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15-Year-Old Invents Algae-Powered Energy System

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the muck-machine dept.

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Mike writes "Signaling a bright future for sustainable energy, 15-year-old Javier Fernandez-Han has created a remarkable algae-powered energy system that is capable of producing food and fuel, treating waste, containing greenhouse gases, and releasing oxygen. Dubbed the VERSATILE system, the project recently netted him a $20,000 scholarship for winning this year's Invent Your World Challenge."

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Freakin' Prodigies... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28461005)

Making the rest of us look bad and all.

Re:Freakin' Prodigies... (4, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461765)

What are you talking about? The competition was "Invent Your World Challenge." Kid makes an energy system. Missed the mark entirely: algae power is not a world.

Kid needs to pay more attention next time.

Re:Freakin' Prodigies... (2, Informative)

Ex-MislTech (557759) | more than 3 years ago | (#28462263)

Its worse than that, he just copied some Phds work off youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hioZ7C6HLs [youtube.com]

Re:Freakin' Prodigies... (2, Insightful)

wealthychef (584778) | more than 3 years ago | (#28462299)

Also, it has not been built yet, so "created" is too strong a word. He more like "imagined" or "designed" it. Not to say it's not impressive for a 15 year old, but it's not the salvation of the world.

Yawn... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28461011)

Wake me up when this reachers production stages. Oh wait, it never will. I wish I had more faith in these /. articles proclaiming a brilliant new way to do x...

Re:Yawn... (4, Insightful)

calmofthestorm (1344385) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461023)

Pure science informs experimental science informs design engineers informs process engineers informs manufacture.

It's a long chain to go from an abstract idea to a machine that whirrs. Yet it requires the competence, indeed, excellence of many people in many different professions.

This is the first step. We have to be patient.

Re:Yawn... (2, Insightful)

phantomcircuit (938963) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461155)

This isnt even close to a first step. I mean seriously he's 15.

All that he has done here is take a bunch of stuff that is known to work, but not economically, and tied it all together with a pretty diagram. Nothing new has happened here, a nerdy kid who almost certainly has parents who work in the field have produced something of no value.

Re:Yawn... (5, Funny)

Jurily (900488) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461293)

All that he has done here is take a bunch of stuff that is known to work, but not economically, and tied it all together with a pretty diagram.

I do that too, just not with diagrams. I'm a programmer.

Re:Yawn... (1)

stuboogie (900470) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461665)

You don't use UML diagrams?

Re:Yawn... (5, Insightful)

steveha (103154) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461415)

All that he has done here is take a bunch of stuff that is known to work, but not economically, and tied it all together with a pretty diagram. Nothing new has happened here

I think you are being needlessly harsh here.

His key contribution was to think: "How many things can I chain together so that the waste from one thing feeds something else?" Thus, methane from the digester powers cooking stoves; carbon dioxide from the burned methane feeds algae. I've heard of methane digesters, I've heard of cooking stoves, and I've heard of algae; I haven't heard of an integrated system like this.

If you RTFA, he relates a story about how the gift of a fresh water system to a poor village had an unfortunate side effect: the extra water the village used caused their sewage system to be overloaded. Their "system" was to put their sewage in buckets and dump out the buckets; they ended up with raw sewage running in their streets. He consciously tried to design a system that has no negative effects. (And that's probably an inspiration for including the flush latrines in his design, latrines that feed the digester and/or the algae.)

Even if his design turns out to be flawed, the flaws might be fixable or at least the idea might inspire an experienced engineer to design something even better.

I didn't invent anything this clever when I was 15. How about you?

steveha

Re:Yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461553)

Isn't this what patent trolls do? Design a system but never build it... (ducks)

Seriously, he obviously put a lot of thought into this, but I don't see it as a great achievement.

I thought up things like this when I was a kid, in fact, I was heavily into VR at one point, and thought that it would be great to have SIMs for training in highly dangerous jobs. But when I was a kid there were no $20,000 prizes and there was no Slashdot. In fact, the Internet didn't exist... But I was one of the top 5 CS students in my Freshmen year, if that counts for anything... ;-P

David

Re:Yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461555)

Yea actually I did think of stuff this clever when I was 15, not to mention that I read something similar to this kid's proposal in Popular Science when I was around 14. But instead of gloating about it I went outside and had fun. Whoop-dee-doo.

