He can turn your pee to sparks!

There are many, unfortunately little known, remarkable people amongst us. People who have taken upon themselves the quest to better our world. I stumbled on another last week while going through some comments of Facebook. I had to make contact and we subsequently arranged a meeting. 
A long read but worth every line.
Hello, Ejikeme. Tell us a little about you and how you got started as an inventor.

I was born and named Ejikeme Nwosu on 4th February, 1983 to my parents, Chief Christopher Nwosu and Mrs. Mary Nwosu. I was the seventh child of family of eight children. Right from my kindergarten days, I found it much easier to understand and learn things compared to my peers. Apart from that, I loved asking questions and always wanted to know how things happen. I remember vividly one night as I was trekking with my elder brother on the street of Awka, Anambra state, and there was darkness everywhere as the electricity supply was lost but I noticed that cars on the road still have their lights on. I asked him, ‘Obii, why is it that NEPA has taken our light without taking the ones used by the cars?’. I can’t remember his responses then but I am pretty sure that I wasn’t satisfied with whatever he told me. I was in kindergarten then. The questions remained in me until at a point I got to know that cars are not powered by the national electricity grid, since the electricity supply of cars are more reliable, we can duplicate such in our homes, estates etc.

I loved reading lives of great scientists and philosophers, in fact I so much admired the way they do things like being non materialistic and keeping beards. Laughs.

My secondary school Chemistry teacher, Mr. Umeh, was god-like in his ways of teaching us Chemistry. His inspiration was so much that I started conducting little experiments at home using equipments I fabricated.

As an undergraduate I joined American Chemical Society and received weekly publications of Chemical and Engineering News and other Chemistry Journals. Joining this Society made me understand that I need more than passing exams to become a great Scientist. This new way of thought made me to run independent researches and publish research works as an undergraduate.

I am no scientist but I can deduce that that was the longest ‘little about yourself’ ever.

You coined the name Gason, given to a different state of water you discovered. How has the acceptance been?

Yes, I coined the name GASON as a new state of water. I did series of studies to arrive at conviction that water vapour from hot water and ice are different. It sounds crazy, but my guts never failed me.. I had challenges getting the research article published, but I later published it in a Journal recommended by one of my Lecturers. I was eager to get the work published then, but now I realize that I have to do more works on the Theory and get the work published in a more influential Journal or at least attend high impact scientific conferences to discuss this theory. But I am sure that the world and entire scientific community will celebrate the work someday, of course after some initial ridicule.

What is the first thing a new inventor should consider? What are things an inventor should avoid?

I would love Inventors to think of the usefulness of what they want to invent. Inventors should focus on inventing what makes life better and earth safer.

Inventors should avoid plagiarism and give due recognitions to whoever is due.

How did you finance your business, and how have your finances changed as you’ve grown your business? 

Business financing hasn’t been easy, because I finance both the Research and Business aspect. Although we are working on bringing in partners. We need governments support especially in the areas of advocacy, our people need to be told that their wastes can be used to generate electricity for them and more. We did series of presentations with the federal government via the Ministries but no serious commitment so far has come from the FG. But we are re strategizing on way forward.

What secrets have you learned in terms of marketing your product and getting it into stores? 

Ok don’t answer that.

As a young man above 30 years, you mind giving me a rough amount of megawatts I have peed off in my lifetime? 

Laughs


Going back to your business’s beginnings, what process did you follow to develop a prototype? 

We have been able to fabricate a pilot plant that converts urine into energy, the functioning is very okay. We are trying to secure some deals from different organizations to install these facilities for them.




And has the government been in any way involved in your work?

NO.
I don’t even know why I asked that question. 


What licensing deals are in place?

We have been able to secure an invention patent right for this technology.
Cool..

What has been your greatest success so far?

I can say that the greatest success so far is the construction of a functional plant to uses this technology. We are just sowing now, I hope that we will reap bountifully soon.

…and your lowest point? 

