Solyndra losing in DOE Solar Decathalon, too

The University of Tennessee team participating in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon is in 15th place among a field of 19 — thanks in part to its pricey Solyndra technology. Continue reading Solyndra losing in DOE Solar Decathalon, too

Nature: Americans inefficiently happy; Should be more like Costa Ricans

A commentary in Nature suggests that Americans could be happier than they are now with a lot less impact on the Earth — just like Costa Rica. And all we need is some good ol’ central planning. Continue reading Nature: Americans inefficiently happy; Should be more like Costa Ricans

The Quest: Dan Yergin needs to leave his Cambridge bubble

Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Yergin has a new energy book out called “The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World.” Though I’ve seen it has high as #22 on Amazon.com, that’s way more than it deserves. Continue reading The Quest: Dan Yergin needs to leave his Cambridge bubble

A few notes on climate fretting in Massachusetts

Apparently having solved all its real problems, Massachusetts has developed its first climate change adaptation report. After all, sea level is rising (or the land is sinking) by an inch per decade. Continue reading A few notes on climate fretting in Massachusetts

Palmetto extract: Snake oil for the prostate

The most widely used over-the-counter supplement for prostate health is no more effective than a placebo in treating men’s lower urinary tract symptoms, report researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Continue reading Palmetto extract: Snake oil for the prostate

Dr. Don Williams: Show us the medical records

The enviros seem to be trying to push back on JunkScience.com’s “Show us the bodies” challenge. Here, Austin, TX physician Don Williams claims to have treated six children one Saturday in August for ozone-related asthma attacks. Continue reading Dr. Don Williams: Show us the medical records