RANDOM THOUGHTS — PART ONE:

A List Of Really Exciting Ideas.

You’re welcome to use them, but I can’t guarantee they’ll work.

Speeding Up Evolution

Over a few billion years, we evolved from creepy-looking fish to humans. Quite the glow up. But what if we could artificially recreate that process and accelerate it?

Th key mechanism for adaptation. Source

“Expose trillions of cells or micro-organisms to a constant source of mutagens (like X-Rays) while you expose them to the stimulus that you want them to evolve around. The mutagens skyrocket the cells’ mutation rate — making it easier for them to find and retain positive mutations.”

Let’s say you were a scientist trying to create protective clothing and equipment for workers in a nuclear plant. For starters, grow an ungodly amount of cells on a petri dish and stick them in an overclocked CT scanner. If you’re one of those DIYers, a microwave could do the trick (no it won’t).

Exporting Power Down To Earth

In the early 1900s, Nikola Tesla noticed something.

Tesla’s discovery put into practice. Source

“In an average thunderstorm, the energy released is about 10,000,000 kilowatt-hours (3.6×10¹³ joules) — comparable to a 20-kiloton nuclear warhead. Even in clear skies, the amount of electricity available is enormous.”

I know. Awesome.

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A couple of days ago, I watched this video:

Wouldn’t you want to be like that bullet? Source

“Woah. What if you could make a train go that fast?”

If I can use guns and explosions to solve something, you best bet I’m going to use them. But cut me some slack — they are called bullet trains. Shouldn’t we be launching them with railguns? Well, if you think Hyperloop’s crazy, this is Hyperloop on steroids.

Use that principle to create a toned down version of the Navy’s railgun. Run wires trough a network of tracks powered by a central charging station.

Now, build a train that’s strong enough to stand up to sonic booms and aerodynamic enough for the railgun to propel smoothly. You have the option of using regular trains too, but you might not want to be one of the passengers:

Looks like NASA copied my idea (I’ll be looking for my royalties). Image from Universe Today.

By travelling at the speed of sound (Mach 1), you could travel from New York to San Francisco in a tenth of the time it would take by car. That’s four hours instead of fourty-five.

And if you put the entire system in a vacuum tunnel and used magnets to levitate the vehicle, there’s nothing stopping you from maxing out your railgun to hundreds of times that speed. Now that’s a real bullet train.

Using Nature To End Global Warming

These are Chlorella:

A group of chlorella. Image from Pinterest

“Use a team of hungry Chlorella to create a biofilter — letting you channel tons of harmful emissions through it to get purified, and getting us one step closer to a carbon-neutral planet.”

Find some Chlorella at an ocean near you — a single drop of seawater contains thousands of those little carbon-suckers. Get them to multiply by feeding them limestone or C02 generating tablets, and don’t forget to keep them close to light so they can perform photosynthesis.

Algae is more awesome than you’d expect. See for yourself. Source

Bonus Ideas:

Take these with a grain of salt.

Painless Real Estate

The real-estate industry’s been around for a LONG time, and it’s worth a lot of money. It’s hard to tell when sleazy real-estate agents, lawyers, and mortgage brokers came into the equation— but they seriously took all the excitement out of buying a new home.

A (Really) Cheap Water Filter

Even with hundreds of charities and thousands of products, 10% of the world still doesn’t have access to clean water. The biggest challenge is how most of these people make less than $1 a day, and it’s almost impossible for them to access a filter even it is cheap.

Ending Addictions

Meanwhile, when half the developing world is dying of dehydration, modern society’s hooked on smoking, drinking, Netflix and pizza. Why? Because all those temptations are at our fingertips, and our minds associate those activities with satisfaction — even if they won’t help you in the long-term.

I write about things every week(ish).