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[Reuters] Turning smog into jewels - a Dutch designer's solution to Beijing's pollution

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A Dutch designer plans to suck smog from Beijing's polluted air with his 'electronic vacuum cleaner' next year and produce sparkling jewellery from the smog particles he collects

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Wouldn't his vacuum just add to the problem?

 
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Wouldn't his vacuum just add to the problem?


How would it add to the problem?
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Wouldn't his vacuum just add to the problem?

the vacuum I would think just use electricity and take in CO2/other chemicals, and condense the carbon into carbon/chemical balls. how would it add into the problem?
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So it'd probably be some sort of sulphate compounds, which are generally acidic. I'm not sure if it will be safe enough to wear it everyday as a jewel.

He probably can't come up with a wat to covert large amount of smog to jewels, but it's an interesting idea nevertheless.
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So it'd probably be some sort of sulphate compounds,

um, carbon, my friend. carbon.
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Isn't smog either S2O2 or S4O4?
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Air purifiers like this have been needed for a while now, in the long run as technology advances these will use less power and become more efficient. However, this is only a tiny band-aid for a very large wound.
The source of the pollution is the vast quantiy of inefficient cars and factories, neither can be replaced with newer less polluting solutions since poverty is rampant, as well as greed. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
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Isn't smog either S2O2 or S4O4?

VOCs are a pretty major component of smog, which contain carbon. In the video they even mention that it would be carbon, not sulfur, they would be extracting to turn into the diamonds.
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After a bit of Wikipedia, smog is made out of Carbon oxides, sulphur oxides, and nitrogen oxides.

If I remember correctly from my chem class, the sulphur part of smog looks brown in summer because higher temperatures convert s4o4 to s2o2. In winter month, s2o2 goes back to s4o4 and the sky will seem clearer.

So if you want to make the sky look pretty, get rid off s2o2. If you want to clean the air then good luck. tongue.gif
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