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KBNNO: Mineral turns sunlight, heat and movement into electricity all at once
"[KBNNO] may be considered a proper and capable candidate to trigger developments of all-in-one hybrid energy harvesting and multi-functional sensing devices based on only a single piece of material."
science  stone  electricity  light 
february 2017 by kevan
Power beamed to camera via ambient wi-fi signals - BBC News
"The team realised that the energy contained in ambient wi-fi signals that are now ubiquitous often came close to the operating voltages required by a variety of low power devices."
technology  electricity 
june 2015 by kevan
U.K. National Grid status
"Finally after having expressed a desire for anyone to point me at a site for real world data on power generation, I was referred to the BM Reports website, where real-time - or near real-time - data is available on exactly what The United Kingdom's electricity grid is doing."
february 2014 by kevan
Bees learn the electric buzz of flowers | Life | Science News
"[A] surge in electric potential might tip off another passing bee that the flower had just lost nectar to a different visitor, a change that scent or color would not reveal."
electricity  bees  secrets 
march 2013 by kevan
BBC News - The hum that helps to fight crime
"For the last seven years, at the Metropolitan Police forensic lab in south London, audio specialists have been continuously recording the sound of mains electricity. [...] Any digital recording made anywhere near an electrical power source, be it plug socket, light or pylon, will pick up this noise and it will be embedded throughout the audio."
sound  electricity  crime  secrets 
december 2012 by kevan
Neuroscience: Brain buzz : Nature News
"Volunteers receiving 2 milliamps to the scalp [showed] twice as much improvement in the game after a short amount of training as those receiving one-twentieth the amount of current."
electricity  brains  games  science  via:mugla 
april 2011 by kevan
Deaths per TWH by energy source
"The fifty actual deaths from [solar panel] roof installation accidents for 1.5 million roof installations is equal to the actual deaths experienced so far from Chernobyl."
electricity  death  maths  via:amuchmoreexotic 
march 2011 by kevan
Meat-Eating Furniture : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR
"A lamp shade robot, an Auger-Loizeau Carnivorous Domestic Robot Entertainment design, is powered by incoming flies."
electricity  death  furniture  light  food  via:dunx 
february 2011 by kevan
Iceland Considers Humanoid Pylon Design to Carry Electricity | Wired Science |
"Like the statues of Easter Island, it is envisioned that these 150-foot-tall modern caryatids will take on a quiet authority, belonging to their landscape yet serving the people, silently transporting electricity across all terrain, day and night, sunshine or snow."
electricity  design  architecture  via:zarba 
august 2010 by kevan
Companies developing biomass robot engine - Biomass Magazine
"Through the duration of the project, the EATR will be tested to demonstrate its ability to identify suitable biomass sources of energy—such as wood, grass or paper—and distinguish them from unsuitable materials such as rocks, metal or glass."
robots  electricity  plants  paper  apocalypse 
february 2009 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Technology | Villagers text to light the way
"A village in Germany is pioneering a method of saving energy and reducing carbon emissions by switching off the street lights at night. But local residents can use their mobile phones to turn the street lights back on again for 15-minute periods whenever they want."
light  phones  electricity  via:clare 
december 2008 by kevan
EnerJar | The do-it-yourself power meter
"The EnerJar is an open source watt-meter. It measures the amount of energy an appliance is using." [...] "Our primary goal is to make these as accessible as possible so we will work on making it simple."
electricity  technology  via:waxy 
february 2008 by kevan
Scientists discover way to reverse loss of memory - Science, News -
"Electrodes were pushed into the man's brain and stimulated with an electric current. Instead of losing appetite, the patient instead had an intense experience of déjà vu. He recalled, in intricate detail, a scene from 30 years earlier."
memory  brains  science  electricity  dubious 
january 2008 by kevan
YouTube - Singing Tesla Coil at Duckon 2007
Electronic music from loud, modulated bursts of Tesla coil sparks. "It's been suggested that a good name for this coil would be the 'Zeusaphone'."
music  electricity  technology  videos  via:mcios 
august 2007 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Homes to get free energy monitors
Clever and well-designed handheld display of your electricity meter, presumably calculating the power usages of your appliances by asking you to switch them off and on in turn.
electricity  technology  future 
april 2007 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Weekend | Call that risky?
