Hydrogen Power from Sewage?

MOST was intrigued by an article with the headline “Flush, then fill up: Japan taps sewage to fuel hydrogen-powered cars” from this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times.  As MOST Subscribers realize, MOST knows his … sewage!  And energy and the environment …
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Sizing the Delta Tunnels

In yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, George Skelton seems incredulous that the planned Delta Tunnels must be so large.  But Mr. Skelton is a journalist, not an engineer.  And he didn’t do the math.  So let’s do it for him.  See …
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Water Fluoridation? Bad Idea!

The fluoridation of drinking water has been hailed by some as one of the greatest public health advances in modern times.  Color MOST very, very skeptical.  We are not fans of this practice, and there are a host of reasons …
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Water For Drinking

“Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting.”  Although there is some controversy regarding the actual author of this phrase (which is widely attributed to Mark Twain), there can be little controversy as to its truth — at least in …
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Global Warming Update

Long-time readers here at MOST know our position on the global warming issue; we have not changed our mind.  But there are a few recent stories out that seem to support our position, and we thought we might share them …
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Perchlorate on Mars

Thanks to Subscriber Victor for this tip:  NASA’s rover “Curiosity” has found perchlorate on Mars!  That would be the very same perchlorate that is regulated in drinking water in California — although the USEPA has yet to establish a drinking …
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Clean Water Act Turns 40

My, how time flies!  It seems such a short time ago that we were graduating from high school, beginning college as a Biochemistry major, and voting in our first national election.  In 1972, Richard Nixon was reelected as President of …
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Carbon Dioxide and Ocean Chemistry

We have tried to avoid any more posts related to human-caused global warming; long-time Subscribers know our position on this topic.  But this past Sunday’s Los Angeles Times provides us with a chance both to revisit this topic and to …
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California Gasoline Prices, Part II

It looks like Senator Dianne Feinstein reads the MOST blog.  As predicted in our previous post on California Gasoline prices, Feinstein is blaming the greed of the marketplace.  See: Link Our prediction is that absolutely no one will be indicted …
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California Gas Prices: The Law of Unintended Consequences

Improving air quality is a good thing.  No sane person could argue against that.  But we all should be part of the discussion as to how we might best accomplish such a noble goal.  And if we find that the …
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Peripheral Tunnels

We may need to discontinue our subscription to the Los Angeles Times — we’re not sure that our blood pressure can handle it any longer.  It’s not really the Times’ fault — this time.  Their Bettina Boxall is merely reporting …
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Heavy, Heavy Fuel

Subscriber Chris sent us an email earlier this week inquiring about heavy water.  We thought it was a topic that might interest a lot of water folks, so here it is in today’s blog.  As it is used in nuclear …
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Burbank Water and Power

One of our best customers is Burbank (California) Water and Power.  We really appreciate their support of MOST.  It seems we are not alone in our appreciation.  If you are a member of the American Water Works Association, you probably …
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Restore Hetch Hetchy?

Water is vital to life.  It is also vital to economic activity.  And water is scarce in the desert southwest United States.  Because of this conflict between need and availability, there are many lurid stories related to water supply in …
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Aquarium of the Pacific

One of Southern California’s real gems is the Aquarium of the Pacific.  If you haven’t been there, you should really plan to do so, and make sure you take the whole family.  (Today’s photo is from there.)  And while you’re there, …
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