University Researchers Find Abandoned Wells Leak Substantial Quantities of GHG’s (Methane)

Originally posted on duanetilden:

After testing a sample of abandoned oil and natural gas wells in northwestern Pennsylvania, the researchers found that many of the old wells leaked substantial quantities of methane.


>” […] To conduct the research, the team placed enclosures called flux chambers over the tops of the wells. They also placed flux chambers nearby to measure the background emissions from the terrain and make sure the methane was emitted from the wells and not the surrounding area.

Although all the wells registered some level of methane, about 15 percent emitted the gas at a markedly higher level — thousands of times greater than the lower-level wells. Denise Mauzerall, a Princeton professor and a member of the research team, said a critical task is to discover the characteristics of these super-emitting wells.

Mauzerall said the relatively low number of high-emitting wells could offer a workable solution: while trying to plug every abandoned…

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3 Ways My Page Got Me a Job

Originally posted on The Blog:

As a student at Tulane University, nothing about me screamed traditional college student.

Though I had a range of experiences during my undergraduate years, they weren’t all linear. Anything that sparked an interest in me, I explored. This included blogging, organizing food trucks, working at music festivals, assisting event marketing teams and an array of other odd jobs.

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Tablet or Phablet?

Originally posted on theramblingsofbaz:

  From an earlier post and after a shaky start I am now a self-confessed tablet fan. The ability to use a device as a full on computer on the move, away from the office, or even if I can’t be bothered to go into the home office to work is fantastic. Remote computing out and about or even from the comfort of your couch, is perfect tablet territory. When the opportunity arose to replace the old second phone, the wonders of the phablet (phone tablet hybrid) entered into consideration. Surely this would be a perfect solution? The take two bottles into the shower (tv ad for shampoo/conditioner) phrase crossed the mind! I could do away with the tablet and do all on this new phablet. I have to admit, the grey area that other articles mention may apply to home use of a phablet. But, they become two very…

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Empire Avenue Photography Contest – December #EAvPhoto #EmpireAvenue

Originally posted on Empire Avenue:

The Photography Contest will be a themed monthly contest and The December Holiday Contest will run from December 1st to December 31st.

The photos must be related to either Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other major holiday.

First, Second and Third Place winners will be by popular vote, The Judges Choice Award will be given to the one member, either one of the placed winners or one that the Judges feels is the best.


You must be a member of Empire Avenue , you can enter a maximum of 3 photos  and they must be an original work of yours.

By submitting your photos to the 2014 Empire Avenue Community Photo Contest, you agree to the following:

* The Photo Contest is run by players, for players.

* You retain copyright and remain the owner of your images and may continue to use them in any manner you choose.

* You…

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Doing justice to a far from ancillary character

Originally posted on Beamer Books:

In space, everyone can give you an award!

In space, everyone can give you an award!

With mild temps and milder temperaments, the Beamers re-united to discuss the most awarded science fiction novel of recent years, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, a book that brings together artificial intelligence, multi-body existence, genderless language, and political intrigue.  It is also full of songs.  

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Blog Hopping!

Sheri Fresonke Harper:

First I heard of blog hopping, cool concept

Originally posted on Chris Gardner:

Thanks to Sandy Curtis for tagging me for this blog hop.

Sandy Curtis lives on Queensland’s Central Coast, not far from the beach where she loves to walk and mull over the intricate plots in her novels. Her husband says he doesn’t know how she keeps it all in her head, and her friends think she must be far more devious than she appears.

Actually, after having dealt with the chaos involved in rearing three children, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and a kookaburra (teaching it to fly was murder), creating complex characters, fast-paced action and edge-of-your-seat suspense is a breeze for Sandy.

Her first five novels were published by Pan Macmillan Australia, were nominees in the Ned Kelly Crime Awards, and two were finalists in the mainstream section of the Romantic Book of the Year Award. They were also published in Germany by Bastei Luebbe, and are now available as…

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An interview with internationally best-selling science fiction writer Patrick Tilley

Originally posted on bloomsburyreader:

Patrick Tilley on creative freedom, finding inspiration in out-of-body experiences, and why you won’t find any ‘little green men’ in his science fiction.

Cloud Warrior smallTo celebrate sci-fi month here at Bloomsbury Reader, we spoke to internationally best-selling science fiction writer, Patrick Tilley. Tilley is the author of Fade-Out, which looks at the meltdown of society in the face of alien invasion, Mission, a sci-fi novel of biblical proportions, and The Amtrak Wars Saga, a six volume post-apocalyptic epic.

After a career in illustration and graphic design, Tilley broke into writing for television, before progressing to cinema. Luckily for sci-fi fans the world over, the silver screen didn’t agree with him.

“I was involved in script writing for major feature films – not always credited – finally culminating in a miserable six months,” Patrick explains. “After the last meeting I came back home thinking ‘there has to…

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