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Food oil prices as raw materials

Where can I find a simple like-for-like publicly available price comparison between palm, sunflower, corn and olive oils as raw materials? [more inside]
posted by vogel on Jan 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Economics of an electrical vs. heating oil radiator

Economics of an electrical vs. an heating oil radiator? [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Dec 19, 2011 - 5 answers

How to reconstruct this cool looking experiment?

Recreating the Yves-Couder Experiment from Through the Wormhole [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Dec 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Five tons of flax!

What do I do with all this extra flax seed oil? [more inside]
posted by aubilenon on Dec 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Investing in an oil spike

I have a good feeling the oil price will go through the roof (+50%) in the next 6-12 months. How can I profit from this in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Mossy on Oct 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Unimog engine oil: how much, and what kind?

Unimog engine oil: how much, and what kind? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Oct 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Oil of oregano under tongue?

Can salivary amylase break down oil of oregano?? [more inside]
posted by nitor on Oct 8, 2011 - 4 answers

1928 Weil-McLain hell.

How bad is it to stick out the winter with my house's ridiculously old heating system? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 18, 2011 - 14 answers

When you accidentally butter your deck

I have stains on my deck from some spilled butter during a BBQ. How do I get them out? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Oil's well that ends well.

If I seal wood with some oil (say, olive oil, or mineral oil), does heating the wood add anything to this process? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Sep 2, 2011 - 10 answers

What to do with a liter of slightly dirty olive oil?

What to do with a liter of slightly dirty olive oil? [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Oil Stains on Garage Floor

How can I best remove old oil stains from my concrete garage floor? [more inside]
posted by PFL on Jul 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Soap stain on leather

How to remove savon noir from leather? [more inside]
posted by TrixieRamble on Jul 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Ear cleaning with oil but no water

Ear cleaning with olive oil: do you successfully do this? If so, can you recommend any tricks for someone who currently can't follow it up by flushing with water (due to an ear infection)? [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Jun 22, 2011 - 17 answers

Professionally putting the wrong oil in since 2008.

The oil-change place has been putting the wrong weight oil in my GF's hybrid for three years (5w instead of 0w). What damage has this done, and how upset should I be? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jun 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Tax Me Home, Country Roads!

If Alberta had no oil, would a 5% provincial sales tax make up for the lost tax revenue? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Jun 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Clear my skin!

How long should I give my new acne treatment? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on May 31, 2011 - 22 answers

Kill the oil stink

We've just moved, and I'm working on the backlog of laundry. The problem is that one of the hampers apparently was close to the oil furnace of the old house, and now the entire basket smells like oil. How do I get rid of the smell? [more inside]
posted by mephron on May 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Norwegian oil company subjected to US law?

In 2006, Norwegian petroleum company Statoil was ordered by a US court to pay $21M in fines for breaking the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when paying bribes to an Iranian public servant. While Statoil's primary listing is with the Oslo stock exchange, it is also listed with the NYSE. To what extent is Statoil's activities outside of the US subjected to US law?
posted by klue on May 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Werner Herzog wants his crazy back.

In Lessons Of Darkness by Werner Herzog, why do the oil well firefighters send lit torches into non-burning wells at the end? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on May 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Does oil justify war?

Is the latest Libyan intervention really about oil? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Mar 23, 2011 - 21 answers

Suck it, plaster volcanoes.

Do natural gas and oil fired power plants release radiation in the form of radium, or otherwise? How much radiation per MW would be released by a typical plant? Would the release of such elements be reduced by cogeneration of steam? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Can a broken dipstick cause a car to lose 2 quarts of oil over a couple of months?

Can a broken dipstick cause a car to lose two quarts of oil over a couple of months? Should I just replace the dipstick, or should I have a mechanic investigate other potential problems? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone on Mar 4, 2011 - 14 answers

How to reboil the oil?

How can I safely reuse cooking oil? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Feb 2, 2011 - 15 answers

I need some experienced tips on the oil cleansing method, please.

The Oil Cleansing Method seems to be awfully popular around here. I've been doing it for 5 days now and my skin is both better and worse than ever! If you've tried it, how long did it take for things to really improve? Or did you give up on it? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Jan 20, 2011 - 33 answers

Olive oil Shelf-life

I was given a bottle of homemade olive oil. How long will it last/does olive oil ever go bad?
posted by la_rousse on Dec 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Truffle oil real?

Is truffle oil a chemical or made from truffles? [more inside]
posted by boby on Dec 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Snow-proofing boots without darkening them

Can I snow/water-proof my new boots without darkening them substantially? [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs on Dec 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Favorite massage products?

Tell me your favorite products to have around the house for massaging your partner. Oils, candles, sheets, music, etc. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Will temperature fluctuations harm acrylic or oil paints or paintings?

