading researchers in radioxenon testing, who happens to be a former professor and advisor of mine at The University of Texas at Austin...

September 16, 2011 — David Wogan

Update on the Bastrop, TX fires

Quick update on the Bastrop, TX fires. According to local news outlets, the wildfires are 70 percent contained. Of the 34,000 acres burned by the wildfire, 6,400 acres were in Bastrop State Park.In addition to the many homes lost or damaged by the fires, two historic Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) structures have been damaged...

September 13, 2011 — David Wogan

Hurricane Irene is a reminder that adapting to climate change is smart policy, regardless of the climate change part

Talk about eery timing. The current special issue of Scientific American is about cities, and as I type this, Hurricane Irene is making her way up the Atlantic seaboard and is expected to reach New York City by Sunday morning.I, like nearly everyone else, am refreshing news pages, blog posts, and scanning my Twitter feed for stories and updates about Irene...

August 28, 2011 — David Wogan

Technology for the rest of us

As you've no doubt read, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is stepping down from the company he co-founded three decades ago. Tim Cook will take over the reigns for the long-term, and has served as COO since 200...

August 24, 2011 — David Wogan

Wind catchers - an elegant cooling design

Keeping with this month's "cities" theme, I want to share a rather cool passive building design that has been around for centuries. Long before LEED Platinum ratings and green building programs, ancient persian architects were developing ways to keep cool in crowded cities baking under the sun...

August 17, 2011 — David Wogan

More on food sourcing and food sustainability

I heard this story on NPR/PRI's The World while driving home from yoga last night. Here's the tl;dr of it: a Dutch company is perfecting ways to grow food indoors using LED lights and elaborate climate controls...

August 3, 2011 — David Wogan

Food waste in the land of `Man vs Food'

Here is some more food for thought about the modern global food economy. A study recently published by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization found that about one-third of all food produced on the planet is wasted, to the tune of 1.3 billion tons per year...

August 2, 2011 — David Wogan

Buildings are sexy, too

In terms of basic human needs, shelter comes in right after food, air, and sleep. Over years of human development, buildings have become some of mankind’s greatest achievements.

July 23, 2011 — David Wogan

Hello, Pale Blue Dot

Greetings, and welcome to Day 4 of Plugged In! On behalf of myself, Melissa, Scott, and Robynne, welcome to this shiny new blog of ours. There are so many things to discuss, but to get started, I want explain to you what this blog means to me and what I hope to get out of it.Growing up, one of my favorite shows was a program called "Connections" on PBS...

July 8, 2011 — David Wogan

Power from pondscum: Algal biofuels

In the discussion of alternative energy and fuels, algae have been bubbling to the top of the proverbial feedstock pool. Algae, the little green guys responsible for everything from making your Dairy Queen Blizzard solid to forming the basis of our current fossil fuels, are being looked at long and hard by some of the nation's top researchers and decision-makers as a source for next-generation biofuels...

November 24, 2010 — David Wogan
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