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.