How do you get a 252 foot long, 880 ton submarine into the basement of a museum? Can’t quite put it on the elevator.
Bill Sheridan describes how the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry got the U-505 into the exhibit hall – No room for big ideas? Make room. (Yeah, yeah, I know he’s a better headline writer than me.)
The plan? Dig a hole, lower the sub into the hole, enclose it, and built the rest of the exhibit around the sub. Brilliant.
Curious how a fracking well is drilled?
I’ve been wondering about a few things. Like how to drill horizontally, how to break open the dense rock, and how to prevent leakage.
Superb animated video from Voyager Oil & Gas answers a lot of my questions:
That might be why there is a serious danger of a higher-education bubble.
Read this comment by Holly Finn in today’s Wall Street Journal article Watching the Ivory Tower Topple:
In this new educational model, the shy and the easily distracted get advantages. You can rewind a video and watch whenever and as many times as you like. Plus, teachers save time with computerized grading and students save money. (U.S. college debt, nearly $1 trillion, is bigger than housing or credit card debt.)
(cross-post from my other blog, Nonprofit Update.)
Check out these time-lapsed maps showing the growth of a retail chain from Flowing Data. Great visualization of the speed and location of new stores. Also shows the diffusion across the country.
Lets you see the data of Walmart from 1 store in 1962 to 4,393 in 2010.
Check out these visuals:
Hat tip to Mark Perry, as usual – Creative Destruction: $7 iPad App Replaces $15,000, 20 Pound Communication Device
Bloomberg has a superb article on how simple apps are opening tremendous opportunities for people who need assistive technologies – Brain-Injured Emma Finds Her Voice With IPad Grassroot App
Emma was severely injured in 2001. She can not talk or walk and has minimal motion in her arms.
Previously she used a 9 pound device that cost $15,000 to type a message. The device read the position of her eyes. That’s good, but it has to be recalibrated every time it is moved. She’s tied to her room.
That has changed….
Took the annual average daily production in North Dakota for 2000 through 2010. Added the average monthly production for 2011. Came up with this graph. Read more…
And North Dakota pulls into third place!
Federal stats show oil production in North Dakota was 535k bbl/d in December compared to 531k bbl/d in California. – Five states accounted for about 56% of total U.S.crude oil production in 2011
Check out the graph of monthly production. North Dakota has been accelerating since 2008 while Alaska and California have been declining for 10 years.
J., an anonymous blogger at AidSpeak, has a post talking through the tensions of military people taking on humanitarian work, which puts them into the place where civilian aid workers have been for a long time – Humanitarian Space (the final frontier).
Having uniformed, armed soldiers doing the same thing that aid workers do blurs the distinction between those whose primary job is building things up (aid workers) and those whose primary job is blowing things up (soldiers).
That creates confusion for everyone involved especially those on the receiving end of humanitarian aid who watched things get blown up.
J.’s post is dealing with the realization that various militaries probably won’t be dropping their humanitarian aid work anytime soon. That means it will be important for the aid community to figure out how to work with and deal with the military community.
Mark J. Perry calls attention to a company that makes bracelets and charms for colleges and sororities – Manufacturing Boom in Michigan, Partly Due to Reshoring; U.S. Factories are Competitive Again
The company brought its manufacturing back from China.
The reason they did so as described by Prof. Perry, is the same reason there will be a lot more companies that do so: Read more…
Previously discussed the amazing stuff that little drones can do.
This week’s issue of The Economist has several great articles in the Technology Quarterly section. One in particular that caught my eye – Unblinking eyes in the sky.
The article says drones that police might use for their operations will fit into the trunk of a car and can be had for the price of a police cruiser. Quite a bargain for surveillance in a crisis situation when you might otherwise need a helicopter which costs $1.7M to buy (according to the article) and require 1 pilot & 1 observer at operating cost of $5k or $10k an hour (my wild guess).
An article from NPR, Is U.S. Energy Independence Finally Within Reach?, explains the impact of all the new drilling could be making theU.S. energy independent soon.
The article says:
Energy self-sufficiency is now in sight,” says energy economist Phil Verleger. He believes that within a decade, the U.S. will no longer need to import crude oil and will be a natural gas exporter
Farhad Manjoo describes what a team at the University of Pennsylvania is doing with autonomous drones – the team calls them quadrotors – I Love You, Killer Robots
The drones are very small, autonomous and extremely nimble. They can determine location of nearby drones.
Check out the drones as they fly through windows at various angles: