Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Light or Late Tuesday

This time it's late and I've had one of those days. My mind works a little differently under such conditions, so excuse the following.

In view of the current gas price explosion, it only seemed appropriate to propose an alternative fuel.

Scientists develop pee-powered battery

Scientists have developed a way to turn pee into electricity. And there's plenty where that came from, they point out.

Cheap, disposable, and renewable, urine-powered batteries may be the perfect power source for disposable healthcare test kits called biochips, the researchers say.

"Our battery can be easily integrated into such devices, supplying electricity upon contact with biofluids such as urine."

Lee and his team of researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have tackled this problem by using the very substance being tested — urine — to power the test.

Lee and his team also found that they could alter the battery's performance — voltage, power, or duration — by adjusting the design or materials.

As this technology is in it's infancy, why not dream? Imagine a line running straight from the sewers to the pump. Talk about a renewable energy resource. Who wouldn't love to see the Saudis knocked off of their high horse by pee. Today the biochip, tomorrow the auto! And who says I'm not forward thinking.

No more running out of gas. Just pull over and...alright, I'll let it go. Goodnight.

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