Monday, July 28, 2008

Haldo Topsoe does it again...


Imagining methanol Cu/ZnO catalysts under 1 atm H2 and 500 dC here.
Very cool.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

DFT points the way to new catalysts

as outlined here.
A very nice piece of work. It's amazing to see how quantum theory is starting to see practical applications even in the messiest of research areas - catalysis. Back in the early 90's you were lucky to get an absorption line out of the computer, now you can get hints for better heterogeneous catalysts! With computing power doubling every 18 months or so, my field will disappear completely in what, 20 years?

Friday, June 06, 2008

Farming and oil

Farmer's start to see how oil intensive their industry is here.

This seems to highlight that NewsTalk ZB doesn't get it either:
To add to the woes, there does not appear to be any relief on fuel costs in the near future.
These things aren't two seperate events - they are the same root cause and two symptoms - better get used to it, oil isn't going back to $30 a barrel.

Monday, May 19, 2008

fun with sodium acetate

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

now this is just plain weird coming from a scientist:
Getting this suit to court might be the best that could happen, since the scientific foundation of the global warming scares would be tested in court and independent scientist would be heard as experts.
Since when has a court of law been used to justify the physical laws of nature? i would guess all those death row inmates released by DNA evidence might have a thing or two to say about the infallibility of our legal systems to decide 'truth'.

This screams out like a 12 year old appealing to Mum & Dad over the injustice of their big brother getting the last scoop of ice cream.

Dr de Freitas - you've just jumped the shark. I hope you took a photo.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Funny thing happened on the way to work today...

Brigit had a strange "there's a bus in the middle of the field" drive to work the other day. I see your bus crash and raise you a jumbo jet.
Yep, i drive to work along the road that the pilot just managed to not land on. well done.

London, keeping you on your toes since 200 BCE.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Garth George on Global Warming

As stupid regarding climate change as he is with smoking...
...global warming is to environmentalists these days what smoking is to health professionals - a convenient vehicle for extracting large sums from Governments (taxpayers) and industry, and a convenient scapegoat to blame for a raft of perceived problems.
Classic.