Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Promise of Plastic-Eating Enzymes

Pollution and environmental destruction are extremely crucial issues the human race needs to deal with. We have been destroying our terrestrial environment for decades, and have done untold damage to the ecosystems we inhabit.

 Discarded plastic is probably one of the biggest problems we will have to deal with, as we seek to heal the planet and reverse the extensive damage we've done to the natural world.

I am pretty optimistic that any problems create by humans can also be solved by humans with sufficient willpower & technological innovation. Dealing with plastic pollution falls under thatcategory, despite the vastness of the problem.

 Scientists have discovered bacteria that consume plastic, and have now developed synthetic biological mechanisms to more quickly break down plastics. 

The Guardian:
New Super-enzyme Eats Plastic Bottles Six Times Faster

This is a very promising approach to getting the cleanup of plastics under control.  This, in addition, to biodegradable packaging/products that would be otherwise made of plastic, will go a long way toward fixing the damage our species has inflicted on the Earth. We will one day look back on our mindless behavior in disgust, much like we now think about dumping raw sewage into rivers. The good news is that we will one day collectively reach that point.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Trump Meme Dump

With the "incarnation of every horrible quality a human being can have" known as Donald J. Trump finally leaving office, kicking and screaming like the stupid man-child that he is, I felt like I should do a very special retrospective.

Despite being an all-around shitty person and a lousy President, one good thing Trump did was inspire me to create political art once again.

Here is a collection of Trump memes I created, with the links to the original posts, all in one place. They can also be found in my album of political art:

 The Monkey Buddha: Political Art


 The one that started it all-
from waaaaay back in 2011 when I somehow predicted the shit-show to come:

President A$$hole






The damage this narcissistic imbecile has done to our country & its institutions is incalculable. It will be a refreshing time when he is no longer sucking up everyone's attention with his absurdly oversized ego.

Good riddance, jackass. You've done the impossible & replaced George W. Bush as The Worst President Ever.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

"MEDITATION" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

 *Originally posted to the Conscious Living for You blog 

 "MEDITATION" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

Paul Micarelli & son Paul Giuseppe take a walk and talk about interesting topics. πŸ€”πŸ’‘πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 
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Sunday, January 03, 2021

The Future of Fusion

A conception of a compact fusion power plant,
developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -
Alexander Creely

As we start a new year (& here in the United States a new Presidential administration), it is a good time to look forward and plan how we are going to advance as a civilization.

For Christmas I received the game No Man's Sky Beyond, which I think is awesome, & is based on interstellar space travel and futuristic technology.

This game, & also imagining the future of my son Paul Giuseppe have got me thinking a lot recently about what we as a human species should be striving to achieve.

As I've said here many times before, I think space travel is one of the most important priorities of humanity. Traveling & living off-planet is crucial to our long-term survival as a species, and we need to take it much more seriously.

To be able to reach this goal of thriving in outer space, we need to first make advances in technology that will allow us to do so. One of the main obstacles to long-distance space travel is adequate power sources. 

I have been seeing a lot of articles and information lately about the development of nuclear fusion power. Breakthroughs in this field are going to revolutionize our lives, in ways we cannot currently imagine.

Here is a video explaining some of the basics behind fusion-generated energy: 

I was reading this encouraging article about American scientists developing fusion technology, which led me to write this post.

Science Magazine:
U.S. physicists Rally Around Ambitious Plan
to Build Fusion Power Plant

This is a video (slowed down) of just a couple seconds of a reaction inside a fusion reactor. The plasma torus is a thing of sublime beauty, and is the first glimpse at a future of unlimited energy.

Fusion power is one of those technologies that always seems to be "...just a few decades away". However, with enough money and dedication to the process, we can achieve anything we can put our collective minds to work to solve.