March 13, 2008
"Ooh..kinky...How many arms are you hiding under that dress?"
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March 04, 2008
Update: Bumped to the Top
Update2: Bumpity Bump!
Exams are upon me and I've taken a long enough break so I'm back to work.
However, YOU need to go here and click on this...
Rachel is an online comic creator who is facing a hellacious problem. Her teeth are wrong...just wrong...They are growing together and on top of one another and major oral surgery is required. Rachel is a starving artist so hit her tip jar please.
One of the Brickmuppets crack team of science babes brings us this Jim Fraiser post on what may be a big step forward in biofuels.
It seems that a company named Green Star Products has completed a low cost algal farm that is, in theory, suitable for quick setup nearly anywhere outside of polar/subpolar regions.
Oil from algae produces about 50 times the yield of the best oilseed crops, and this sort of arrangement might not displace food crops to the same extent as, say ethanol from corn, which is always struck me as a dubious idea.
I'm more excited by thermal depolymerization as it doubles as waste disposal.
This however is really interesting. Note that there are considerable hurdles (read the whole post for Fraiser's thoughts on that) and I still think that without lots of cheap nuclear power to provide the heat that thermal depolymerization...and to a lesser extent algae refining...need then the future of biofuels is marginal at best.
WITH nuclear power, they could potentially produce high density, carbon neutral, liquid fuel with little disadvantages over natural petroleum....a win-win for everybody except anti-nuke hysterics and the most hardcore greens.
Note: this is a repost of a post originally made on March 15, 2007 as the original post is inexplicably not linkable.
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