In Shoreham, on the south coast of England, they’re building a clean energy plant that will operate on basically the same fuel as your biodiesel-retrofitted Jetta. The plant will burn used cooking oil, tall oil pitch (whatever that is), animal tallow, and waste vegetable oils to potentially provide as many as 20,000 Brits with power for their tellies, their electric kettles, and their weird little heating units that don’t really make you very warm.
If you were a tree, could you think of a better life than living with 2,000 other trees on the grounds of a 14th century Swiss monastery? Well, I have no idea what trees like, so maybe not — but if that sounds good to a tree, it is now possible. The Tree Museum, which opened this week outside of Zurich, is the creation of Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea.
Photographer Caleb Charland takes pictures of batteries made out of power sources like stacked coins, fruit, and vinegar. But maybe his most impressive trick was wiring up this apple-powered battery using fruit that was still on the tree.
I always assumed that the reason normal, non-rich-people cars don’t have hood ornaments is that a) tiny car sculptures are not for plebeians and b) Bart Simpson might steal them. But it turns out there’s another reason: Without a hood ornament, you have more room for birds.
Yeah, I think I’m comfortable with this country’s research funding going towards developing android swaggerbots. As far as I’m concerned, this could be DARPA’s greatest achievement since the internet.
If anyone hits you while you are riding this bike, provided you are still alive, you would be totally within your rights to scream at them, "Are you blind?"
The company is hoping they can come up with something a little more creative and sustainable than the current plan of incineration, composting, or disposal.
Like Rep. Todd Akin, Nellie the sea otter does not understand how human reproduction works. But she’s never said anything offensive about rape, plus she can stack three cups! She should probably run for Congress.
It’s been a big weekend for the Curiosity rover. First, it took a new Facebook profile pic (with flattering shot-from-above camera angle, but thankfully free of duck lips). Actually, Curiosity shot this selfie on Aug. 7, but it was just released on Saturday. And somehow it’s even cooler, at least to me, than shots of the surface of Mars with no rover in sight. It’s like vacation snaps — if you don’t take at least one with you in it, then all you’ve got are a bunch of artsy shots of Wales or whatever, not memories. If I were Curiosity’s …