Floating water

Neatorama features a you-tube video, where researchers apply a high voltage electric field between two beakers of water. And the water rises from the cathode to the anode and forms a floating water bridge. Its pretty awesome.

waterThe info was gleaned from phyorg:

When exposed to a high-voltage electric field, water in two beakers climbs out of the beakers and crosses empty space to meet, forming the water bridge. The liquid bridge, hovering in space, appears to the human eye to defy gravity.Upon investigating the phenomenon, the scientists found that water was being transported from one beaker to another, usually from the anode beaker to the cathode beaker. The cylindrical water bridge, with a diameter of 1-3 mm, could remain intact when the beakers were pulled apart at a distance of up to 25 mm.

Check out the youtube video here.

Check out the original physorg article here.

(via GAS)

Solar thermal power … a greener alternative

(Image courtesy: greenpeace.org)

Solar thermal is the combination of solar and thermal energy generation. Solar power (the sun rays) is used to heat up a liquid (maybe directly water, or some other liquid which then heats up water), and boils the water to steam, which then runs a turbine.  Startup ausra has been on this for almost 10 years, and business is just picking up. I think it is a  brilliant idea – considering the fact that photovoltaic cells are still pretty expensive.