This week at TreeHugger: We've had our eyes on EEStor supercapacitors for a long time. With baited breath, we wait for them to come to fruition and change the world; finally, we have an update. If we're ever going to find our way to a hydrogen future, we're going to need one thing: sweet, sweet junk food. We don't think much of ugly, power-sucking billboards, but this one from South Africa delivers its message. Lastly, this week's sign that the apocalypse is upon us: the Automatic Martini Maker. Shaken or stirred?
We got in at the beginning and used to write about EEStor supercapacitors a lot, but they never gave out a lot of information, and we were reduced to using pictures of grilled cheese sandwiches as analogies. We first picked up the story from an excited Tyler Hamilton at Clean Break, who enthused 18 months ago: "This could change everything." Still, we wait, and even cheerful Tyler is running out of gas. He says, "I want EEStor to work, and I crave more information. But still we have no Web site. No comments from Kleiners or the CEO. Nothing." Argh.
Few sectors of renewable energy have attracted as much attention as microbial fuel cells; the idea of engineering bacteria to produce new sources of energy — hydrogen, in this case — has become an increasingly marketable one as gas prices continue to soar. Here's how it works: electrochemically active bacteria are able to transfer electrons from fuel cell sugars - which, after traveling through a circuit, can be combined with protons in a cathode chamber to form hydrogen. This can then be burned or converted directly into electricity.
There isn't much to say about this billboard, except that it's pretty awesome. They practice brevity so we'll follow suit and let the image do all the talking.
Lastly, we're speechless: "A martini isn't exactly the hardest drink to make, but why should you even be bothered when there's a cool new appliance that makes them automatically? Yes, that's right, the Waring Pro Automatic Martini Maker is a commercial quality stainless steel electric martini maker. Simply add your favorite ingredients using the 1-ounce shaker cap, turn it on, wait for the green olive to light up, press shaken or stirred on the touchpad and you've just made the perfect martini, right in your very own home. Life sure is good...for the lazy." Bond would not approve.
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