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Oceans more of a mystery than the moon, Mars, and Jupiter combined?

Most researchers pertaining to the study of oceans would like you to believe that “Oceans are more of a mystery than the moon, Mars, and Jupiter combined!”

Fact is, most research in deep water and how oceans works and the topology of all oceans have been top military secrets during the “Cold War”.

Many serious detonations, deep drilling going miles inside earth, and a lot of damages done in the secrecy of the world community have been undertaken. Do you know there is a region in north Atlantic, as vast as Texas, gathering all the plastic detritus?  Debris are carried by water currents to particular areas: Why not install an international manufacturing platforms for recycling plastics in these heavily polluted areas in oceans? There is plenty of “raw materials” floating on ocean surfaces to recycle whatever mankind need for centuries!

Armies of “ocean robots” are distributed in networks  in oceans to collect all sort of data. For example, NASA has invented aquatic robots that generate energy using the difference of temperature in water levels…

1.  Liquid Robotics of Sunnyvale has invested $40 million for investigating oceanography missions.  The enterprise has already sold 70 Wave Gliding robots, (navigating at speed up to 1.5 nautical miles, and costing $100,000 apiece) to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration since 2009.

James Gosling, the creator of computer language Java, is heading this vast undertaking of gathering data relative to climatic conditions and hydrocarburant deposits in oceans.  For that, Gosling want to link all this aquatic robots, sharing data for missions such as measuring the extend of black oil areas dumped by tankers, identifying ocean currents for alerting ships and economizing on newer shorter routes… The objective is for these aquatic robots to navigate autonomously and to overcome hurricane.

2. iRobot of Massachusetts has been selling Roomba robots for vacuuming polluted debris.   Roomba robots are equipped with Seaglider captors.

Note: I recently watched a documentary on research done in the North Pole called TARA project.  The team stays over 7 months to be replaced by another teams.  A ship is equipped with small bulldozers and experimental equipments and they drill into the two-meter deep ice (it used to be 3 meters a few decades ago) in order to study the various water strata going as deep as 600 meters. It seems that the frozen surfaces are accelerating their drift three times faster than a century ago because of the fast melting of the ice surface.

Natural energy regeneration: Sun plus water produce methane and oxygen

Oxygen and methane are the natural energies that combine to generate heat, power, water, and carbon dioxide, sort of clean energy resources…

There are several methods for generating “non-toxic” energy from photo-chemical reactions, to micro-organism photosynthesis using photo-bioreactors of algae and bacteria…

New technologies have demonstrated that it is possible to produce methane and oxygen just using sun rays and water…How it works?

Step 1: Liquid prisms containing water redirect sun rays to bundles of parallel rays.

Step 2: The parallel rays get concentrated and focused using Fresnel-type of lenses (the kinds used in phares)

Step 3:   The focused rays hit an “optofluid reactor” constituted of microscopic translucent (tranlucid) tubes. Water and CO2 are injected in the tubes..

Step 4. The tubes are covered with catalyst dioxide of titan that accelerate the chemical decomposition into methane and O2.

Scientific researcher Demetri Psaltis at Lausane Polytechnic School published this mechanism in the magazine “Nature Photonics”.

Microchips tubes increase chemical reactions by a thousand fold, but it is industrial production of these special micro tubes that may be a difficulty for industrial production of O2 and methane.  In any case, this was a problem for solar cells 20 years ago, and it has been resolved as government got involved and pored in the necessary funds.

The other hurdle is how to clean the million of micro-tubes as organic matters and bacteria will pollute the “reactors”?

In any case, Greek researchers are adding pieces of cheese and bad milk in industrial batteries to increase performance.

Note: You may access this piece electronically on http://www.courrierinternational.com. There is no lock on this article and you may visualize the schematics.


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