December 10, 1967 – Project Gasbuggy tests Nuclear Fracturing
The detonation creates a molten glass-lined cavern 160 feet wide and 333 feet tall that collapses within seconds. Although the well produces 295 million cubic feet of natural gas, the gas is radioactive and useless.
Learn more in “Gasbuggy” tests Nuclear Fracking.
December 9, 1921 – Ethyl “Anti-Knock” Leaded Gasoline invented
December 13, 1905 – Hybrids evolve with Gas Shortage Fears
As early as 1902, Ferdinand Porsche’s Mixte uses a small four-cylinder gasoline engine to generate electricity – but not to turn its wheels. The engine powers two three-horsepower electric motors mounted in the front wheel hubs that can achieve a top speed of 50 mph.
See more engine technologies in Cantankerous Combustion – First U.S. Auto Show.