Not Science Fiction: A Car That Runs On Salt Water

A car that runs on salt water. It’s not a hybrid, uses no fossil fuels and the only emissions are water vapor. No, this is not a “run your car on water” scheme, it’s actually real technology that’s been in the works for years.

A European company called Nanoflowcell has come up with a way to run a car on salt water. Well, maybe not YOUR car but A car. To be technically correct, the salt water is used as a storage medium or battery rather than a fuel. The “Quant” E sport limousine is a 100% electric car. No hybrid, no fossil fuel, no emissions other than water vapor. On paper the company boasts this car to put out over 900 HP from 4 electric motors driven by this flow cell battery. The sleek design also makes the car competitive with sports cars and electric cars alike. But beyond aesthetics, the Quant also proves its worth in performance. The e-Sport limousine clocks a top speed of 217 mph, on par with a McLaren P1, and delivers an average projected range of 310 miles, higher than that of Tesla Model S’s estimated 260-mile range. As a bonus, it’s also coated with a complete membrane of solar energy gathering cells and power regenerating brakes to help produce as much electricity as possible … and the list goes on.You can check out a video from the company here.

So how does it work? You ask. “Flow” battery technology has been lurking about for a number of years. Companies such as Primus power, Redflow and Tesla have been building  these batteries referred to  as “regenerative fuel cells” for a few years. The biggest difference between a regular “acid battery” and flow cell is that the electrolyte does not just sit in a container nibbling away at conductive plates like ants on a cracker. There are typically two storage tanks, one with positively charged fluid and one with negatively charged fluid. Two pumps force the fluids through a divided chamber and the reaction creates electric energy. The amount of power possible is directly related to the size of the tanks. Sounds like a simple concept until you get into the chemical concoctions.         What does it mean for the regular people of the world? For one, not only has this company  convinced Germany and the European union to let them legally register the car, it’s now legal for it to be personally owned and operated throughout.  Knowing how the Germans embrace and refine technology it could mean a big difference to the world.

That’s great! You say to yourself. What’s it gonna do for the rest of us? As far as the technology itself goes, stop and think for a second. Since the NanoFlowcell® itself has almost no moving parts, in theory, there are no limits to the scale of this energy system. Those of the population living in rural areas, islands, preppers of all kinds, isolated towns and those just wanting to keep more of their hard earned pennies may now have another alternative power source for those times when solar and wind just aren’t happening. The long term benefits are obvious… well, as long as “big energy” embraces it instead of trying to bury it… we the people could have a major jump on the ability to store and produce continuous amounts of clean energy.

Will the technology survive and evolve into a viable and affordable means of producing energy? Only the shadowy figures of corporate espionage know that one.

 What do you think?

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Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists

Southern California’s years-long drought has resulted in one of the “most extreme” wildfires the region has ever seen. (Photo: Nick Ut/AP)

As wildfire rages in California, flooding affects millions in India and China, and eggs are fried on sidewalks in Iraq, scientists say global climate catastrophe is surpassing predictions.

 Record global heat in the first half of 2016 has caught climate scientists off-guard, reports Thompson Reuters Foundation.

“What concerns me most is that we didn’t anticipate these temperature jumps,” David Carlson, director of the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) climate research program, told Thompson Reuters Foundation late Monday. “We predicted moderate warmth for 2016, but nothing like the temperature rises we’ve seen.”

“Massive temperature hikes, but also extreme events like floodings, have become the new normal,” Carlson added. “The ice melt rates recorded in the first half of 2016, for example—we don’t usually see those until later in the year.”

Indeed, extreme weather events are currently wreaking havoc around the world.

In Southern California, firefighters are battling one of the “most extreme” fires the region has ever seen. The so-called sand fire had consumed 38,346 acres as of Wednesday morning and forced the evacuations of 10,000 homes, and one person has died.

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus reported on the unusual fire last Friday in Pacific Standard:

The fire, which started as a small brush fire along the side of Highway 14 near Santa Clarita, California, on Friday, quickly spread out of control under weather conditions that were nearly ideal for explosive growth. The fire doubled in size overnight on Friday, and then doubled again during the day on Saturday.

“The fire behavior was some of the most extreme I’ve seen in the Los Angeles area in my career,” says Stuart Palley, a wildfire photographer based in Southern California. “The fire was running all over the place. … It was incredible to see.” There were multiple reports of flames 50 to 100 feet high on Saturday, which is unusual for fires in the region.

Time-lapse footage filmed on July 23 showed the fire’s tall flames and rapid growth:

“Since late 2011,” Holthaus explained, “Los Angeles County has missed out on about three years’ worth of rain. Simply put: Extreme weather and climate conditions have helped produce this fire’s extreme behavior.”

The fire is an omen of things to come, according to Holthaus: “Even if rainfall amounts don’t change in the future, drought and wildfire severity likely will because warmer temperatures are more efficient at evaporating what little moisture does fall. That, according to scientists, means California’s risk of a mega-drought — spanning decades or more — is, or will be soon, the highest it’s been in millennia.”

