Okay, now that we have the initial shock out of the way, yes it could actually come to pass! (No pun intended.)
Poop-mobiles could one day be a reality, thanks to the work of researchers from the University of California who are attempting to develop new biofuels using human waste and other discarded protein sources.
If successful, the project will help to solve two major problemsby developing a satisfactory replacement for non-renewable fuels such as gasoline, and also finding a practical use for the 0.9 billion tonnes (1 billion tons) of human poop produced by Americans each year.
At present, much of this is simply left to compost, releasing harmful greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide, which are 325 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
In an attempt to kill both of these birds with one stone, the team are studying the biology of a bacteria called Bacillus subtilis, which they hope to be able to utilize in order to convert waste proteins into alcohols that, when combusted, release high amounts of energy.
These fuels, they hope, will be far superior to current biofuels such as corn-derived ethanol, which not only yield much less energy than gasoline, but are also incompatible with the mechanics of most cars. By contrast, the researchers expect their poop-based fuel to be usable without the need to make any modifications to existing automobiles.
People today are busier than ever, with more places to go and things to do. If you need a little more utility out of your next vehicle, here are the top five reasons to consider an SUV, or to perhaps take care of and keep the one you already have. Number Five: More Space If you’re typically hauling a lot of stuff, the cargo space you’ll get with an SUV will make it easy to transport groceries, sports equipment or supplies you need to maintain your home.
In some states Google is already operating self-driving cars, which are mainly updating Google maps street images. Have you ever wondered if this technology would come to the public at large? Just imagine, you get in your car on your way to work. You punch in your destination and then relax as you check e-mail and enjoy your morning coffee as your car automatically and safely delivers you to your destination. Near-future fact, or total fiction? It may be closer than you think!