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2012-09-13 08:44:02 AM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-13 09:26:00 AM  
Better living through nano.
 
2012-09-13 09:27:23 AM  
"have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water"
I thought water and oil naturally separate.
 
2012-09-13 09:31:29 AM  
They stole my idea.
 
2012-09-13 09:32:21 AM  

LiberalConservative: "have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water"
I thought water and oil naturally separate.


Shh.
 
2012-09-13 09:32:33 AM  

Bondith: Better living through nano.


obamiconme.pastemagazine.com
 
2012-09-13 09:33:28 AM  
www.kablooeyquest.net

/"OOOOH!!"
//hot like Skyler
 
2012-09-13 09:37:32 AM  
Wow it works in a test tube in a lab! All our problems are solved. And doesn't ferrofluid cost something like $1000/liter?

/yes have a weed up my ass today
 
2012-09-13 09:38:38 AM  

LiberalConservative: "have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water"
I thought water and oil naturally separate.


No no, it's just a colloquialism for describing a feuding celebrity couple that recently separated.
/Silly
 
2012-09-13 09:40:43 AM  

CygnusDarius: Bondith: Better living through nano.

[obamiconme.pastemagazine.com image 318x470]


The day will come when we can easily and cheaply clean up every environmental hazard we have ever created. On that day the greens are going to look really stupid because their plan was live like cavemen and not make messes.

We should fast forward to that day asap instead of trying to be evolution's ass-hat and stop ourselves at an artificial and arbitrary point in our history.

Nano-tech and Fusion Flame recycling. We can recycle everything we have ever used since the dawn of time as long as we haven't launched its atoms off the planet. Every garbage dump, every plot of contaminated soil, returned to us as original elements in handy nano-tech packaging.
 
2012-09-13 09:41:18 AM  
"have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water"

Proving once again that every scientific advancement is all part of a a quest to build sexbots.
 
2012-09-13 09:45:57 AM  
Oil is a non-polar molecule, which is why it does not mix with water, right?
 
2012-09-13 09:46:42 AM  
so he jumped out of a 10 story window with a rope attached to his dick.? and he's still alive..

damn
and all he cares is about farking magnets
 
2012-09-13 09:50:27 AM  

Rapmaster2000: "have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water"

Proving once again that every scientific advancement is all part of a a quest to build sexbots.


If it is, they should just come right out and say it. No more begging for grants, put that shiat up on Kickstarter and watch as they are drowned in money.
 
2012-09-13 09:56:52 AM  
i582.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-13 09:56:56 AM  

archichris: CygnusDarius: Bondith: Better living through nano.

[obamiconme.pastemagazine.com image 318x470]

The day will come when we can easily and cheaply clean up every environmental hazard we have ever created. On that day the greens are going to look really stupid because their plan was live like cavemen and not make messes.

We should fast forward to that day asap instead of trying to be evolution's ass-hat and stop ourselves at an artificial and arbitrary point in our history.

Nano-tech and Fusion Flame recycling. We can recycle everything we have ever used since the dawn of time as long as we haven't launched its atoms off the planet. Every garbage dump, every plot of contaminated soil, returned to us as original elements in handy nano-tech packaging.


Or, we could go full Guns of the Patriots, and live under a war economy (or a similar one because the one depicted by the videogame is unsustainable). But yeah, technology IS the future.
 
2012-09-13 09:57:19 AM  
Lisa, in this house we OBEY the laws of THERMODYNAMICS!
 
2012-09-13 10:00:27 AM  
www.geekshow.us
 
2012-09-13 10:01:20 AM  

Rhames: Lisa, in this house we OBEY the laws of THERMODYNAMICS!


www.lghs.net
 
2012-09-13 10:06:11 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: Rhames: Lisa, in this house we OBEY the laws of THERMODYNAMICS!

[www.lghs.net image 178x133]


But, I did this perpetual motion machine!.

img.rlt.com
 
2012-09-13 10:08:44 AM  
Pollute now, because we may be able to clean it up later? That's nuts. I sure hope they've bolted the basement door.
 
2012-09-13 10:18:00 AM  
This story was submitted over 4000 years ago. You don't think this is my natural hair. Alien nanoparticles. Feral magnetic cats.

i1079.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-13 10:27:32 AM  

CygnusDarius: Jon iz teh kewl: Rhames: Lisa, in this house we OBEY the laws of THERMODYNAMICS!

[www.lghs.net image 178x133]

But, I did this perpetual motion machine!.

[img.rlt.com image 623x800]


youtube. or else it's fake
 
2012-09-13 10:35:21 AM  
images.buddytv.com

Nanoparticles?
 
