What Makes A City Unhappy? (jdargis)
Building on Wu’s research, economist Joshua Gottlieb of the Vancouver School of Economics at University of British Columbia and his co-authors embarked on an ambitious study drilling down to the city level of the same survey. While compiling “Unhappy Cities,” they also looked at people who have moved from one city to another and examined historical research. They, too, found “significant differences across metropolitan areas.” And, in the process, they debunked the possibility that people predisposed to unhappiness are drawn to horrid places.
“Police are trained and expected to react to deadly threats. As many deadly threats emerge is the exact amount of times police will respond,” wrote Ian Adams, a West Jordan police officer and spokesman for the Utah Fraternal Order of Police. “The onus is on the person being arrested to stop trying to assault and kill police officers and the innocent public. … Why do some in society continue to insist the problem lies with police officers?”
According to a study by the investment banking firm Lazard, the cost of utility-scale solar energy is as low as 5.6 cents a kilowatt-hour, and wind is as low as 1.4 cents. In comparison, natural gas comes at 6.1 cents a kilowatt-hour on the low end and coal at 6.6 cents. Without subsidies, the firm’s analysis shows, solar costs about 7.2 cents a kilowatt-hour at the low end, with wind at 3.7 cents.
The performance of both individual electrodes was determined (called a half-cell configuration), as was the full-battery construct containing both electrodes, in full-cell configuration. Both configurations showed excellent electrical storage retention and a long charge-discharge cycle lifetime. Electrical storage retention was ~80 mAh/g (a bit less than existing lithium batteries) with more than 80 percent of initial energy storage retained after 1000 cycles. Compared to previous nanowire battery devices using the same material, this nanopore battery has triple the electrical storage capacity and an order of magnitude longer cycle life.
Where Oil And Politics Meet (jdargis)
Tioga, population 3,000, welcomed North Dakota’s first well in 1951, more than a half-century before hydraulic fracturing liberated the “tight oil” trapped in the Bakken shale formation. So it was fitting that Tioga ring in the daily production milestone that had ushered the Bakken into the rarefied company of historic oil fields worldwide.
How Energy Secure Are The EU And UK? (Evan K.)
In a recent post, A Beginners Guide to Blackouts, I drew attention to the fact that keeping the lights on in Britain was to a large extent dependent upon our ability to source sufficient gas to power the country’s large fleet of combined cycle gas turbines. The official view from the UK Government, National Grid and OFGEM (the regulator) is that the:
• Gas market is well supplied and able to cover any cold spells.
• Gas supplies, storage and network capacity well in excess of maximum expected demand.
• Supply interruptions from Russia pose a low risk to UK energy security.
Death Of A Family Farm (jdargis)
It’s a gesture loaded with the frustration felt in many family businesses. Roughly 30% of American firms are family-owned, including top companies like Walmart, Mars, Inc. and Cargill. As parents reach retirement the transition of control and property to their children is so notoriously difficult that some families now call in professional “succession planners” to help avoid an all-out war. In family businesses across the country, it’s not uncommon for children to sue parents or for parents to write children out of the will.
Melting Away (jdargis)
I was walking a primitive path, leading away from the town and toward the strait and the sea. I was walking on the frozen sea, but I may as well have been on some distant planet. My extraterrestrial moment, only I was right here on Earth! I was so thrilled that I almost didn’t notice the young man pull up beside me on his snowmobile.
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