Jon Cook

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Shale Gas Is Not A Revolution

Shale gas is not a revolution. It’s just another play with a somewhat higher cost structure but larger resource base than conventional gas.<p>The marginal cost of shale gas production is $4/mmBtu despite popular but incorrect narratives that it is lower. The average spot price of gas has been $3.77 …

The 8 Elements of Composition in Art

Composition is the term used to describe the arrangement of the visual elements in a painting or other artwork. It is how the Elements of Art and …

Art

Scientists Just Turned Plastic Bottles And Bags Into Liquid Fuel

Yes!!<p>Scientists have come up with a new way to turn plastic waste into liquid fuel. It uses less energy than previous methods, and produces a higher …

The world is about to install 700 million air conditioners. Here’s what that means for the climate

As summer temperatures finally settle in, many in the United States take it for granted that they can dial down the thermostat: Americans use 5 percent of all of their electricity cooling homes and buildings. In many other countries, however — including countries in much hotter climates — air …

Climate Change

The Conversation All Women Need To Start Having

I have three kids. I work. I have a husband who works. As a rule, I feel that I’m failing either my work or my family. I know I’m not alone. I’ve …

How Fast And How Deep Will Utilities Venture Into The Solar Energy Craze?

The recent showdown in Arizona between customers who generate electricity using rooftop solar panels and the Salt River Project is a microcosm of the national phenomenon: Questions persist over how to allocate the cost of running the grid and how utilities should be investing for the future.<p>While …

We’re in the third biggest stock bubble in U.S. history

Here’s a quick question for you. What do the following years have in common:<p>1853, 1906, 1929, 1969, 1999<p>Pass the question around your office. Call …

Stock Markets

Masters of Love

Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.<p>Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry …

6 Simple Ways to Extend the Dynamic Range of Your Photos

It’s a phrase we hear over and over in photography – high dynamic range, the sensor’s dynamic range – but what exactly is dynamic range and why is it …

Building Out The Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Greenlots Advocates For Open Standards

North America is at a critical point in making some decisions about its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, and how proprietary its charging networks will ultimately be. The choices made could affect drivers for years to come. These decisions need to be made soon because of the …

Thinking Outside The Rule of Thirds

Chances are, at some point in your training as a photographer, the rule of thirds was embedded into your mind as an axiom of composition. The rule …

These Are The Reasons Photographers Should Give the Square Crop a Chance

<b>Simplicity.</b> Simplicity isn’t necessarily a synonym for boring. There are times when less really is more. Given that you’ve got less working room …

6 Ways to Reduce Blown Out Highlights in Your Outdoor Photography

Shooting outdoors means dealing with challenging and changing lighting conditions which can sometimes lead to blown out highlights in your images. …

Depth of Field Simplified

Depth of field (DOF) is probably one of the least understood principles of photography. Most photographers seem aware of its existence, but few seem …

Check Out Chocolate Lab's New Menus

As it enters its second year of life in the Dogpatch, chocolatier <b>Michael Recchiuti</b>'s Parisian-inspired cafe <b>Chocolate Lab</b> is making some big changes, bringing in chef <b>Sante Salvoni</b> to provide a more comprehensive dinner and brunch offering. Salvoni's new menus kick off today, and he's planning to …

Expert Voices: Melanie Nutter, Director, City of San Francisco Department of the Environment

Changing Planet<p><i>In this post, Melanie Nutter argues that equitable access is key to San Francisco’s solar success.</i> “When you think of homeowners with solar panels, you probably don’t think of me,” stated Mardina Graham, a low-income senior living in Bayview-Hunter’s Point, one of San Francisco’s …

Dear City, Here's Why I Hate You

What Tyler Durden Taught Me About Needs and Wants

<b>I watched Fight Club the other night for the first time in over a decade,</b> out of curiosity if it would still seem as important as it did when I first …

More Than 15 Million Americans Now Live Within One Mile Of A Fracking Well

The natural gas boom has led to an “unprecedented industrialization” of many Americans’ backyards, an analysis from the Wall Street Journal has found.<p>…

The Official Explanation for the German Energy Transition

In a recent posting, John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance lays out three clear drivers for why Germans are going renewable at all …

Are utilities finally learning to love residential solar?

Residential solar has reached a blistering pace of installations – around 100,000 by the end of this year alone – and it's all thanks to third-party …

7 Tips for Getting Out of a Creative Funk

Every photographer goes through it, but sometimes we are reluctant to admit it. The lack of creative productivity seems to come with equal doses of …

Winter Wonderland - The Keys to Photographing Snow

Love it or hate, for those of us inhabiting the northern climes, winter is fast approaching. Some of us will pack away our cameras over the long …

5 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Photography

Photography books, schools, websites, and even your local camera clubs are your main source of help when it comes to improving your craft. There is a …

Want to Create Great Images? Stop Waiting to Get Lucky

We all get lucky sometimes, it’s a part of life. And some people are certainly luckier than others it seems, but depending on luck to get you through …