Creating energy and power with natural gas

With all the bustling of modern energy sources in the future, natural gas is an often-overlooked option. It might not seem like it, but natural gas has many advantages over the old guard of fuels. It can compete on many fronts, even cleanliness, with the newly emerging energy sources of solar and wind.

The single biggest advantage natural gas has is its availability. This comes in several forms. First and most obviously, it is easy to come by. Natural gas was long viewed as a waste by product of oil drilling and was simply vented into the air. Now that systems have been built to use natural gas it is actively being collected for use.

The second main form is quantity. Many natural gas reserves are quite large and for the most part untapped. Natural gas can provide the backbone energy rates in the short term needed to pick up the slack from old coal networks. It will even work as a replacement for gasoline. This is projected to be its biggest use case.

Gas pipelines and shipping are much cheaper safer than traditional fuels. With the biggest concerns of a leak being methane, rather than toxic spills or dumps. Natural gas is usually pressurized into a liquid and shipped much like oil. This allows reusing existing infrastructure. When burnt the gas produces only around half the emissions from a coal plant. However, with a vehicle the rates are much less. Sometimes as low as 15% of the heat trapping gas compared to gasoline. Other harmful particles such as mercury are negligible with natural gas. Even NOx, which leads to smog, is vastly reduced.

Many alternative energy sources have always run into a fuel effectiveness problem. They don’t have as good of performance causing slow acceleration and low speeds. While natural gas is not quite as energy dense as gasoline and diesel, it does have very similar performance. With a larger fuel tank most converted vehicle will meet the same performance requirements they had before.

Converting to a natural gas system is relatively cheap compared to other alternatives. The distribution network is already set up through-out most of the country. This leaves only the fueling stations to be built. Additionally, the emissions requirements are much easier to meet thanks to natural gas being so clean. After converting over to a natural gas system, the cost to run a vehicle are similar.

The Beautiful Hotels of the Cayman Islands

The Three Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are actually a collection of three beautiful islands: Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, and Grand Cayman. Grand Cayman is the largest island and has many gourmet restaurants, diving, and the famous Seven Mile Beach. Cayman Brac is perfect for the nature lover because it offers memorable walks along the serene rocky bluff and exciting diving adventures. Little Cayman ids the smallest of the three islands and has about 150 residents. On this island, there is the opportunity to go diving off of Bloody Bay Wall, one of the best wall dives in the world.

A Relaxing Stay

For a pleasurable stay, there are also many luxurious hotels to get comfortable in such as The Ritz-Carlton (now owned by Ken Dart). This luxurious hotel is situated in Grand Cayman and it has private balconies, soaking tubs, minifridges, and Asprey toiletries to make every guest feel pampered. Their guest rooms are exquisite and they even have a spa and nine-hole golf. They offer kayaks, rafts, and snorkel gear-all complimentary.

The Caribbean Club is another great place to stay and overlooks the famous Seven Mile Beach. Its suites are equipped with kitchens, washers and dryers, balconies, and spacious living rooms. They have an oceanfront pool and beach cabanas which are free for guests of the hotel.

So Many Things to See and Do

For some fun in the sun and some great photo opportunities, there are many things to see and do on the Cayman Islands. Georgetown is the capital of the Cayman Islands and is also a very popular cruise ship destination. It offers year-round tropical weather, blue waters, and white sand beaches. It also has plenty of restaurants, cafes, and duty-free shopping. Stingray City offers many snorkeling and diving opportunities near the coral reef. It is even near the few remaining tropical rain forests located in the West Indies.

Seven Mile Beach offers numerous beach bars like the Royal Palms, and it provides plenty of opportunities to snorkel and scuba in the beautiful blue water. There is even the chance to swim with friendly stingrays at Stingray City and to shop at the many local shops.

There are many private custom tours, cruises, sailing, and water tours available. There are also many museums to explore such as the Cayman Islands National Museum, and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, both located in Georgetown.

The Advantages of Natural Gas

Natural gas is becoming widely accepted as the best fossil fuel out there, both for your pocket as well as for the environment. Understanding why this is, as well as the advantages associated with natural gas, can help you to choose if it is the right option for your home.

Natural gas does have one major limitation as a commercial product. Since it is sold in a liquid form it is difficult to transfer overseas and is therefore generally consumed in the country in which it is produced. Since the United States has notable reserves of natural gas which are just being fully understood today, the cost of natural gas is low in comparison to the cost of other fuels such as oil heating and coal. Natural gas reserves are abundant, safe, and often located near the major population centers which cuts down on the transportation cost.

Further, natural gas urns cleaner than these other fuel sources and is thought to be significantly better for the environment as a result. It is also easier to extract natural gas from the ground than it is to extract other forms of petroleum and oil. This leads to an avoidance of the environmental concerns associated with fracking. Since natural gas is transmitted via pipeline to centralized locations and then transferred to homes via natural gas pipes, trucks need not be used to transfer natural gas to homes and businesses around the country, using natural resources and adding to traffic congestion as a result.