As University of California professor Anthony LeRoy Westerling wrote Tuesday in theGuardian: “A changing climate is transforming our landscape, and fire is one of the tools it uses. Expect to see more of it, in more places, as temperatures rise.”

Meanwhile, in India’s northeast, Reuters reported Tuesday that over 1.2 million people “have been hit by floods which have submerged hundreds of villages, inundated large swathes of farmland and damaged roads, bridges and telecommunications services, local authorities said on Tuesday.”

Reuters added that nearly 90,000 people are currently being housed in 220 relief camps.

“Incessant monsoon rains in the tea and oil-rich state of Assam have forced the burgeoning Brahmaputra river and its tributaries to burst their banks—affecting more than half of the region’s 32 districts,” the wire service reported.

Local officials also told the media that “more than 60 percent of region’s famed Kaziranga National Park, home to two-thirds of the world’s endangered one-horned rhinoceroses, is also under water, leaving the animals more vulnerable to poaching.”

An unusually heavy monsoon season has also devastated communities in northern China, AFP reported Monday, with nearly 300 dead or missing and hundreds of thousands displaced after catastrophic flooding hit the region.

And in Iraq, temperatures last week reached such unprecedented heights that a chef literally fried an egg on the sidewalk. The TODAY show tweeted footage of the incident:

Yet there appears to be little relief in sight: for the first time ever, USA Today reported Tuesday, the U.S. federal government’s climate prediction center is forecasting hotter-than-normal temperatures for the next three months for “every square inch” of the country.



Source: CommonDreams

Think Again – Ignite The Youth

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP has a lot of advantages, including that the person is self-employed, satisfied, creates jobs for others, above all, there is an impact on the community – Iheme Ogechi Linda.

Gone are the days when men work because they have to feed their families and farther away are the days when people take up jobs because they have to make ends meet. Today, we the young generation have to embrace jobs that give us pleasure and satisfaction. Until we do this, our potentials will not be maximized, our inner strength will remain untapped and our names will leave the earth’s surface without any impact.

Using Nigeria as a case study with over 150 million people, above 60% of these persons are youth and contrary to expectations, majority of them walk around blaming the next person for the country’s backwardness. Many graduate from school looking for jobs and others think of their qualification in school as the only way forward. It is my dream that many youth will think again.

Here is a new trend—“making money while developing the community”- this is called SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Today, many youth want to make money (good desire) but are not interested in making the world a little better than when they found it .In order to synchronize making money with developing our community, it requires that we think of gaps that exist in the community and think of how to fill those gaps i.e. solving the problems. In most instances, the solution you come up with makes the life of the people in your community better and rewards you with money – ‘killing two birds with one stone’.

Many people think that being a social entrepreneur requires them to forget about their academic qualifications but rather it requires you putting into practice both your learning in school and your passion in life. For instance ,a young lady who is passionate about taking care of the people in the community and happens to have read Dentistry in school, need not go take a nanny’s job ,instead, she can think of creating an organization that take basic health care to rural places. When you put together both your academic qualifications and your passion, a great profession emerges. Since people have different passions, we can both study the same course but have different professions .Enough of job monotony!

When you are doing something you are passionate about, you will forever enjoy it i.e. your work (job) becomes a source of pleasure and satisfaction. Imagine being paid for your hobby.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP has a lot of advantages, including that the person is self-employed, satisfied, creates jobs for others, above all, there is an impact on the community.

Oh youth, please think again! Our talents cannot just waste because of “white collar jobs”!

  • Iheme Ogechi Linda


Source: Think Again – Ignite The Youth

We Need Team Work – Ignite The Youth

“We, the young change-makers of this generation need to work together. By doing so, we harness one another’s competence and use it to bring to actualization our collective dream of changing the world. Team work is the best!” – OGECHI LINDA IHEME

A message to fellow Change-makers

You may have heard this story, but there is no doubt that you have not heard the complete version. Several years ago there lived two creatures; a Tortoise and a Hyena, on  Victoria Island. Though they lived in a city, their means of livelihood, a palm nut plantation, was located in Mowe. The distance between the two cities is 200 Kilometers by land and about 50 kilometers by the  water-way.

One day, the two decided to find out who will be the first to reach the plantation from their city.  I haven’t yet told you that the Tortoise walks slowly but can swim, while the Hyena runs fast but cannot swim! At the appointed time, the two set out on the journey. The Hyena ran so fast but when he reached Ketu, a place about half way to the palm nut plantation, he decided to stop and sleep. It took several hours before the Tortoise caught up with him. But whilst the Hyena slept, the Tortoise continued his journey and finally arrived at the plantation first. From this story, the conventional lesson; “Slow and Steady wins the race” was extracted.

