The Guardian has a series of photos of frozen methane in Canada. If released into the atmosphere, methane creates 20 times more greenhouse emissions than burning petroleum. If lit, however, its byproduct is water: it’s the cleanest form of hydrocarbon you can get. The problem is condensing & pressurising it in a cost-effective way. If we can achieve that, we have another source of fuel that will last us longer, and reduce our emissions to nearly nothing.
Monthly archives for "February 2015"
I’ve written before about the wellspring of collective oddball creativity that is Tumblr. Some inspired soul has taken American 1990s sitcom “Saved By the Bell” & mashed it together with quotes by theorist Bell Hooks. The result is fucking amazing.
TL;DR: Warp 1 sucks.
On Earth, the speed of light seems incredibly quick. It’s actually quite slow in the larger scheme of things. This video has you travel with a photon in real time to each planet until you get to Jupiter. I dare you to get to Mercury, the innermost planet to the Sun, before you start skipping ahead.
I think the accompanying soundtrack does a splendid job setting you up for an exciting journey, but this urgency is wonderfully undermined by reality.
An Italian man named Massimo was inspired to create a map showing the Pangea landmass with today’s political borders. This is a fascinating exercise in understanding the connections between shapes & terrains on the Earth, on both how they do, and do not, interconnect.
When I was a child, I’d pore over maps & was fascinated by how the east coast of South America seemed to neatly mirror the west coast of Africa. I knew about tectonic plates, but this was before I’d heard of the ultimate origin of today’s landmasses.