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(TechEBlog)   Every plecostomus in the world's eyes just lit up   (techeblog.com) divider line 92
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2013-03-15 10:03:49 AM
A new lava lamp?

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-15 10:32:12 AM
Once again with that bloomin' algae!
 
2013-03-15 10:40:55 AM
You're not supposed to spell it!

My god, do you know what you've done?!
 
2013-03-15 10:43:01 AM
Google just lit up with people trying to figure out WTF a plecostomus is
 
2013-03-15 10:49:00 AM
What's a  "world's eyes?"
 
2013-03-15 10:53:25 AM
Our atmosphere is filling up with CO2 and we seem to be the major cause of that.

Suckers.

/hates plecos
//they don't taste good
 
2013-03-15 11:00:39 AM
This sounds interesting... until we deplete the world of CO2 and every plant on Earth slowly suffocates
 
2013-03-15 11:03:59 AM
That video was also really annoying. It was like you're watching somebody else watch it on their smart phone -- and they've got ADD and keep trying to mess with the settings
 
2013-03-15 11:10:16 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Google just lit up with people trying to figure out WTF a plecostomus is


A hippo that takes steroids and  works out a lot?
 
2013-03-15 11:18:40 AM
This is awesome.  Hope it works.  Of course taggers will obliterate these things in the pursue of "art".
 
2013-03-15 11:22:16 AM
My Pleco is named "boost" (kids named it) he's not that big yet maybe 4-5" long.  The Pleco at my credit union is a monster, it's like something from those old giant animal movies. I'm still amazed at it every time I walk in there.
 
2013-03-15 11:28:55 AM

Donnchadha: That video was also really annoying. It was like you're watching somebody else watch it on their smart phone -- and they've got ADD and keep trying to mess with the settings


I hope this isn't a harbinger of a growing video design fad. That would be exceedingly annoying.
 
2013-03-15 11:30:18 AM
Nice one subby.
 
2013-03-15 11:30:56 AM

Donnchadha: This sounds interesting... until we deplete the world of CO2 and every plant on Earth slowly suffocates


I know, we'll have to come up with another form of life that replenishes the supply. Maybe something that uses the waste O2? Crazy talk, but it might work.
 
2013-03-15 11:35:54 AM
Some top notch video and image manipulation going on there.
 
2013-03-15 11:38:02 AM

TNel: The Pleco at my credit union is a monster


Loan officer?
 
2013-03-15 11:39:26 AM
I wonder which energy or light bulb manufacturer will buy the patents and store them here:

flatrock.org.nz
 
2013-03-15 11:41:04 AM

Donnchadha: This sounds interesting... until we deplete the world of CO2 and every plant on Earth slowly suffocates


True.  Those stupid libs never thought about that, did they!  We should keep driving SUVs to make sure the plants survive.
 
2013-03-15 11:42:44 AM

Donnchadha: This sounds interesting... until we deplete the world of CO2 and every plant on Earth slowly suffocates


OCEAN DEAD ZONES!

You'll all be laughing out the other side of your wheezing stomas when all the birds and fluffy critters are dead, and all we have left are mammoth squid and jellies wandering the streets.
 
2013-03-15 11:42:53 AM

theorellior: Donnchadha: That video was also really annoying. It was like you're watching somebody else watch it on their smart phone -- and they've got ADD and keep trying to mess with the settings

I hope this isn't a harbinger of a growing video design fad. That would be exceedingly annoying.


It kind of felt like you were watching the updated version of the early 90's "cool" camera work where there were unnecessary zooms, unlevel cameras and the picture would flip to black and white randomly
 
2013-03-15 11:43:21 AM
This will be super helpful if the arctic ice sheet and permafrost melt and release all that trapped CO2 into the atmosphere.  I hope it doesn't come to that but it's obviously going to come to that so we're going to need to have some kind of contingency plan.
 
