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    • CommentAuthorthehard
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2015
     
    Posted By: loremanThe first guy to do that must have been really, really thirsty.


    Sumerians actually invented beer, base 60 time, lullabies, the first bicameral congress and lots and lots of parts of the ancient testament. Give those guys some respect!
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2016
     
    NBF

    60% efficient coal to electricity, reduced CO2.

    http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/04/mit-proposes-gasification-fuel-cell.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2016
     
    tE

    New report claims CCS costs can fall with existing technology.

    https://www.theengineer.co.uk/new-report-claims-ccs-costs-can-fall-with-existing-technology/
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2016
     
    Po

    Researchers assess power plants that convert all of their CO2 emissions into carbon nanotubes.

    http://phys.org/news/2016-06-power-co2-emissions-carbon-nanotubes.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2017
     
    Texas is back as King of the oil world.

    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/05/texas-is-back-as-king-of-the-oil-world.html


    All will be so pleased possibly.
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2017
     
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    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2017
     
    China claims breakthrough in mining 'flammable ice'.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-39971667
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2017
     
    A Tiny Device Can Transform Air Pollution Into Usable Fuel.

    https://futurism.com/a-tiny-device-can-transform-air-pollution-into-usable-fuel/
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2018
     
    Bahrain’s largest oil find estimated at 80 billion barrels.

    http://www.arabnews.com/node/1278916/business-economy
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2018
     
    We won't be short of fuel. We'll be short of air.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2018
     
    Massive source of ‘missing’ nitrogen could revolutionise climate change projections.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/climate-change-missing-nitrogen-global-warming-scientists-discover-carbon-capture-a8290836.html

    Yikes could Trump be right????
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    Well certainly Spanky has been talking a lot of late about geonitrogen.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2018
     
    But, our atmosphere is made up of about 78% N2, so there's no shortage of the stuff.

    An interesting paper on its origin
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2018
     
    Posted By: AsterixBut, our atmosphere is made up of about 78% N2, so there's no shortage of the stuff.

    An interesting paper on its origin


    Well, there must be or they wouldn't be getting rich in Saskatchewan selling potash. There's a lot of nitrogen about but making it accessible to plants is rather energy intensive unless you can find it lying about in the right form.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2018 edited
     
    Potash = K2CO3 It's the potassium that matters to agriculture--it improves the ability of a plant to absorb and retain water. I seem to recall hearing a BBC broadcast where phosphate was being mined under the seabed.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-36033679

    Perhaps you mean saltpeter?

    I remember dad bringing home 50 lb. bags of ammonium sulfate, which was a waste product from steel mill coke ovens. He'd dissolve a few pounds in a barrel of water and use a hose-end aspirator to apply the solution to the lawn. It didn't do a thing for the root structure, but we had the greenest lawn on the block.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2018
     
    KOH would be my guess.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2018
     
    KOH is pretty nasty stuff. Great for disposal of unwanted corpses:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKN3FRXUKqI

    Also the basis of "water cremation".

    KOH, as far as I know, does not occur naturally, as it tends to have great affinity for CO2. I believe it's prepared from the carbonate in a rotary kiln, much as quicklime is produced from limestone.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2018 edited
     
    Posted By: AsterixPotash = K2CO3It's the potassium that matters to agriculture--it improves the ability of a plant to absorb and retain water. I seem to recall hearing a BBC broadcast where phosphate was being mined under the seabed.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-36033679

    Perhaps you mean saltpeter?

    I remember dad bringing home 50 lb. bags of ammonium sulfate, which was a waste product from steel mill coke ovens. He'd dissolve a few pounds in a barrel of water and use a hose-end aspirator to apply the solution to the lawn. It didn't do a thing for the root structure, but we had the greenest lawn on the block.


    Wiki says
    Potash (/ˈpɒtæʃ/) is any of various mined and manufactured salts that contain potassium in water-soluble form.


    and includes the nitrate, which was what I was referring to. Also known as saltpetre. That's a fairly common usage in Saskatchewan, though to be fair I don't know what exactly is in all those piles of summer snow.

    I believe the nitrate ion is also important agriculturally.
    Potassium nitrate is used in fertilizers as a source of nitrogen and potassium – two of the macronutrients for plants. When used by itself, it has an NPK rating of 13-0-44

    (as well as to bomb-making)
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2018 edited
     
    Ammonium nitrate NH4NO3 is the king of nitrogen fertilizers--also of cheap bomb supplies.

    It's one of the few fertilizers that can be manufactured from air and water. No STP solids involved in manufacturing a solid substance. I've long considered that remarkable. If you substitute hydrogen for the water, it's a solid from gases exculsively.