Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts Convenient Myths

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Zinced Chocolate

Dec 7, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Zinc, Chocolate
That’s not a typo; I do mean “zinced,” not “zinked.” And, right up front, for chocolate aficionados, “zinced chocolate” may be quite tasty, but not necessarily something you really need, despite some purveyor’s claims of potentially prolonging life, slowing-down the aging process, preventing “oxidative stress,” and other benefits.

The word “zinc” is simply the English spelling of “Zink” that is derived from the old German term “Zinke” that refers to the metal’s jagged crystals. More information on the etymology can be found at Wiktionary. Just to explain the difference between zinced and zinked then, let me briefly refer to the latter.

Move over Mary Jane, here cometh Pettina

Nov 10, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Move over Mary Jane, here cometh Pettina
Marijuana, i.e. the cannabis plant, is all the rage right now. Occasionally dubbed Mary-Jane (one of numerous slang names for it) or simply MJ, it is in the process of widely finding lawful acceptance as a recreational drug. As a result, many companies have sprung up to commercially produce or distribute it and various governments are hopeful to garner substantial tax revenues from that kind of business.

Profitable enterprises never have to wait long for competition to arise. In the case of MJ, it looks like a similar substance, let me dub it here Pettina, may just give it a run for the money.

Wither Tidal-Current Power?

Nov 1, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Cape Sharp Tida
In 2016, with considerable fanfare, the Cape Sharp Tidal (CST) company launched its “long-awaited” underwater test turbine in the Bay of Fundy. CST, co-owned by Nova Scotia’s Emera Inc. (EI), and the Irish co. OpenHydro Ltd. (OH), a subsidiary of the French co. Naval Energies, (NE), have hit the end of the road. Both CST and OH have now filed for bankruptcy.

“Undersea turbines aim to harness the legendary tidal power off Nova Scotia,” Bay of Fundy; photo by OpenHydro

The “Carbon Capture Syndrome” (CCS) — Part-2

Oct 28, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

The Carbon Capture Syndrome
The CCS needs to be examined more closely, particularly in view of a very recent paper with the title “Carbon capture and storage (CCS): the way forward,” published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, available for free at https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlepdf/2018/ee/c7ee02342a

This 114-page report, authored by no less than 30 people from 20 or so research institutes, university departments, and companies also makes proclamations on such things as “key negative emission technologies (NETs)”, “bioenergy with CCS (BECCS),” and “direct [CO2] air capture (DAC).” Lead author is Dr. Mai Bui of the Imperial College London, UK.

The “Carbon Capture Syndrome” (CCS)

Oct 11, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

The Carbon Capture Syndrome
Most commonly these days, the CCS acronym stands for: “Carbon Capture and Storage”—as you can surmise from the title above, I have a slightly different interpretation of “CCS.”

Of course, all this nonsense of “Carbon” storage, etc. really refers to “carbon dioxide” and not to elemental carbon as in coal or diamonds, nor to carbon-containing fuels. For my non-chemist readers, that difference is akin to the difference between “night and day” or “hell and heaven.” So, not to belabor this point, let’s assume that “carbon” and “carbon dioxide” are synonymous.

Our new Time-Share …

Sep 30, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Sunset on the Bay; photo by the author… right on the shores of a big lake with beautiful scenery.

I’ll admit, with less than 240 square ft. of inhabitable space, it’s not exactly a mansion. But it suits our purposes and, quite apparently, also those of our guests.

The new abode had hardly been in place when already a thousand fish showed up to inspect it –an adult bowfin (Amia calva) herding an estimated 2,000 of its small finger-nail size newly hatched offspring in shallow water. This is a rare sight that I only experienced a few times in several decades.

Our new “time-share” property sports other wondrous sights as well. For example, the sunsets on the bay can be quite spectacular, as seen in the picture, near here. We’ll take reservations now for another season.

On the Red-Green Confusion

Sep 9, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

On the Red-Green Confusion
To begin with, I’m not color-blind and can quite easily differentiate between those two colors. My commiserations to anyone who cannot!

On a larger scale, you might think it’s no issue. Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth.

Let’s begin with the easy part.

Venta Maersk’s Arctic Venture

Aug 28, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Venta Maersk's Arctic Venture
The Venta Maersk (VM) is a brand new container ship with a carrying capacity of 3,600 standard 20 ft. size (TEU) containers. With a length of 200 m and a beam of 36 m, it is quite a large vessel but nowhere near the really large container ships that can carry three to five times as many TEU.

What is novel and noteworthy is the fact that the Venta Maersk is the first container ship scheduled to traverse the Northern Sea Route; you can follow her voyage at the website MarineTraffic.com. Furthermore, the vessel has obviously been designed for operation in the Arctic by having a (Finnish-Swedish) “Class 1A” designation, meaning the vessel has certain structural fortifications and a hull that can plow through non-consolidated sea-ice of 1 m thickness.

On the Importance of Being Lazy

Aug 24, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

On the Importance of Being Lazy
How does that news grab you: New research suggests evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest.

That’s what I call important news!

Ice Cubes Away!

Aug 10, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Ice Cubes Away!
Remember the RMS Titanic? She hit one of those while on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City, in the year 1912.

