Power Up with Pee: New Fuel Cell Could Generate Cheap Electricity

I don’t have to tell you that I think this is a GENIUS idea. Urine contains acid ( s ) after all, & batteries use acid as a method of generating electricity. I’m all for finding alternative eco – friendly methods of power generation, no matter how strange, out – of – the – box, unorthodox or even bizarre.

What’s more natural than a fluid we have to get rid of so we ( & ** ALL ** carbon – based creatures ) can continue to live in relative health & comfort, converted to a nearly zero – carbon footprint power – source ?

Now our next step should be to capture all the hot air & bluster from all the politicians on the planet. We’d be free of dependence on fossil – fuels for at LEAST 500 – 1,000 years.

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Instead of just flushing it away, your pee could one day generate power.

Source: Power Up with Pee: New Fuel Cell Could Generate Cheap Electricity

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Student satellites fly freely on their orbit in space

Sometimes I wonder / worry about the future of education in the U.S., particularly science education, then I read a story like this. I remember a time when students only launched souped – up model rockets, then remote – controlled aircraft, & the rockets didn’t even go very far into the atmosphere. The times, they are a – changing. Hopefully the conservatives won’t cut funds for education down to the bone.

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For three student teams, the dream of building and working on a real space mission is coming true. At 01:50 CEST (23:50 GMT) today, a trio of student-built CubeSats were released into space as part of ESA’s Education Office ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ programme.

Source: Student satellites fly freely on their orbit in space

Hubble, bubble, some toil but no trouble

I almost mistook the Bubble Nebula for a planet. I can imagine a day when a starship would arrive close enough to it to send back images with the caption ” Wish You Were Here ” or maybe ” Wish You Were Here ? “. Unfortunately, we probably won’t be around if & when this happens. If & When this happens we will be incredibly OLD.

Cosmic thoughts…..

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No matter how many times we look at the Bubble Nebula, we do not tire of its beauty. It was discovered in 1787 by the great astronomer, William Herschel. Back then it would have appeared as nothing more than a faint black-and-white smudge in the eyepiece of his telescope. Here we see it i…

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Cats, Dogs, and Other Animals Can See Beyond Human Perception | petMD

I LOVE interesting articles like these. We already know that cats have superior night – vision & I’ve had dogs that could hear the sound of a treat being unwrapped from 2 or 3 blocks away. 🙂 It might even explain why animals’ eyes appear to glow in the dark. A very interesting read.

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Have you ever felt that your cat or dog can see something you don’t? Well, you may be right, according to a new study.

Source: Cats, Dogs, and Other Animals Can See Beyond Human Perception | petMD

Superman as Defined by Lex Luthor

Lex – in some cases – tended to underestimate Superman as an overmuscled Eagle Scout, when, in fact, Krypton was a world where science reigned supreme. The people had a past where their passions had nearly DESTROYED them, so the Kryptonians turned to humanism ( I guess ) & an almost Vulcan devotion to rationality, logic & reason.
Superman is, of course, very human psychologically, but he comes from a good background. Apparently Lex is unaware of it ( Which I can’t imagine ) or just very dismissive of it, believing Supes to be nothing more than Dudley Do – Right with super – powers & a cape.

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“You can learn a lot from someone you hate.”-Lex Luthor, Smallville

A sage artist (Bruce Willis) once said that “Any story where you have good guys versus bad guys can only be as smart as the intelligence of your baddest guy”. In essence, he’s saying that the villain makes the plot.

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In regards to Die Hard (1988), the movie Bruce was referring  too, the antagonist Hans Gruber is a cultured terrorist who turns out to just be a thief. His personality is in stark contrast to the crude McClane, who manages to outsmart the more educated Gruber with wily “street” tactics. Gruber helps define what’s heroic about McClane: his earthiness as opposed Gruber’s refinement, his brusqueness as opposed to Gruber’s smoothness. If not for Gruber, McClane would just be an asshole.

What makes a hero a hero, and actually creates the necessary conflict for a strong plot,is a villain who…

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A Gullible Breed: What Men In Black Says About Humanity

I liked this short de – construction / analysis of extra – terrestrial / human encounters. I love new views of ” old ” ideas. Definitely watching this blog !

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Science fiction is grounded in real-life concerns. The genre allows for speculative thinking to be literalized (what if robots supplant humans, what if reproduction become a factory process, etc). Probably the most “speculative” concern is how would we react to intelligent alien life; since we haven’t encountered much to suggest they exist. As such, most fiction dealing with human-alien interaction tends to be less interested in scientific progress and moreso in affirmation. Particularly, the affirmation that humans kick ass! Aliens will either improve humanity or get trampled by us. Strangely, one of the few sci-fi franchises to challenge this is the comedy/action/sci-fi franchise Men In Black.

The premise: Very black cop J (played by Will Smith) is approached by very white kind-of-cop K (Tommy Lee Jones) to join an organization that polices aliens. Hilarity ensues.

With such a simple premise, you wouldn’t think that Men In Black (1997) couldn’t have…

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