Ala Doc's DeLorean
Remember Doc's car in "Back to the Future 3," the one that ran on garbage? Well, it seems the idea wasn't so far-fetched after all. The scientists at Changing World Technologies are perfecting a contraption that can turn just about any carbon-based material into high-quality oil, clean-burning gas, and purified minerals that can be used for fuels, fertilizers or specialty chemicals. The magic is worked by a Thermal Depolymerization Process (TDP), which has solved the problem of requiring high-pressure, high temperature cookers. In two hours, 1400 lbs of turkey guts, plastic bottles, and human waste were turned into marketable, clear oil. Efficiencies of 85% are reported. Visit their website
for more information. Oh, a 175-lb man would be converted into 38 lbs of oil, 7 lbs of gas, 7 lbs of minerals, and 123 lbs of sterilized water.