Re:Yawn... (2, Insightful)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 3 years ago | (#28462393)

And I thought of hybrid vehicles when I was eight and wanted to power my gocart with 3/4 hp electric saw motor, powered by a lawnmower engine running as a generator. But the point is that while you and I were out playing, other people were doing something with their ideas.

Ideas are cheap. It's taking them to the next logical step (even if that's just a well-thought-out formal design) that differentiates the people who win $20,000 scholarships from those who go outside to play.

Re:Yawn... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461901)

I didn't invent anything this clever when I was 15. How about you?

By 15, I was already able to launch squirrels more than 200 metres!

Re:Yawn... (4, Interesting)

cptdondo (59460) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461917)

I think in a lot of ways it's brilliant. In others, it's way short, but then again, he's 15. He's more creative than half the $150/hr consultants we hire, that's for sure.

Seriously, though, we (the sewage district I work for) are looking at micro-treatment - treatment at the point of source for sewage. Lots of reasons but google for PECs (Pollutants of Emerging Concern) if you really want to know why. Eventually we see large scale municipal plants going away and micro-plants with instant recycling being the norm.

This kid is just about 20 years ahead of his time. I want stock in his company.

Re:Yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461953)

Well, I came up with some pretty cool designs for perpetual motion...

Re:Yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28462203)

When I was 15, I invented a sports car that could go MACH TWO.

Re:Yawn... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28462475)

Shhh! We have to bash the kid, because is not White, if the Kid were some random Johnny Thompson You'd have the right to be faithful, because only white people can think in such great things. He's an idea thieve (He stole it from the only people that have great ideas, white people, I'm 100% positive) and should be punished. Get with the program!

All he's done? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28462509)

He's also won $20,000 in scholarship money. Even if his scientific career never gets off the ground he's going to be a shrewd bureaucrat. It's much more useful to get paid for pipe dreams than end up like Billy Mayes selling oxyclean to pay for your crack addiction.

Re:Yawn... (3, Insightful)

Requiem18th (742389) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461171)

Pure science informs experimental science informs design engineers informs process engineers informs manufactures informs patent lawyers informs researchers with C&D forms

Fixed that for you.

Re:Yawn... (1)

jadedoto (1242580) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461659)

âoeDiscovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thoughtâ. --Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Vapourware (3, Informative)

BierGuzzl (92635) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461031)

FTA: "The algae-powered system hasnâ(TM)t yet been built, however, and skeptics will remain until it is. Even if FernÃndez-Hanâ(TM)s design doesnâ(TM)t pan out as planned, weâ(TM)re thoroughly impressed by his innovative spirit."

Re:Vapourware (4, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461161)

we're thoroughly impressed by his innovative spirit.

Lies. What really impressed them was a 9 letter acronym like VERSATILE.

"Play pump" (4, Informative)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461051)

A pump powered by children playing? I did a double take when I saw that. Then there was a link to it [inhabitots.com] . I tip my hat to the person who thought of that. Bloody ingenious.

Re:"Play pump" (1)

zarzu (1581721) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461139)

the play pump was definitely the oddest thing i've seen in this system and even after looking at thouse pictures (a great idea imho) i am still kind of puzzled. the play pump is needed to produce energy to power the system and other devices (like LEDs it seems) and the system returns food and compressed methane. now this is all very cool and i am sure that this is very useful, but how is this algae powered energy? i mean yes food is energy, but not in the sense we generally perceive energy and the system actual needs external energy from the pump to work.

i am likely to have made some fatal thinking error, so please point it out to me. i don't mean to diminish this and even as a food and methane providing device it's very cool, but i don't get the energy part.

Re:"Play pump" (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461169)

I haven't studied it in depth yet, but I'd imagine it contributes a bit of energy to the system to get things running, kinda like a starter motor on a car, or a solar powered oil pump that can't wait for the oil to be extracted, refined, and fed into the pump's engine to get it working.

Re:"Play pump" (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461947)

Perhaps more methane and bio-oil (from the algae) comes out than play energy goes in?

Re:"Play pump" (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28461177)

When does "play pump" end and "child labor" begin?

Re:"Play pump" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28461229)

Just so long as it's not a "love pump."

Re:"Play pump" (2, Funny)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461383)

Just so long as it's not a "love pump."

My God! With that, slashdot users could power the universe!

Re:"Play pump" (0, Flamebait)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461505)

When does "play pump" end and "child labor" begin?

