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energyLargest gas field in the Mediterranean Sea off the shore of Egypt

A natural gas discovery could hold a potential of 30 trillion cubic feet of lean gas in place (5.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent in place) covering an area of about 100 square kilometres. It’s the largest gas discovery ever …

batteriesSaudi Arabia invades Yemen with 150,000 soldiers, 100 fighter jets and 76 fighters from partners

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday night launched airstrikes against Iranian-backed Shiite rebel forces in Yemen, responding to distress calls from the U.S.-backed Yemeni president who was fleeing the country in the face of relentless advances by the rebels. The intervention brings …

climate changeChina declares 2013 GDP to be 56.9 trillion yuan or about US$9.3 trillion

China’s official GDP amounted to 56.9 trillion yuan (9.3 trillion US dollars) in 2013. However, the aggregate of the provincial GDP figures, which were independently calculated and released, was about 2 trillion yuan more than the 56.9-trillion-yuan figure arrived at …

chinaOne Thousand Car Design Part 2 – Mercedes-Benz Biome, Toyota Nori and the Volvo Air Motion

The Mercedes-Benz Biome is an ultralight vehicle that utilizes technologies from nature to achieve unparalleled efficiency and seamless integration into the ecosystem The Toyota NORI concept challenges us to look ahead and create a clever vision that addresses fuel economy, …

energyExtrapolating todays technology towards the J Storr Hall Weather Machine

The Hall Weather Machine is a thin global cloud consisting of small transparent balloons that can be thought of as a programmable and reversible greenhouse gas because it shades or reflects the amount of sunlight that hits the upper stratosphere. …

energyLight Crude trading below $92 per barrel

Light Crude has fallen below $92. It was at $91.90 at 11:36 a.m. Singapore time on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The plunge in oil, cotton and copper led to the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index of 19 commodities erasing its gains …

energyVasimr engines plus 200 MW of nuclear “batteries” = 39 days to Mars

A proposed portable nuclear reactor (simplified solid core) is the size of a hot tub and will be able to generate 27MW. It is in funded development. A 200 KW version of the Vasimr engine is being ground tested in …

coalOil from shale progress

Fortune magazine has a feature on the progress of Shell to get oil from shale. Hat tip to futurepundit. Shell declines to get too specific about how much oil it thinks it can pump at peak production levels, but one …