Every Friday I post my favorite Flashback from Bruce Wells weekly blog, This week in American Oil and Gas History as a tribute to those that created Energy Abundance for humanity. I also take a look at the future by finishing with a Flash Forward, a glimpse into the future and what we have to look forward to.
This week: Oil scandal jails Interior Secretary (1929) and Wifi for all, yes even remote locations.
October 7, 1929 – Teapot Dome brings Jail Time for Interior Secretary
Secretary of Interior Albert B. Fall in 1929 began serving a one-year sentence in New Mexico’s Santa Fe Penitentiary for taking a $100,000 bribe in the Teapot Dome scandal.
Almost 30,000 acres of public lands in Wyoming had been established as a Naval Petroleum Reserve by President William Taft in 1910. In 1921, an executive order from President Warren G. Harding gave Fall control of all Naval Reserves.
In 1922, without competitive bidding, Fall leased Teapot Dome fields to Harry Sinclair ofSinclair Oil Company and Elk Hills, California, fields to Edward Doheny, discoverer of theLos Angeles oilfield. In Senate hearings, it emerged that cash was delivered to Fall in Washington, D.C. Although Fall was convicted for taking a bribe, both Sinclair and Doheny were acquitted of giving it.
What it is: A team of University of Washington computer scientists and engineers has created a new Passive Wi-Fi system that can transmit Wi-Fi at bit rates of up to 11 megabits per second while using 10,000 times less power than existing energy-efficient platforms like Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy. “We wanted to see if we could achieve Wi-Fi transmissions using almost no power at all,” said co-author Shyam Gollakota, a UW assistant professor of computer science and engineering. “That’s basically what Passive Wi-Fi delivers. We can get Wi-Fi for 10,000 times less power than the best thing that’s out there.”
Why it’s important: Wireless communication that requires virtually zero power enables a true Internet of Everything. Another promising feature is that because the sensors in this system are transmitting Wi-Fi, they immediately work with any Wi-Fi enabled device — no special equipment needed. This technology, coupled with Google and Facebook’s efforts for remote internet access, would allow our industry’s remote locations to be fully connected, streaming data back to the office for analysis.