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.
It happens to everyone at some point: you’re running late, it’s a big day, and just when you think you’re going to make it, you turn your key and…your car does nothing. There are a number of reasons why your car may not start. Some of them can be pretty quick, inexpensive fixes, but some may require the assistance of a professional mechanic. Here are some of the more common issues that can cause your car to not start.
Water pumps. We don’t think about them often, but they’re a really important part of our vehicles. Let’s take a step back. You see, the engine is cooled by a coolant, anti-freeze, mixed with water. This mixture circulates around your engine, absorbing some of the heat. The coolant then flows through the radiator, where air cools it down for the return trip back through the engine. The water pump is what drives this process.