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Predictions For the Future…2016 Edition

Recently I wrote an article comparing predictions that I made back in 2014 to actual events that happened in 2015.  Most of my predictions were correct–but some were wrong, and so now I need to adjust the rest of my … Continue reading

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Predictions For the Future…Jun 2016 Update

“The future is an ever-moving target shaped by the events of today.  One can never know exactly what the future may hold.  Although its basic forms may be determined, its finer points will always elude us….” — Walter Baltzley 2014 … Continue reading

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‘Diamonds from the sky’ approach turns CO2 into valuable products | Science Daily

Finding a technology to shift carbon dioxide (CO2 ), the most abundant anthropogenic greenhouse gas, from a climate change problem to a valuable commodity has long been a dream of many scientists and government officials. Now, a team of chemists … Continue reading

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Graphene Improves Thermo-Electric Material | Science Daily

Harvesting heat produced by a car’s engine which would otherwise be wasted and using it to recharge the car’s batteries or powering the air-conditioning system could be a significant feature in the next generation of hybrid cars. The average car … Continue reading

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Digging for Geothermal Energy with Hypersonic Projectiles | IEEE Spectrum

Geothermal energy might be the most appealing of all renewables. Unlike wind, solar, or even wave or tidal energy, it produces constant and reliable long-term power. Iceland has got this all figured out, but they have it easy. The entire country is … Continue reading

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Carbon Fiber Cloth Can Generate Hydrogen | IEEE Spectrum

Splitting water can yield clean-burning hydrogen fuel, but catalysts that generate hydrogen are often expensive, and unstable in water. Now a team from Singapore and Taiwan have shown that carbon fiber cloths coated in inexpensive catalysts can generate hydrogen, and … Continue reading

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New shortcut to solar cells | Science Daily

Rice University scientists have found a way to simplify the manufacture of solar cells by using the top electrode as the catalyst that turns plain silicon into valuable black silicon. The Rice lab of chemist Andrew Barron disclosed the research … Continue reading

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