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March 31, 2007

Another Scam?

We're big believers in good news around here, but when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Well, now there's this:

Sure, there's loads of energy to be had from burning hydrogen and, yes, there's lots of hydrogen in water. But it takes so much power to break the bond between the oxygen and hydrogen atoms in the water molecule, it's hard to come out ahead on the deal. Has this guy found a workaround, or is all this HHO talk just a smokescreen?

Time will tell.

March 30, 2007

Sweet! New Battery Technology

Life (sort of) imitates SNL:

Wife: New Shimmer is a floor wax!

Husband: No, new Shimmer is a dessert topping!

Wife: It's a floor wax!

Husband: It's a dessert topping!

Wife: It's a floor wax, I'm telling you!

Husband: It's a dessert topping, you cow!

Spokesman: [ enters quickly ] Hey, hey, hey, calm down, you two. New Shimmer is both a floor wax and a dessert topping! Here, I'll spray some on your mop.. [ sprays Shimmer onto mop ] ..and some on your butterscotch pudding. [ sprays Shimmer onto pudding ]

[ Husband eats while Wife mops ]

Husband: Mmmmm, tastes terrific!

Wife: And just look at that shine!

Only this is better than floorwax, I think:

'Juiced-up' Sugar-Fueled Battery Could Power Portable Electronics

Juicing up your cell phone or iPod may take on a whole new meaning in the future. Researchers at Saint Louis University in Missouri have developed a fuel cell battery that runs on virtually any sugar source — from soft drinks to tree sap — and has the potential to operate three to four times longer on a single charge than conventional lithium ion batteries, they say.

Wet-tech meets dry tech. If sugar is a good energy source for cell phones, why not other things? Maybe we've been going about this environment thing all wrong. Perhaps rather than electric/petroleum hybrids, we should be looking at bio-mechanical hybrids. Look, all I'm saying is that maybe these two ought to share more than just an approximate shape and cutesy name:

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Hat-tip: Blacknail.