However, this story did not end there and the following day, the Hyena requested that the contest should be repeated, to which the Tortoise agreed. This time around, the Hyena ran so fast while the Tortoise was walking. He refused to make the same mistake twice and did not sleep along the way. Now, obviously he got to the plantation several hours before the Tortoise. After a careful look at this story, I wish to say that though slow and steady wins the race, but Fast and Consistent is better.If you remember very well, Tortoise is the animal that is ‘all-knowing’ according to our childhood story books. Because he wanted to live true to his name, he requested that the contest should be repeated a second time. Although on this occasion, the two animals would have to use the water-way. When the journey started, the Hyena ran very fast but when he got to the bank of the river he needed to cross, he could not swim and therefore did not continue the journey.

For several hours the Tortoise continued walking until he got to the bank of the river. Since the Tortoise could swim, he swam across to the other side of the river and reached the plantation.The Hyena could never reach the plantation through the water-way route. We now know that it is true that “slow but steady wins the race” though “fast and consistent is better” but eventually realize that your ‘Core Competency’ and ‘Capitalizing’ on it, is one of the most powerful things any change-maker can do.

It was clear to both the Tortoise and the Hyena that they each had something the other animal did not have and so they decided to run the race together. Of course, they chose the water-way since it was about 150 Kilometers shorter than the Land route. In the first part of the shorter route to the plantation, the Hyena carried the Tortoise on his back and reached the river bank very quickly. For the second part crossing the river, the Tortoise carried the Hyena on his back and swam across the river. All in all, their journey took them a total of 45 minutes and they both arrived at the plantation site.

Their journey as a team was much quicker than any of the two could have achieved individually. Therefore, although discovering your core competence and capitalizing on it is one of the best things anyone can do, harnessing other peoples’ competence and working in a team still remains the best of them all!

We, the young change-makers of this generation need to work together. By doing so, we harness one another’s competence and use it to bring to actualization our collective dream of changing the world. Team work is the best!

Source: We Need Team Work – Ignite The Youth

Capturing Youth Interest in Agriculture – A YPARD Example

It is widely acceptable by people that information is crucial and as well as a powerful tool for decision making.

Properly quoted: “What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand” –Rural proverb.

In order to meet up with YPARD vision, mission and objective, a representative from YPARD Nigeria team honored the request of Agric-World TV show program as a means to engage more youths on the huge opportunities in the agricultural sector and the surprises surrounding it. YPARD Nigeria also aimed at sensitizing  young people about YPARD and ultimately increasing the number of youths involved  in agriculture in Nigeria.

As part of the effort to validate the quoted proverb, the video record of the TV show is available publicly. The video was first published by John Agboola on the 20th of July, 2016 and you can watch the recording on YouTube.

Source: Capturing Youth Interest in Agriculture – A YPARD Example

Obama Signed Into Law Controversial GMO Labeling Bill. Now What?

What’s an advocate of clear GMO labeling to do now that President Barack Obama has signed into law the food industry-supported measure dubbed the DARK Act?

One option, according to the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), is to join roughly half a million people who’ve said they will boycott brands that won’t label their products—in a clear way for everyone to see—that have been produced with genetic engineering.

When Obama on Friday signed the measure “paid for and written by corporations who clearly have something to hide,” said Ronnie Cummins, international director of OCA, the president “succumbed to industry pressure to betray the 90 percent of Americans who want GMOs labeled.”

Congress passed the measure, which supercedes Vermont‘s historic labeling law, last month, and now, as the Associated Press reports, the “Agriculture Department has two years to write the rules.”

Here’s where the controversy lies: While called a GMO labeling bill—and though the White House says it “will provide new opportunities for consumers to have access to information about their food”—the organization Just Label It says it “falls short of what consumers rightly expect—a simple at-a-glance GMO disclosure on the package,” and “contains loopholes that could limit the number of products that must carry a GMO disclosure.”

In fact, says the Center for Food Safety, which opposed the measure, it’s discriminatory, as it “allows companies and producers to use QR codes, 1-800 numbers, and other difficult-to-access technology.”

Noting the impact of using QR electronic barcodes, OCA’s Cummins says that “more than a third of Americans can’t even read [them] because they don’t have smart phones or reliable internet service.” As such, he says, it “allows corporations to hide information about GMOs.”

“Passage of this bill leaves consumers with no other recourse but to boycott any brand or product that is not labeled either USDA organic, 100-percent grass-fed, or non-GMO. Consumers who want to boycott those brands that have fought to keep labels off of their products, or any brands that refuse to label, can join the nearly half a million consumers who have already downloaded our boycott app,” Cummins added in his press statement.

OCA is also calling on consumers to support the so-called Monsanto Tribunal, a two-day event that will take place in The Hague in October in which a panel of international judges will hear  testimony from citizens across the globe who feel they’ve been harmed by the company’s products. A binding decision will not be produced by the tribunal; rather, the judges will issue opinions on six questions, including whether Monsanto violated the right to a healthy environment and the right to food.


Source: CommonDreams