New book blog: How energy shapes society in ‘Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels’ by Ian Morris

It’s not steeped in technology, but this updated book based on the Tanner Lectures delivered by Ian Morris at Princeton University manages to highlight a link with big social issues that could have significant implications for humankind’s future. Everyone’s at least aware of the disparity between access to energy that exists around the world, and how precarious the security of supply is, even in the industrialised West. It’s clear we’re reaching a crucial point where a system based on fossil fuels isn’t going to work in the long-term, but what does that mean for society as a whole? As Morris … Continue reading New book blog: How energy shapes society in ‘Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels’ by Ian Morris

New Pyrenees pipeline to help cut dependence on Russian gas – an annotated infographic

The leaders of Spain, France and Portugal are expected to strike an accord in Madrid to build a new pipeline through the Pyrenees that would allow Spain to pump almost 15 billion cubic metres of gas a year northwards – approximately 10 per cent of the supply currently coming from Russia. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading New Pyrenees pipeline to help cut dependence on Russian gas – an annotated infographic

A #librarian writes – news from the IET archives about #fracking and #shale gas

Now for the latest installment in our occasional series of news from the IET Library archives, direct from the librarians who archive stuff there… Shale gas So, what’s all this rumpus about shale gas?  It’s highly topical at the moment – and E&T has been covering the fracking issue since it first surfaced.  It’s all about extracting natural gas trapped in shale formations via the method known as fracking. It’s controversial for all sorts of interesting reasons, but congruently a potential major source of alternative energy. Big in the States and Canada but also being tested out in the UK. … Continue reading A #librarian writes – news from the IET archives about #fracking and #shale gas

The global switch to LED lighting – a handy infographic from Honeywell

The boffins at Honeywell Electrical Devices & Systems have called for a worldwide switch to LED lighting, claiming that organisations across the globe have a responsibility to seriously consider energy-efficient lighting in the drive to save energy. To shore up their argument, they’ve produced this neat infographic, the facts of which appear hard to argue with. They’ve also put together a nifty online tool for calculating the energy savings between fluorescent and LED tubes: access it at http://led.honeywell.com There’s also this much bigger infographic detailing much the same information. It’s a whopper, but we include it here anyway for the … Continue reading The global switch to LED lighting – a handy infographic from Honeywell

Fracking for shale gas – an annotated graphic

What with fracking being all over the news of late – including on E&T’s news pages, as we look at the controversy over the fracking process – it seemed a timely opportunity to share this illustrated graphic on how to frack. Essentially, it’s a two-stage hydraulic process in order to extract natural gas from prehistoric shalebeds thousands of metres below ground. Enjoy the instructions presented here – but don’t try this at home. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Fracking for shale gas – an annotated graphic

Can Energy be appropriated in Art? Find out at Beyond Entropy exhibition, AA school London

Beyond Entropy: When Energy becomes Form, 3-28 May 2011 AA School, 36, Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES The Architectural Association School in London is currently hosting a thought-provoking exhibition, showcasing the work of eight trios of world-leading scientists, architects and artists brought together with the aim of translating energy into its artistic form. Beyond Entropy is part of an ambitious two year research project and features eight prototypes, each exploring a different type or aspect of energy. The exhibition comes to London after displays at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 and Societe de Lecture, Geneva. Works on display include a … Continue reading Can Energy be appropriated in Art? Find out at Beyond Entropy exhibition, AA school London