Models

For a long time, people thought our solar system revolved around the Earth. Copernicus (or Galileo to some) came around and proved the planets revolved around our Sun.

Models are important - they are the perspective of an individual's perception of any given event. Models are always biased, but the objective should be to choose a model with the least bias possible.

How is this achieved?

Scrutinize opposing aspects, think critically, and have an open mind.

"All Truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

- Arthur Schopenhauer

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

- Mark Twain


These opinions below may be my own or may belong to the authors whom I reference. They are posted for the benefit of mankind, so that we may collectively achieve a common ground and transition into a new golden era as seamlessly as possible.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Petroleum from Air


Instead of pulling petroleum from the ground, the source of fuel for green cars of the future may come from the air.
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Retrieved from Graham Hancock

EXCELLENT IDEA OF THE DAY: PETROLEUM FROM AIR
Green cars in the future may still run on gas, but instead of pulling petroleum from the ground, the source of fuel may come from the air.

By Christina Reed
Mon Oct 29, 2012 04:30 PM ET
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Green cars in the future may still run on gas, but instead of pulling petroleum from the ground the source of fuel may come from the air. Carbon capture techniques are still hugely expensive (about $650 per ton of carbon dioxide), but a small British Company claims to have produced five liters (1.3 gallons) of petrol since August by extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mixing it with hydrogen from water vapor.

How cool is that? "It sounds too good to be true, but it is true. They are doing it and I've been up there myself and seen it," reported Tim Fox, head of energy and the environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London, in the Independent.

"The innovation is that they have made it happen as a process. It's a small pilot plant capturing air and extracting CO2 from it based on well known principles. It uses well-known and well-established components but what is exciting is that they have put the whole thing together and shown that it can work."
The company, Air Fuel Synthesis, in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, still relies on electricity from Britian's national grid for its power source, but aims to eventually take its power source from renewable energies such as wind farms. Over the next two years, Peter Harrison, the company's chief executive, has ambitious plans of turning the prototype into a commercially viable product that could produce about 240 gallons of fuel a day. "We ought to be aiming for a refinery-scale operation within the next 15 years," he said.

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