Monthly Archives: January 2010

Energy Transmission

Aus­tralia is big, how do we move elec­tric­i­ty effi­cient­ly between (nuclear) pow­er plants and the peo­ple.  Cable loss is sig­nif­i­cant.  Small scale pow­er plants (solar, gas, wind) are all good because they can be locat­ed close to pop­u­la­tions.  Big­ger (coal, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The plan is that we will use the com­ments in this post to explore ideas for how to pro­duce sim­ple desalination.

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Cars that drive themselves

Why don’t we have cars that dri­ve them­selves yet? I’m think­ing of a 4 tiered untrust­ed sys­tem. You don’t need to do it for every road, but the major routes would be nice — just so you can take your … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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HeliDuster FeatherCopter

Want to get your hus­band or kids involved in the clean­ing? Intro­duc­ing the new heli­copter feath­er­duster — it’s a small RC heli­copter with feath­er dusters on the end of the props. Hone your skills to remove that pesky cob­web in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Sleep Ears

These are “socks” for your ears — i.e. they are made of some kind of breath­able fab­ric that you can lay on with­out hurt­ing your ear — but in the mid­dle is a small speak­er. They aren’t noise can­celling, but … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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