Author: Bob Allen

Sliding to summer; focus turns to the tick

As we slide in to summer or as some call it tick time, it might be important to focus on the tick part. We’ve had a mild winter, so at least in Bullfrog Valley we have had ticks active year round. There are five species of ticks found in Arkansas most of which are capable of carrying various pathogens and now the new risk of alpha-Gal. Stay tuned for more on tick induced problems. Regardless of species, all ticks go through four phases: Egg, larva, nymph, and adult. The total life cycle can range from one to three years...

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Scalability in Electrical Energy Generation

Scalability is the capacity to expand production as the need for additional power comes to the fore. A nuclear power plant can take years from the time of initial planning, permitting, and construction, whereas installation of solar panels for a home array will take only a couple of days. The material and labor costs during the construction or installation phase raise the cost of the power source over the cost to fuel and operate the facility once completed. For necessarily large projects like nuclear or hydro-power facilities, long lead times are needed to bring power on line. This means...

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Power Lines

It is now clear now that the current administration has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement for specious reasons. Trump will take us off the world stage, away from 195 countries who do recognize the risks of ignoring global warming, ocean acidification, and climate change. Global warming as a concept is not new. Svante Arrhenius, a Swedish chemist and Nobel laureate wrote in 1896 on the risks of continued burning of fossil fuels and the resultant accumulation of Carbon Dioxide (CO2)in the atmosphere [On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground]. The concentration...

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