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Moving Blog: Merging my blog ‘The Power Factor’ with my website jonathanmlee.org

Please continue to follow the Power Factor, but now through my website http://www.jonathanmlee.org. The blog is now at http://www.jonathanmlee.org/thepowerfactor.

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From Wired: “Kinect Hackers Are Changing the Future of Robotics” and Hacksourcing

Wired has a great article on the Kinect – the depth camera from Microsoft for the Xbox 360. If you haven’t had a chance to play games with the Kinect, you should find one now and play it because it … Continue reading

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Q and A: Bill Gates on the World’s Energy Crisis

Wired interview with Bill Gates (BG): http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/06/mf_qagates/all/1 Important BG quotes: “You have to help the rest of the world get energy at a reasonable price to get anywhere.” “We’re putting 90 percent of the subsidies in deployment—this is true in … Continue reading

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From Greenwire – Bush EPA Official: Fracking safety record exaggerated

OIL AND GAS: Frack study’s safety findings exaggerated, Bush EPA official says The U.S. EPA official who oversaw the George W. Bush administration’s 2004 study of hydraulic fracturing says its conclusions about safety have been exaggerated for years. The study found … Continue reading

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CO2 Emissions per Electrical Energy Unit (kgCO2/kWh) by US State

Ever wonder how much CO2 you are emitting when you use electricity. I’ve put together this handy graph to show one interpretation of this CO2-emissions-due-to-electricity factor. Note: this graph was built using publicly available data at the Energy Information Administration; … Continue reading

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American Power (Photographs)

http://whatisamericanpower.com/ Mitch Epstein, an American photographer, places US energy infrastructure against the background of ordinary life. He shows a really superb display of photographs of the systems that we really never think about, until they are shown to us in … Continue reading

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Surowiecki (New Yorker Columnist) – Pumped Up?

Surowiecki – on the increase in gas prices, effects on the economy, our new resilience to spikes, and the important thing to realize in this moment. A good read for the energy and economic minded.  

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Avoiding CO2 – THE benefit of nuclear power

Many lessons can be learned from the events at the Fukushima Daiichi (FD) nuclear power facility in Japan. First, the resulting tsunami and not so much the eathquake (like the levees breaking in New Orleans, and not as much the … Continue reading

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Retail price of food per energy content

Food is energy. Look on the back of any food package and you will see the energy content of the item plain and clear – Calories, specifically nutritional calories (or kilocalories). What is a calorie? It is a energy unit, … Continue reading

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The Latest on the Japanese Nuclear Facilities

The Japanese government is now confirming, after tests, that the food supply in the country is now being affected by the nuclear radiation leaks. From the New York Times: “As Japan edged forward in its battle to contain the damage at … Continue reading

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