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This Mega-Machine Absorbs Carbon Dioxide from Air And Can Tranform It Into Gasoline

Keep your fingers crossed.

Imagine a machine that can suck carbon emissions from the air and turn it into gasoline sounds like a pipe dream. But Carbon Engineering, an independent Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta, is actually working on a huge project – a big-ass machine that can absorb massive amounts of CO2 emissions – we’re talking about emissions produced of about 300,000 cars. The company has a prototype machine that is housed at the University of Calgary.

A giant, carbon-sucking machine.

A giant, carbon-sucking machine.

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Here’s how it will work. The absorbed CO2 goes into a container, which has two ends. Air flows through the ends while CO2-absorbent liquid is poured in through the top. The liquid and carbon-laced air gather in a device located at the end of the container. Tightly-corrugated PVC sheets in the container helps in converting CO2 into carbonate. The end product is liquid containing carbonate, which will be disposed using proper methods.

A diagram of how the system works…

A diagram of how the system works...

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Air flows through the ends while CO2-absorbent liquid is poured in through the top.

Air flows through the ends while CO2-absorbent liquid is poured in through the top.

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Source: bigthink.com

At present, the plant in Calgary is gathering more than 100 kilos of CO2 daily.

As if the idea of greatly reducing carbon emissions from the air we breathe is not exciting enough, there’s also the prospect of the machine being able to turn the emissions into hydrocarbons such as gasoline and jet fuel with the help of hydrogen. It will become a cycle of sucking CO2 from air, which will be combined with hydrogen to produce oil, then when the oil is burned from use, the emissions from it will be sucked by the machine and again turns it into oil.

This is totally possible, since Carbon Engineering has the technology already. What they have to do is to multiply the number of machines to increase the amount of emissions to be captured.

“We can and must transition to sustainable sources of low carbon energy. We’re doing that, but it will take time. With the appropriate design, and the right scale, we can start today,” explains David Keith, the President of Carbon Engineering.

Check out this video for a more detailed explanation of this exciting project:

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This Woman Had Kleptomania As A Side Effect Of Multiple Plastic Surgeries

This is what happens when the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen.

A lot of women today easily resort to plastic surgery if they feel the need to correct some parts of their body. However, one woman from Brazil got more than just enhancement of her physical appearance—she developed a personality.

The 40-year-old woman went under the knife in 2013 for several procedures, according to a case report found in the BMJ. She had received liposuction, arm lift and breast augmentation. Not long after her surgery, doctors observed that something was not right with the patient.

Following the surgery, the woman was described to be drowsy, disoriented and somewhat had problems with her memory.

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This Boiling Amazonian River Is One Of Science’s Greatest Mysteries

This mysterious river is also threatened by deforestation.

Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, there is a river that is shrouded in mystery. National Geographic explorer and geothermal scientist Andrés Ruzo grew up in Peru with the stories about this enigmatic river with waters that boil extremely hot it can burn men alive.

When Ruzo studied geothermal energy, he remembered the childhood stories about the river that his grandfather told him and decided to go look for it. And he actually found the legendary location.

Boiling waters are not a new thing on our planet. Natural wonders like hot springs and rivers can be found anywhere, but mostly, these rivers are located near volcanoes. But the mysterious thing about this Amazonian river is that there is no nearby active volcano that can contribute to the scalding hot temperatures of its waters....

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Cytosponge, May Soon Replace Endoscopy for Detecting Oesophageal Cancer

A better way in detecting esophageal cancer. Watch how this Cytosponge capsule does its magic.

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Esophageal Cancer or Oesophageal Cancer is a cancer that comes out at the esophagus or the food pipe that connects the throat and stomach.

At present, endoscopy is the procedure done to diagnose this disease. Endoscopy is done by passing a flexible tube with light and camera to inspect the walls of the esophagus.

This procedure is most of the time uncomfortable because of the process how the scope is surveying the esophageal wall. Patients needs anesthesia for the procedure and others prefer to be sedated due to anxiety. ...

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