Vibration-powered Generators Replace AA, AAA Batteries — Tech-On!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 by nuKnuK

Brother Industries Ltd developed small vibration-powered generators that can replace AA and AAA batteries.

For example, when the generator, which the company calls “Vibration-powered Generating Battery,” is set inside a remote control, it is possible to use the remote by shaking it to generate power.

“The new generator will semipermanently eliminate the need to replace batteries and contribute to reducing the amount of wastes,”

Brother Industries said.Brother Industries ensured the versatility of the generator by employing the shapes of commonly-used batteries. When used with a low power consumption device such as a remote, the generator can replace a battery, the company said.

via Vibration-powered Generators Replace AA, AAA Batteries — Tech-On!.

18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 by nuKnuK

In the middle of tomorrow, a great ribbed ghost has emerged from a distant yesterday.

On Tuesday morning, workers excavating the site of the underground vehicle security center for the future World Trade Center hit a row of sturdy, upright wood timbers, regularly spaced, sticking out of a briny gray muck flecked with oyster shells.

Obviously, these were more than just remnants of the wooden cribbing used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to extend the shoreline of Manhattan Island ever farther into the Hudson River. Lower Manhattan real estate was a precious commodity even then.

via 18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com.

MoD unveils unmanned fighter jet ‘of the future’ – Yahoo! News

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2010 by nuKnuK

LONDON AFP – An unmanned jet capable of striking long-range targets has been dubbed the “combat aircraft of the future” by the Ministry of Defence.

The Taranis — named after the Celtic god of thunder — was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire, on Monday.

The £142.5 million prototype is the size of a light aircraft and has been equipped with stealth technology to make it virtually undetectable.

In a press release, the MoD described the Taranis as “a prototype unmanned combat aircraft of the future.”

via MoD unveils unmanned fighter jet ‘of the future’ – Yahoo! News.

Stabilisers will let deep-sea wind turbines stand tall – environment – 09 July 2010 – New Scientist

Posted in Uncategorized on July 12, 2010 by nuKnuK

FAR out to sea is nirvana for wind energy generation. Here the winds blow stronger and the giant turbines are less of an eyesore. But how to keep them from toppling over in a gale? That is the challenge being tackled by a consortium of universities and private companies called DeepCwind.

The consortium will install a scaled-down prototype of a new design of wind turbine near Monhegan Island, Maine, in 2012. If all goes well, two years later a full-sized version with a capacity of 3 to 5 megawatts will be installed, probably much further out. This could pave the way for wind turbines moored in deep water off coastal cities.

via Stabilisers will let deep-sea wind turbines stand tall – environment – 09 July 2010 – New Scientist.

Pyongyang Traffic Girls From The Sky

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2010 by nuKnuK

Ancient monster whale more fearsome than Moby Dick – life – 30 June 2010 – New Scientist

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 by nuKnuK

The fossilised skull of a colossal whale with a killer bite has been uncovered by a team who reckon the monster shared the Miocene oceans with a giant shark.

The bones, dated to 12 to 13 million years ago, were spotted by Klaas Post of the Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in Peru’s Ica desert. In homage to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, the beast has been named Leviathan melvillei.

The skull is a huge 3 metres long, says team member Olivier Lambert at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The team estimates the whale would have been between 13 and 18 metres long, like a modern sperm whale.

What really surprised the researchers was the size of the whale’s teeth. “Some of the biggest ones are 36 centimetres long and 12 centimetres wide, and are probably the biggest predatory teeth ever discovered,” Lambert says.

via Ancient monster whale more fearsome than Moby Dick – life – 30 June 2010 – New Scientist.

Single Serving Wine Glass

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 by nuKnuK

A box of wine is portable, but not classy. Stemware is classy, but not portable. But in a stroke of mad genius, inventor James Nash has combined the two to revolutionize drinking on the go. Cheers! Meet the Tulip.

Nash’s company, Wine Innovations, has been selling these babies like hotcakes at about $3.40 a glass. Which isn’t bad for the quantity: each sealed, recyclable container holds 187.5ml about six ounces of vino. Just enough to convince yourself that you’re not drinking a full glass, so might as well pop open another one.

via Single Serving Wine Glass Drowns Your Multiple Sorrows. – Gizmodo