2013-03-15 11:44:58 AM

Donnchadha: It kind of felt like you were watching the updated version of the early 90's "cool" camera work where there were unnecessary zooms, unlevel cameras and the picture would flip to black and white randomly


Don't forget making the image fuzzy and throwing in some random dots and traveling vertical lines to make it look like old film.
 
2013-03-15 11:48:26 AM
My pleco "The lizard fish" would probably love that tank.

/6 inches long, eats half a zucchini every two days.
/When I forget to feed him, the other fish get nervous...
 
2013-03-15 11:52:51 AM

clownyclownzomby: What's a  "world's eyes?"


media.comicvine.com
What a "world's eye" may look like.
 
Skr
2013-03-15 12:13:43 PM
Would be pretty cool to see everything in an eerie green glow with those lamps. Even mundane night tasks would seem like a part out of a survival horror.
 
2013-03-15 12:14:46 PM
How often do you need to scrape out the dead algae?

What do we do with that algae so that the CO2 doesn't just escape back into the atmosphere as it decomposes.  If we turn it into biofuel, doesn't that defeat the purpose?

I like the idea though.
 
2013-03-15 12:16:09 PM

you have pee hands: Some top notch video and image manipulation going on there.


I especially liked the light unit kinda hovering in the foreground of the residential lawn.
 
2013-03-15 12:22:46 PM

Richard Saunders: Our atmosphere is filling up with CO2 and we seem to be the major cause of that.

Suckers.

/hates plecos
//they don't taste good


I hear they're best fried in butter with plantains. Had a GF from South America once upon a time.
 
2013-03-15 12:24:18 PM

meat0918: What do we do with that algae so that the CO2 doesn't just escape back into the atmosphere as it decomposes. If we turn it into biofuel, doesn't that defeat the purpose?


I believe it uses the CO2 in photosynthesis.  That 1 ton of CO2 will cycle through the system in 1 year and be turned into energy (for the light) and Oxygen (I assume).
 
2013-03-15 12:26:27 PM

TNel: My Pleco is named "boost" (kids named it) he's not that big yet maybe 4-5" long.  The Pleco at my credit union is a monster, it's like something from those old giant animal movies. I'm still amazed at it every time I walk in there.


Mine was named, perhaps uncreatively, "Mr. Sucky Fish". He got to be about 8" long before I ended up moving to Europe and donated my aquarium stuff to a friend. Last I heard, he's still around and growing.

Plecos are fun.
 
2013-03-15 12:27:38 PM

way south: My pleco "The lizard fish" would probably love that tank.

/6 inches long, eats half a zucchini every two days.
/When I forget to feed him, the other fish get nervous...


He's not going to stay that size, probably.

Mine started at 2", he's now 16". he's five years old. He's the biggest chicken in the world though, goes and hides if you talk to loud near the tank.
 
2013-03-15 12:29:41 PM
Yeah, that design would not work for outdoors. You can't have an open-top outside without rain getting in, or birds pooping in them, or smokers dropping their cigarettes in them.
 
2013-03-15 12:29:55 PM
I'd totally line my driveway with those.
 
2013-03-15 12:33:47 PM
Aquarist joke in headline?

That is...so awesome yet strange.
 
2013-03-15 12:35:27 PM

TGWJH: meat0918: What do we do with that algae so that the CO2 doesn't just escape back into the atmosphere as it decomposes. If we turn it into biofuel, doesn't that defeat the purpose?

I believe it uses the CO2 in photosynthesis.  That 1 ton of CO2 will cycle through the system in 1 year and be turned into energy (for the light) and Oxygen (I assume).


So either these things are undergoing fission or you didn't pay enough attention in chemistry. I'm guessing it's the latter.

The carbon stays in the algae, but I'm not sure if decomposition will release it our not. It would either need to be sequestered or used for fuel. Burning it doesn't defeat the purpose though. If every ton of CO2 released by burning the fuel is one less ton coming from previously sequestered fossil fuels it's still a win.
 
