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Unlimited clean and free energy forever…..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1194169/Set-controls-heart-Sun.html

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Geothermal power is power extracted from heat stored in the earth. This geothermal energy originates from the original formation of the planet, from radioactive decay of minerals, and from solar energy absorbed at the surface. It has been used for space heating and bathing since ancient roman times, but is now better known for generating electricity. About 10 GW of geothermal electric capacity is installed around the world as of 2007, generating 0.3% of global electricity demand. An additional 28 GW of direct geothermal heating capacity is installed for district heating, space heating, spas, industrial processes, desalination and agricultural applications.

Geothermal power is cost effective, reliable, and environmentally friendly, but has previously been geographically limited to areas near tectonic plate boundaries. Recent technological advances have dramatically expanded the range and size of viable resources, especially for direct applications such as home heating. Geothermal wells tend to release greenhouse gases trapped deep within the earth, but these emissions are much lower than those of conventional fossil fuels. As a result, geothermal power has the potential to help mitigate global warming if widely deployed instead of fossil fuels.

There are a 3 main issues with geothermal that need to be addressed before we decide that this is the best option.

  1. What impact do the gases released from geothermal implementations have on greenhouses gas emissions?
  2. How much geothermal energy does the Earth possess (and how much can we take before having an impact)?
  3. How the heck do we drill efficiently and deep enough to extract this energy.  Currently we use diamond tipped drill bits to bore holes into the Earth’s crust but this method had proven costly, time consuming and ineffective.

Issue #1 and #2 still remain controversial however a new invention from Jared Potter has addressed issue #3.  Check out the video of this prototype in work.  It is very impressive.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_power
http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2009-06/jets-7200°f-hydrogen-cut-through-granite-100-feet-hour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qmxxsf_AJ3w&eurl=http://www.popsci.com/&feature=player_embedded

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I am getting really sick of having to own an array of remote controls just to watch a DVD on TV in surround sound.  I am baffled why companies don’t start integrating end point devices into one another.  The basis for the platform should be the flat panel television or monitor.  The DVD player, cable box and speakers should all be built in, with expandable ports for such things as game consoles.

The TV is the most important part of an entertainment system and we cannot afford to sacrifice much in the interest of integration.  That said, the TV has gotten remarkably smaller (thinner) in the past 10 years so there is lots of room to take a small step backwards and allow for expansion in order to fit all the require components directly into the television.

Why in 2009 do we still need a DVD player that is the size of an 80’s VCR?  Laptop DVD players are not much bigger than the palm of my hand and have been discreetly integrated for years.  Game consoles too have gotten much smaller.  A processor, some software and a controller is all that one requires to play a video game.

In order to pull this off and allow for nonproprietary and open competition all that we have to do is set standards.  We have standards for everything, including most things related to multimedia already.  If we took it a step farther we would be able to buy a complete home entertainment system that hangs discreetly on the wall, without all the wires and without the need for a dozen power sources (or power bars).  A true out-of-the-box solution.

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This is a You Tube video of a true green house.  It has wind, solar and passive energy.  The coolest thing is that uses hay as insulation.  Apparently the hay or straw has breathing capabilities, making it its own heat recovery ventilation system.    It is amazing what you can do if you build and design your own home.

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The Macrowave

microwave

The Macrowave is similar to the traditional microwave only it has 2 start buttons.  One to heat food (red) and one to do the opposite and cool or freeze food (blue).

Pros:

  • No longer required to keep items in your fridge for cooling convenience (i.e. beer, pop, ketchup, mustard, wine, etc).
  • Can instantly flash freeze leftovers
  • Can make ice on demand
  • Cooling baby food quickly and efficiently
  • Adding space to your existing refrigerator or ultimately reducing the size needed for a household refrigerator.  Imagine a behind the cupboard bar size fridge instead of the massive footprint currently occupied by the household fridge.

Cons:

If Einstein was as smart as we assume he was it is not physically possible to cool food using any wavelength from the electromagnetic spectrum.  The reason is that regardless of what happens energy will be created and therefore always released on the form of heat.  It seems that creating energy is easy but removing energy a little bit more tricky….like impossibly tricky.

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I feel that the addition of a 30 second, 60 second and a 90 second fast-forward button to my DVR’s remote would change my life. I am so sick of watching commercials that are 20 dB louder than the show that I had been watching previously. With this improvement I could literally ‘zap’ all unsolicited marketing (~99.9%).

Check out my weak rendition:

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Double-sided jar

I would be lying if I said that this invention was mine alone because it was actually conceived by a friend of mine.  The reason that I have some stake in this is because my friend sold me his invention for $10,000 in 1998.  He must have been in a particularly generous mood that day because he agreed not to accept payment of that 10K until I had actually made my first 10K from the profits of his invention.  His goal is more to benefit from the usefulness of this product when made available commercially than for personal profit.  The 10K is more of a token payment (and may have been more significant to him in 1998).

So here it is….a double sided jar.  Big deal you might ask…but this little ditty will revolutionize the food industry as we know it.

Double-sided jar

Double-sided jar

Think of the benefits this will provide to any food that is dense enough not to be affected by gravity; peanut butter, cheese whiz, jam, margarine and ice cream.  Messy fingers no more!

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