Lowest point was when we were trying to secure a deal from a very big facility in the country, we were still doing checks to know what could be the cost of the project, someone asked that I should bribe him out rightly based on what he anticipated could br the project cost. I told I am no longer interested. Yes, we all need money but our love for excellence and patriotism must rise above our love for money.
I love that last line. You probably should have it as your company slogan. It would be the longest slogan ever but hey, you have a knack for long lines. 






Lastly, what advice would you offer other inventors developing products?

Keep doing the good work even if you are not paid, one day someone that knows your value will reward you.
I’m sure people out there would say the same to you sir: to keep doing the good work. The world would be a much easier place with people like you.

Get a Life!

Year: 2019

He was fed up with life. Had had it up to his jaws with life’s BS. He had a brilliant plan. “They all are gonna pay for making my life so much of a mess”. Puts on his favorite jeans, that beautiful shirt his mum sent him for Christmas, and a pair of sneakers his one hundredth ex girlfriend bought him. On he went. His stride as graceful as his hair. He brushed that all up to the side like he always does. That European look got him a lot of stares even from greyheaded women who thought he looked so boyish as to want to pinch his cheeks. He never really appreciated the stares. He simply thought he was different in a bad way and people noticed. He walked on. Destination, Golden Gate Bridge. His final destination. He was gonna hang from the side, give the world one last look. Put up a middle finger and then let go. Hoping to hear passersby and onlookers screaming. They would have a share in the middle finger too.
In 2015 it was recorded that 1,600 people jumped to their deaths from that bridge. That number’s been growing ever since. It’s second-most popular bridge for suicide in the world, after China’s Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. He was going to be a number. A statistic. But at least he would be noticed first. “You can’t count what you don’t notice”.
All went according to plan. The bridge is two hundred and twenty feet high, that’s plenty time. He jumped.
Two hundred and twenty feet. “Fvck Valerie, she thought she was too good for me. Guess she’ll be seeing me in those sneakers after all. Middle finger to you. B¶¥¢¡!”

Two hundred feet. “that nosed Mr Bruce, the lecturer who picks on me like he picks his peas. I should’ve told him how stupid he looks in those glasses and that old suit. Middle finger to you, Mofo!”

One hundred and eighty feet. “Oh, and all those idiots on social media who think they’re so smart. Middle finger to all of yous!”

One hundred and… Boom! Face first in net! Ouch, WTF is this??!

Say hello to the Suicide Net. Thinking so much about your almost past life that you didn’t see the net down there eh? You haven’t been watching the news lately have you? You want to end it all just cause of what you think others think? What should you care what others think?
So there, the bridge just said, literally, get a life!

Li-Fi is here!

Heard about Li-Fi? Well, it does sound strikingly similar to Wi-Fi doesn’t it? That’s because it also has to do with data sharing and transfer and such. OK, before I go any further let me quickly join the trend. I’m a Li-Fi person now…that’s until I start to actually start to use it.

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There we go!
Moving on…
There’s this really smart guy, a Professor, actually. Harald Haas He coined the term Li-Fi. That was way back in 2011. Can you believe that? I just heard about it days ago?? Anyway, the technology uses ordinary LED room lights to transmit data around the house. LED!! No modems no antennas. Just light. That’s just bright!

With this Li-Fi which uses multiple lights in a room, interference is a no no. Li-Fi enables devices to use their in-built stand by LED lights to transmit data. Lights! Oh me oh my!!

Don’t beam just yet

I saw this line flash across my screen this morning:
Astronomers would like to beam the entire contents of Wikipedia into space in the hope of contacting aliens.

So obviously, a group of scientists have plans to somehow transfer the entire content of  Wikipedia onto a planet on which they believe exists extraterrestrial civilization. Lets hope they have WiFi. 

They want to send messages to hundreds of star systems and planets 20 light years away using radio telescopes.

OK, lets hope they have Radio telescope receiver..things.

While this seems like a brilliant idea to many people across the globe and a very bad idea to many others, I for one, think it is unacceptable. Why now? Why so soon? They can hang on for a bit, I’m not on Wikipedia yet! The aliens need to know about me. Assuming they don’t already. They need to know about Charly too; one of the very few weird fellows I know. They need to see his dogs. His crazy life.

