Highlights from the AAAS: Food allergies, superheroes, electric cars and Opie

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8 Responses to “Highlights from the AAAS: Food allergies, superheroes, electric cars and Opie”

  1. JLVernon says:

    Nice recap, Maggie. Now that I know more about Boing Boing, I feel that I should check in more often.
    Cheers!

  2. Sagepixie says:

    The reason parents delay giving children things they could be allergic to, the kind of thing that could make your throat swell and constrict your airway, is because the younger/smaller you are when that happens the LESS time you have to get to the emergency room before you are dead. By the time you are five you will probably live the 8minutes it takes for the ambulance to get to you. A 2yr old doesn’t have that long.

  3. Anonymous says:

    don’t get the whole car battery thing.
    suppose you only need to charge your car at off-peak hours, in the cheap.
    presumably, you do it so you can drive your car by day?
    how exactly are you gonna have enough charge left to sell back?
    suppose you don’t really drive that often – you still need to have a high enough charge to take the car out when you need to, no? if you sell it all back during peak hours, your battery is dead till night.

    what’s the point? if helping manage the grid is really so economical, why not just buy a bigass battery pack and and plug it in? that way you can get the maximum benefit without all that annoying need-to-drive-car stuff.

    • AnthonyC says:

      First off: Why is the photo in black an white? AFAIK, Happy Days was always in color.

      And @Anon #6: No one is suggesting you let the grid completely deplete the battery of an all-electric car. That’s dumb, as you clearly understand.

      Rather, say you drive a LEAF. It has a good-but-modest 100 mile range. Suppose your regular commute is 30 miles. That means on most days, more than half of your battery’s capacity goes unused. So suppose you could say to your utility and car: “At night, charge enough to make sure I have 50% charge or more by morning. Beyond that, feel free to pay me to help you manage the grid. When I plug in at work (if I have that option), make sure I still have at least 25% charge by 5 pm.” Then you get everything you need out of the car, and the grid pays you for unused, spare capacity.

      If batteries were cheap, the utilities would do just what you suggest, buying big battery packs of their own. But batteries are costly. The vehicle-to-grid concept makes sense because most people will buy electric cars with a maximum range (re: battery capacity) they find acceptable for the longest trips they expect to take; on most days they will not be using all of that charge. So rather than let the spare capacity go to waste, they lease it out to utilities who can profit from it with no money down.

  4. nixiebunny says:

    Sure, you can make a jukebox turn on just by hitting it. But it has to be modified a bit.

    I would not be surprised to find out that there are Fonzie impersonators with rigged jukeboxes who do this at corporate parties just for yucks.

  5. Pipenta says:

    If I could meet Ron Howard, the hell I’d want to talk about the Fonz. I’d wanna know how the “Arrested Development” movie was coming along.

    The whole business of delaying exposure to certain foods never made sense to me, not that intuitive things are always right. But it kind of goes along with the realization that keeping kids in a sterile environment does no good for their immune systems. You gotta eat your peck of dirt, you know. The presence of chemical cleaners and food additives is problematic. Their ubiquitousness kind of mucks up the data. But by and large, being freaky and controlling with kids is unpleasant. Seems to be a bigger and bigger part of our culture though.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You mention V2G not doing any good for the car owner, but you are mistaken. First, the vehicle owner buy electricity at a low rate during the night, when it is cheapest to buy (less use = lower price, that’s why they want you to use big appliances after 7pm; creates lower demand during peak hours)

    Then, during the day, if you have charge, you sell it to the utility company that regulates your state of charge, making sure that you have a fully charged vehicle when you need it. On top of storage for smoothing out peak loads, you have this incentive for the utility company to decrease their primary generation. They must provide a minimum, and if they can store more energy, generators can be run at more efficient times/speeds/etc.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I thought the X-Men were called “underwear perverts” at Boing Boing until Marvel stops claiming an exclusive right to use the term “superhero.”

    http://boingboing.net/2006/03/18/marvel-comics-steali.html

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