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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Human Blood Gives Light at Night

This sounds cool that a bloody night would make your dark night a bright night. It may sounds ridiculous but it's true for Mike Thompson, an English Designer based in The Netherlands, invented this lamp that runs by a human blood.

I can't really imagine that if you like to light up your night, then you really have to cut yourself to bleed and make your blood acts like a night lamp. Would you reluctantly think of cutting yourself to bleed just for a light? That's really a big wow for me.

Thompson came up with this gruesome idea when he was studying his masters in Design Academy Eindhoven in Netherlands. He came to research with chemicals and found his way to luminol. This is the chemical used by forensic scientist to check traces of blood at the crime scene.

On the picture, Thompson made a special glass to act like a light bulb. To use it, you have to mix first the activating powder and break the upper portion of the glass to cut yourself to bleed. upon bleeding, you have to drip your blood into the opening. I don't know how long it can be used but don't waste it because it can be used only once.

Maybe, Mike Thompson just want to emphasize that energy consumption is not just taken for granted. For every consumption we make, there is an energy being consumed that we might not retrieve back for it is limited. It's all about energy conservation. Who would think that he will use up all his blood just to waste energy for something that just not worth something. So, when it is not needed, better to conserve energy. Very nice analogy from Mike Thompson.

Cyclone, Hurricane, and Typhoon are Different

We know that cyclone, hurricane, and typhoon are all just the same. And I thought of that, too, before. But not in our awareness, these three things are definitely different from each other though they share common thing as a storm, indeed.

Deciphering the differences between the three storms will lead to the fact from where they are being formed. In other words, their origin and location. Hurricane forms in Atlantic or Eastern Pacific. So apparently, the storms that threaten the United States of America are all hurricane. On the other hand, typhoon typically forms at Western Pacific and endangers most countries like Japan, Philippines, Island of Guam, etc. While cyclone forms at some location within Southern Pacific.

They say that typhoon is stronger than hurricane but cyclone is not as prevalent as hurricane. But whatever they are, the three are dangerous storms. One thing we don't know about the storms is that, a storm that begins at the upper part of the equator rotates clockwise and storm that begins at the lower part of the equator rotates counterclockwise. Don't ask if a storm can cross over the equator and it will change direction of rotation because as of now, it never happens and air currents won't permit storms to crossover the equator.

Now we know the differences among cyclones, hurricane, and typhoon.