Quoting an article by By JOHN SCOTT
SCIENTISTS have built the smallest petrol engine - tiny enough to power a WATCH.
The mini-motor, which runs for two years on a single squirt of lighter fuel, is set to revolutionise world technology.
It produces 700 times more energy than a conventional battery despite being less than a centimetre long - not even half an inch. It could be used to operate laptops and mobile phones for months on end - doing away with the need for recharging.
Experts believe it could be phasing out batteries in such items within just six years.
The engine, minute enough to be balanced on a fingertip, has been produced by engineers
at the University of Birmingham. Dr Kyle Jiang, lead investigator from the Department
of Mechanical Engineering, said: “We are looking at an industrial revolution happening
in peoples’ pockets.
“The breakthrough is an enormous step forward. Devices which need re- charging or new
batteries are a problem but in six years will be a thing of the past.”
Other applications for the engine could include medical and military uses, such as
running heart pacemakers or mini reconnaissance robots. At present, charging an
ordinary battery to deliver one unit of energy involves putting 2,000 units into it.
The little engine, because energy is produced locally, is far more effective.
One of the main problems faced by engineers who have tried to produce micro motors in
the past has been the levels of heat produced.
The engines got so hot they burned themselves out and could not be re-used. The
Birmingham team overcame this by using heat-resistant materials such as ceramic and
Professor Graham Davies, head of the university’s engineering school, said: “We’ve
brought together all the engineering disciplines, both materials, chemical engineering,
civil engineering, and mechanical engineering.
“What better place to have the second industrial revolution - in nano-technology - than where the first took place, in the heart of the West Midlands.”
By: RexMan | Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 2:54:00 PM | |
Labels: humour, technology
By: RexMan | at 1:46:00 PM | |
I know this is an old site, but it still brings a smile to my dial!
Ever wanted to know how to be a real ninja, this is the place to go *NOT*. Hehehehe. Very funny especially when you have read the site and you read the HateMail section.
Quotation from the web site:
Hi, this site is all about ninjas, REAL NINJAS. This site is awesome.
My name is Robert and I can't stop thinking about ninjas.
These guys are cool; and by cool, I mean totally sweet.
1. Ninjas are mammals.
2. Ninjas fight ALL the time.
3. The purpose of the ninja is to flip out and kill people.
By: RexMan | at 9:51:00 AM | |
The banner on the top right...read more
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Labels: humour; advertising
By: bossmanthe | at 6:45:00 AM | |
Really great picread more
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Labels: environment, photography
By: bossmanthe | at 6:43:00 AM | |
Here is a link to a listing of over 80 online storage companies.
Some are free or offer free services and others are pure commercial. Storage options range from 50MB up to 2 GIGS.
There are specialized services offering automated backup, some with mp3 storage, some with versioning, some that offer to publish your files, some backup your blogs.
By: RexMan | Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 3:22:00 PM | |
Labels: humour, South Africa
By: bossmanthe | Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 9:24:00 AM | |
Can you believe they have actually got MP3 players in this design! I had to laugh....alot!!!!
check it out here
Labels: humour, MP3s, technology
By: bossmanthe | at 6:40:00 AM | |
Yesterday my maid was cleaning my red Telkom Series 403 telephone handsets. This is a great desktop phone with a LCD and speaker phone. For the price it is brilliant.
However it was off the hook at the time and the cloth happened to press all the right combinations to lock the phone out with an unknown PIN code.
Luckily she did not lock the line, just the handset.
So after a hectic call to every Telkom department imaginable, I got through to the right person.
The instructions for resetting the PIN code is as follows:
1. Unplug the phone for 30 mins and let the memory run flat and reset! (Sheesh)
2. Plug back in
3. Lift the receiver
4. Press "PROGRAM" 1111 "PROGRAM" to unlock
Yes you guessed it the default PIN is "1111"
Remind me never to trust the phone PIN system because it is too easy to bypass!
By: RexMan | Friday, July 20, 2007 at 2:42:00 PM | |
Labels: animal rights, humour
By: bossmanthe | Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 6:55:00 PM | |
World Drinking Map
Labels: alcohol, travel
By: bossmanthe | at 6:47:00 PM | |
By: bossmanthe | at 6:22:00 PM | |
I am about halfway through one of the heaviest books I have ever read, I had read a few heavy books in my time. I was impressed as it is written by a South African author."Acid Alex" by Al Lovejoy is a true story of chaos, drugs, reformatory, prison, slappers, robbery, crazy SA accents and lingo, crime syndication, international drug smuggling, . Brutally honest and written in a relaxed meandering style this book is a must read for any open-minded South African. Oh yes. Did I mention that the foreword is written by Koos Kombuis?"Acid Alex will shock, assault, educate and entertain you, and take you on a trip beyond your wildest imagining."When interviewed about the book a very good looking young lady recommended it to me because she found it "as hard as some places in South Africa, this book was very hard to put down. I read it within a week and it opened my eyes to the underground world beneath my feet."
By: RexMan | Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 10:08:00 AM | |
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been removed from the 2008 Formula One calendar. Speedway CEO and F1 Boss both agreed that it should be removed (no reasons given). However they left the door open for future discussions.
U.S. fans say it is a huge disappointment and the track has experienced record numbers for the venue since 2000. The debut event had almost 200,000 spectators!
"'Tis a sad day indeed!" said a South African fan while being interviewed over his anti-hangover breakfast in Midrand this morning. "It is a great circuit and mix of steep embankments and tight track racing make for exciting races. Especially when the teams have to balance the car" he further commented.
By: RexMan | at 9:56:00 AM | |
Recently a man in Canada was seriously injured when lightning struck while listening to his IPOD. The lightning traveled up the ear phone cables and into his ears, rupturing his eardrums and fracturing his jaw!
Check this link for the full story
Also here is a link
to a story about being struck by lightning while on your mobile phone.
By: RexMan | Friday, July 13, 2007 at 12:12:00 PM | |
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By: bossmanthe | Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 6:26:00 AM | |