2013-03-15 12:35:34 PM
How long until someone in the pursuit of pure air, puts too many in their house and creates an oxygen rich environment and then sparks something...
 
2013-03-15 12:36:53 PM

meat0918: How often do you need to scrape out the dead algae?

What do we do with that algae so that the CO2 doesn't just escape back into the atmosphere as it decomposes.  If we turn it into biofuel, doesn't that defeat the purpose?

I like the idea though.


The algae will use the CO2 like plants and turn it into other things. It's not being sequestered in an inert state to be released upon decomposition.
 
2013-03-15 12:38:02 PM

PirateKing: Mine started at 2", he's now 16". he's five years old. He's the biggest chicken in the world though, goes and hides if you talk to loud near the tank.


Hehe no kidding eh?  Our first is named "Ninja" because of his tendency to hide whenever you're around and the only time you get to see him is at night if you sneak up on the tank...and the moment he figures out you're there ...bam he's back in his PVC pipe (8" plastic pipe that's his home).  Meanwhile in our biggest tank we've got a 15" sailfin named Leonidus and a two year old Galaxy named Xerces.  There was another sailfin in there too but Leo is becoming quite a bully in his old age.  What is odd though is we have two blood parrots in with those guys and despite how they couldn't hit shiat they are the most aggressive of the bunch and they even ram leo if he's too close to yet another of their stale nests.  (mated pair but yah, blood parots are sterile and I wish we'd known more about them before we bought them)
 
2013-03-15 12:38:27 PM
Oh joy, this shiat again.  And/or, old fake news is so exciting!

This may come as a shock, but the reblog of a misinterpretation of a reblog of a misinterpretation of a reblog of a misinterpretation of a reblog of a misinterpretation of a video that's probably a scam to begin with does not tell an entirely accurate story.  At least this one links to one of the earlier sources, which points out some of the silliness in the video's claims (though with a more charitable presentation than I could ever manage).

Basically, photosynthesis does not work that way (consuming CO2 and producing energy are contradictory goals), and algae do not produce electricity unless you manually poke electrodes into a chloroplast (which nets you a whopping picoamp until the algae cell dies an hour later).  You can make photosynthetic CO2 scrubbers (though a fast-growing plant like bamboo is much lower maintenance than algae), or you can make electric lights, but one thing does not do both at once.  The device in the video is fantasy, and the invitation to invest at the end kinda gives away the motivation.
 
2013-03-15 12:40:37 PM

meat0918: What do we do with that algae so that the CO2 doesn't just escape back into the atmosphere as it decomposes. If we turn it into biofuel, doesn't that defeat the purpose?


Shh - you're not supposed to think too hard about it. Just look at the pretty colors and open your wallet.

On the other hand, if this were a real thing there would still be a benefit to producing biofuel. Yes, the carbon goes right back into the atmosphere when it's burned but an increased supply of biofuel means reduced demand for the petroleum variety.

/nothing against plecos, but I prefer Otos.
 
2013-03-15 12:42:44 PM
That kind of reminds me of Tommyknockers.
 
2013-03-15 12:45:28 PM

Professor Science: Oh joy, this shiat again.  And/or, old fake news is so exciting!

This may come as a shock, but the reblog of a misinterpretation of a reblog of a misinterpretation of a reblog of a misinterpretation of a reblog of a misinterpretation of a video that's probably a scam to begin with does not tell an entirely accurate story.  At least this one links to one of the earlier sources, which points out some of the silliness in the video's claims (though with a more charitable presentation than I could ever manage).

Basically, photosynthesis does not work that way (consuming CO2 and producing energy are contradictory goals), and algae do not produce electricity unless you manually poke electrodes into a chloroplast (which nets you a whopping picoamp until the algae cell dies an hour later).  You can make photosynthetic CO2 scrubbers (though a fast-growing plant like bamboo is much lower maintenance than algae), or you can make electric lights, but one thing does not do both at once.  The device in the video is fantasy, and the invitation to invest at the end kinda gives away the motivation.


