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Fossil fuel — oil, natural gas, coal — production should peak within the next half century. The term “peak oil” refers to the point at which crude oil reserves reach maximum production rate, and then starts to decline. This scenario states that any resource is finite, and employs the Geophysicist M.K. Hubert’s “Single-Hubert” approach to […]
Because people today tend to rely on various forms of technology, it is challenging to avoid detection from government surveillance. Thanks to new software called Palantir, it is now nearly impossible to avoid global surveillance. Created by Stanford computer scientists in 2004, this software has enabled its users to keep a close eye on people […]
Memoto is a tiny camera that clips onto clothes or necklaces and takes two GPS-tagged photos every minute. After two days, the user is expected to re-charge the camera on their computer as well as upload the camera’s memory onto encrypted online storage. This information is organized into around 30 “keyframes” of moments on a […]
Hillcrest, a poor neighborhood of Corpus Christi, Texas, is the home of two oil refineries, Citgo and Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. There has been recent speculation that these refineries, more specifically Flint Hills, are releasing various toxins into the air which can cause serious medical problems. According to a 2010 […]