Why Should the State Own Wrigley Field?

Lynne Kiesling There is no economic model that can support the state buying Wrigley Field. The sports economists have to pay some attention to this one. It all stinks to me of political gambit. Heck, Wrigley sells out most games, and that’s even when the team’s having a crappy year. I am not persuaded by … More Why Should the State Own Wrigley Field?More Why Should the State Own Wrigley Field?

Clean Tech: Nanotech Lithium Energy Storage

Lynne Kiesling While at Wired I noticed their features of some of the technologies from the CleanTech Forum, including this mention of Nanoexa’s nanotechnology battery technology. Nanoexa is using nanotechnology and computational modeling to develop a new lithium energy storage technology. From what I can understand, the computational modeling will enable them to figure out … More Clean Tech: Nanotech Lithium Energy StorageMore Clean Tech: Nanotech Lithium Energy Storage

This Day in Bridge Engineering History

Lynne Kiesling I like Wired’s “This Day in Tech” feature. Today’s feature is this day in bridge history: March 4, 1890, the opening of the Forth Bridge across the Firth of Forth, north of Edinburgh in Scotland. Three 330-foot towers went up, each atop four separate foundations. The towers cantilevered out toward one another, not … More This Day in Bridge Engineering HistoryMore This Day in Bridge Engineering History

Ercot Broke Rules During Wind Emergency…

Michael Giberson The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported over the weekend that Texas grid operator ERCOT broke the rules during the response to last Tuesday’s emergency conditions brought on by a sudden loss of wind power. The rules call upon ERCOT to make appeals through the news media for conservation during emergencies. ERCOT officials acknowledged that … More Ercot Broke Rules During Wind Emergency…More Ercot Broke Rules During Wind Emergency…

Kling on Kurzweil on Solar Power, with an Aside on Politics

Michael Giberson Arnold Kling notes Ray Kurzweil’s optimistic forecast on solar power (from LiveScience). Here’s the Kurzweil quote on solar power: “It is doubling now every two years. Doubling every two years means multiplying by 1,000 in 20 years. At that rate we’ll meet 100 percent of our energy needs in 20 years.” Kling’s response: … More Kling on Kurzweil on Solar Power, with an Aside on PoliticsMore Kling on Kurzweil on Solar Power, with an Aside on Politics