When they are about to "die of starvation" or "die of thirst".

Re:"Play pump" (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461615)

When does "play pump" end and "child labor" begin?

I thought it was when pocket money was handed out based on the amount of "playing" that children did.

Re:"Play pump" (2, Insightful)

GaryOlson (737642) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461711)

When it stops being an activity which can create mischief --
If we jump hard enough in unison can we create a big enough spark to ignite the methane?!
to a chore --
You kids won't get your allowance if you don't generate at least 5KW of power this week!

Re:"Play pump" (1)

syncopated (1174997) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461207)

"As punishment for not doing your homework, go out and play at the Play pump for one hour so that your brother, who did his homework, can play Halo. Make sure you play hard."

Re:"Play pump" (1, Funny)

catmistake (814204) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461483)

play pump... a... play... pump.... you mean masterbation could solve our energy crisis? ... did NOT see that comeing...

Re:"Play pump" (1)

Max Littlemore (1001285) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461567)

Yeah, I didn't click the link. I don't want to risk a site with photo's of children using a "Play Pump".

I'm too pretty to go to prison.

Re:"Play pump" (3, Insightful)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461869)

Seems to me they could put a donkey on a tether. The pumping capacity would probably be more reliable. Kids are kids, after all. For a week, maybe even a month, that merry go round will be busy during all daylight hours. After that, it'll be hit or miss, now and then. I mean, really. If I actually WANT a kid to eat ice cream, he isn't going to want any. If I WANT him to eat candy, he's going to be suspicious. Ask any parent.

Re:"Play pump" (2, Insightful)

noidentity (188756) | more than 3 years ago | (#28462075)

That's amazing that even where water must be pumped by children on a merry-go-round, there is a big billboard with an advertisement [inhabitat.com] . Sickening.

Re:"Play pump" (1)

beckett (27524) | more than 3 years ago | (#28462113)

Those photos were taken in the Democratic Republic of DeBeers though so the billboard is functional: providing shade and cover for the "Freedom Snipers".

Nothing new? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28461055)

An anaerobic digester for sewage and food scraps

Isn't that basically what Cowboy Neal is?

Re:Nothing new? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28461407)

No, no. You've got it all wrong. Cowboy Neal *produces* sewage and food scraps. Basically if you hooked this machine up to Cowboy Neal you would destroy the universe.

Biological systems suck (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461103)

Farming is a noble occupation, but if you have to spend time tending a biological system when a chemical system will work flawlessly without any monitoring, well, that's why we make chemical systems instead of just using biological ones.

Re:Biological systems suck (2, Interesting)

oneirophrenos (1500619) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461221)

Farming is a noble occupation, but if you have to spend time tending a biological system when a chemical system will work flawlessly without any monitoring, well, that's why we make chemical systems instead of just using biological ones.

Don't all systems require monitoring? Besides, biology is just applied chemistry. There are applications where chemical processes are just too complex for us to manage, so we have cells managing it for us, like in composting.

Re:Biological systems suck (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461423)

Ya, thing is.. no-one really understands biological systems. There's just so many variables. So you might get a biological system that works just fine.. and then winter comes and it stops.

Re:Biological systems suck (5, Funny)

Max Littlemore (1001285) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461595)

Farming is a noble occupation

No, farming is what commoners do. Warring and collecting tax and rent are noble occupations.

Jeez, you guys have been without a proper monarchy for so long you've forgotten the basics.

Re:Biological systems suck (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461927)

I agree - chemical systems are wonderful. Without farm chemicals and sewer runoff, we couldn't have that really neat dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, not to mention other similar zones around the world. Beautiful stuff, chemicals.

Mutant! (3, Funny)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461109)

This kid is obviously the love child of Jon Katz and Natalie Portman.

Re:Mutant! (2, Funny)

Slur (61510) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461389)

This kid is obviously the love child of Dean Kamen and HRP-4C.

There, fixed that for you.

There's only (3, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461123)

One small caveat:

      "The algae-powered system hasn't yet been built, however..."

      Another minor little detail:

      "and the PlayPump, which uses energy derived from children playing to power the system."

      I assume the children will volunteer to "play" at this "play pump" which I bet will be much more fascinating than say, Nintendo or beating up on little Timmy, or whatever their regular activities are.

      Or is this a device in fact powered by child labor? Perhaps it will go over big in China and Malaysia.

