Monsanto's monoculture crop is a global disaster waiting to happen. The first disease that comes along which has evolved to target Monsanto's GM plants will wipe out a HUGE portion of the world's food supply
Naaaah, ever heard of bananas? Monsanto GMOs are way more diverse than bananas.
So nothing in there but beef? How does it all stick together?
Is this supposed to be a joke? Because I don't get it. Who has not made a burger with ground beef?
Labs are a serious issue in my mind. Not for engineers, but for science majors. They break the entire credit hour concept of college. If a normal class is 3-4 credit hours, labs are always 1, but then often require a 5-10 page paper every week, plus the 3 hour lab period. Schools normally require just enough lab classes so that you have 1 per semester, but then with scheduling difficulties, students inevitably have to take multiple labs in the same semester at least once if they want to finish in 4 years. Most students have a part time job, which means this just is not feasible.
I know several people who have gone through this process only to either:
A) Find that they could not get student loans for a 5th year which they would need to get the degree. or
B) Simply dropout or change majors to complete in 4 years.
These people are genuinely interested in science. When did science become exclusively about writing papers?
The biggest issue they really have right now is that they killed the leveling experience. They will not get any new people when what people see is that this game is easy enough for a toddler to play. Any class at any level up to 80 can kill an elite mob of their level, something that should at least take a pocket healer, if not a party. In the past, if you found yourself either on a bad realm or unable to progress in raid content, you could always level a new toon, and play a decently satisfying single player game. Now you would rather just unsubscribe than reroll.
The second problem they have is the whole concept of hard modes, which they have gotten locked into. Players want some form of story progression. Quickly progressing through the current raidbosses only to have to fight the same raidbosses with more health and damage is quite simply boring. On top of that, for many of the hardmodes, success had little to do with ability and much more to do with whether or not the boss randomly does two things in a row that automatically kill at least one person, which would cause DPS to be too low to kill the boss. Boss hits everyone for 80% heath, boss hits specific player for 50% heath
The final problem I'll mention and what killed it for me and many in my guild were daily quests. For many of us these are the straw that broke the camel's back. Blizzard had plenty of feedback from the Argent Crusade faction grind that players don't like to be forced to unlock crap with repeatable dailies. They basically copied that exactly for the Firelands patch, without putting in any way around it. For instance, while there were repeatable quests for many factions, you could just wear a tabbard and do 5-mans to grind rep, which was much less painful. With the Firelands patch Blizzard was basically saying to us, "Hey I hear you enjoy doing chores!"
First the thermocouple would transfer heat, so it would not gain you any extra power. The only reason you may want to use a thermocouple would be to cool the bottom some, so that people can service the turbines easier. But it would not do enough to make it worth it.
I do not think it would be expensive, iron and constantan, you would make the entire chimney the thermocouple. But the problem is the height of the chimney.
Such a thermocouple could generate around 2 mV at 35 degrees difference C. The power that voltage generates is dependent on the resistance of the thermocouple (P=V^2/R). I am using p=3E-7 as a rough average resistivity between the iron and constantan (I know that's a vast oversimplification not accounting for temp etc). If the chimney was say 1 meter high and had a crossectional area of 4 m^2 that would mean that the total length for the resistance (up and down) of 2m and an area (half the chimney) of 2m^2. Those would just cancel and R=3E-7. Therefore power would equal a whole 13 watts.
Now while 4m^2 might be fairly accurate for the crossectional area of the this chimney, it needs to be 800m tall, so we only get 17 mW. 17 mW is not cooling anything much at all.
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov