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Shale Oil Market

Updated 10.13.2014

Energy and the politics surrounding energy are topics of long term interest at LWRAS because the importance of energy cannot be overstated. Energy policy is critical to any nation or state. For example, if Russian oil and gas wasn't so critical to European industry, the mess in Ukraine might be playing out differently. As it is, Europe does not have a replacement energy source, and thus their response to Putin's aggression is toothless. This page will be updated as needed

Falling Oil Prices Force Putin's Hand

The price of oil is falling, and in tandem, so is the ruble. It's lost in the media panic surrounding Ebola in the US, but Russia is reportedly pulling its troops back from the border with Eastern Ukraine. So how important is oil to Russia? Read the rest.

Will sapphire displace glass in phones?

Updated 7.12.2014
This Seeking Alpha article was the inspiration for this effort. Full disclosure: LWRAS owns both GLW and GTAT stocks.


Sapphire is a crystalline form of aluminum oxide (Al2O3). Its refractive index is about 1.6, which is higher than glass. Glass refractive index will depend on the composition of glass, but typically the refractive index of glass is about 1.52. Glass does not a crystalline structure, in that the molecules that make up the glass are not regularly positioned. Glass does not produce peaks when xrayed, crystalline substances do. Read the rest.

Corning Update

Updated 6.11.2014
Corning Inc remains a bellweather company/stock here at LWRAS, and asi it's been awhile since the last update, the topic for today is Corning. Seeking Alpha published a transcript of Corning's company officers presenting the current state of the company to a group of investors at a Merrill Lynch coference. This transcript from the Sanford C Bernstein conference (also at Seeking Alpha) presents the same information, though obviously the Q&A and the end was different. All quotes in the article are taken from these transcripts.Read the rest.


Robotics is a technology of interest for LWRAS. Robots or unmanned vehicles have played a huge role in recent US military deployments. And despite the defense cuts that are supposedly coming, robots and drones (the difference seems t be whether or not the thing flies or not) are an area where the military will continue to spend.

The advantages are obviously, beginning with it's an inanimate object. And they were agnostic as to sourcing, meaning that cheapie commercial robots sufficed for some applications, while others (attack drones, etc) were much more expensive. Read the rest.


Haptics is a technology that remains of interest here.


Telematics and connected cars were an area of intense interest in 2013. LWRAS intends to review and analyze the existing market and players.

Photonic Integrated Circuits

This is an area of of recent interest. LWRAS intends to analyze investment opportunities.