Thursday, July 30, 2009

Word Cloud

Some interesting technology that got publicity during President Obama's inauguration speech:

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Nitrogen in Gasoline?

Anyone else wondering why Shell is advertising an inert element as an "enhancement" to their automotive fuel? Last I heard Nitrogen and other inert elements actually lowered the BTU rating of hydrocarbons at the wellhead, why would we want to put them back in? Perhaps a hint here:
A coincidence that this marketing push comes at a time when Shell is suffering market loss due to their abandonment of alternate energy strategies? And what about the parallels of all the oil companies suddenely using geeky scientists to push their agendas? Remember during the Bush years when scientists weren't very cool? Well maybe our new administration has at least moved toward bringing respectability to to technical professionals who work in the energy industry... that would be a welcome, if unintended, change...