The main course on the menu of innovations Hunter Browning is mounting at the age of 18 comes with large helpings of quantum mechanics and nuclear physics.
Seven provisional patents protect the enticing technology that has spawned two companies of his own making.
It’s laden with secret ingredients — electronic circuitry and chemical processes — that the Blue Valley senior expects players in the oil industry will try to buy off him or steal so they can suppress them.
It’s a heavy dish, developing hydrogen power from water to drive a car.
So how about an appetizer?
Take a look at the “armless crutch.”
This was a concept dreamed up by a couple of Browning’s classmates at Blue Valley’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies. What if you could attach something like a peg leg to the bent knee of someone with a broken ankle or a severe sprain?
When they needed a prototype built, of course they went to Browning.
The sleek result, lying across one of the school’s work tables last week, at first glance looked factory made.
But closer inspection revealed a piece of a go-kart tire at the foot of the peg leg, packed with insulation, connected to black PVC pipes leading to a hinge flexed by two hydraulic arms from a car window hatch. Red-painted strips of spare metal affixed with kitchen drawer handles held the straps and cushioning scavenged from the knee braces Browning once wore after a soccer injury.
“That was a good weekend project,” he says.
Browning quickly gained his reputation as the master of the testable prototype, said Jill Riffer, who guides the engineering design and development class at the Blue Valley center.
“Hunter was a physical-space creator more than a virtual-space creator,” she said. “He likes to tinker.”
Even more remarkable than the work of his hands, however, were the ideas he had been packing into his head on his own.
The engineering class was all about unleashing students to create and chase ideas, Riffer said. And she’s seen a lot of fascinating work.
“But did I think I’d see a hydrogen fuel cell…?”
To understand where Browning’s going, you have to see the world as he does — as a quantum universe.
“Everything you see is shaking,” he says. His eyes sweep across the tabletop. The chairs. The carpeted floor.
“Solidity is an illusion.”
Quantum physics explores the vast inner universe of molecules, the open spaces where atomic particles vibrate and struggle against one another in waves.
Kinetic energy is in everything, he says, “like mass on a spring.”
He spent most of any free time he had during his junior year learning everything he could on the science. Far beyond his high school texts, he was acquiring college texts, emailing professors, reading overnight into morning hours.
He had learned about electrolysis in sophomore chemistry — how precise use of electric currents can trigger chemical reactions.
That led him to the common but usually fanciful speculation on sparking the power of hydrogen out of water.
With enough trial and error, with the right processes, the right electrical current, the mysteries of the quantum universe could efficiently unleash hydrogen from oxygen’s grasp.
During his junior year, Browning asked that question of his physics teacher, John Holloway.
Holloway’s first thought, he recalled, was to say, “No.” The laws of thermodynamics dictate that you can’t get something from nothing. The energy needed to break out hydrogen was too much to get enough energy profit in the output.
Many have tried.
The conflicting job of a science teacher, Holloway said, is that you have to be receptive and skeptical at the same time.
“You want an open mind,” he said, “but not so open that your brain falls out.”
Browning clearly believed in the idea — a passion that Holloway felt deserved encouragement. So he opted in favor of the open mind.
For Browning, his life “had taken a complete 180,” he said. “The goal … the ability this has to really help people … has been unbelievably motivating.”
Browning faced another barrier — and it wasn’t the physics.
It was his shyness.
The idea of speaking in public used to make him sick to his stomach in his middle school years.
Then, as he prepared for his senior year, he was going to have to make a major presentation on his hydrogen project in order to bring his work into the Center for Advanced Professional Studies and use its resources for his senior project.
Holloway joined the panel that would judge his idea.
There Browning stood, describing the resonant frequency of molecules and the chemical reactions, proposing the electrical circuitry and the models for measuring feedback.
Here, on display, “was the right way to learn,” Holloway said. “This project had completely lit a fire under him. He really understood the science.”
What was supposed to be a half-hour presentation turned into an hour and a half. Fascinated educators bombarded Browning with questions that he answered thoroughly.
The panel huddled briefly, and then the director, Donna Deeds, spun to face Browning, announcing: “All right. Let’s do it.”
Browning became the center’s most frequent visitor among what is a high-energy crowd of students. He’s in at 7 a.m. for several hours before heading off to other classes, then back in the afternoons and into most evenings.
Most of the students get to work with mentors. Browning’s mentor, David Cox of Garmin, has worked with several students in the past two years.
“But this was the first time,” Cox said, “that I had to sign a nondisclosure agreement.”
It seemed far-fetched at first. A student with “ideas of grandeur,” Cox said.
But every day Browning assailed his mentor with new ideas. “He’d say: ‘Look at this report.’ ‘Look at this video.’ ‘Look at this article,’ ” Cox said. “He had a lot of confidence, and he built up my confidence.”
The once-shy teenager was now his own biggest promoter, selling his idea, marshaling the support he has needed financially and intellectually.
He’s created a company that he intends to help other entrepreneurial students learn to connect with mentors and the investor crowd.
As far as his own research goes, he has created a hydrogen cell that is efficient enough to power a cooking grill. So he’s created another company, Green Grills, which he plans will create water-powered grills to help raise the capital he needs to carry on his ultimate dream.
That is being carried out by his prize company, BLISresonance — Beauty Lies in Simplicity, which continues its pursuit of a water-powered car engine.
“He’s gone beyond ‘the crazy idea,’ ” Holloway said. “This is real engineering. If it works the way he thinks it can work, it’s a change-the-way-everything-works idea.”
Since the need isn’t readily apparent, Browning assured that he will be going to college this fall while he keeps on growing his companies and his research.
He’ll study physics at the University of Kansas — his safety school, of sorts.
He talks about the efficiencies “we’ve” already achieved. He talks about the energy models “we’ve” already beat.