The Titanic is long gone but the icy cubes are still coming down from Baffin Bay. They are pushed southward by the cold Labrador Current flowing along the shores of the continental land of the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador. This region is aptly named “Iceberg Alley.”

Large icebergs are known to drift as far south as approximately latitude 40 degree North. There, they meet up with the warm Gulf Stream and rapidly melt away.

Harleycans—(on the vroom side)

Jul 30, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

In my (much) younger years and on another continent, I was interested in motorbikes, like any other young male then. I even got my biking-license, requiring an actual “field test” (in the city) with all kinds of turns, etc. Of course, that was entirely separate from getting my car-driving license.

Somehow though, I never acquired a motorcycle myself. Instead, I rode my brother’s ~20 HP bike a few times, never far, except as “passenger” or via a tow-line to my (pedal-powered) bicycle.

A Ton of Diamonds – for Everyone

Jul 20, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

A Ton of Diamonds – for Everyone
A new study, just published in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, claims to have found the mother lode – quadrillion tons of diamonds. To put that number into a more understandable perspective; it equates to 1,000,000,000,000,000 tons (I’m using metric tons, i.e. 1,000 kg), hence 1,000 kg/ton, times 1,000 g/kg, times 4 carat/g, and it all comes to a cool 4,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 carat of diamonds (possibly in liquid form at a zillion degrees mixed in magma). 

Ketchup War Looming

Jul 1, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Ketchup War Looming
What’s “r*d all over?”

Well, it could be your newspaper—or ketchup, depending on your choice of letters between the “r” and “d;” your call.

The Climatologians’ Credo

Jun 30, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

The Climatologians' Credo
The internet news is awash with doom-and-gloom articles about the climate. Scenarios predicting ever more frequent weather events, like hurricanes, droughts, catastrophic rainfalls, and more millions of migrants from impoverished countries (often termed “refugees”), or none of the above, are all blamed squarely on “climate change” supposedly caused by the 0.04% of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere..

Climatologians everywhere are tripping over each other to “confirm”, propagate, and demand “actions” on their goals and beliefs any facts to the contrary are of no consequence to them.

Winds of Change

Jun 10, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Winds of Change
In Grimm brothers’ world-famous mythical story about “Hänsel and Gretel” in the forest, their answer to the witch’s question about the strange sound she heard, was “Der Wind, der Wind, das himmlische Kind” (the wind, the wind, the heavenly child).

The story of Hänsel and Gretel is a fairy tale about famine, destitute parents, being lost in the woods, being lured by false promises, and survival through intelligence and cooperation.

The children’s parents were intent on abandoning them deep in the forest after recognizing that they could no longer take care of them. Indeed, there are numerous historical records of terrible famines, all over the world.

A Battle Royal?

Jun 3, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

A Battle Royal?
With the U.S. announcing substantial duties on imports of steel and aluminum products from Canada, Europe, and Mexico, some nerves are getting a bit frayed.

Counter-duties on similar and other goods imported from the U.S. are being bandied about.

This nascent trade war may just be a negotiating tactic in the (currently on hold ?) negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the like.  Still, they are bound to increase prices to consumers on either side of each issue. The only winners of such new levies would be the respective governments that levy such new “import taxes.” Let’s look at two items on the list of duties and counter-veiling duties.

Aluminum: Let’s look at the worldwide aluminum production in 2016

Worldwide aluminum production in 2016

Sand on the Beach

May 24, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Sand on the Beach
Have you noticed yet?

Sand is In!

Apart from the fact that my friends and I are going on annual trips to the environs of “Sandy Lake” in Ontario, or that all the natural gas/oil “fracking” (causing and keeping open miniscule underground fissures) consumes a lot of fine sand to keep the underground rock fissures open, or its use in producing cement mix than can be troweled into smooth surfaces, or in the playground of your children or grandchildren, sand is one of those natural things that are truly plentiful and—amazing.


May 12, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Everyone knows (or ought to): Everything is getting better all the time. That’s certainly true in spring or early summer, when nature re-awakens after a long and cold winter but, just perhaps, not all the time.

And that’s why cunning politicians like to make big promises and have elections at those times.  That’s just one example of the placebo effect, the proclamation that “your vote counts.”

Jeeves, the ashtray is full—buy a new (flying) car!

May 6, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Jeeves, the ashtray is full -- buy a new (flying) car!
Are you ready to get your new (electric) flying machine? Perhaps you already know, it’s supposed to be coming to a store near you, soon:

Airbus is already working on several electric aircraft programs, including an autonomous electric VTOL aircraft, but now they are partnering with Audi and Italdesign to combine that with electric cars.

Getting into the Loop of Things—(on the lighter side)

Apr 29, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Getting into the Loop of Things
Between my Dearest and me, we ought to have it covered. Nearly any website that we go to for some vital information (from knitting patterns to expansion modules of uncommon materials and all the other great snippets of important needs) appears to have some problems, at least with some parts of it.

I’m not talking about minor problems, like some links not working as advertised or mysteriously redirecting you to entirely different websites; that’s’ all just “internet noise” of sorts. No, we are getting to the bottom of the links and what happens when you click on them in random order. After all, we are professionals, interested in studying the worldwide web of loops.