I am setting up a painting studio in my attic and I am concerned about how fluctuating temperatures will affect the paints and paintings. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Nov 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Does cooking olive oil "ruin" it in any way? I'd be more specific but I'm quoting my girlfriend so I want to be very careful here.

Does cooking olive oil ruin it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 6, 2010 - 29 answers

Where are my zero-calorie butters, creams, lards, oils, and fats?

We have very effective artificial sweeteners that give the flavour of sugary foods without the calories. Why have we been so much less successful at creating the taste of fatty foods without the calories? Where are my zero-calorie butters, creams, lards, oils, and fats? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Oct 28, 2010 - 15 answers

Statistics on the Alberta Oil Sands

So I'm looking for some hard data on the Alberta Oil Sands: Employment rate, type of employment, demographics, who owns what, etc. I'm finding plenty of opinion pieces, and plenty of environmental assessments, but not much hard data on the economics of it. Does anyone know where to look for this kind of information?
posted by Stagger Lee on Oct 25, 2010 - 6 answers

DOE weekly inventory report - Where is it?

Where on http://www.energy.gov/ can I find their weekly inventory reports for crude oil? Thank you!
posted by Penelope on Oct 20, 2010 - 1 answer

Substance to absorb oil remaining in U/G tank?

Oil Tank decommissioning. Some residual oil left in underground tank. Anything I can put in there to absorb this? [more inside]
posted by nicktf on Oct 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Studying Painting in Cairo.

I am not looking to earn a degree or anything, just looking for a time filler and to learn something new. In particular painting techniques for Oil and Acrylic on canvas. [more inside]
posted by convex on Oct 16, 2010 - 2 answers

what should I ask a mechanic to look for before buying an uncoverted diesel car that was powered with waste oil?

I'm considering purchasing a 2009 VW Jetta TDI with 12k miles. During summer months, the owner used waste oil for fuel. (no separate tank or conversion kit). But we're in the mountains, and it gets brisk even in the summer. Should I walk away altogether? Can I ask a mechanic to specifically check out the fuel injection system? What else should I ask of the mechanic? Thanks.
posted by comah on Sep 27, 2010 - 8 answers

black gold texas tea

What are your favorite literary texts about oil and oil capitalism? I'm looking for anything from traditional realism to noir to science fiction, from poetry to film to comic books to video games to philosophy and theory. Anything could work. Bonus points if the focus is on globalization and/or Peak Oil and resource scarcity. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Sep 24, 2010 - 18 answers

99 barrels of crude in my backyard, 99 barrels of crude

What is the most direct, but practical, way for an individual to invest in petroleum? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Sep 12, 2010 - 9 answers

97' blazer oil issue?

My girlfriend's 97' chevy blazer sputters and looses power when under load (like going up a big hill), but once the oil is changed it runs fine. What is going on here??? [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Aug 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Oil Change or No?

How soon do I need an oil change after a very long highway trip? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson on Jul 28, 2010 - 13 answers

US Cuba relations and hurricanes/oil spills

What natural disasters since the Cuban Revolution have affected both the United States and Cuba (i.e. hurricanes Dennis and Katrina)? Also, where would I find the best primary sources regarding either government's response to the disasters? [more inside]
posted by barbudo on Jul 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Soundbites Drillbits

I need quick stats and talking points to use IN FAVOR of banning drilling in state waters along the Florida Coast. [more inside]
posted by swlabr on Jul 15, 2010 - 4 answers

is titanium dixide in chewing gum dangerous?

Is the Titanium Dioxide in this, or any, gum a health concern?
posted by 5lbauthority on Jul 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Social science guy needs physical science info

Please help me understand the BP oil spill. I see the footage of the oil plume and wonder how wide it is when it reaches the surface. This question tells me why capping the pipe is not feasable. But what about creating a thermal column of warm(er) water to help "focus" the oil plume to a more concentrated area on the surface while the relief well is being drilled? Thanks for your explanations...
posted by DB Cooper on Jul 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Most exxon valdez cleanup workers are dead? Really?

In this video, Kerry Kennedy states that the average lifespan of a Exxon Valdez cleanup worker is 51 years old and that almost all of those cleanup workers are dead today. Can anyone dig up a source for this statement... besides this video?
posted by SpecialK on Jul 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Why can't BP do better than a leaky cap?

Why is it so impossible for BP to create a tightly sealed solution for the failed blow-out preventer in the Gulf of Mexico? Sure, there's the cap, but.. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Jul 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me create a fake oil spill

How can I create a fake oil spill? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr on Jul 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Who is the senator who was very vocal about getting access to the live feed of the BP oil spill in the Gulf?

Who is the senator who was very vocal about getting access to the live feed of the BP oil spill in the Gulf? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Jun 30, 2010 - 7 answers

When my batteries die, I go to Wal-mart

Approximately how much of the productivity gains of the past 125 years has been a result of using fossil fuels? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jun 30, 2010 - 11 answers

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