2012-09-13 10:37:29 AM  

Bondith: Better living through nano.


approve
media.tumblr.com
 
2012-09-13 10:42:49 AM  
What powerful attraction may look like:

my2bucks.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-09-13 10:42:56 AM  
Since I work for an environmental consulting firm that specializes in developing stormwater pollution prevention plans for industrial facilities that handle a lot of oil and other petroleum products, I'm really getting a kick out of &c.

Nice find, subby. I actually forwarded this to my entire office.

/though the biggest spill we've actually handled was 35,000 gallons of beef tallow
 
2012-09-13 10:46:15 AM  
Cool application. There is concern flooding the environment with nanoparticles would have unintended consequences.

Phys.Org Ingested Nanoparticles
 
2012-09-13 10:48:43 AM  
Magnets! How do they work?
 
2012-09-13 10:49:01 AM  

gglibertine:
/though the biggest spill we've actually handled was 35,000 gallons of beef tallow


Must have been a splll at Outback. That's about the fat content of one Blooming Onion.
 
2012-09-13 10:55:08 AM  

beefoe: Wow it works in a test tube in a lab! All our problems are solved. And doesn't ferrofluid cost something like $1000/liter?

/yes have a weed up my ass today


Weeds grow only where they are unloved.
 
2012-09-13 11:01:00 AM  
media.tumblr.com

Imagination
 
2012-09-13 11:02:00 AM  

Alpo 3000: Cool application. There is concern flooding the environment with nanoparticles would have unintended consequences.

Phys.Org Ingested Nanoparticles


But they're not talking about dumping the nanoparticles into the environment.

What the second guy was actually saying was that once you skim a bunch of oil, you usually have about half oil and half water. You suck all that into a tanker and treat it with magnetic nanoparticles; the oil bonds to the nanoparticles, but the water does not. Then you remove the magnetized oil from the water, release the clean (and nanoparticle-free) water back into the environment, separate the nanoparticles from the oil, and recycle the oil. As a bonus, this works much faster than any of the technology currently available.

Looks pretty damn cool to me.
 
2012-09-13 11:06:06 AM  

archichris: CygnusDarius: Bondith: Better living through nano.

[obamiconme.pastemagazine.com image 318x470]

The day will come when we can easily and cheaply clean up every environmental hazard we have ever created. On that day the greens are going to look really stupid because their plan was live like cavemen and not make messes.

We should fast forward to that day asap instead of trying to be evolution's ass-hat and stop ourselves at an artificial and arbitrary point in our history.

Nano-tech and Fusion Flame recycling. We can recycle everything we have ever used since the dawn of time as long as we haven't launched its atoms off the planet. Every garbage dump, every plot of contaminated soil, returned to us as original elements in handy nano-tech packaging.


A noble aspiration to have, but, power, dude, power.
 
2012-09-13 11:21:51 AM  
Just think what we can buy with that money...
History books that know how the Korean War came out.
Math books that don't have that base six crap in them!
And a state-of-the-art detention hall [holds up a scale model]
where children are held in place with magnets.

Magnets. Always with the magnets...
 
2012-09-13 11:45:52 AM  

gglibertine: Alpo 3000: Cool application. There is concern flooding the environment with nanoparticles would have unintended consequences.

Phys.Org Ingested Nanoparticles

But they're not talking about dumping the nanoparticles into the environment.

What the second guy was actually saying was that once you skim a bunch of oil, you usually have about half oil and half water. You suck all that into a tanker and treat it with magnetic nanoparticles; the oil bonds to the nanoparticles, but the water does not. Then you remove the magnetized oil from the water, release the clean (and nanoparticle-free) water back into the environment, separate the nanoparticles from the oil, and recycle the oil. As a bonus, this works much faster than any of the technology currently available.

Looks pretty damn cool to me.


That's not going to be a 100% process. For one thing, there's going to be other substances in there besides the oil and the water. Some of those nanoparticles will stay in the water portion and get flushed out to sea.

I don't know if that's going to be a problem, but it is a worry.
 
2012-09-13 12:04:00 PM  

ckellingc: [media.tumblr.com image 400x288]

Imagination


media.tumblr.com

Ah Reading Rainbow... ah reading rainbow... reading rainbow
 
2012-09-13 12:07:34 PM  

archichris: CygnusDarius: Bondith: Better living through nano.

[obamiconme.pastemagazine.com image 318x470]

The day will come when we can easily and cheaply clean up every environmental hazard we have ever created. On that day the greens are going to look really stupid because their plan was live like cavemen and not make messes clean up after yourself.


FTFY

Also, if the hazards can be cleaned up safely and efficiently, then the "greens" would jump for joy. They don't mind you using natural resources, just quit being a pig about it and stop polluting the world.
 
