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Lightbulb Robots really are nuclear powered

With the new hype about fuel cell, etc ways to power our robots in the future, it should be known that even the "ghetto" batteries currently on robots are high-tech.

Robots are nuclear powered

When a battery runs out, what do you do? Recharge it
And what do you recharge it with? Electricity (120V, 60 Hz to be exact)
And where does that electricity come from? Electric Power Plants

Since most of the regionals are in or near big cities (reasonably sized cities), and most of the big cities are powered by nuclear energy, and that power goes into your robot (at least when you recharge your batteries), the energy comes from nuclear fission.

Therefore, the mechanical work of hanging, moving, and grabbing and manipulating balls comes from nuclear energy. Isn't that cool. No fossil fuels were ever burned and no carbon dioxide was ever released to provide energy for your robot.

Disclaimer: If all your batteries were charged at home, the above claim cannot be guaranteed. In addition, some areas of big cities are still powered by fossil fuels (or other clean energy such as hydroelectric power, solar,etc...). Additionally, fossil fuels are used in the production of steel (Aluminum, however, is mostly an electrical process).
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

When I looked at the title of this thread, I thought it was another idiot posting random stuff. But, that actually makes sense. Good Job.
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

Wow... that means that my team's robot runs on water!!!

(Here in Quebec we get all our electricity from hydroelectric dams)
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

Well only about 20 percent would be nuclear powered. Considering you spread the robots out evenly.
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

Yeah..I have a coal powered robot!!
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

we have a robot powered by water too, since most of our power here in the NW comes from hydroelectricity.
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

Well, I'd have to say that many robots are solar-powered. But that's just because the Sun provides light that feeds photosynthetic organisms, which die, fossilize, and are converted into oil, gas and coal (with the help of a little heat and pressure).

One might also argue that these same robots are nuclear-powered, since heat from radioactive decay contributes to the internal heat of the Earth (which "cooks" the fossilizing matter).
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

[quote=Tristan Lall]Well, I'd have to say that many robots are solar-powered. But that's just because the Sun provides light that feeds photosynthetic organisms, which die, fossilize, and are converted into oil, gas and coal (with the help of a little heat and pressure).

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But then the sun is nuclear powered.....so there you go, all our robots are nuclear powered.
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

i don't know about the rest of you, but here in connecticut we recharge all of our batteries with freshman running in oversized gerbil wheels
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

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i don't know about the rest of you, but here in connecticut we recharge all of our batteries with freshman running in oversized gerbil wheels
We do that too, but its a radioactive freshman. So we run on nuclear energy too.
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i don't know about the rest of you, but here in connecticut we recharge all of our batteries with freshman running in oversized gerbil wheels
Yes, same here. We created special mechanisms for the freshmen though. They dangle a candy bar in front of the wheel, and that gets them to keep running even when they're tired. Everyone knows freshmen like candy bars.
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

I use to have an electric lawm mower, and told everyone its nuclear

every source of power we currently use on earth can be traced back to the energy of the sun one way or another

Scientist are doing a lot of reseach to develope the first fusion reactor

but its really the second, we already have one, its huge, and conviently located a safe distance from earth :^)

(so I guess our bots are really fusion powered!)

but then again, since our food source is all traced back to plants, arent WE also fusion powered?
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Re: Robots really are nuclear powered

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Wow... that means that my team's robot runs on water!!!

(Here in Quebec we get all our electricity from hydroelectric dams)
nonononononono. your robot runs on gravity which lets the water flow.
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nonononononono. your robot runs on gravity which lets the water flow.
gravity is not an energy source - its the heat from the sun that puts the water back up on top of the dam in the form of rain.

BTW a used car salesman tried to sell me a car once that 'ran on gravity'. I was looking the car over and when I popped the hood, there was no engine. the saleman said "it runs on gravity"

I said "but then it can only go downhill?"

the saleman said "I took a good look at you when you walked in, and I could tell right away this was the car from you, cause thats all it took to tell that you are only going downhill"

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