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October 30th, 2007 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-10-30 11:26
  Subject:   Forensic science is not for the squeamish.
  Music:Biolich - Unfortunately They Dont Allow Us To Store Bodies In The Dumpsters@Work
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The main entrance to the Body Farm.

Over several days the spongy brain will liquefy and leak from the ears and mouth, while blisters form on the skin which eventually evolve into large, peeling sheets. Often the skin from the hand will slough off in one piece, an effect known as gloving. Body Farm researchers have discovered that such skin can be soaked in warm water to restore its flexibility, and placed over a researcher's hand for the purposes of fingerprint identification.


Oh, HELL no!!

(If I wear the sloughed-off hand skin of a corpse as my glove... am I spooky?)
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-10-30 17:33
  Subject:   Nooooooooooooo they be stealin' my ideas for hybrids!
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Like most hybrids, it'll have two engines, including an electric motor. But in this case, the second will be the [jet] turbine, Goodwin's secret ingredient. Whenever the truck's juice runs low, the turbine will roar into action for a few seconds, powering a generator with such gusto that it'll recharge a set of "supercapacitor" batteries in seconds. This means the H3's electric motor will be able to perform awesome feats of acceleration and power over and over again, like a Prius on steroids. What's more, the turbine will burn biodiesel, a renewable fuel with much lower emissions than normal diesel; a hydrogen-injection system will then cut those low emissions in half.


I had the idea to electro/biodiesel-turbine convert my Civic about this time last year. And I still wanna do it. Though in my case I want a flywheel regenerator in the mix, too, to capture all that kinetic energy we currently throw away during braking.
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