Re:There's only (1)

basementman (1475159) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461233)

I'm sure they will eventually make a model that's powered on beating the crap out of the geeky kids at school soon. Every slashdotters dream.

Re:There's only (2, Informative)

copponex (13876) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461301)

It's a merry-go-round [inhabitots.com] . Kids spin around, laugh, and spin some more all the time at local parks in the States. Even in China and Malaysia, when they're not manufacturing Nikes for pennies per hour, I'm sure they might like to feel like normal children, and play outside on a merry-go-round.

If it suits you to be a non-contributing little shit and sneer at anyone who tries, then so be it. But at least stay quiet while you're doing it.

Re:There's only (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28461403)

OH WOW BOYGENIOUS PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY AND SAVE THE AFRICAN, NO, CHINESE KIDS.

Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.
Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.
Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Re:There's only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28462371)

Is there really that much child labour going on in China and Malaysia?

They just pay the _adults_ a dollar a day or so. Go look up the adult wage scales in those countries.

Re:There's only (3, Informative)

cplusplus (782679) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461355)

Play pumps are being installed in many places in Africa, and have been for over 5 years now. They're a pretty big success so far. Frontline on PBS did a piece a while ago about them: FRONTLINE - South Africa [pbs.org]

Re:There's only (1)

cyberjape (52263) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461591)

I assume the children will volunteer to "play" at this "play pump" which I bet will be much more fascinating than say, Nintendo or beating up on little Timmy, or whatever their regular activities are.

Oh I see what you are saying in developing countries where water is rare Nintendo is common.

He's a 15yo boy... (5, Insightful)

bhsx (458600) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461267)

There are 5 replies above my threshold. All of them are ripping this apart as fancy. He's a 15-year old kid who took a lot of interesting technologies and thought of a way to chain them together to achieve a net benefit. What did you guys do? You're assholes.

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (2, Insightful)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461353)

Who gives a rip if it was thought up by a 15 year old boy? His age doesn't change the facts of the matter one bit.

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461533)

Yeah, fuck all those kids who haven't come up with nuclear fission and the photoelectric effect. Hey, kids! Time to contribute something, you freeloading assholes!

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (1)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461489)

chain them together to achieve a net benefit.

Throw linux and a toaster into that chain and we're on board.

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461525)

You must be new here. Welcome to slashdot.

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461565)

I'm 17 and I don't consider this a huge feat.

You know those blogs that do nothing but push glossy "concept" renders of future products? Those flexible curved solar powered laptops with a few multitouch screens thrown in for laughs? I am sure I am not alone in that I die a little inside when I see the comments praising them. All I am thinking is "How are you supposed to stick a curved laptop into a backpack?".

This is like that except on an even greater scale. You throw in a few buzz words, some hokey pokey vaporware and make a nice powerpoint presentation of something neither plausible nor useful.

My grade 6 science project involved keeping a single fish alive for a few months in a fish tank without any filtration or water changes by growing terrestrial plants in the same water. Sure, I forgot to use the word "bioreactor" and I didn't have any flowcharts but on the other hand I actually made something that worked.

You say he "Took a lot of interesting technologies and chained them together", but how is this remarkable in any way? There is no innovation here, just a giant mess of ideas, some practical, most not (Using children to power a pump as a long term solution? Really?).

Just another life lesson: Being practical gets you a plastic medal, spooning bullshit makes you rich. (But I'll be honest, I already knew that)
The only genius here is that he figured out you can get twenty thousand dollars for this drivel.

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461643)

The only genius here is that he figured out you can get twenty thousand dollars for this drivel.

That is a pretty cool discovery. Perhaps he should win another cash prize on top of that.

I invented twitter by the way. Or something like. For web sites to announce stuff to subscribers. My failure of vision was to see that it could be really big as people rushed to suck up loads of blather and banality from other people. That would never have occurred to me in a million years. The genius of a thing isn't necessarily in the thing itself, but in the marketing.

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (5, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461667)

Mainly because I am more interested in the technology, and really don't care how old the guy is. If it works, that's great! I don't really care if the guy who did it is 5 years old or 60. If it doesn't work......then it's just another non-starter technology that made it to the front page of slashdot.

Besides, when was the last time you saw a slashdot discussion where everyone wasn't criticizing everyone else? It's kind of our default mode, unfortunately.

