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Could Mercury be used as robotic blood?
« on: 17/01/2009 17:58:18 »
I have a fastination with mercury and its ability to flow at room temperature but think its properties must be underused. So can Mercury be robotic blood? Any other theoretical uses would be most appreciated.


 

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« Reply #1 on: 17/01/2009 18:05:24 »
Mercury has one huge downside, it's poisonous. I'd say that's the main reason why it's not used i.e. in thermometers.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 17/01/2009 18:08:55 »
But in a sealed unit, surely it could have some uses.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 17/01/2009 19:47:24 »
I have a fastination with mercury and its ability to flow at room temperature but think its properties must be underused. So can Mercury be robotic blood? Any other theoretical uses would be most appreciated.
I don't know much about robots, but I don't think it could be used for something in there. Or you intended specifically to find a use of Hg as a veichle of chemicals or of energy or as coolant?
 

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Could Mercury be used as robotic blood?
« Reply #4 on: 17/01/2009 20:53:20 »
Electricity?
 

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« Reply #5 on: 17/01/2009 22:21:11 »
Mercury has one huge downside, it's poisonous.

Duh ... they're robots - so it won't matter.  [^]

Mercury is a metal, so it could be used to conduct a current in a robot body rather than a wire.
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« Reply #6 on: 18/01/2009 03:30:52 »
This magnetic liquid is very T-1000, (but it's iron, not mercury) ... http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=UUJVxGIjclo&feature=related
 

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« Reply #7 on: 18/01/2009 05:01:49 »
I don't think they'll get past airport security! But they'll also be very heavy, the robots that is. They would have to be very well insulated because any leaks could mean trouble.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 18/01/2009 05:32:34 »
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The European Union has banned exports of mercury from 2011, in order to cut emissions of the toxic metal into the environment. Meanwhile, the US is expected to pass legislation that would see its mercury exports banned from 2013.
Better start building NOW! [:0]
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« Reply #9 on: 18/01/2009 06:21:04 »
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The European Union has banned exports of mercury from 2011, in order to cut emissions of the toxic metal into the environment. Meanwhile, the US is expected to pass legislation that would see its mercury exports banned from 2013.
Better start building NOW! [:0]

Where are they going to obtain mercury for so-called eco-friendly fluorescent lightbulbs ?

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Like all fluorescent lamps, CFLs contain mercury, which complicates their disposal.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp
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« Reply #10 on: 18/01/2009 06:24:32 »
You guess is at good as mine  :P, let me do some digging  :-X :-X
 

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« Reply #11 on: 18/01/2009 06:34:34 »
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Under EU legislation adopted on September 25, from March 2011 mercury waste from industrial processes - such as the manufacture of chlorine and the production of vinyl chloride, the monomer of PVC - will be stored in steel containers in underground salt mines.


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The EU chlor-alkali industry is currently phasing out its use of mercury electrodes to manufacture chlorine and caustic soda, and expects membrane technology to have replaced them by 2020.

The CFLs will probably be replaced by something else, I think...
 

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« Reply #12 on: 18/01/2009 13:56:04 »
Why would a robot need blood?
Mercury isn't a very good conductor of electricity so I wouldn't use it for wires unless there were some really good reason.
On the other hand it might be useful for cooling things.
Since mercury dissolves quite a lot of other metals, I think that it could be thought of as poisonous from the robot's point of view.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 18/01/2009 19:57:00 »
So you would frighten a robot with Mercury but it wouldn't be that useful for anything else?
 

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« Reply #14 on: 19/01/2009 04:02:45 »
Mercury didn't see to harm Mr. Mercury Robot
 

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« Reply #15 on: 19/01/2009 07:39:28 »
So you would frighten a robot with Mercury but it wouldn't be that useful for anything else?
It would be useful for stopping veichles in a road; given the density of the mercury, it would weigh as a truck... :)
 

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« Reply #16 on: 19/01/2009 08:57:35 »
Anyone seen this picture?



Now thats what you call suicide!! :o :o
Man sitting on mercury
 

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« Reply #17 on: 22/01/2009 02:16:17 »
If you mean "robot's blood" for electronic impulses it won't really work that good. because its conductivity measure in Siemens is: 10.163s/cm compare to cooper that is 595.8s/cm and silver's 630.5 s/cm.
the power dissipated by mercury will be as much as 58 times greater than cooper and 62 times greater than silver.
for any electronic circuit we want as much efficiency as we can.  ;)
Data obtained from: http://chemicool.com/elements/
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« Reply #18 on: 22/01/2009 04:55:31 »
US chemists have devised a molecular mimic for an enzyme that destroys toxic alkyl mercury pollutants.
 

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« Reply #19 on: 22/01/2009 20:49:54 »
Anyone seen this picture?



Now thats what you call suicide!! :o :o
Man sitting on mercury
I don't think he will be walking in a straight line for a while.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 22/01/2009 20:56:10 »
But aren't you amazed that he doesn't even sink a little bit? That is freakish!
 

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« Reply #21 on: 22/01/2009 21:03:21 »
Haven't you ever walked on custard?
 

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« Reply #22 on: 22/01/2009 21:09:54 »
No, I am afraid I have not Mam, is it any fun?
 

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« Reply #23 on: 22/01/2009 22:14:49 »
Anyone seen this picture?



Now thats what you call suicide!! :o :o
Man sitting on mercury
I don't think he will be walking in a straight line for a while.

Is it that dangerous, because I used to play with it.  :-\ [:-'(] [V] [V]
 

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« Reply #24 on: 22/01/2009 22:15:45 »
Are you serious? You had better not be!
 

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