Reuters covers ExtrAct: MIT Web Tools Help Small Landowners Navigate Gas Leasing Frenzy. ExtrAct remains my favorite MIT Center for Future Civic Media project. Last time I saw the demo, there was (still) an amazing interactive map of natural gas wells, plus what amounted to a social rating system for “landmen,” the dudes who show up at your door looking to buy the rights to frack in your backyard.
Radiation: Finally got around to checking out the incredible xkcd radiation chart. Handy to have around in case of meltdown, mass hysteria, or argument over the safety of OH FORGET IT I’M STILL TOTALLY PARANOID ABOUT THIS SORRY GUYS!
If you upgrade your windows to a more energy-efficient version in the next year or so, you can get back 30% of what you spend, up to $1,500, as a federal tax credit.
“The site, near Sarnia in Ontario, Canada, will be enough to power between 10,000 and 15,000 homes on sunny days, drawing on a monstrous 40-megawatt capacity.”