David Black, the Institute astrophysicist said: “One question is if there are predators we might be drawing attention to ourselves. Another is if we go ahead, what message should be sent?”
Oh that’s where Cindy Knoke; comes in. She has amazing photos of what our world looks like up close. Birds, fish, landscape, you name it. What more could send a better message? Beautiful soul, that Cindy. 
And of course, some scientists fear a reply from ET might not turn out to be friendly but wait till they see posts from John. This warm-hearted yet hilarious guy will soften the hearts of the legions that plan an alien invasion.

They are very many other amazing people the aliens should be informed about. So until we all get a Wikipedia page, then, only then can they beam anything out there.

Ssshh! Your Samsung tv is listening

We’re gradually entering into that era. The robots are coming! lol

Samsung has warned customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart tv sets.

The warning applies to tv viewers who control their Samsung Smart tv using its voice activation feature. Such tv sets “listen” to some of what is said in front of them and may (which means Most Likely) share details they hear with Samsung or third parties, it said.
It emphasised that the voice recognition feature is activated using the tv’s remote control.
Samsung’s privacy policy explains that the tv set will be listening to people in the same room to try to spot when commands or queries are issued via the remote. It goes on to say: “If your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”

So, a typical day with a visitor will go thus:

Welcome to my home, please don’t talk about your wife or mine *gestures at tv* how are the kids? Please, don’t answer that. Are you a beer drinking man? Oh, ignore that question. Please have a seat, i will be right back. Do not make any comments on whatever you see on the tv. *returns with drinks* Lets talk politics on the lawn, shall we?
Good going, Samsung!

Unbelievable facts about Nigeria

I’m a proud Nigerian, though some folks give us a bad image which  makes the rest of us feel totally irked sometimes but hey, when i see how much that beautiful place has achieved even in ancient times, I can’t help but feel proud again. Do checkout these amazing facts about my country!
And nope, they’re not fabricated, you look it up yourself. I type that with a big grin across my face.

 

 

1. Ile-Ife, in present day Osun State, west of the country, was paved as early as 1000AD, with decorations that originated from Ancient America suggesting there might have been contact between the Yorubas and the Ancient Americans half a millenium before Columbus ‘discovered’ America. The origin of the pavement is explained in a popular story: according to Yoruba mythology, Queen Oluwo ordered the construction of the pavement when her robes were muddied in the dirt.

I guess they couldn’t wait for the washing machine.

 

2. The Niger Delta in the southernmost part of Nigeria is home to sixty percent (60%) of Nigeria’s mangrove forests. Nigeria’s mangrove forests are the largest in Africa and third largest in the world.

 

3. Nigeria is home to seven percent (7%) of the total languages spoken on earth. One particular state alone, Taraba state, in the north, has more languages than 30 African countries! We talk alot. And we talk alot in alot of languages

 

4. The Anambra waxbill, a small bird of many beautiful colours, is found only in Southern Nigeria and nowhere else on earth. It is known with certainty from only five reported sightings!

 now whadayaknow!

 

5. Sarki Abdullah Burja of Kano (ruled 1438-1452 AD), the 18th ruler of Ancient Kano, created the first Golden Age in Northern Nigeria and ushered in a period of great prosperity. During his reign, Hausa became the biggest indigenous language spoken in Africa after Swahili. He is on the list of 50 Greatest Africans in Robin Walker’s book, “When We Ruled”.

 

6. Sungbo’s Eredo, a 160 km rampart equipped with guard houses and moats, is reputed to be the largest single pre-colonial monument in Africa. It is located in present-day Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. 

when it was built a millennium ago, it required more earth to be moved during construction than that used for building the Pyramid of Giza. Dayuum!

 

 

7. Africa’s oldest known boat is The Dufuna canoe which was discovered in Dufuna village, Yobe state, by a Fulani Herdsman in May 1987, as he dug a well. Carbon dating tests from European and American laboratories indicate that the canoe is over 8,000 years old, thus making it the oldest in Africa and 3rd oldest in the world.

The discovery of the canoe has completely changed accepted theories of the history and sophistication of marine technology in Africa.

