Alien Orange Vacuum Cleaner

I love this art in Jerusalem, Israel. 


These big orange overhangs from the lamp poles look almost like big vacuum hoses that are ready and going to suck people literally off the streets. 


Can’t you just see the people in mid-air suction, arms and legs flailing all around, yelling “Hey, what’s going on around here!”?


Hopefully, they don’t end up on an alien spaceship somewhere with some weird creatures wanting to explore about us or even use us for food!


Okay, this is what I call Purim spiel–fun for the holiday celebration today.


Seriously though, those orange things are great. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Reconstituting The Water Of Antarctica

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So Antarctica is the 5th largest continent of 7 in the world. 


It is 5.4 million square miles, and it is larger than both Europe and Australia. 


But it has only a temporary population of 5,000 people, mainly researchers. 


About 70% of the world’s fresh water is held in the Antarctic ice sheet, which is 90% of all the world’s ice. 


And the ice there extends 7,000 feet thick.


If all the ice would melt, the global sea levels would rise 2,000 feet!


Despite 95% of models over the last 30 years predicting the ice sheet melting due to global warming, it actually continues to expand.


It’s a paradox for the science community, but one of the explanations is that as ice shelves break off, they actually forms a protective barrier for the new ice being formed along the main ice landmass. 


Even with global warming, the average temperature in Antarctica is still -35 degrees Fahrenheit, and most parts never get above freezing. 


So here’s an idea–rather than fear global warming, is there an opportunity to use it and advance it, if only we can channel the effects of it for the good of humanity. 


The Antarctic Treaty System prevents nuclear weapons explosion there, but wouldn’t that be a cool way to melt some ice and get some fresh drinking water for this thirsty planet or even to somehow move to MARS for colonization there?


Also, we could place solar mirrors in space to redirect sunlight to melt the ice–that’s either some probably some pretty big mirrors or the dispersion ray of a space laser(s). 


The key now is to get the water to where you want it to go and not to destroy by massive flood our worldwide seaboard cities–and that’s where a mass molecular transporter comes along. 


There is still much to discover and invent, but when it’s done, I think we will definitely be heading to Mars and beyond.


Really, we have to, there is no other long-term survival choice for humankind. 


And perhaps, G-d placed the survival pod for us right under our feet at literally, the southern most point of the world, Antarctica! 😉

(Source Photo: here via Wikipedia)

Electric Cars, Forget About It

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With all the talk about electric cars, I think what we’ve forgotten is that they are still just cars and oh-so 20th century. 


What I mean is that they are not transformative. 


You’re still in a car, traveling around 15-60(+) miles per hour, stopping at stop lights/signs, yielding to other cars and pedestrians, driving over potholes, getting stuck in traffic, and having to fill up on “juice” every few hundred miles. 


And with the cost of oil way done (about half from last year), there may be a positive environmental impact, and that’s important, but that’s about it for this invention. 


So if you can get over the range anxiety and fear of running out of electric power and not finding a convenient place to plug into, and you don’t mind waiting an hour or so for the fill up, well then you can drive on batteries–and all the power to you. 


But like the toy cars and trucks that I played with as a child, they too often ran on batteries, and I’d zoom them around on the kitchen and dining room floor with lights and sirens flashings–now that was exciting. 


And yes, a driverless car (like from Google) is a little more of a step forward in terms of really changing how we travel…but then again, maybe it’s like sitting on a bus, metro, cruise ship, or airplane today–read the paper, snooze, listen to music, or watch a video, but you don’t have to do anything to move the vehicle or navigate the terrain. 


In a way, cars are pretty much just fancy horses with wheels–whether powered by hay, gas, or electric–they are terrestrial and sort of boring on the ride–even with the windows down and music playing. 


In my opinion, it is high time for some travel without the crunched seats, traffic jams, no turn lanes, traffic cameras, expensive tickets, looking for parking spaces, pot holes, flat tires, and all the other nuisances of daily car commuting. 


What I like about the picture in this blog though is that it makes me think of a much greater leap when it comes to transportation–whether by transporter, jet pack, pneumatic tubes, or time/space machine–we can get there effortlessly and lippity-snappity quick.


And the car, it can stay in the garage–or find its place in the Museum of History–for all I care. 😉


(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)