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Best of Blogs for May 2013: Mythbusters, fracking, and food advertising oh my!

The Best of the Blogs video is here for May 2013. Scientific American 's Carin Bondar runs through some of the top posts in May from advertising in the food industry, Mythbusters, and fear-mongering and fracking (by yours truly).Many thanks to Carin for showcasing some great work on the blog network – and thanks to you for reading!https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EWtLsLFPltU...

June 5, 2013 — David Wogan

What unconventional fuels tell us about the global energy system

Several days ago I finished reading Charles C. Mann’s article in The Atlantic titled “What If We Never Run Out Of Oil?”, a long-form discussion of the history and technology of established sources of energy like oil and natural gas, as well as relative newcomers from hydraulic fracturing or methane hydrates.If you haven’t read it yet, please do so...

May 21, 2013 — David Wogan

Enough with the fear-mongering, fracking edition

Okay, environmental movement, Time Out. Your latest anti-fracking video, shared in an Upworthy post titled “In Case You Missed It, A Seriously Scary Thing Is Scheduled To Happen To New York City This November” is scaring and confusing people and it’s hurting your mission.The video has been making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter...

May 5, 2013 — David Wogan

No mass transit in your city? Have a fake subway map instead

Many North American cities don’t have subways, but that’s not stopping the Internet from imagining what mass transit would look like in some of America’s most car-centric metro areas.Albuquerque, New Mexico doesn’t have a subway system, but if it did, it might look like this:Designer Ben Byrne created the map, imagining his city joining the ranks of world class cities like New York City, Paris, and Seoul...

April 19, 2013 — David Wogan

University of Texas researchers design synthetic trees for producing water and energy efficient algal biofuels

The idea is straightforward: grow algae in large quantities and harvest the energy dense byproducts as an alternative to fossil fuels. Like larger plants, microalgae use solar energy to fix carbon dioxide into energy dense molecules, which can then be used to synthesize transportation fuels, or produce bio-plastics and other materials.But the current processes are largely inefficient, requiring large water and energy inputs...

April 4, 2013 — David Wogan
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