peak oil

futureRecord US and World Oil Supplies in 2019 and 2020 and Crazy Peak Oilers

Peak Oil was a very popular idea from about 2000 to 2013. The idea was that world oil production or a nations oil production would reach a maximum level and then go into permanent decline. US crude oil production set …

economic impactTexas is back as King of the oil world

Weekly US oil production is back to 9.3 million barrels per day and is nearing the 9.6 million barrel peak in mid-2015. OPEC raised its outlook for U.S. production growth by 285,000 barrels a day to 820,000 a day in …

economic impactNear term Improved batteries will enable commercialized flying cars

Technologies are maturing and converging to make small, affordable airplanes feasible says Brian German, an aerospace researcher at Georgia Tech. German argues that lighter and more powerful electric motors, batteries that can store more energy, and more sophisticated aviation software …

big dataScience advances towards improved quantum technology

Andrea Morello and colleagues report a demonstration of Bell’s inequality violation for a pair of qubits embedded in silicon. Bell’s inequality was introduced by physicist John Stewart Bell during the 1960s. A violation of the inequality by a pair of …

economic impactOver 100 tons of sodium cyanide at Tianjin warehouse explosion area

The Beijing News on Saturday said all people within a 3-kilometer radius of the Tianjin warehouse explosion site are being forcibly evacuated from the area because of a possible chemical contamination. Sodium cyanide was detected east of the site, according …

economic impactForbes covers repeated failure of Blacklight Power to commercialize and cites Nextbigfuture

Forbes Michael Lynch reviews Blacklight Power as an example of potentially revolutionary energy technology that has failed to deliver on commercialization. Forbes linked to Nextbigfuture where in 2014 we had updated the claims made by Blacklight Power. There is a …

bakkenUS Navy 30 year ship building plan update

2015 Congressional Research report – Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress The Navy’s proposed FY2016 budget requests funding for the procurement of nine new battle force ships (i.e., ships that count against the Navy’s goal …

bakkenLockheed 30kw combat blasts a truck from over a mile

A 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system from Lockheed Martin successfully disabled a vehicle engine from a distance of more than one mile. In the test — said to represent the highest power ever documented by a laser weapon of its …

bakkenCNES Partners with Google to deploy Global 100,000 Internet Loon Ballon Networks

The French space agency, CNES, on Dec. 11 said it is partnering with Google on the Google X Project Loon to deploy more than 100,000 balloons in the stratosphere to provide high-speed Internet to regions without it. CNES has maintained …

bakkenLooking ahead to being ten times richer and looking back at being ten times poorer

Nextbigfuture described a future where China helps build out the infrastructure that the rest of the developing world needs over the next few decades. The shortfall of infrastructure is lowering the potential GDP growth by 2-3% in many countries. An …