Saving the Planet With Nanotubes!
Nanotubes and sunlight convert CO2 into methane.
This is exciting
From Discovery News
March 23, 2009 -- Powered by sunlight, titanium oxide nanotubes can turn carbon dioxide into methane, which can be harnessed as an energy source, say scientists at Pennsylvania State University.
The nanotubes could dramatically reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and reduce our need for fossil fuels.
"Right now there is lots of talk about burying carbon dioxide, which is ridiculous," said Craig Grimes of Penn State, who, along with Oomman Varghese, Maggie Paulose and Thomas LaTempa, co-authored a paper on the nanotubes in the journal Nano Letters. "Instead we can collect the waste out of the smoke stack, put it though a converter, and presto, use sunlight to change [CO2] back into fuel."
Our cars, trains, trucks, buses, power plants, kitchen stoves, and heaters, can all run on methane. It's like natural gas and propane.
"One big advantage of methane over other hydrocarbons like hydrogen gas is that an infrastructure already exists for methane."
Africans Sailed With Columbus
Dem bones, Dem bones, Dem dry bones...
Teeth from exhumed skeletons of crew members Christopher Columbus left on the island of Hispaniola more than 500 years ago reveal the presence of at least one African in the New World as a contemporary of the explorer.
Ha, Ha, Ha
Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!'
Miraculously, a parking place appeared.
Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.'
Thank you Jo Anna, that joke was the first e-mail I looked at today. I enjoy starting each day with a smile, and today I can include starting with a laugh.
I got a bunch of e-mail from Jo Anna today, and among them was the, "Door lock entry code thieves", warning. I have seen this e-mail before, in one form or another, but I was curious about a line at the bottom that said; "Snopes approved, please share this with everyone."
Since Snopes advises against, "Forward this to everyone", type email, I thought it pertinent that I find out from snopes.com, to be sure.
First; Snopes approved- No, it is not.
Second; Forward this to everyone- I will reprint what I send to my friends who have sent a forward this to lot's of people, email.
Advice from Snopes.com;
1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to '10' of your friends, or sign this petition, or you'll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to
The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' E-Mails to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.
I then go on to explain that when I see something funny, or important that I wish to pass on, I copy and paste it in a new email so as not to include all the addresses that came with the joke, or picture, or information. (I found out this evening, that after you click forward, you can highlight and delete all those addresses that e-mail has been accumulating before you send it on.)
Worth Watching TV Today
Obama, patiently explains policy to the press. 3/24/09
I got an e-mail today from Marian. It included an excerpt from Lee Iacocca's book, "Where have all the leaders gone?". The subject line actually reads, "Where has all the leaders gone?", but the content was interesting. The book was written, "B.O.", before Obama. In the book Iacocca points out the things that our country's leaders were not taking care of...
"Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.
I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?"
I am glad that we now have responsible, educated, intelligent leadership that is dealing with those very issues that Lee Iacocca cites in his book. Thank you Marian for that timely e-mail. It was the perfect thing to read before Obama's press conference.
Huntsman spider, AKA; "Banana spider".
Each year, there are several news reports of wandering and huntsman spiders, the main "banana spiders," showing up in grocery store bananas as well as poisonous black widows, which find their way into bunches of grapes on store shelves. Both fruits are generally sprayed with pesticides to prevent insect infestation and usually washed before shipment. Still, even with these precautions and visual inspections, some insects manage to survive.
Here In Redding
Photographing Dorothy's Garden. 3/24/09
An early iris in the afternoon sun. 3/24/09
So many wonderful experiences to expand our knowledge and appreciation of this world in which we live.
Today's Relatively Appropriate Song;
Banana Boat Song -Harry Belafonte
All God's Creatures...