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Posted on 03-16-10 06:48:29 PM Link | Quote
Oh, shit.

Exciting!
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Posted on 03-16-10 07:04:30 PM Link | Quote
Wow. Ummmm... I don't know what to say but that the possibilities are endless here. So many ways you can use something like this... A fuel source would be awesome as hell, but that's a waaaaaaaaaaays down the road.
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Posted on 03-16-10 07:49:57 PM Link | Quote
Awesome. It sounds like we'll still have a number of years before we can fully and freely harness this technology, but it will be a great thing when we do.


If the biofuel they mention would burn into carbon dioxide...
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Posted on 03-17-10 04:05:48 AM Link | Quote
Well, it's a start, maybe down the road freaky things like this will take a bite out of carbon dioxide AND make a good fuel source.
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Posted on 03-18-10 01:44:33 AM Link | Quote
What's this? A bizarre construct that photosynthesizes carbon dioxide into oxygen and water? Who would have known?

*cuts down every tree*

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However successful these artificial "plants" are, they will lack the massive amount of biodiversity people are decimating at a horrifying rate--whether its the oceans, rainforests, savanna or whatever environment, the damage to these scarce and incredibly unique resources will not be reversible at this rate. Technology cannot supplant nature; this wilderness that man has long since struggled against cannot be called an enemy, since the very technology that seeks to triumph over nature must work in tandem if we are to achieve any meaningful and sustainable research. Anyone who has heard about any of the breakthroughs discovered with the aid of some obscure organism in the rainforest knows this, but first and foremost as a researcher I think this wanton destruction will achieve nothing but stifle potential research.

Sorry about this rant, but although I have no doubts that alternate energy research like this is valuable, people are taking one step forward and two steps back when they just jump onto every new mindset and forget obvious knowledge that prior research has afforded us.
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Posted on 03-18-10 05:26:58 AM Link | Quote
True, but people are stupid.

They'll destroy all those plants just by existing. Let alone the demand for destroying them for cash.

It's impossible to avert without killing all/most of the humans on this planet.
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Posted on 03-18-10 10:56:53 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Metal_Man88
True, but people are stupid.

They'll destroy all those plants just by existing. Let alone the demand for destroying them for cash.

It's impossible to avert without killing all/most of the humans on this planet.

I don't quite understand what you're saying, but I'm almost definite that the major deforestation of the Amazon rainforest was only possible once people had the technological ability to exert a huge amount of force over a massive section of the rainforests; the perpetrators are not "people" per se or even government entities, but corporate entities without any national allegiance trying to make a quick buck. However, I feel discouraged that none of the industrialized countries who spend far more on pettier (and less profitable and productive) fail to intervene or buy out the land from the governments who own it--both to limit damages, as well for research purposes, and to protect the heritages of any native peoples that might still exist.

Academics aren't off the hook either though, and while they cling to their journals which charge all too much and hide in their cloistered ivory towers, less intelligent people are making it big in a very reckless way--often using the knowledge garnered solely by academia (to murky ends in the case of the Black-Scholes equation)! It's not uncommon for academics to do consulting, but generally they seem to take a very backseat sort of command at best. However, this is not to say that academics have some sort of intrinsic inability to do business as the creators of Google and the E-Ink panel have shown.

If you mean some sort of Malthusian population trap, most of the industrialized nations have a decreasing population trend and developing countries may in fact have a increasing population trend, but historically this has tapered off with industrialization and development, because families aren't required to churn out babies to compensate for a rapid death rate; knowledge about safe sex and this general newfound stability also contributes to more conservative parents. Of course there's always space, but I for one am rather fond of this tiny speck in the universe.
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Posted on 03-20-10 05:14:09 PM Link | Quote

The advantage for our system compared to plants and algae is that all of the captured solar energy is converted to sugars
All of it? As in 100% efficiency?

I'm really hoping this turns into a new, renewable fuel source that actually helps the environment instead of just being bought up by oil companies and never seen again (most energy tech) or turned into a "green" product that's actually just as bad as the alternatives (modern electric cars).
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Posted on 03-21-10 03:16:07 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Arisu
However successful these artificial "plants" are, they will lack the massive amount of biodiversity people are decimating at a horrifying rate

Well, obviously. But being able to use these en-masse around mass producers of good ol' CO2? I'd consider that a good thing.


And yeah, HyperHacker has a point.
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