Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tribo- Electric Popularity – A Future Energy Source?

Army helicopter blades generate static electricity in sandy conditions. Can we harness static electricity for good?

Static electricity has always been around but its harness ability has hampered its popularity in the past. Suppose a watch is equipped with a Tribo-electro device built in it, uses the motion of your swing arm to recharge your batteries. Can we do that? “Tribo” is from a Greek word meaning, “to rub.” Simple devices are using different metal materials to rub against a static producing surface.  As the motion back and forth or up and down forces them to create static electricity which is captured in the conductive wiring to charge batteries or power the devices. Still another generator uses two unlike materials the rub against themselves as motion causes them to collapse on each other. Scientists are looking at harnessing the motion of the waves, automobiles on roads, bikes, shoes, wind, on and on to finally harness motion and generate needed electricity. Air ports and subways power up off of the enormous foot traffic. Highways power homes along its path from the constant motion of autos zooming by. The ideas are endless and the potential lights the imagination. It is said that it will start out with small components and get larger as the technology gets better.

Another thought I had while researching this article, is this the way our bodies generate the electronic pulses that power the nerves from the brain? We don’t house generators as we know it in our bodies. However our bodies require and use motion. Are we getting closer still to the knowledge that will verge ourselves with machines? Does the mere motion of the blood through our veins generate an electrical charge?  
2012 article but good: Click here!
2011 Curiosity starts the ball rolling: Click here too!
Static electricity holds bacteria on nurse’s apron: Static electricity holds bacteria, could it hold disinfectants also? Click Here!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Genetic Chips Help Farmers Raise Better Fish

Nature has its own way of perfecting the species to build living organisms, stronger, bigger, larger and smarter. Presented by insurmountable odds of survival, and forcing only the strongest, smartest and sometimes luckiest to survive to reproduce, builds the genetic lines naturally.

Farming salmon presents the fish with lack of natural selective opposition. Farmers need to raise the best, biggest with disease tolerant fish they can, in the shortest time possible. Livestock farmers have already resorted to gene chips to help them find the cattle with the best characteristics to breed to get desirable food products. 

UK Salmon farmers are now entering that arena. UK Scientists have developed a chip the can determine genetic dominance by using just a piece of the back fin. Application of the DNA material to the chip can show the farmer which fish to mate to get the desirable characteristics. Genetic technology can surpass natures test of time and opposition to build the best. Read more at: Fish and chips have a whole new meaning! Click for more information!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Learning Innovation for 2014

Expanding your horizons is a recurring challenge in the innovative mind. The constant accumulation of ideas, excite and create even more innovations, to verge or come to light in the corners of the gray matter of our minds. Each person has a different journey in life that may add a missing piece to the completion of a innovation for the future. This is a reason that conventions and conferences attract people from around the world. If your area of the world don't have a conference or convention, start one.

Some conventions have happened already. But use their websites to get ideas to start one in your area.

January 2014 Washington DC - Washington, DC kicked it off here, click and see. 
March 2-5th – Anaheim, California - Doesn't have to be huge but effective, click here.

Attending conventions or conferences in 2014, might be a way your community can improve its future or your company can learn innovations to transform and benefit your company’s bottom line.

Brussels in March 2014 - Europe Innovation Convention Link: Looks to be one of the best in 2014 Innovation Destinations, Click here!