Natural gas vehicles have lower fuel emissions than oil cars and are another example of the environmental friendliness of the substance. While the infrastructure for supplying natural gas vehicles is still in its infancy, it has beeen ramping up quickly and providing added benefits for those who are looking to drive vehicles that run on natural gas. Cars and other vehicles can be converted to run on natural gas vehicles relatively easily and with little added cost.

Natural gas used burns clean and efficiently and will reduce the costs that you have if you were using other oil forms. Therefore, not only is natural gas a cheaper option per volume, it is also a more efficient one that will reduce your overall consumption of it as a substance. While there are some startup costs associated with converting your home from oil to natural gas, the savings over the life your home can be significant. Consider making the switch to natural gas today.


Embassy in Washington, DC Goes Green

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made the leap to “go green” at its embassy in Washington, D.C. Their progress toward an environmentally-friendly facility has garnered recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council and other agencies.

The Deputy Chief of Mission for the UAE embassy, Omar Al Shamsi, said that the Embassy retrofitted its buildings to decrease its energy output by 40 percent. “This significant decrease will lead to enormous savings in the embassy’s electricity costs while preventing the emission of nearly 400 tons of CO2 annually,” he said.

In order to reduce energy, the Embassy carefully selected materials and transportation options at the building. The Embassy also informed its staff about energy saving awareness to further reduce energy consumption, as well as improved indoor air quality and water waste management.

Working closely with the UAE Embassy was the renewable energy company Masdar, which is based out of Abu Dhabi. Masdar helped them plan for the project as well as assisted in installing new equipment.

Due to the success of the project, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Embassy with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Status. This makes the UAE Embassy in D.C. the second highest rated LEED status embassy in the world. It ranks in the top 25 percent of energy efficiency among similar buildings in the area.

The Embassy was also certified by the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program. ENERGY STAR is an international certification given only to products and buildings that meet the EPA’s rigorous standards.

“The UAE Embassy now stands as one of the most sustainable buildings in the United States,” said Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador the United States.

The UAE said that it wants the Washington D.C. Embassy to be the standard benchmark for its Embassies in other countries.

Europe Selects Grand Gravity Mission

It is set to be one of the major science projects of the 2030s.

The European Space Agency has just given the green light to the LISA mission to detect gravitational waves.

This will see lasers bounced between three identical satellites separated by 2.5 million km.

By looking for tiny perturbations in these light beams, the trio hope to catch the warping of space-time that is generated by cataclysmic events such as the merger of gargantuan black holes.

Ground-based laboratories in the US have recently begun detecting gravitational waves from coalescing objects that are 20-30 times the mass of our Sun.

But by sending an observatory into space, scientists would expect to discover sources that are millions of times bigger still, and to sense their activity all the way out to the edge of the observable Universe.

It should immeasurably advance our understanding of gravity and how it works; and perhaps even highlight some chinks in Einstein’s so-far flawless equations.

“We have no idea what we will discover, but perhaps we can get closer to the line that divides gravity from quantum physics. This may take us there,” said Esa’s director of science, Prof Alvaro Giménez Cañete.

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Cleveland Clinic Prioritizes Heart Health in Abu Dhabi

Due to the high volume of diabetes and smoking in the United Arab Emirates, the median age for experiencing a heart attack is just forty-five years old. A whopping ten years lower than their American and British counterparts– despite the equally high rates of obesity between them all. One factor appears to be the sharp decline in tobacco smoking in the UK and US, contrasted with increase in the UAE.

The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi ( has itself become the figurative heart, at the epicenter of this crisis. The clinic offers an exclusive technology for hybrid robotic heart surgery to the region. Along with more routine procedures, such as stents, cardiograms, and cardio-imaging. The clinic also features an eclectic team of specialists from different scientific fields. These specialists analyze each case from many angles to create a full picture, ensuring the most effective and certain treatment plan.

The clinic was the choice destination for care for nearly two thousand patients last year. Open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the hospital is fully equipped to immediately address any cardiac related issue.

Inducing stress on the body with a cardio workout is a good Litmus test for heart problems. Considering that you are more likely to notice the symptoms under physical duress. In more extreme cases, you may experience these symptoms with as little exertion as walking or climbing stairs; as an indication of more life-threatening ailments.

One of the primary causes of mortality in the UAE is cardiovascular disease. But, diabetes is the real ticking time-bomb behind it all. Glycosylation is a complex chemical process that scientists now believe to be the actual source of aging. By causing the accumulation of senile cells in the body. This process is increased dramatically; if we allow ourselves to become diabetic through obesity and smoking, and unhealthy lifestyles in general. Glycosylation is also associated with increased free radicals that cause cancers. And is responsible for exponentially increasing the plaques that clog our arteries.

Hope and hype around cancer immunotherapy

Immunotherapy treatments for cancer are having a moment.