I don't know where you're getting your information, "Professor Science", if that is your real name -- but yeah, that's fairly accurate
 
2013-03-15 12:55:39 PM
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2013-03-15 12:56:37 PM

Donnchadha: meat0918: How often do you need to scrape out the dead algae?

What do we do with that algae so that the CO2 doesn't just escape back into the atmosphere as it decomposes.  If we turn it into biofuel, doesn't that defeat the purpose?

I like the idea though.

The algae will use the CO2 like plants and turn it into other things. It's not being sequestered in an inert state to be released upon decomposition.


Decomposition involves various microorganisms feasting on the dead algae, metabolizing the compounds made from the absorbed CO2, and in the process release that CO2 back into the atmosphere.
 
2013-03-15 12:57:49 PM

Ivo Shandor: meat0918: What do we do with that algae so that the CO2 doesn't just escape back into the atmosphere as it decomposes. If we turn it into biofuel, doesn't that defeat the purpose?

Shh - you're not supposed to think too hard about it. Just look at the pretty colors and open your wallet.

On the other hand, if this were a real thing there would still be a benefit to producing biofuel. Yes, the carbon goes right back into the atmosphere when it's burned but an increased supply of biofuel means reduced demand for the petroleum variety.

/nothing against plecos, but I prefer Otos.


I've had both.

The pleco lived for years.  The otos died within a few months.
 
2013-03-15 12:59:38 PM
French biochemist Pierre Calleja has invented an innovative algae lamp, and it's claimed to absorb 200-times more CO2 than trees, at the rate of 1-ton annually

So if this process only dumps out black carbon, I would have to scrape out about 500lbs of it out a year?  But given the carbon is going to be sequestered in dead algea I would have to muck out probably over a ton... still a neat idea but the cleanup is going to be a nonstarter on a personal consumer end.  Might make for a neat powerplant idea.
 
2013-03-15 01:00:09 PM
I have 2 monster plecos and they have turned into lazy bastards. They eat flakes off of the surface instead of the algae growing in the tank.
 
2013-03-15 01:00:48 PM

meat0918: Donnchadha: meat0918: How often do you need to scrape out the dead algae?

What do we do with that algae so that the CO2 doesn't just escape back into the atmosphere as it decomposes.  If we turn it into biofuel, doesn't that defeat the purpose?

I like the idea though.

The algae will use the CO2 like plants and turn it into other things. It's not being sequestered in an inert state to be released upon decomposition.

Decomposition involves various microorganisms feasting on the dead algae, metabolizing the compounds made from the absorbed CO2, and in the process release that CO2 back into the atmosphere.


It would more than likely be released as CH4.
 
2013-03-15 01:00:55 PM

BumpInTheNight: Hehe no kidding eh?  Our first is named "Ninja" because of his tendency to hide whenever you're around and the only time you get to see him is at night if you sneak up on the tank


We named ours 'Boris' (said with a Moose and Squirrel-esque trashy Russian accent) for similar reasons.  When we first got him he was always skulking about upside down beneath decorations.  Now that he's too hide in most of his previous haunts he hangs out in spaces between plants and rocks etc, still waiting to poke someone with a poisoned umbrella.
 
db2
2013-03-15 01:02:16 PM
Flash forward five years.

The world is plunged into an ice age.

Millions of algae reactors have sapped nearly all CO2 from the atmosphere, and caused temperatures to plunge worldwide. Rivers, lakes, and oceans are beginning to freeze. Crops are dying, animals are dying, famine is out of control.

Only two men could possibly destroy this much plant matter and avert the end of life on Earth.

This summer, Cheech and Chong are Cheech and Chong, in "Green Grass and Higher Tides".
 
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