Friday, November 14, 2008

Einstein to the Rescue

Today's Link
Photographic Memories

Saying for the Day
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. ~Don Herold

Picture of the Day
( My Kids-from the Archives)

As underdeveloped countries become developed they are going to need refrigerators., more and more refrigerators. Health issues alone are going to require more refrigeration. Some way has to be found to keep food from spoiling. If we want to increase the expected life span of people in underdeveloped countries they are going to need refrigeration.
But refrigeration brings with it a need for more electricity and freon gas. Not an environmentally friendly picture. In order to solve one problem we will add to another.

Never fear Mighty Mouse is here.
Well not Mighty Mouse but Albert Einstein. Many years after he revolutionized the field of physics, Albert Einstein took up a new task: inventing a better refrigerator. The 1930 appliance that he patented in partnership with a former student, Leo Szilard. Einstein’s refrigerator had no moving parts, used no electricity, and did not use freon. It was set aside as he worked on other things like Atomic energy but a group of English scientists at Oxford have taken Einstein’s design and produced a usable refrigerator. All it needs is a heat source to make it operate and they think solar cells could be that source. The fact that the refrigerator has no moving parts could also be advantageous as it would require minimal maintenance and so could be particularly useful in rural areas.
The Oxford team estimates they are three years away from commercial production.
Technology got us into the environmental mess with Einstein’s help it may begin to get us out.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
Today Tammy shared with the Tommy Club her findings on the cow as symbol. This is what she said “ Regarded in some cultures as a symbol of status and bartered as currency, cows have been invaluable to humans over the years. Its production of milk also makes the cow a symbol of gentle nourishment, motherhood, and prosperity. Cows have come to represent our connection to the land and are a sign of the bounty with which we are provided.” Some cultures have worshiped cows as a symbol of fertility.
In the brainstorming suggestion that followed somebody suggested that since driblet 300 calls for a flying cow they should fill the cow balloon with Helium and fly it over the town to keep the shadow away.
Tommy UK said that it was too bad they didn’t know how much time they had before the shadow comes over the town.
Wink’s Woods has gotten into the the riddle business with a riddle three pack. It contains a little plastic cormorant, rocking chair, and cow. They are enclosed in a little plastic treasure chest. On the bottom of the chest is a card offering a prize to the person with the best guess as to the meaning of the set. They are selling very well.
Our poltergeist has added a set to its cornucopias so the riddle or whatever it is now floats on Nancy’s ceiling. There is no experience quite like having a cup of coffee while a bird, a cow, and a rocking chair revolve around your head.
The three items have also been featured in this issue of “Ghosts and Where to Find Them” as background information on Pigeon Falls.
Despite all of this life goes on as usual in Pigeon Falls. The last potato is out of the ground. The leaves have fallen from the trees. The ski hill is being made ready . There has been a light dusting of snow. Children are hoping for enough snow to close school for a day or two. The whale still swims in the Lake of the Loons. The dragons still fly over once a day. The piano in the museum plays by itself every morning and the shoes dance. Things are normal.

Wrap Up
My oxygen level was up this morning higher into the normal range. I spent the morning working on my link list. I had over fifty links and that is just too many to visit every day. So I divided them into tiers. Tier one I'll try to visit every day and the others as time permits. In the afternoon we hauled out the outside Christmas stuff from storage. Last year we waited until really appropriate time and the ground froze making it difficult to set things up. So tomorrow we will put stuff out.When we finished getting that ready I set up my new scanner and started scanning old slides. It works very well. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Dragonstar said...

That refrigerator seems like a very good idea. I hope they manage it.

3:53 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

That's what I LOVE so much about Pigeon Falls... Life is just so normal! It's like a breath of fresh air!

Ya know... my parents had one of those refrigerators that use no moving parts, no freon, and no electricity! It was called an ICE BOX! Are we moving forward or backward?

5:03 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Liked the picture today and the one of Pennie and Maggie yesterday. We have been leaving Spanky out of his crate (cuz he gets out anyway) and have not had any messes this week! Whoo-hoo....

If we come down this weekend, it would be Sat. afternoon after Luke's birthday party...we will call Sat. morning around ten so you are not home waiting all day. Depends if it is raining...otherwise Pete will put the decorations up Thanksgving weekend.

5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's nothing new under the sun. The "Einstein refrigerator" is actually a version of an absorption refrigerator, similar to those made by Servel about 50 years ago. If there's a new wrinkle, it's trying to run it on solar energy, which may work in some places. Incidentally, Freon is no longer used in refrigerators. They now use more environmentally favorable fluids and about half of the electricity that they did 20 years ago.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Caution Flag said...

I wish I had known this yesterday. My daughter had to choose an invention to do a research paper on. The fridge would have been perfect.

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Ben C - Propane Refrigerators said...

Gas absorption refrigerators are still made today. There are several brands. You can run them on kerosene, propane or natural gas. A dc 12 volt refrigerator would be better for solar applications.You can see them all on my website

7:51 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

That refrigerator story is very interesting.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Your quote for the day is SOOOOO true! I have been known to have unChristian thoughts toward idiots who show more sense than I. Usually because I am left wondering, "If she's an idiot, what am I?!"

I don't want a refrigerator with no moving parts. What good is a door if it can't be opened?

9:25 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

brilliant quote!

what if someone had mistaken dragons for cormorants, the piano for a rocking chair and the whale for a cow?

1:42 PM  
Blogger tsduff said...

As you know, my sister Julee and her husband are missionaries in Albania. They have been there upwards about 15 years, (gasp, has it really been that long?) and when I visited them I found out that they don't rely upon their refrigerator as much as we do here in the US. They shop for fresh groceries every day, walking to the closest corner establishment market for the day's/dinner alotment. It was refreshing, but very different. Simple.

9:50 PM  
Blogger tsduff said...

ps: Christmas stuff? You win the prize for most prepared ahead of time :)

9:55 PM  
Blogger jmb said...

I have great faith in the "clever" people advancing us along the technological trail. Sometimes they are not as quick as I would like.

I have 286 blogs on my bloglines feeds but I have given up on many of them as it is impossible. But I can't quite take them off so I visit some regularly, some occasionally and some not at all now. So many interesting blogs out there.

11:27 PM  

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