Posts Tagged ‘science’

 

 

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Ruins Your Zombie Fantasies Forever – Video

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I have been pulled into a lot of conspiracy theory discussions recently. I love a good conspiracy theory but I’m aware of how crazy I might sound when I start talking about one I actually believe,so I tend to precede the discussion by saying, “There are some people who think…”. Then, maybe it’s not as obvious that I might fall into that category of Some People. And now that you all know I use that technique to throw people off the track of my crazy train, I will now precede all conversations regarding conspiracy theories with that statement. You will never know if I belong to the Some People group or not.

I may or may not be writing this while wearing a tin foil hat.

I plan on covering some conspiracy theories here on this blog that deal with the end of the world or orchestrated decline into a dystopian society. You may also want to gran a tinfoil  hat for those future posts. If you’re new to tinfoil hat making, this guy does an easy tutorial.

 

 

If Higgs Boson Calculations Are Right, A Catastrophic ‘Bubble’ Could End Universe

This has to be the worst news all week for Preppers everywhere.

‘The universe wants to be in a different state, so eventually to realize that, a little bubble of what you might think of as an alternate universe will appear somewhere, and it will spread out and destroy us.'”

According to Discovery News, Lykken said if this happens, it’ll happen at light speed, which means if anyone is around to witness it — our solar system will be long gone — they’ll be gone before they realize it.

All this prepping for nothing. The world may end faster than anyone can say, “Quick! Let’s get to the Bug Out Shelter!” and none of us will be around to put all those  jars of canned butter and hoarded cans of soup to real use. Oh, Higgs-Boson, how you make me evaluate the true meaning of life.

In Russia, 400…er ….700? ….a lot of  people were injured when meteorites crashed to earth in what one science guy on the news called  “an exploding fireball event” . The injuries were mostly due to broken glass and fallen debris from damaged buildings. At least three are listed in serious condition.

In this video, you can hear a very loud boom  from the impact of the meteor.

This one,too…and I think I can hear the sonic boom?

According to some shaky news sources, there have been 3 impact sites identified and the Russian space agency Roskosmos has confirmed the object that crashed in the Chelyabinsk region is a meteorite:

“According to preliminary estimates, this space object is of non-technogenic origin and qualifies as a meteorite. It was moving at a low trajectory with a speed of about 30 km/s.” 

Science People talking about this say this sort of event is extremely rare but hey…. building a bunker is never a bad idea, just in case.

 

Presented at Maker Faire Africa this year in Lagos was a urine powered generator, created by four girls from Nigeria. The girls are Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15).

Urine Powered Generator at Maker Faire Africa

photo by Eric Hersman

 

1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.

The system works like this:

  • Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
  • The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
  • The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
  • This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.

Along the whole way there are one-way valves for security, but let’s be honest that this is something of an explosive device…

 

 

When I first saw this house made entirely from plastic  bottles, I didn’t see shelter . I saw a greenhouse.

A family in Argentina built the house  using huge number of plastic bottles, Tetra Packs and CD cases . Originally it started as an artistic project but it eventually became a way to illustrate how much waste is created and to encourage environmental stewardship.

In a post-apocalyptic situation, you’re going to have a lot of empties and no recycling center to deal with them ,so why not recycle them by building a greenhouse?  Even with adequate space to farm food, a greenhouse is essential for expanding your growing season and variety of produce.

In Scotland, The Sustainable Communities Initiative has created a easy-to-build greenhouse , using plastic bottles and a simple wooden frame as the building material. They’re easy enough to build that they’re ideal for schools and other community groups.

With lots of children to help gather the bottles and wash them, it’s a great re-use educational structure that really works. A standard construction of 2m x 3m will need around 1400 bottles to be collected and rinsed. The bottoms are cut off by the children with their safety scissors, two tabs are cut on either side near the top by an adult with a craft knife to stop the top bottle sliding down it.

Now it is ready to be placed in the wall. A sturdy frame is built with wires spaced at 30cm intervals up the frame and roof: the wires hold the bottle in place and it is the cross tie wire that binds it into a solid wall, closing most of the gaps. On a sunny day it can easily be 10 degrees hotter inside the plastic bottle greenhouse than outside.

The old Byker city farm closed some time ago and the new building (now known as Ouseburn farm) is a great community facility, very much designed from a sustainability point of view. The greenhouse is made from recycled plastic bottle treaded together within a timber frame.

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There are free downloadable  plans from REAP Scotland here.

Here’s another way to build a greenhouse with recycled materials that could be scavenged fairly easily:

 

A 70-mile-wide asteroid is en route to Earth, and the last best attempt to counter it has failed. Also failing is the marriage of soft-spoken insurance salesman Dodge; the breaking news that the world will end in an estimated 21 days cues his wife to leave him on the spot.

 

As it so happens, tonight an asteroid the size of a city block will pass by the earth. While this one will miss us, there’s a one chance in 625 that a 460-ft wide asteroid could hit earth in 28 years. February 5,2040, to be semi-exact.

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