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On How Dark Matter and Nanotechnology can Help Transform the Global Energy System

Hi Bob,

Thanks so much for your interest in the article. 

The story is written as a conceptual "think piece" based on my fascinating interview with Under Secretary Orr. Two direct applications for nanotechnology - particularly with regard to additive manufacturing – in existing energy systems are clearly exemplified. The ability to directly use dark matter and/or dark energy in our energy systems is unclear and may likely never become reality. However, research into these phenomena can produce ancillary discoveries and/or enhanced knowledge of physics that can be applied to some of the world’s energy challenges.

The article is reproduced exactly as originally written and published on Breaking Energy. I think you nailed the spirit of the piece in that it covers how excitement about these concepts – and many others – might help transform energy systems. Perhaps the word “research” could have been added to the headline, but it was already kind of long and I hoped the reader would get the point, which it appears that you did.

I too am cautious about getting excited over pie-in-the-sky ideas and firmly maintain that seeing is believing. In this instance, the crosscuts being encouraged between national science research programs are a reality that can hopefully optimize and enhance discovery value by illuminating interdisciplinary applications that might otherwise be missed or delayed.

Kindest regards,




June 1, 2015    View Comment    

On Energy Quote of the Day: "Baloney and Rubbish"

The fact that he said oil prices would never again breach $100/bbl is interesting and provacative. I certainly don't take everything the prince says at face value, recognizing he has his own motivations as an investor. However, I do agree with him in this case and do not think the Saudis are engineering an oil price decline in order to punish Russia. 

January 20, 2015    View Comment