Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hollywood Science

Calling it "Oil 2.0," a scientific research company known as LS9 in Silicon Valley, California, has successfully bio-engineered a harmless strain of E Coli to feed on agricultural waste and secrete petroleum nearly pure enough to go from the lab right into your vehicle. They hope to have a demonstration factory up within two years and a full scale working plant by 2011. Their goal is to bring $140-a-barrel oil prices down almost two thirds, to $50 a barrel.

And you thought I was kidding.



No matter how many bullets per minute a gun can shoot, they will miss running humans.

The mass of a person drops substantially during free fall, making it easy to grab a bar, pole, or ledge.

Bond's Third Law: For every hero there is an unequal and poorly trained number of henchmen.

Supporting characters can contract a disease in any way, display symptoms within half a day, and die unexpectedly at crucial plot points.

The speed of a fireball can never exceed the speed of a human running.

Heroes are bullet-proof everywhere except on their arms.

Eastwood's Edict: If you feel lucky, you probably aren't.

The likelihood of tripping while running is inversely proportionate to the distance from the killer.

There is no gravity in China.

[selected from Chris White's Top Five on Science]


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