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461887)

To play devil's advocate, how should we respond when a 5 year old dreams up some non-functional technology? My thoughts are: "Way to go kid, you should be commended for your initiative." and then, among ourselves, talk about how the kid's idea still sucks.

(captcha: "villainy")

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461935)

What did you expect? This is Slashdot. Every time someone comes up with something good, the good-for-nothing assholes here have to poo-poo it. They have to try and make their worthless lives seem better by crapping on someone who is actually DOING something with theirs.

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (1)

BookMama (1583691) | more than 3 years ago | (#28462257)

I agree with your comment, though not sure I'd sink to the namecalling.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...

It's easy to be the critic and say that the kid invented nothing and didn't actually implement anything. But he made a proposal, thought of an idea, documented it to
1) possibly win a scholarship
2) contribute an idea that he felt could help the planet
And so I will applaud his efforts.

Re:He's a 15yo boy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28462313)

I invented personal computers when I was 15, but I couldn't actually build one because Intel hadn't got there shit together yet with a chip.
But hey, it had a theoretical input device, screen and theoretical cpu.
But maybe I just watched too much Star trek.

Oooh... How I have got the fish tank for him! (2, Funny)

spafbi (324017) | more than 4 years ago | (#28461277)

Since his system uses algae, I bet my fish tank could feed and power a small country.

Re:Oooh... How I have got the fish tank for him! (1)

LordKronos (470910) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461671)

Fish tank? Fuck that, I've got a swimming pool, and I'll be damned if I didn't come home from vacation last weekend and find it glowing green like a vat of toxic waste. I had no idea there were options other than dumping several pounds of chlorine in the pool.

The absolutely necessary obnoxious remark... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461457)

Eventually, this kid will become a patent attorney like the rest of them.

Re:The absolutely necessary obnoxious remark... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461563)

or dead, by "accidental" causes, of course.

This Just In (-1, Flamebait)

CyberSlammer (1459173) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461647)

Al Gore reports he just discovered that the VERSATILE system contributes to global warming. He reported this from the front of his 800,000 square foot Tennessee mansion flooded in 10,000 watt spotlights.

Cool man .. now implement it. (0)

sashang (608223) | more than 3 years ago | (#28461707)

Yay ... now all I need is a farting cow, a playground for the kids and a swamp in my backyard and I'll have enough juice to run my linux desktop. Seriously this kids going to turn into one of those bosses with all the fancy ideas of how things should work, then try and convince other people to do the work for him, and no skills to make anything.

This is not new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461825)

Um... Other than the part about it being powered by kids playing (which has already been created on its own) this has been done and done and done again. Every science fair has one of these (small-scale, of course, we're not all rich).

ACKNOWLEGE A GOOD IDEA OR SHUT THE F### UP!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28461831)

It's just embarrassing to me that there are so many people on this site that love to hammer individuals, instead of praising them for doing or theorizing something that might actually benefit someone. And what if this idea doesn't pan out? Who cares! He actually took the time to put something together. And he's 15. I know I didn't theorize anything at 15 except maybe some new ice cream flavor. And before you open your mouth, I know about 99.995% of the people posting here didn't either (so don't bring up any lame "when he invents Linux, then he can talk" BS). It's as bad here as it was when that kid networked his school computer systems in the absence of funding or actual professional network engineers. How about saying something nice instead of shooting everyone down.

Slashdot: News for aAngry Nerds. (2, Informative)

karlwilson (1124799) | more than 3 years ago | (#28462125)

What's the problem here? Slashdot: News for aAngry Nerds.

Re:Slashdot: News for aAngry Nerds. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28462195)

But what are they angry about? That most of them aren't smart enough to think of anything on their own, so they beat up on everyone else's ideas?

Deportation anyone? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#28462141)

Bright kid. Too bad the kid is Mexican and he will probably be deported before he gets a chance to get the project going. He should think about immigrating to some other country where his talent will be valued.

Saudiswillkillhim tag (1, Interesting)

GabriellaKat (748072) | more than 3 years ago | (#28462347)

More likely the oil companies will bury everything he invented and give him enough money to disappear. Just like those darn pesky inventions that were claimed to give your car 100mpg back in the 80s and 90s. IF they were ever real.... And let us not forget the 100mpg diesel motorcyle that is currently only sold to the US Military. When will those ever be allowed to be sold to the public? The one made by Hayes Diversified Tech. Everything good is always suppressed (meaning delayed, bought out, or just plain disappears). Good luck with this one!
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