This is the “Statistical Win Analysis Line” put together by the eggheads at ESPN on the Packers / Cowboys game on the “Win probability” of each team throughout the course of the game as events occurred.
It’s not for the faint of heart, i.e. Cowboys Fan.
…bet he doesn’t have “Anthill Art.”
Anthill Art, made through mass genocide by pouring molten aluminum into an ant hill.
Forget the environmental pluses, the tactical advantages of such a propulsion system would be mind-blowing for the U.S. Navy.
Last month, a national-security commission advised Congress to fund shipbuilding and increase the U.S. naval presence in the Asia-Pacific region in the next decade to compete with China’s growing fleet. But upping production of petroleum fuel to meet potential future demands is at odds with the Navy’s plans to reduce its dependence on the fossil fuel, the deadlines for which are fast approaching. The Department of the Navy has pledged to cut petroleum use in the service’s commercial fleet in half by 2015, and produce at least 50 percent of its jet fuel using alternative sources by 2020.
The Naval Research Laboratory, a 90-year-old corporate research hub serving the Navy and Marine Corps, is searching for such alternative sources. Led by analytical chemist Heather Willauer, the lab is currently developing technology that sucks up the gases necessary to produce synthetic jet fuel for ships right out of the seawater they tread. If and when it becomes commercially viable, the technology could transform naval operations.
“If they made fuel at sea,” Willauer says, “they wouldn’t be buying it.”
The process begins with a three-chambered cell that receives a stream of seawater in the central compartment. Right now, one of these units sits on the shore of Key West, Fla., at the lab’s Center for Corrosion Science & Engineering facility.
The cell pulls a relatively pure and concentrated source of carbon dioxide from the seawater. This source is usually better than carbon dioxide recovered from flue or stack gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels, Willauer says. Such gases require expensive, energy-intensive hardware to further purify them so they’re safe to use and won’t harm living organisms.
The cell produces hydrogen, which aids in recovering carbon dioxide from seawater. Both processes occur in tandem. The unit captures up to 92 percent of carbon dioxide from the seawater, where it is 140 times higher in concentration than in the air. All the energy supplied to the cell goes into making hydrogen, not into the extraction process, so the recovered carbon dioxide is actually free, Willauer says.
The lab then uses an iron-based catalyst to convert the gases into olefins, a type of reactive chemical compound. The compound can easily undergo further catalytic conversion into a liquid that contains hydrocarbon molecules, which can eventually be transformed into jet fuel.
The entire process costs about $3 to $6 per gallon of jet fuel to produce. That’s about the current price on the open market.
The current downside, the process chemically creates more carbon in the atmosphere. Al Gore might be a tad upset about that.
This sounds similar to what NASA wishes to do for a manned mission to Mars. The first rocket sent to the red planet wouldn’t be the mission capsule, but a fuel station / return ship which would land and turn out rocket fuel by sucking in the Martian atmosphere and chemically converting the needed amount fuel for the return trip to Earth.
Of course, all this is moot if you’re dealing with a nuclear-powered submarine or aircraft carrier. That’s an entirely different propulsion system.
In the president’s defense, the meme of him taking the photo has really taken off. He didn’t, the Dutch Prime Minister did.
I don’t doubt that the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan and the rest of their scouts are well aware that Russell Wilson has a day job — NFL quarterback (one year away from a huge payday by the way). They drafted him in the “Rule 5 Draft” anyway.
In fact, it was the utter collapse of Wilson’s baseball dreams — the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in 2007 in high school, opted to go to college instead, and in 2010, the Colorado Rockies drafted him. After two summers (Wilson hit .229 with five homers and 19 stolen bases, striking out 118 times, in Class A in parts of the 2010 and ’11 seasons.) it didn’t pan out — that helped give him one more year of eligibility for football.
We in Wisconsin know how that went.
The Texas Rangers made a surprise pick in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, normally an event that simply ends baseball’s winter meetings with little fanfare.
On Thursday at Walt Disney World, the Rangers decided they wanted some of the Wilson magic on their team and selected the former second baseman, taking him from the Colorado Rockies system. It cost them $12,000 to do so, and he goes on the club’s restricted list because he’s in the NFL.
Wilson squashed any chance of being a two-sport star.
“I love baseball. It’s a relaxing sport and a good sport. I’ve played it my whole life. But football is my first love,” he said.
Nonetheless, former two-sport star, Deion Sanders; now an analyst for the NFL Network, believed Wilson should consider baseball. He went to Twitter to say Wilson should “consider all his options.”
The Rangers have been scouting Wilson since high school, and believe he still might make a good 2nd baseman someday…if it weren’t for that whole “football thing.”
“Rule 5 Drafts” allow other teams to select from another team’s farm system. It’s meant to stop stockpiling of young players in the minors for the sole purpose of under-paying them. As a result, the player picked in the Rule 5 Draft is automatically placed on the drafting team’s 40-man roster. If that player makes the 25-man roster, he must stay there for the entire season and cannot be optioned or designated to the minors.
In the case of Wilson, this is more about the Rangers giving him an open invite to their spring training in February at the cost of $12,000. If he doesn’t show up — which he won’t — none of the rules regarding player return, roster placement, and so on in “Rule 5″ apply.
[An aside to this news, Barker turns 90 today.]
Bob Barker is taking sides in a Republican primary for a vacant U.S. House seat in Florida.
The former longtime host of “The Price is Right” stars in a new TV commercial for David Jolly, who is running to succeed his one-time boss, the late Rep. Bill Young, who died earlier in October.
In the ad, Barker, who turns 90 Thursday, says “folks, when you get to be as young as I am, you call it like you see it. That’s why I’m supporting David Jolly for Congress. I admired David as he worked along my good friend Bill Young, helping wounded veterans, protecting our seniors and children, and by standing up for Pinellas (county) with character and honor.”
The spot ends with Barker saying “with Jolly, the choice is right.”
Jolly’s campaign says the commercial will run Thursday morning, during the local airing of “The Price is Right.” Barker is making a cameo appearance Thursday’s program to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Jolly, a former lobbyist, was also a longtime adviser and former general counsel for Young, who was in his 22nd term in the House and was the longest serving Republican in the chamber at the time of his death.
Jolly is facing off against state Sen. Kathleen Peters in the January 14 primary. The winner will run against Democrat Alex Sink, the former chief financial officer for Florida, in the March 11th general election.
Currently, FL-13, which has a CPV of R+1, is seen as a “Toss-up” by the Cook Political Report.