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In Tiny Spaces, Boiling Water Stays Solid - D-brief

In Tiny Spaces, Boiling Water Stays Solid - D-brief | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Things only get cooler as it get cooler. Ice not only floats, but it comes in 16 different phases. The phases arise from the many different ways water molecules are arranged, depending on temperature and pressure. On Earth, we almost always encounter one form, created by water molecules arranging themselves in a hexagonal shape, which accounts for its reduced density. Ice can also come in tetragonal, rhombohedral and cubic phases, among others, all of which posses unique properties, such as ferroelectricity. And indeed, there is an ice nine, but it’s far less dangerous than its fictional counterpart.

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The Long Emergency: An Interview with James Howard Kunstler - O'Reilly Broadcast

The Long Emergency: An Interview with James Howard Kunstler - O'Reilly Broadcast | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
We'll, let's just start by saying we've constructed an infrastructure for daily life with no future. That's pretty disturbing, isn't it? I customarily refer to this as the greatest misallocation off resources in the history of the world.
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James Kunstler says: "Look, the airlines are dying. The next time oil goes up in price, or becomes scarce here-and-there, the industry will tank. Unless we rebuild the railroad system, we're not going anywhere in this large, continent-sized nation. How will people get from Chicago to St. Louis? Atlanta to Baltimore? How are we going to move stuff when the trucking industry gets into trouble? We're not paying attention. The lack of any discussion about rebuilding the railroad system shows how un-serious we are, what a nation of clowns we've become. Rebuilding the railroads is of tremendous importance. It will put scores of thousands of people to work on a meaningful project; the basic infrastructure is already there, rusting in the rain, waiting to be fixed; it requires no new technology, and getting it done would boost our confidence to address the other systems that we need to reform and rebuild -- namely agriculture, local-and-regional commerce, appropriately-scaled urban development, etc."

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