Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Looking ahead #2 - Reversing our actions

Remember when school taught us the 3R - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? I think we did it wrong for quite a while. We reduced, we recycled, but we forgot to reuse. And now with this innovation, we can reuse plastics, for other purposes. You'll see what I mean in the video.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Random Fact #4

Pokemon Seizures

On Dec. 17, 1997, an episode of "Pokemon" was aired on Japanese television that induced seizures in hundreds of people throughout the country of Japan. The ages of those affected ranged from 3 to 58 years old. Ironically, the TV news reports played the perpetrating scene excerpt of flashing red lights, causing even more people to be afflicted with epileptic-type symptoms, in case they had missed the first one.
(Copied from here.)

The effect is called photosensitive epilepsy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

# 3 - Melting of Carbon

Sorry for being inactive lately, due to overwhelming time tables and assignments...

So this will be a short one...

Have you ever give a thought that carbon can exist in a molten state?
Given the very very very very very high melting point of carbon, it is highly unlikely that any technologies nowadays are able to achieve the melting of carbon with effectiveness and cost efficient.

However, there's a bling of hope in Buckyballs.

Buckyballs are a form of carbon state where alot of carbons join together to form a ball like molecule.
It exist in liquid form, albeit less reactive and the usage of it is still in the phase of research.

What if we could just break the C-C bonds and form free atoms of C floating around in Buckyball.

Then inject a dose of hydrogen into the mixture, forming basic hydrocarbon compounds... and from there.. we can synthesize more and more complex hydrocarbon compounds, which means one step closer to renewable fuels.

However, to break the carbon bonds itself needs alot of energy and this impossibly high amount of energy can only be obtained if we were to shine a laser beam generated from accelerated particles (Like in IRON MAN II, where Stark synthesized the new element) towards the carbon buckyballs solution and hopefully it will form another new state of carbon, which is liquid carbon.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Going green

Do you know that if waste paper produce by 7000 worker in a single building are to be recycle, it will be equivalent to taking 400 car off the road.. count the carbon!!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Looking Ahead #1

A world exclusive, groundbreaking, laser sintering process has recently been discovered that could possibly revolutionize the future of manufacturing as we know it. In the article "Science fact replicates science fiction", there is the technology and the machines that are capable of creating anything out of plastic or metal powder, and a few high intensity laser beams.. In half a milisecond.

Traditional laser sintering creates components in a slow laminating process with powder sintered, layer by layer, to build up a 3D component, a process taking several hours. The new innovative optically optimised laser sintering process can make objects instantly - in the blink of an eye.
In simple terms, the new process creates a high intensity laser hologram in a chamber flooded with microscopic plastic dust particles floating in the air. A high intensity laser burst, lasting half a millisecond, sinters the dust instantly in the shape of the hologram to create a solid 3D object.

Sad to say that we'll still be pretty far off from owning one of these machines, as development is still in the early stages. In the manufacturing industry, things look promising as the traditional Selective Laser Sintering process would be rendered obsolete - a product that takes a few hours can be achieved in the blink of an eye.

Feel free to read the entire article here.