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Aircraft Design 3000 Times Quieter 35% More Efficient.

wedgeplane Another new aircraft design has been introduced by a joint team of order cialis online canada researchers from MIT and Cambridge (UK) University. The plane incorporates several innovations. First the engines on cialis for daily use top of the craft, rather than under the wings, as is currently the norm. This helps make the new plane 3000 times more quiet than a conventional passenger jet.

This craft, dubbed the SAX-40 design is also "35% more fuel efficient than any airliner currently flying."

The design is a radical departure from current aircraft. The new craft is wedge shaped, rather than the familiar tube configuration of current airliners, with the wings extending from that shape. This contributes to the efficiency of the craft, however this also makes it more difficult for aircraft manufacturers to canadian pharmacies online cialis build shorter or longer versions of the same plane without redesigning the entire vehicle. Maintenance would also be more difficult because the engines would be less accessible to ground-crews.

Even if these obstacles can be overcome, the earliest this airplane might come into service is expected to be around 2030. By then, hopefully the things will run on hydrogen, and we won't have to worry so much about fuel economy.

via: Marketplace Morning Report


USB Cell Batteries Apparently Awesome


When we first saw them we thought they were cool, but now that we've seen a review (at we're definitely getting some USBCell Batteries for ourselves. They are amazingly convenient, requiring no charger, just a USB port. They hold their charge well, charge quickly, and have enough stamina to take over 500 digital pictures with a Fuji Finepix.

I should remind everyone that you get better efficiency out of a wall charger, because the current doesn't have to go through the inefficiency of your computer's power supply, but it also doesn't suck power from your wall when there's no batteries plugged in. At $24 for a pair of enter site levitra uk AAs, it's a bit expensive, but well worth the price if you ask me.
Via Engadget 

Dell Goes Cradle to Cradle on All Products


Dell is now recycling everything Dell makes...for matter what.  You don't have to buy a new Dell, you don't have to pay for shipping.  You just send it to them, and they re-use or recycle it.  The best part is that a lot of the materials, if not the components themselves, will be immediately re-used, not just recycled. 

The effort that Dell is putting into ensuring that it's production cycle is circular, and not just a straight line from the mine to i recommend viagra online usa the dump, is extremely important. Frankly, they're making every other big electronics company look pretty darned bad. 

Via Engadget (thanks to Elizabeth for the cialis online shop uk tip)

Pulling Energy out of Thin Air

EnOcean is developing micro-power sources that derive energy from ambient conditions including light, vibrations, and temperature differentials.  These little power sources should be enough to power peel-and-stick electronic devices including RF transmitters, sensors and switches.  Deriving power from ambient light or heat could allow a house to be retrofitted with new light-switches, volume nobs, information displays and sensors without re-wiring anything.  There could be one RF transmitter in a lightswitch, and a receiver in the light fixture, and they would be linked wirelessly. 

Additional applications could tie in your house's sound system, climate control, and energy monitoring, again, without any new wires, and without pulling in excess energy.  Right now, EnOcean products are used mostly in industrial applications, monitoring warehouses and the like. But with a few years of research, programmable houses might be a matter of simply picking up a few things at WalMart.
Via Engadget and CNET


A Tractor that Runs on...Anything?

grasshopperWe talk about all kinds of new fuels and how they will alleviate our dependence on oil.  But why don't we just make an engine that can run on anything?  Well, Russell Henning, a student at San Jose University did just that.  The Grasshopper, shown here, is a walk behind tractor that has an engine that will run on anything.  Slash from a field, hay, coconut shells, dried food waste, anything, as long as it's organic and dry, can but put into the Grasshopper and the thing will run. 

This is the first run-on-anything engine I've ever seen.  Not only does it find a use for all that trash, it's also a simple and inexpensive machine that can increase productivity of farmers across the world.  This doesn't prevent CO2 emission, but it does lessen the amount of mining and drilling needed to run a tractor.
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