Sheepishly, he answers, “Me and my science.”
It’s a duo that’s getting closer to what physicists have said can’t be done.
“When the final circuitry gets done,” he said, “it’s going to be beautiful.”
Source: 913 news
Whatever frustration may be in front of you, you don't have to kowtow to it. You do not have to give up your peace of mind because of a technical difficulty on Earth. Difficulties do not have to get the better of you. Simply take life as it comes, and don't get all fretted about it.
You really know that most difficulties are temporary. The electricity went off? It will come back on. You car stalled? Your car won't always be stalled. It will be running fine again, and you will toddle down the highway again. Your basement flooded? It won't always be flooded. It will be dry again.
These are inconveniences. Will you set yourself up in the frame of mind that inconveniences need not take a toll on you?
Even in terms of the world, you know the difference between inconveniences and troubles. Nevertheless, you let interruptions disturb you, as though they were tragedies. Your world has been disrupted. A train was delayed, and you pace back and forth.
You do not get upset that the sun sets at night, and you have to wait until morning before you see the sun again. You take sunrises and sunsets in your stride. You don't consider daylight and night as obstacles. That you cannot see the stars by day doesn't upset you. You know the stars will come out. You don't rant and rave about these matters. You do not think that these occurrences are the end of the world. In fact, you enjoy both sun and stars and don't mourn the gap of one or the other.
You do not expect the tides to follow your command. You take the tides as they come. The tide comes in, and the tides go out. You don't become discombobulated. Not at all.
When it comes to when your personal life does not follow your plan, you tend to feel as though Mt. Vesuvius has erupted. An interruption in your internet connection will drive you to distraction. All it means is that your connection has been interrupted. It is on pause. In that point of space and time, you are not connected. Make peace with it. It is only a delay. It is not forever. You got along fine for years without it, and now that the internet has become a daily event, you presume that it has no right to go off as if your very existence is at stake. You become insistent that your will be done. Face it, this insistence, this resistance, has to be an ego thing.
Imagine, for example, that the internet is supposed to go off on weekends. Okay, so it's off. And so you take a walk or swim in the ocean. What's so hard about that?
Your life cannot be disconnected. Your life is always. You have life with or without the internet, without your car, without electricity, and so on. Meanwhile, all these conveniences do not compare to the sun and the stars or to the glory of life on Earth.
You are not here on Earth to do penance. Life is not like that. Life is your golden opportunity. It is the star at the top of the Christmas tree. It is for the love of life that you are here. You have a great opportunity before you to make life choices. You can choose to be whatever you want. You can choose to be unhappy amidst plenty, and you can choose to be happy with nothing. You can choose to be content. You can choose to be impatient. What a world I created where you can be satisfied or dissatisfied at will. Come right up. Make your choices, and know that others follow you. They follow your disgruntlement, and they follow your cheeriness. Which is it, beloveds? Which do you choose?
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Talk about synchronization! The angels knew I'd be busy so they guided me to write this newsletter two weeks ago. It wasn't a command but rather a download that started happening the minute I finished writing the newsletter for last weekend. I wasn't going to argue! Any time their messages flow easily, I jump on the computer and start typing.
I have felt the dance of creation lately and it has been delightful. I've been really busy doing a lot of creative work on the computer. I love it and it takes every spare minute of my time! I can easily lose time doing it. However, when I get in geek mode as I call it, I can be positively anti-social. I am passionately possessed by a creative spirit!
That said, the angels decided one Sunday that I needed a little fresh air and rest. I had just finished up one task when I got the sudden urge to get outdoors and be around other human beings. I had declined a prior invitation to go with friends to a concert, and had no idea what time it was. I was sitting there in front of the computer looking like a "What not to wear" episode, when I heard the angels clearly, "IF you get in the car NOW, you can make the concert!" I knew where it was, but not what time. I wasn't dressed nicely, and I had been staring at the computer all day. Lucy, my dog, got up from a sound sleep, gave me "That" look that said she knew way more than me, and asked to go outside to play. That was it. I changed into a nicer T-shirt, combed my hair and hopped in the car, trusting I'd arrive in time and find my friends. I was thinking about the beauty of surrender and God's grace, when I got cut off by a car with SIRNDR on the license plate! REALLY!!
Sure enough I got there with time to spare, found my friends and got a front row seat! I took photos for my friend playing the music and a bunch of us went out to dinner at a great little Italian place recommended by one of the amazing women in our group. As if the synchronization hadn't already been perfect, two of the guys in the dinner group knew the waiter as we walked in the door. They had worked together years ago in a different place. Divine Coordination was present all the way!
It didn't stop! The next day I got up ready to sit at the computer for "office" day once again. A wonderful repair man came to my home and finished his job early. As I sat to channel the newsletter, the angels got in my head again. "Toss your portable in the car and head up north and get some more sunshine!" I had not considered doing my work outside, especially on "office" day! The idea felt like I'd be playing hooky from school, which I'd never done. Really? "YES!" I heard. Lucy got up and looked at me again, and asked to go outside. My dog and my angels work together!!! So I grabbed the portable, drove up north and had plenty of quiet time in the car to tune into my own soul, and plenty of time in the sunshine to get my work done. Talk about God's hand once again! You know the saying... Tell God your plans! I know after years of this dance, that God's are better!
So do make your plans but be open to those spontaneous and delightful urges to do something that uplifts your spirit - whether the urge is for a cup of coffee, a call to a friend, or a drive. It might be to sit and take some quiet time, to take a walk, to read a book, you name it. If you listen, your life will operate in coordination with love. I still got all my work done AND had fun, something I had not thought possible! As another saying goes, Give God a Chance!! Or as I like to say, Give God a little try and that LOVE will take over your life!
Have a glorious week,
Love and hugs,