 

8. The Jos Plateau Indigobird, a small reddish-brown bird, is found nowhere else on the planet but Plateau state, Nigeria.

it mimicks the trilling song and calls of the Rock Firefinch.

 

9. Sarki Muhammad Kanta The Great of Kebbi, was the only ruler who resisted control by Songhai, West Africa’s greatest empire at that time. He founded and ruled the Hausa city-state of Kebbi around 1600 A.D and built Surame its capital, a planned city which was almost impossible to penetrate during war. UNESCO actualy describes Surame as “one of the wonders of human history, creativity and ingenuity”, and probably the most massive stone-walled constructions in West Africa. He is listed in Robin Walker’s 50 Greatest Africans.

That looks formidable enough!

 

10. The Walls of Benin, in present day Edo State, are one of the longest ancient earthworks in the world. They enclose 6500 square kilometers of community lands that connected about 500 communities. At over 16000km long. The Great Wall of China is about 21,000km long. It was estimated that earliest construction began in 800 AD and continued into the mid-1400s

 

 

11. The Yoruba tribe has the highest rate of twin births in the world. Igbo-Ora, a little town in Oyo state, has been nicknamed Twin capital of the World because of its unusually high rate of twins that is put as high as 158 twins per 1000 births.

Whoa!

 

Don’t forget what country we’re talking about here. Nigeria!

Alright, let’s move on… 

 

12. The Niger Delta (the second largest delta on earth, remember?), has the highest concentration of monotypic fish families in the world.

13. According to the World Resources Institute, Nigeria is home to 4,715 different types of plant species, and over 550 species of breeding birds and mammals, making it one of the most ecologically vibrant places of the planet.

 

 

Now is that amazing or what?? Makes me wanna visit. Oh, wait, I live there.

 

 

 

 

Sources: Nairaland, Birdlife.org, metmuseum.org, ilike2learn.com, Wikipedia, whenweruled.com

Photos: Google

The ship’s Ship

I know of ships being used to transport a whole range of stuff. But I didn’t expect ‘a whole range of stuff’ to include other ships as well.
Checkout this ship here:


Awesome huh? And you know what? They don’t carry a single ship, its many ships at the same time!


Now just take a look at that!

Blue Marlin (name of the ship) is a semi-submersible heavy lift ship designed to transport other ships and rigs above its deck. It is equipped with 38 cabins to accommodate 60 people, a workout room, sauna and swimming facilities
The U.S. Navy hired the Blue Marlin from Offshore Heavy Transport to move the destroyer USS Cole back to the United States after the warship was damaged by an Al-Qaeda suicide bomber attack while anchored in the port of Aden, Yemen.

Amazing stuff!

Photograph by Dan van Spronsen

Now I get it when the news says “..so so vessel has just been delivered to so so..”. Or maybe they don’t always mean this. They probably meant this:

Or these?


Naa!

And on to Hollowman

RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center at Osaka University have moved a step closer towards making Hollowman a reality, thanks to a new technique that renders the rodents so transparent they’re nearly invisible. At first, the researchers were able to make translucent mice organs. See the image showing the kidney, liver and pancreas on the path toward near-invisibility:

“It allowed us to see cellular networks inside tissues, which is one of the fundamental challenges in biology and medicine,” Kazuki Tainaka, first author of the paper, said in a news release. He forgot to mention that it would allow them achieve Hollowman in the very near future. Its in his file somewhere.
There’s a mice nearing invisibility:


Scarily cool huh?

Hiroki Ueda, who led the research team, was quoted as saying. “It could lead to the achievement of one of our great dreams, organism-level systems biology based on whole-body imaging at single-cell resolution.” And Hollowman! they keep forgetting to add that.
Now they say the process won’t work on living creatures but of course, pretty soon it will. And then they’ll tag it “a giant step in Science” or whatever.

Source: Huff Post

Hey Hollow! What have you got to say about this?

I see, it does make you feel rather empty inside doesn’t it?

Where are the Science Fairs?

