Monday, January 30, 2023

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What the world needs now is energy education and pragmatic energy policy

There is so much talk about energy today – and it’s about time, because energy is a critically important issue that deeply affects the life of every human in the world today. We use energy in everything we do, and a life without modern energy is a life of deprivation. But, you might say, “we have been talking intensively about energy for decades now, so what do you mean, ‘it’s about time’?” I mean that, no,...

Cardiac arrest data highlights importance of access to defibrillators

Cardiac arrests have hit the news lately. On Jan. 2, Damar Hamlin of the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills suffered an extremely rare cardiac arrest after what appeared to be a relatively mild tackle. Unresponsive on the field as the game was interrupted and eventually cancelled, Hamlin received immediate treatment and is now alert and recovering. On Jan. 12, Lisa Marie Presley died of sudden cardiac arrest at her home. She was found unconscious by...

Critical minerals to play major role in emerging technologies

The energy transition of the 21st century – the transformation of energy sources from primarily fossil fuels to a more diverse and resilient set of energy generators – is profoundly changing humanity’s demands on the earth’s resources. Many of today’s key resources will continue to be important in the coming decades – e.g., iron ore, sand, and gravel, lime (for cement), coal, oil, natural gas, wood and other forest products are a few. But there...

Examination of house prices confirms that market size matters

Sometimes when one dives into the data, there are assumptions about anticipated findings that are completely overturned by the raw numbers. On other occasions – as is the case on this project – the data confirms the original assumptions, but provides clarification and deeper understanding. It is unlikely to surprise anyone to learn that house prices in larger cities are typically more expensive than in smaller cities. It is widely known that your average homebuyer...

U.S. agencies on high alert for cyber attacks as midterm elections approach

As much of the western world anxiously awaits the U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 8, political rhetoric and irresponsible media coverage are amping up. While ill-informed (or ill-intentioned) media reporters and editors continue to use phrasing such as "baseless", "bogus" and "false claims" – and perhaps the favourite: "conspiracy theories" – to describe any insinuation that it is possible that a U.S. election could be tampered with significantly, sensible humans are simply hoping for a fair...