Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Case for the Brexit




Daniel Hannan delivers an amazing speech explaining why he is voting to exit the EU. As a MEP in Brussels his pitch is "Fire me!"

Oh how I wish we had a political class that even remotely resembled this man.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Shale Oil & Gas Rises Phoenix Like




Despite the best shot of OPEC and the Green Allies in the west the Shale Oil & Gas industry in the US is rising, again, from the ashes of an all out assault that saw oil drop to $26 a barrel. 


Between the glimmer of hope for Nuclear power - environmentalist that ACTUALLY believe carbon emissions are a problem support expansion of nuclear power - and the vast reserves of oil and gas in tight shale formations world wide the world is poised to leverage cheap clean energy for a very long time. If the coal industry survives the left's concerted attempts to bankrupt it then poor people all over the world will enjoy access to cheap energy to help raise them out of poverty. Energy, whether produced by oil & gas, coal, nuclear power plants, hydroelectric dams, solar panels, windmills or some other mechanism - is critical to raising the poor out of poverty. A combination of cheap energy, liberty, private property rights, and non-crony based capitalism can raise billions of people out of poverty 


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Toys in the Classroom




Those of you who follow the blog know I'm advocate flipping the classroom to increase teaching time. Another simple teaching technique I favor involves use of toys to teach. In the video linked below the "toy" explains the Pythagorean theorem perfectly!

 



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Friday, June 10, 2016

Building Information Modeling - BIM - Experiencing Explosive Growth




A new study finds a rise in the use of BIM tools, with growth in Asia especially impressive. My caution to the industry is not to forget the process side of the arch where continuous improvement opportunities lie and to realize new legal frameworks are required to achieve real lasting success in the arena.

The world BIM market is expected to reach a value of $11.7 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of 21.6% during 2016 -2022. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness an upsurge in demand owing to the exponentially growing construction industry and supportive government regulations for mandating the use of BIM. Furthermore, BIM is forecast to gain increasing adoption across various sectors such as commercial and infrastructure construction.


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

An Excellent Graduation Speech by Mike Rowe




Mike Row delivers the commencement speech that more young people need to hear!



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Sunday, May 15, 2016

ConXTech Update




Regular readers may recall my obsession with the innovative structural steel solutions provided by ConxTech out of California. Below I link to a brilliant Youtube video produced by ConxTech in which the company's lead engineer describes, in DETAIL how the innovative ConxTech system works. Structural engineers, steel detailers, steel fabricators and others in the industry must take a few minutes to watch the video as it is highly informative.

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.



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Friday, May 13, 2016

Microwavable Graphene Nanoribbon-Polymers Seal Well Bores




No wonder the Saudis are looking to diversify their economy and get out of the oil and gas business. By the time those innovative Frackers in the US Oil & Gas Industry get through they'll be producing oil at > $25 per barrel!

The article excerpted and link below describes an ingenious application of microwavable graphene nanoribbon-polymers to seal well bores that leak. The research was conducted by Rice University in Houston.

From the article:

"This is a far more practical and cost-effective way to increase the stability of a well over a long period," Tour said. 
In the lab, the nanoribbons were functionalized—or modified—with polypropylene oxide to aid their dispersal in the polymer. Mechanical tests on composite-reinforced sandstone showed the process increased its average strength from 5.8 to 13.3 megapascals, a 130 percent boost in this measurement of internal pressure, Shahsavari said. Similarly, the toughness of the composite increased by a factor of six. 
"That indicates the composite can absorb about six times more energy before failure," he said. "Mechanical testing at smaller scales via nanoindentation exhibited even more local enhancement, mainly due to the strong interaction between nanoribbons and the polymer. This, combined with the filling effect of the nanoribbon-polymer into the pore spaces of the sandstone, led to the observed enhancements."
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Quantum Computing Explained




Neat little video below that explains Quantum Computing.



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Modular Nuclear Reactor Permit Approved!




The Tennessee Valley Authority received a permit to build a modular nuclear reactor. Use of modular nuclear reactors, combined with low cost oil and gas made available through fracking, ensures the US will have low cost energy for generations to come. This needs to happen YESTERDAY!

As the name implies, the modular reactors are smaller than traditional nuclear power plants. They’re 300 megawatts or less in generation capacity, as opposed to 1,000 megawatts and up for a traditional plant. They can be manufactured in a factory and assembled on-site, potentially avoiding the huge upfront capital costs and the overruns that have plagued many nuclear plants. They are theoretically safer, reducing the need for huge containment vessels and other expensive protections. And they can be installed singly or in combination to meet a variety of power-generation requirements.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

3D Printed Bones!




I've got a bad back so I'm going to keep a close eye on this one.

According to Stryker, “Tritanium is a novel highly porous titanium material designed for bone in-growth and biologic fixation in spine applications.” It is designed to help alleviate the problems brought upon by degenerative disc disease (DDD)

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