Archive:August, 2011

August 31st, 2011

Marcellus Shale Gas Volume in Question

By Douglas Clark | Comments (3)
Marcellus shale drilling rig in Roulette, PA

The latest debate over Marcellus shale gas isn’t about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but over how much gas there is to be removed. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently published its estimate of gas trapped in Marcellus shale that can be extracted with current technology, but the figures differ dramatically from past estimates.

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August 30th, 2011

How Do Chemical Engineers Use Social Media?

By Loraine Kasprzak | Comments (2)
Social Media

Since Linkedin was launched in 2005, social media has increasingly played a role in our lives, both personal and professional. A recent New York Times article discussed the idea of how you influence people – or don’t – based your social media reach.

We know we reach the ChEnected community of […]

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August 29th, 2011

Solar Canopy Capable of Generating 73,000 Megawatt Hours Annually

By Douglas Clark | Comments (6)
Entry to Solaris

Drawing on the inspiration of the Bedouin tent of the Arabian Peninsula, architectural firm Predock Frane has designed Solaris, a solar canopy that drapes a massive area and acts both as a landscape and structure.The structure is entered via a tunnel passage. To make energy generation possible, intelligent solar “balloons” [...]

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August 26th, 2011

NASA’s Latest Photos of Hurricane Irene

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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NASA has just released several new photos of Hurricane Irene, which is bearing down on the East Coast of the United States and causing concern as far away as New York City and New England. Residents in lower Manhattan have already been warned that they may have to evacuate this […]

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August 26th, 2011

Radioactive Orchestra: Making Music with Radiation

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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The Radioactive Orchestra is an online tool that lets you convert decaying radioactive isotopes into musical notes. Watch DJ Axel Boman, helped by Swedish physicists, translate gamma cascades into music in the right-hand window, and then try it yourself at their website.

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August 26th, 2011

Fukushima Update: Japan’s Costly Shift to Fossil Fuels

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
2011-08-25_2250 gas plant
This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Fukushima Update

Japan has been scrambling to replace a huge daily shortfall of 400 million kWh this summer because of the shutdown of all but 15 of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors. Immediately after the disaster, TEPCO ordered dozens of retired fossil-fuel plants fired up across the country, and they have been slowly brought back […]

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August 25th, 2011

ChEnected’s Guide to Upcoming ChemE, Bio, and Energy Events

By John Vasko | Comments (1)
upcoming aiche cheme bio energy events

With so many events happening in chemical engineering, biological engineering, energy, and sustainability, we decided to put together a quick guide to events from now through the end of 2011. Get your online calendars ready to record the early-bird deadlines and calls for papers.

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August 25th, 2011

Need a Lab? Crowdsource It!

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Problem: Before you can finish your research, there’s just one final experiment, but you don’t have access to the right equipment. What can you do? Well, you can try Science Exchange, a new online company just launched by scientist Elizabeth Iorns and the Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley startup incubator, which wants to make […]

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August 24th, 2011

Fukushima Update: Contract Laborers Report Chaos and Safety Lapses

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
2011-08-23_1622 fukushima worker
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Fukushima Update

Five months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, work to clean up the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant is still ongoing, with reports of safety issues and disorganized efforts.

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August 23rd, 2011

Road Less Traveled: Postponing Your Career for a Graduate Degree

By Arjun Gopalratnam | Comments (1)
Fork in the road

It’s an age-old question: should you take a job and gain industry experience, or should you continue school to earn a master’s degree or PhD? There’s no one answer, because many factors are involved, such as how much you liked school, what level of salary you’ll be satisfied with, and more.

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