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It's TypeR195's Dream Come True

Using bikes to generate power. Love this image. Look how excited the floaty head guy is!

To solve the electric power crisis, on Tuesday August 23rd Tokyoites will madly peddle bicycle generators to light up Tokyo Tower!

Btw, i wouldn't bother clicking on the link for the translated article. It comes out in the usual gibberish Babelfish users will be familiar with. Here's a sample:

Future, as part of the power and leverage to the exercise bike equipped with facilities such as sports clubs, will consider and use as emergency power.
Watanuki is a professor in the estimates, when human power for 8 hours at 20 to 100 watts with a bicycle generator that allows storage to 9.6 kilowatts of power per day to account for 60 percent occupancy rate.

By min | August 16, 2011, 1:14 PM | Science | Comments (0)| Link

I Think His Talents Are Being Wasted

This Swede tried to build a nuclear reactor in his kitchen out of curiosity.

"I was just curious to see if it was possible, it is just a hobby," said Handl, currently unemployed but previously a worker in a ventilation systems factory.

He documented his efforts on a blog and his Facebook page.

He got as far as mixing some ingredients on a cooker -- americum, radium, beryllium and 96 percent sulphuric acid.

"The boiling explosion was about 3 or 4 months ago and the police came two weeks ago," he said.

After the incident, which he tagged "The Meltdown" on his blog, he said he "cleaned up the mess on the cooker and then I bought some more radium and continued the experiment."

I'm impressed by people whose hobby is gluing bits of paper to other bits of paper. This guy's on a whole other level.

The article doesn't say how successful his attempts were, but if he was in any way along the right lines, i think they should find him a job where they can put that brain to work.

Also, who the hell is selling radium to citizens on the internet? They should be arresting that guy.

By min | August 5, 2011, 1:45 PM | Science | Comments (1)| Link

Hearts and Tracheas for Everybody!

Last month, a cancer patient received a successful transplant of a trachea grown from his own stem cells.

This month, another guy got a plastic heart.

A 40-year-old father who was dying from heart failure is set to leave hospital after receiving an artificial heart.
His new plastic heart is powered by a portable driver in a backpack, which he said had "revolutionised" his life.

It is thought to be the first time a UK patient has been able to go home with an entirely artificial heart.

Next it'll be full-grown replacement limbs. Take that Doc Connors!

And nanobots. I would make an awesome cyborg.

By min | August 5, 2011, 9:48 AM | Science | Comments (0)| Link

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