I don’t know about you but I am tired of watching people sing. Yea, we have abundant talent in Nigeria when it comes to singing, the point has been made. The point was made years ago. It is well known that Nigeria has abundant talent; there’re people inventing stuff, building cars that run on generators, generators that run on urine,… helicopters! Where are the shows to show case these people and more?
I really would like to see a young bunch of Nigerians showing off their robots and apps. Where’s that youngman who was featured on Newsline, when Frank Oliseh was the presenter? That youngman who built a miniature remote- controlled tractor and caterpillar? He must be much older now (if he’s still alive), let him be brought forward. Let all those people from that time come on a show. Let that be put on television Where’s the young man that built a tablet some 3 years ago? He was on CNN wasn’t he? Let those people receive national awards and millions in cash prizes.
I’m tired of watching folks in the bush aka jungle doing absolutely nothing but whining about mosquitoes and if the yam is well cooked.
I’m tired of watching organized soft porn in the name of entertainment.
Its fun to watch families dance. But where are the families who collectively created something that their communities and larger societies can say ‘wow’ to? Back flips and cat wheels are not enough, let those families be brought forward.
Do not misunderstand me. I am not against fun and entertainment. In fact, I love fun and entertainment. I’m just against too much of it. It has totally inundated our screen and It makes one (in this case, a nation) lose focus. We don’t have science fairs for goodness sake. Why? We have Trade Fairs, they make Soap and Air fresheners and shoes and stuff. But very few or no inventors that the world should be seeing. Soap and Air fresheners? Its Two thousand and fourteen! The end of it actually. What are we doing in the most populous black nation this side of the galaxy?
In the 80s, shows like Square One, Bright Sparks etc. helped us build a scientific mindset from a very tender age. Now, shows like GUS, Project Fame, Big Brother etc will only serve to make my child and yours want to be like a ‘Millionaire so freaking bad’. Yeah yeah, they had shows like those back then too, but not as inundating as it is today. Now kids are making music and featuring adults. When they should be busy being kids. I don’t want my kid featuring anybody in a song. I would like to see him in a photo holding up a placard alongside another kid from another tribe or clime. You get my drift.
A serious nation would carry a group of teenage girls who successfully ran a generator on urine all around the country on tour. Let other kids from the nooks and crannies be inspired. But no, we want Wizboy to perform in awa skool. The guy who flew the helicopter should be back from a course in an aviation school in China or Russia or wherever by now. He should be given grant and let to blossom. But no, its dancers we’re looking for to sweat in music videos. Entertainment is big business, technological advancement is necessary business.
Wake up Nigeria, Science Fairs, Please!

Of the windowless plane

You guys seen the windowless plane yet? I stumbled on this piece in the New York Post by Brittany Jones Cooper with the headline:

THE RACE FOR THE WINDOWLESS PLANE HITS UP
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And here’s the accompanying photo.


If I may ask, who are those racing? Seeing as this is some scary stuff.
Yea sure, everybody wants the window seat everytime they fly but this here is a bit overboard. A window gives you a sense of security as you peer out through it, knowing fully well that you’re barricaded but this will only give the feeling of falling.

The Center for Process Innovation (CPI) has released a windowless plane concept that has travelers excited about the future of flying.”

Excited?? More like scared the &#($-$• ]€]€ out of! Yea, that’s that’s a form of excitement. With these, alot of people will be reconsidering flying in the future. Apparently, the Center for Process Innovation didn’t process this innovation.

It looks cool and all but who really wants to ride in that? Who wants to be scared sh!tless throughout a flight? Trying to remind yourself its an innovation. Folks are already scared of height and then you give them this?! You want people dying if heart attacks before the plane lands? So I got on Google for some more information and they say removing windows has its advantage. It reduces the materials and cost needed as well as reducing the weight of the plane.

I see, it reduces quite alot in the plane while adding a truckload on the passenger.

The technology also allows for onscreen display, meaning that in-flight video conferencing will be possible, too.”

Oh really? Why didn’t y’all just leave it at that? I’ve probably been speaking for myself. Anyway, i take a deep breath, finish reading the piece, and realize it won’t be launched anytime soon. And even when it is launched the article says only the super rich could afford it.

Pheeew!! Ok, we can rest easy.