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Science Fiction Becomes Fact

BRB just have to go read all these books.

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positive-press-daily:

This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree

It’s still in the “so crazy it just might work” stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees. [x]


NEAT

YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. This is ingenious.
The design is a light bulb surrounded by a glass casing. The glass is filled with (water based) media and microalgae. The top is permeable to gasses so that gas exchange can occur. All of the wiring is linked to the grid underground.
Since the light source is inside, it gets scattered and “dimmed” by the water and algae. This makes it less glaringly bright and scatters the light wider, which is good for a street light. It is not longer white light as well, which helps make it easier on the eyes while still providing light.
At the same time, it provides the light for photosynthesis in the algae, so they are continuously exchanging CO2 for O2, not just in the day. It also provides a source of heat, which helps keep the algae from going dormant during cold weather (as in the snowy picture above).
And notice how I did not specify permeability - that’s because NOx’s (NO and NO2) are also permeable and can be used as nitrogen sources to microalgae. In fact, algae are relatively low maintenance. As autotrophs, they don’t require super complex media, not does it really need to be changed/added to. (I’m actually fairly certain that there would still be algae in these tanks a year later; it may need to be cleaned or something, but there would be some living algae.)

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callan-the-misandrist:

positive-press-daily:

This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree

It’s still in the “so crazy it just might work” stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees. [x]

NEAT

YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. This is ingenious.

The design is a light bulb surrounded by a glass casing. The glass is filled with (water based) media and microalgae. The top is permeable to gasses so that gas exchange can occur. All of the wiring is linked to the grid underground.

Since the light source is inside, it gets scattered and “dimmed” by the water and algae. This makes it less glaringly bright and scatters the light wider, which is good for a street light. It is not longer white light as well, which helps make it easier on the eyes while still providing light.

At the same time, it provides the light for photosynthesis in the algae, so they are continuously exchanging CO2 for O2, not just in the day. It also provides a source of heat, which helps keep the algae from going dormant during cold weather (as in the snowy picture above).

And notice how I did not specify permeability - that’s because NOx’s (NO and NO2) are also permeable and can be used as nitrogen sources to microalgae. In fact, algae are relatively low maintenance. As autotrophs, they don’t require super complex media, not does it really need to be changed/added to. (I’m actually fairly certain that there would still be algae in these tanks a year later; it may need to be cleaned or something, but there would be some living algae.)

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bigfatfeminist:

I think I speak for everyone when I say ASNFKJSDGUINERGJKABSDGHJBDFG!!!!!

This.

Not only is it taking one of the oft diminished characters in superhero film (the love interest) and emphasizing that her talents are useful and achievable in the real world, it’s also structured in such a way that even girls who don’t win are given resources to follow their interests, and motivation to find out a bit more about their career opportunities.”

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halfsquaretriangles:


@KathleenMRooney Most mind-blowing fact I’ve encountered all month, scurvy-related or otherwise.

oh.

halfsquaretriangles:

@KathleenMRooney Most mind-blowing fact I’ve encountered all month, scurvy-related or otherwise.

oh.

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vigilanted:

is no one going to talk about this or

vigilanted:

is no one going to talk about this or

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thejoemoose:

http://dailyinfographic.com/the-healing-power-of-cat-purrs-infographic
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theoddmentemporium:

Charvolants
The Charvolant was an early 19th century invention of a carriage drawn entirely by kites. The inventor, George Pocock, had been interested in the power of kites since youth, experimenting first by attempting to move small objects such as rocks and then later using larger kites to transport people. For example, in 1824 he used a 9metre kite to lift his daughter 82metres in the air, and a year later his son successfully ascended a 60metre cliff in a chair.
Pocock now turned his attentions to moving loads, namely carriages filled with people. After much experimentation he determined that a small number of large kites would work, and he patented his invention of the Charvolant in 1826. Two kites on a single line between 457 and 459metres long was enough to pull the buggy at a considerable speed of 32km/h. The buggy was, however, exceptionally difficult to steer, which may account for why it never became popular. The driver would have to control both the kites and the wheels of the carriage through the pulling of various ropes and bars.
Three Charvolants embarked on a journey of 182km from Bristol to Marlborough and one kite-drawn buggy sailed passed the mail coach which was, at the time, the fastest mode of transport. On another occasion a Charvolant passed the carriage of the Duke of Gloucester, an event considered exceptionally rude, and so the occupants of the Charvolant had to stop and wait for the Duke to pass them again. Another benefit of the Charvolant was that it avoided tolls which were worked out by the number of horses a carriage had.
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Charvolants

The Charvolant was an early 19th century invention of a carriage drawn entirely by kites. The inventor, George Pocock, had been interested in the power of kites since youth, experimenting first by attempting to move small objects such as rocks and then later using larger kites to transport people. For example, in 1824 he used a 9metre kite to lift his daughter 82metres in the air, and a year later his son successfully ascended a 60metre cliff in a chair.

Pocock now turned his attentions to moving loads, namely carriages filled with people. After much experimentation he determined that a small number of large kites would work, and he patented his invention of the Charvolant in 1826. Two kites on a single line between 457 and 459metres long was enough to pull the buggy at a considerable speed of 32km/h. The buggy was, however, exceptionally difficult to steer, which may account for why it never became popular. The driver would have to control both the kites and the wheels of the carriage through the pulling of various ropes and bars.

Three Charvolants embarked on a journey of 182km from Bristol to Marlborough and one kite-drawn buggy sailed passed the mail coach which was, at the time, the fastest mode of transport. On another occasion a Charvolant passed the carriage of the Duke of Gloucester, an event considered exceptionally rude, and so the occupants of the Charvolant had to stop and wait for the Duke to pass them again. Another benefit of the Charvolant was that it avoided tolls which were worked out by the number of horses a carriage had.

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disabilityhistory:

Kenguru: The first ever electrically powered vehicle designed especially for wheelchair users will become available in the UK soon.
Image description: A man using a manual chair wheels into the back of a small yellow car built for wheelchair users.

disabilityhistory:

Kenguru: The first ever electrically powered vehicle designed especially for wheelchair users will become available in the UK soon.

Image description: A man using a manual chair wheels into the back of a small yellow car built for wheelchair users.

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This concept computer-of-the-future by designer Jakub Záhoř allows the user to operate the device anywhere they can find a glass surface. The user simply attaches the central unit to any glass surface like a window or coffee table, switches on the power, and watches their system light up before their eyes. The display appears as an interactive hologram on the glass that the user merely has to touch to operate. It also makes for an easy, take-anywhere way to project photos and presentations or stream movies. Windex not included.

Designer: Jakub Záhoř

Read more at yankodesign.com

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