2012-09-13 12:25:43 PM  
fark physics fun fact o' the day:

F= qv x B

Because the magnetic force is always perpendicular to the motion, the magnetic field can do no work on an isolated charge.

/so tired of this fraking meme
 
2012-09-13 12:56:09 PM  
Donny says "vacuum!"
 
2012-09-13 01:05:35 PM  

archichris:

The day will come when we can easily and cheaply clean up every environmental hazard we have ever created. On that day the greens are going to look really stupid because their plan was live like cavemen and not make messes.


No...


We should fast forward to that day asap instead of trying to be evolution's ass-hat and stop ourselves at an artificial and arbitrary point in our history.

Nano-tech and Fusion Flame recycling. We can recycle everything we have ever used since the dawn of time as long as we haven't launched its atoms off the planet. Every garbage dump, every plot of contaminated soil, returned to us as original elements in handy nano-tech packaging.


the "greens" want to invest in that technology as much as possible now, to "fast-forward" to that day before we wind up in a situation where resources are too scarce to easily get there.
 
2012-09-13 01:07:22 PM  

CygnusDarius: Jon iz teh kewl: Rhames: Lisa, in this house we OBEY the laws of THERMODYNAMICS!

[www.lghs.net image 178x133]

But, I did this perpetual motion machine!.

[img.rlt.com image 623x800]


That got me on a physics kick of searching for youtube videos of perpetual motion machines..Thanks a lot!

/Thinks a perpetual flowing flask should be able to accomodate a hydroelectric turbine with some tweaking
//physics makes you think
///not a physicist
////woot I can hit a button!
 
2012-09-13 01:07:36 PM  
I don't want to talk to a scientist, ya'll mutha-f--kers lying and getting me pissed...

/then don't ask about a scientific principle you idiot
 
2012-09-13 01:20:17 PM  
MIT and can't look directly at someone...

/hmmmm

/Aspies saving the planet! WOOT!
 
2012-09-13 01:21:32 PM  
Oil everywhere in this biatch
 
2012-09-13 01:26:45 PM  
Yeah Mr. White! Yeah science!
 
2012-09-13 01:50:30 PM  
It's not as if stranger things have been used to clean up more oil, such as putting more oil on more oil (CorExit, anyone?).
 
2012-09-13 01:52:25 PM  
Cool tech, but just not financially viable for oil spills. Ferrofluid is very expensive, and its not the oil that makes it so.
Money is better spent to subsidize electric cars so we don't have to drill for oil to spill in the first place.
Making liquid look like Lisa Simpsons hair is a lot of fun though!
 
2012-09-13 02:12:32 PM  

Alpo 3000: Cool application. There is concern flooding the environment with nanoparticles would have unintended consequences.

Phys.Org Ingested Nanoparticles


Could they be worse than flooding it with oil?
 
2012-09-13 02:17:15 PM  

ThreadSinger: archichris: CygnusDarius: Bondith: Better living through nano.

[obamiconme.pastemagazine.com image 318x470]

The day will come when we can easily and cheaply clean up every environmental hazard we have ever created. On that day the greens are going to look really stupid because their plan was live like cavemen and not make messes.

We should fast forward to that day asap instead of trying to be evolution's ass-hat and stop ourselves at an artificial and arbitrary point in our history.

Nano-tech and Fusion Flame recycling. We can recycle everything we have ever used since the dawn of time as long as we haven't launched its atoms off the planet. Every garbage dump, every plot of contaminated soil, returned to us as original elements in handy nano-tech packaging.

A noble aspiration to have, but, power, dude, power.


Google plasma flame recycling and fusion flame recycling. Its two steps on a ladder. Seems like a really cool idea.

"Plasma gasification converts organic matter into synthetic gas using plasma. A plasma torch powered by an electric arc is used to ionize gas and catalyze organic matter into synthetic gas and solid waste. The word "syngas" is short for synthetic gas.[1] Plasma gasification serves as a form of waste treatment. It can fully decompose and disintegrate organic matter, with synthetic gas and slag as byproducts.[2][3] The process can both generate electricity while reducing the volume of waste.[4]

The feedstock is most often Municipal Solid Waste, organic waste, or both. Content and consistency of the waste directly impacts performance of a plasma facility. Pre-sorting and recycling useful material before gasification provides consistency. Too much inorganic material such as metal and construction waste increases slag production. In turn this decreases syngas production. Shredding waste before entering the main chamber helps. This creates an efficient transfer of energy. This ensures more materials are broken down.[4]
Feedstocks may also include biomedical waste and hazmat materials. The syngas yields may be lower in many cases also resulting in slag production. However the benefit is that the slag itself is chemically inert and safe to handle. Certain materials may effect the content of the gas produced, however.[4]"

Its not a perfect first step, but the benefits outweigh the downside IMHO.
 
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