Wednesday Oct 07, 2009

LBL, Technology and Life



21 ways LBL has helped change our technological environment!

Tuesday Aug 18, 2009

A Prize Well-Deserved

Although in a dated announcement , it pleases me to see National Academy of Engineering Founders Award granted to UCSD's Stanford S. "Sol" Penner, "who made important advances in thermophysics, applied spectroscopy, combustion, propulsion, and energy."

Penner was my thermodynamics teacher when I was an applied engineering sciences (chemical engineering) undergraduate at UCSD. He was an excellent teacher and researcher and educated many engineers at JPL, UCSD and elsewhere. 

Monday Jul 27, 2009

Electricity Usage

Reports say 2009 will be the first year since 1945 that electricity usage has had a year-over-year reduction.

Projected percentage change in worlwide electricity usage this year is expected to be -3.5.

This data, whose source is the International Energy Agency (Paris), was published in the August 2009 edition of the Harper's Magazine. The magazine has a famous 1-page Harper's Index of various indicators.

Thursday Aug 07, 2008

A Little Big Grain of Truth

There's a little big grain of truth in what Daniel Altman says ("Fluid Dynamics and Alternative Fuels"), based on macro-energy balances which one can imagine grounded in some solid macro-economic and micro-economic analysis.

Sunday Sep 16, 2007

Hybrid Autos on Display in Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW and Damiler Benz unveil some hybrid models in the Frankfurt Motor Show. (See this blog entry and this report from the WSJ.)

Friday Oct 13, 2006

Efficient Adaptation in Long-term Contracts

Here is a commentary (PDF) I wrote in 2003 on “Efficient Adaptation in Long-term Contracts: Take-or-Pay Provisions for Natural Gas” Scott E. Masten and Keith J. Crocker (American Economic Review, vol. 75 (5), 1985).

If you want to make use of my commentary for a business school paper or otherwise, make sure you give an appropriate reference to it. In other words, use the well-known, common principle: No plagiarizing!
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