Saw this on one of the Science! blogs I read: A lamp that runs on human blood. Except it’s not really Science!, as the maker says its to force the user “to rethink how wasteful they are with energy, and how precious it is.”
Science! is supposed to make our lives easier, and a one use lamp that you have to bleed into is not making things easier when flashlights and batteries are cheap and plentiful. It is not Science!, it is a hippie art project, and I am offended at it being presented as Science!. I guess what scientists really need is some sort of Science! device that can identifies hippies so they can toss them out of the sciencetorium where their important Science! — stuff involving lasers and radio waves — is done.
Science! is important — it’s made us DVDs, bottle rockets, and car cup holders — so we can’t have hippies twisting it around and making it useless.