Some hospitals and health care systems call it a “miracle in the making” and a “game-changer.” It’s a treatment approach that harnesses the body’s own immune system to target and attack a disease, such as cancer.
Immunotherapy can come in many forms — vaccines, antibody or cellular therapies, or drugs — and can be received through an injection, a pill or capsule, a topical ointment or cream, or a catheter.
Ninety-two-year-old former President Jimmy Carter famously received a form of immunotherapy two years ago that he called “the key to success” in his melanoma fight. He had the treatment along with surgery and radiation.
Yet as promising as the therapy seems, could the spotlight on immunotherapies detract from other areas of cancer research? Some experts argue yes, while many others don’t seem concerned.
Now, cancer researchers from around the world are convening in Chicago on Friday for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting to discuss various treatment methods, including immunotherapy.
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United Arab Emirates Efforts to Eradicate Polio

A disease is a scourge meant to cripple the normal functioning of the human body—and in the presence of disease, productivity decreases. Also known as poliomyelitis, the polio virus is one of the diseases known to maim the human structure.

Polio Destroys the Human Bone Structure
This disease normally affects infants whose bone and muscle structure is fairly weak. As a result, human mobility is limited. However, polio is an illness that can be controlled and otherwise eradicated. It is a disease commonly found in the Middle East. Unhygienic conditions normally favor the development and spread of the polio virus. Originating from the human body, it can be transmitted through body wastes, especially if they are deposited in water sources.

What The UAE Is Doing as Regards to Polio?
Immunization has been a key drive in the fight to eradicate polio in the Middle East. To date, millions of children from Pakistan have been immunized against the disease. However, a majority of people affected by this illness are located in poorly accessible areas. For this reason, the national and local leadership is working together so as to develop a framework meant to enhance public sensitization and also bring community members together so as to get immunized.

Also, the leadership of the United Arab Emirates has engaged the assistance of international donors, who not only provide finances but also vaccines and human resources. As an incentive to members of the public, polio vaccines are free. For this course, efforts by the UAE to eradicate this illness have borne fruit.

Being a national travesty, immunization is an issue that has been highlighted by leaders across the divide. In addition, public sensitization drives have educated people on how to manage human wastes so that they do not end up in water sources.

The fight against polio has also been echoed by other countries globally. Finally, a lot of money has been used to finance research projects meant to provide insight on how best to fight this scourge.

Future Projections
The United Arab Emirates aims at eradicating this disease from its region for good. To attain this goal, areas once affected by the disease are constantly under surveillance so as to ascertain whether or not the immunization process was a success. Systems have been put in place to ensure that immunization continues even in regions where polio has already been wiped out.

Under Lasers, a Feathered Dino Shows Some Skin

What happens when you shoot lasers at a dinosaur fossil? Some chemicals preserved in the fossil glow, providing a nuanced portrait of the ancient creature’s bones, feathers and soft tissue such as skin.

Soft tissue is rarely preserved in fossils, and when it is, it can be easily obscured. A technique called laser-stimulated fluorescence “excites the few skin atoms left in the matrix, making them glow to reveal what the shape of the dinosaur actually looked like,” says Michael Pittman, a paleontologist at the University of Hong Kong.

Pittman and colleagues turned their lasers on Anchiornis, a four-winged dinosaur about the size of a pigeon with feathered arms and legs. It lived around 160 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. The researchers imaged nine specimens under laser light and used the photos to reconstruct a model of Anchiornis that shows an exceedingly birdlike body, the team writes March 1 in Nature Communications.

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The Benefits of Recycling Styrofoam in Your Community

Every community that is concerned about Styrofoam (a trademark of the DOW Chemical Agency) must do much more than ban the product in their community. Styrofoam will turn up in different parts of the manufacturing process for many companies, and it cannot be rubbed out entirely. This article explains how the product may be recycled, and there is a look at what may be done to improve the community.

#1: Adding Recycling Plants
The recycling plants that will process the product will bring hundreds of jobs to a community, and they offer the community quite a lot of revenue from taxes and extra income. Someone who has been searching for a job will find it in a heartbeat, and they may bring their friends along for their own jobs. The community improves because there are more working adults, and the Styrofoam in the community is processed as it should be.

#2: How Is The Material Used?
The material that is recycled will become the building blocks of something new that is to be manufactured. The industry that produces Sytrofoam need not make too much of it, and they will save money every year as they purchase from the recycling plant. The plant will produce enough raw materials for many different firms, and they will expand when they are successful. Expansion will serve the community, and everyone searching for a job may find one in the second wave of hiring.

#3: Where Styrofoam Used?
Styrofoam that is used by manufacturing companies will be used in the protective materials for their products, and it may be used to serve as filler in a product. There are many places where a business may use the product in lieu of something that is not good for the planet. The companies that are purchasing the products regularly will increase the revenue of the plant, and they will help the plant ensure they have more than enough work for all their employees.

Recycling Styrofoam is the responsible choice for the planet, and it must be done to ensure a community is not filling its trash cans with the product. The older materials may be turned into something new, and they will be quite simple to sell to manufacturers around the country. Anyone who is considering working on a Styrofoam ban must look further to the recycling industry. A plant in the community gives everyone what they need along with new jobs.