"Hitting a rather macabre note, [energy production] risk is measured in deaths per terawatt year. 'By far the most dangerous is hydro. When a hydro dam goes in a populated area, it can kill 35,000 people in 40 minutes.'"
terrorism  electricity  death  water  maths  future  pestilence  apocalypse 
april 2006 by kevan
London And North Western Railway Telegraph Rules & Regulations
"Rules Respecting Messages: [...] Any unnecessary use of the wires, by frivolous messages between Clerks, is to be reported to the Superintendent."
technology  books  history  electricity  phones  via:boynton 
january 2006 by kevan - houses decorated with Christmas lights
" is a free showcase for those amazing people who decorate (well, overdecorate) the exteriors of their houses at Christmas with lights."
light  electricity  lunacy  architecture  via:qwghlm 
november 2005 by kevan
MOSNEWS: Russian Physicist Invents Love Meter
"One of the subjects should touch the right column, the other the left one. Their handshake, kiss, or embrace then closes the circuit." [...] "A good compatibility for a couple should be about 100 amperes."
love  technology  electricity  lunacy  via:zarba 
november 2005 by kevan
RPS - 15
Roshambo with fifteen elements, and a nice diagram. "Rock pounds out fire, crushes scissors, snake, human, wolf, sponge, blocks (growth of) tree."
games  paper  stone  fire  air  water  electricity 
september 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Man's static jacket sparks alert
"Frank Clewer [...] was wearing a synthetic nylon jacket and a woollen shirt when he went for a job interview. As he walked into the building, the carpet ignited from the 40,000 volts of static electricity that had built up."
electricity  clothes  fire 
september 2005 by kevan
Theatre of Science
Simon Singh and Richard Wiseman with "a show that turns back the clock to a time when audiences attended the theatre to see dangerous scientific demonstrations as entertainment".
science  theatre  london  electricity  todo  via:jones 
june 2005 by kevan
New York Times: Robo-Legs
Social acceptance of modern prosthetics. "He recalled attending a party where the lithium-ion batteries for his legs went dead. [...] He spent most of his time sitting on a couch talking to people with his legs plugged into an electrical outlet nearby."
robots  technology  limbs  medicine  electricity  society  via:anne 
june 2005 by kevan
EphemeraNow :: Car of the Future, 1956
Artist's impression of a future-car that families can play dominoes in. "Highways will be made safe - by electricity!"
transport  future  games  electricity 
march 2005 by kevan
Mr Jones Watches - Introduction
Radical watch concepts. "The subliminal aspect of the watch object was used to formulate a first design question – how could a watch undermine its wearer?"
design  electricity  lies  television  time 
november 2004 by kevan
MSNBC - Smelly robot eats flies to generate its own power
Dissolving the sugar molecules from their tiny exoskeletons. "One of the great things about flies is that you can get them to come to you."
bones  electricity  insects  robots 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | In a secret Paris cavern, the real underground cinema
"Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital's chic 16th arrondissement."
electricity  films  france  mysteries  secrets 
september 2004 by kevan
Neuroethology: Jamming Avoidance Response in Electric Fish
"Certain weakly electric fish with sinusoidal, wave-type electric organ discharge (EOD) waveforms reflexively shift their EOD frequency away from interfering frequencies of nearby conspecifics, in order to avoid "jamming" each others electrical signals."
electricity  fish 
september 2004 by kevan
we make money not art : Vroom Vroom
Voice-controlled Scalextric, where "two players activate electric cars by making engine noises with their mouth".
electricity  games  sound 
september 2004 by kevan : Ocean Robots Would 'Feed' on Whale Food
Krill-killer robots: "If you have a cup full of concentrated plankton, and you let it degrade, that would be equal to about a c-cell battery."
electricity  fish  robots  water 
august 2004 by kevan
MXR Lab: Human Power Harvesting Using Piezoelectric Material
Our power-hungry robot overlords need only fit piezo-electric pads into our shoes. Also, brilliantly: using skin-conductivity to transmit electronic business cards through handshakes.
clothes  electricity  skin  technology  walking 
august 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Police test hi-tech zapper that could end car chases
"...delivers a blast of radio waves powerful enough to knock out vital engine electronics, making the targeted vehicle stall and slowly come to a stop."
electricity  police  technology  transport  weapons 
july 2004 by kevan
Emergent-looking hexagonal wall lighting. Very Blake's Seven.
architecture  electricity  emergence  furniture  light 
june 2004 by kevan
Electric Current Needed to Kill a Human
"In general, current that is fatal to humans ranges from 0.06 A to 0.07 A, depending on the person and the type of current."
death  electricity 
june 2004 by kevan
New Scientist: Sweeping stun guns to target crowds
"Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe."
electricity  police  war  weapons 
june 2004 by kevan
Straight Dope Staff Report: When the zombies take over, how long till the electricity fails?
"I'll ignore the side issues of whether the zombies would want to try to run the power plant themselves, or if they would be a union or non-union shop."
apocalypse  electricity  society  technology  zombies 
june 2004 by kevan

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