Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Turning polar dipping into energy

Yes the same thing that causes your skin to curl, the annual tradition of swimming in the cold Atlantic water, could be the key to the world every increasing demand of energy. The article in talks about a very familiar with the ocean, Dr. John PiƱa Craven. He's got a degree in ocean engineering, a one crazy, but proven idea to transform the fridgid temperatures of the ocean bottom into energy. The basic premise, is sink a large pipe to the bottom of the ocean, start a siphon pump, and boom, you've got endless energy with very little needed to be done to keep it going. Not only that, but you can collect the condensation a provide fresh drinking water; free air conditioning; and according to Dr. Craven, use the cold water to accelerate plant growth. Really great read.


Sunday, May 15, 2005

Blood Power

Neat article posted on slashdot about using your blood for power. Japanese Scientist apparently figured out a way to draw electricity out of glucose using vitamin K3 (both found in the human body). The device generated enough electricity (0.2 millawatts) to power a small blood sugar level and then transmits that level. This would be great for artifical organs. Anyone want a truly built in cell phone charger?