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10 March 2016

We are pleased to read that North Carolina-based company NET Power Breaks Ground on Demonstration Plant for World’s First Emissions-Free, Low-Cost Fossil Fuel Power Technology. The NET  Power technology, which uses carbon dioxide as a working fluid to drive a combustion turbine, is precisely what we proposed in our work on Zero Emission Power Plants during the 1990s with Cesare Marchetti, Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Eugen Yantovski, and colleagues at Tokyo Electric Power.  See, for example, the sections on ZEPPs in JH Ausubel, Five worthy ways to spend large amounts of money for research on environment and resources (The Bridge 29(3): 4-16, 1999) and JH Ausubel Big green energy machines  (The Industrial Physicist 10(5): 20-24, 2004).  We wish for the success of NET Power and also Clean Energy Systems, another firm with promising ZEPP technology.

Posted at 08:03 am in News

4 March 2016

The Energy Xchange, an independent producer of podcasts, recorded a 1-hour conversation on energy of

Scott W. Tinker – director, Bureau of Economic Geology,University of Texas at Austin;

Steven E. Koonin– former undersecretary for science, U.S. Department of Energy

Jesse H. Ausubel – director, Program for the Human Environment, The Rockefeller University;

Podcast and transcript are here. Faster to browse the text than listen.

Posted at 09:03 am in News

4 March 2016

Glasgow University will host a lecture by Jesse Ausubel Monday 17 April on The Nature of the City as part of a workshop, “Future cities: Do cities have limits?

Here is the lecture on YouTube:


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12 February 2016

Want a special Valentine? Forget diamonds, get Sardinian Ichnusaite.  The magazine American Mineralogist has published “On the nature and significance of rarity in mineralogy” by Robert Hazen and Jesse Ausubel.

People enjoy the news – covered in at least 51 countries and 19 languages.

Earth’s rarest minerals catalogued

DPA / APA (newswires, Germany, Austria)
Weniger als ein Würfel Zucker: Manche Mineralien sind extrem selten
(Less than a sugar cube: Some minerals are extremely rare)

Die Welt, Germany
Vergessen Sie Diamanten! Verschenken Sie Edelsteine!
(Forget diamonds! Offer gems!)

For Valentine’s Day gift, forget diamonds: try ichnusaite

New Scientist, UK
Earth’s rarest minerals could hint at life on other planets

Europa Press (Spain)
MÁS DIFÍCILES DE ENCONTRAR QUE LOS DIAMANTES Se contabilizan más de 2.500 minerales raros en la Tierra
(HARDER TO FIND THAN DIAMONDS more than 2,500 rare minerals are recorded on Earth)

Agencia EFE (Spain)
Los 2.550 minerales raros de la Tierra hacen único al planeta azul
(2,550 rare earth minerals make the blue planet unique )

ANSA Italia Anelli davvero unici? Dimentica i diamanti meglio un ichnusaite sardo

Russian news

Rare cobalt minerals (species burgessite, cobaltkortingite, cobaltomenite, pakhomovskyite, and theresemagnanite) are all pink or red.  Cobaltomenite is known from 4 localities: Argentina (the type locality), Congo, Bolivia, and Utah. Cobaltmenite samples from the Emery County, Utah locality:



Posted at 06:02 pm in News

30 January 2016

For Galatee’s new film, The Seasons, for which Jesse Ausubel served as a science advisor, great 30-second Japanese teaser:

And a 1 minute 42 second teaser:

And one that shows some of the film’s techniques:

Posted at 07:01 pm in News

30 January 2016

One of our colleagues took his drone for this aerial tour of The Rockefeller University campus.

Posted at 06:01 pm in News

21 January 2016

As part of our ongoing interest in diffusion of social phenomena, PHE researcher Iddo Wernick has published a paper, Jews in Time and Space, using the writing of books to describe historical development of the Jewish people as waves of organic development, still ongoing.

Posted at 10:01 am in News

12 January 2016

DNA barcoding gains another level of community acceptance–the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will publish “Species-Level Identification of Animal Cells through Mitochondrial Cytochrome c Oxidase Subunit 1 (CO1) DNA Barcodes”  on January 16, 2016. Mark Stoeckle is a co-author. 

Posted at 12:01 pm in News

7 January 2016

We post “Ocean Past, Ocean Future: Reflections on the Shift from the 19th  to 21st  Century Ocean”, Jesse H. Ausubel, Michelson Memorial Lecture, 15 October 2015 United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD.”

Posted at 12:01 pm in News, Talks

8 December 2015

We post (belatedly) Self-sinking capsules to investigate Earth’s interior and dispose of radioactive waste, Jesse H. Ausubel, Seminar presentation delivered 26 July 2011, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Program of Study in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.  Jesse and 2011 summer intern Catherine Fisher carried out this work.

Posted at 11:12 am in Talks