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I am an advocate of switching to hydrogen for combustion engines. One of the best reasons is that combustion produces water. Furthermore, it is much safer than most people believe. (Your car is not going to turn into the Hindenburg.)
In Ben Bova’s Book “Break Throughs” he talked of huge floating solar powered hydrogen producing plants. In Room’s “The Hype About Hydrogen” he painfully points out that H2 production is still not cost effective enough to complete with Gasoline. That said, research like this leaves us hope for the future.
The trouble with solar fuel production is the cost of producing the sun-capturing semiconductors and the catalysts to generate fuel. The most efficient materials are far too expensive to produce fuel at a price that can compete with gasoline.
“In order to make commercially viable devices for solar fuel production, the material and the processing costs should be reduced significantly while achieving a high solar-to-fuel conversion efficiency,” says
Choi and postdoctoral researcher Tae Woo Kim combined cheap, oxide-based materials to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases using solar energy with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 1.7 percent, the highest reported for any oxide-based photoelectrode system.
“Without fancy equipment, high temperature or high pressure, we made a nanoporous semiconductor of very tiny particles that have a high surface area,” says Choi, whose work is supported by the National Science Foundation. “More surface area means more contact area with water, and, therefore, more efficient water splitting.”
“Since no one catalyst can make a good interface with both the semiconductor and the water that is our reactant, we choose to split that work into two parts,” Choi says. “The iron oxide makes a good junction with bismuth vanadate, and the nickel oxide makes a good catalytic interface with water. So we use them together.”
The dual-layer catalyst design enabled simultaneous optimization of semiconductor-catalyst junction and catalyst-water junction.
I am an advocate of setting goals and achieving them. I am often asked if I have a “system”. The answer is yes. However, it is more a method than a system and I can not claim ownership of its origin. In this post, I am going to share just that. I am going to do so by giving you and overview of a book. The book is the method. I highly recommend that you buy a copy of Alan Lakein’s How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life (Signet). I suggest you read it, highlight it, do the exercises and refer to it often. You are likely curious as to why I feel this is such a great book. I shall satisfy your curiosity by outlining the book’s method. It is not my intent to reveal every detail of this book. I am simply giving you an overview so you can decide whether you should buy it or not. Frankly, I feel that if you wish to learn goal setting and planning then you should buy it. I am not alone on this thought, it is rated at 4.5 stars with 73 reviews at Amazon. Continue reading “Book Suggestion – How to Get Control of Your Time and Life”→
Great news for Heroes fans. NBC is to air a 13 episode Heroes Reborn mini-series in 2015.
While NBC is keeping it secretive, there are already rumors that we may see some of the old cast again. Personally, I am glad that they are doing this for I thought the cancellation was a mistake on their part.
If you sit down at a blank screen every day and simply do nothing then you are a writer. If you write one word, even better. Some people will disagree. Maybe you will disagree. That’s fine. We also can all disagree. Meanwhile, our DNA is telling us we are pretty much exactly the same.
I try to read pieces or chapters in 3-4 books a day or more. I read at least from one non-fiction, one or two quality fiction, and one inspirational. I try to read at the level I want to write. I do this in the morning before I start writing.
Destroy every gatekeeper.
Do what you want. Self-publishing simply means you write a book and you figure out how to get it into the hands of other people. It might just be you sell it on your email list. Congrats! You’re then a published author. In my post “How to Self Publish a Bestseller” I write about the details and the numbers.
This seems opposite of what I said above. But blogging is not such a bad idea. How come? Because it makes you write every day. And it also is fun to build friends and community around your blog. But if you want to blog, don’t just register a domain name and start blogging. You won’t get any traffic.
There’s a thousand ways to build community and practice writing on the Internet. Blog is one of them but there are many others. My #1 suggestion: first practice on Quora (cc Marc Bodnick) If you go there, follow me and say “Hi!”.
If you don’t write every day, you won’t know what your potential skill level is. You will be producing sub-par work. And in a world where 15 million books will be published this year, your book will have little chance to shine.
Do the math: if you just write 1,000 words a day that are publishable then you have a book every two months. 1,000 words a day is not easy. But it’s not hard either.
No. You used to be able to make a living writing articles. Just a few years ago. In 2005 I made a good living writing about 3-4 articles a day for different publications while I was running my fund and before I started and sold Stockpickr. But those days are over. People just don’t pay for content. And there are too many writers. It’s a supply and demand thing.
ou have to write more than one book. And for most people, you have to write dozens of books.