That mostly depends on your definition of 'life' If it can replicate itself indefinitely, and act of it's own accord, who's to say it's not? (There's still a ton of work to do to make that possible albeit)
Personally Don't care as long as they make a realistic robotic prostitute during my lifetime.
it was not a serious post, but a badly worded attempt at a joke
does that mean that heat is shrinking out genes?
The receiving station doesn't make constant noise.
I bet you could see it with infared, it probably looks like a pillar of light coming out of space to the exact location of the reciever.
Yeah it works well if all you want to do in life is go to school.
That's the point, It works well to complete school. Getting a degree has little to do with learning (although it very much should IMO) and much more to do with being able to regurgitate information.
Doing the minimum isn't enough in some fields...
Tell that to some of the guys I work with.
I was always told to go to school, and get good grades. If I wanted to learn I had to do that on my own time.
Work done by the engine on the alternator is exactly that, work. It costs extra power (and hence fuel) to run. Have you ever wondered why using high load electrical components and air conditioners hurts fuel economy? The main point of the heat based system, is that it uses energy from a source that is not otherwise used.
I worked at Toyota for a while we have been talking about this for at least a year. The technology has been around for a long time, but we usually call them thermocouples. It's exactly the same concept, except they need to be much larger, and have a much higher temperature differential to be useful. The main problem is the size and weight. The weight is significant when you're looking to reduce mass to improve fuel economy, and obviously it adds cost to the vehicle.
As for extracted heat reducing the efficiency of the engine, after heat leaves the cylinder head, unless it is used to do work (as in a turbocharger) it is waste.
There is nothing Swedish about the companies pushing this case both through money and political pressure
So it seems that the US isn't the only country where policy can be influenced by angry people with lots of money