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Tuesday
Aug052014

These AA batteries are over 30 years old and are still going strong

Batteries are quite amazing if you stop and think about it. Little cylinders of power that allow people to do everything from controlling a television set, to create artificial light in the darkest of places. In days gone by, they were also widely used to power pocket calculators.

Still going strong after 30+ years

One such model is the Casio College FX-100. This scientific calculator was used in the 1980's by students all over the world and its descendents are still used today. I had a FX-100, as did my wife. When my wife showed me her FX-100, the other day, she pointed out that she still had the original batteries that came with the device over 30 years ago. Still powering strong with no signs of leakage.

 

Amazing!

Monday
Jul072014

These 2 planes almost collided at Barcelona Airport

 

The last thing any pilot wants to see when about to touchdown is another aircraft blocking his path. So. try and image the increased tension for the pilots of this Utair Boeing 767 as it was about to land on runway 02 at Barcelona Airport on July 5, 2014. An Argentinas Airbus A340 was runway 02 and the Russian pilots had not option but to perform a "go around".

Thankfully the 767 landed safely on its next attempt.

 

 

Thursday
Jun122014

Why are we surprised that the bees in this video work together

 

The video below shows how one honey bee comes to the rescue of another one that is trapped in a spiders web. This seems amazing, but consider the facts. Hundreds of honey bees work together all the time defending a hive, collecting honey, caring for larva etc. I mean is it really that surprising that one bee will help a fellow hive worker out when things get a bit sticky.

You decide for yourself.

 

Tuesday
Jun102014

Tricky ad may just stop one of you from texting while driving

Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do. It puts your life in danger, as well as any others that happen to be in your vicinity, including passengers, other drivers, or even just someone walking by the side of the road.

That is one reason advertisers are looking at new ways to get the message across, so to speak.

The video below is Volkswagen's efforts. I suspect the public were asked for their mobile numbers prior to entry, and probably told to leave them off silent. How else could they get the result seen in the video. These sorts of ads are designed to get more people watching them, that leads to more people talking about the subject, which hopefully leads to less people texting and driving, which means more people living.

 

Thursday
May222014

The scariest thing on the Internet this week - Flying tyre kills a car

 

There are all sorts of hazards to be aware of when driving down the highway. Other drivers, animals, the occasional meteor or a plane crash even. Take a look at the video below. One minute the driver is cruising down route 66 (or whatever) and the next, his car is toast.

 

 

 

Sunday
May112014

Watch this parachute save this light plane from a bad crash

The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) is an interesting concept. If your plane gets into trouble, just pull the rip-cord and a parachute comes out and lowers the plane safely to the ground. Well last weekend over the picturesque Blue Mountains of NSW a Cirrus aircraft equiped with CAPS got into difficulties (the engine stopped!) and the pilot hit the button and the plane and his three passengers were lowered to the ground. All concerned walked away.

 

If the results were not so serious, I would speculate that it almost looks like an advertisement for the product. Now if they could just build a parachute big enough for an Airbus A380.

                   

 

 

Thursday
May082014

The US Navy can melt a boat from nearly a mile away

Lockheed Martin has just shown what its 10-kilowatt laser high-powered laser can do to a soft sided boat. The system, called ADAM, can disable a boat in seconds from 1 mile away. Perfect for stopping pirates and insurgent attacks.
Sure, one round from a 5-inch gun can take out a boat a lot quicker, but there will not be many survivors left to interrogate.
  
Tuesday
May062014

Lets all look up for a minute

While the message of this amazingly popular YouTube video is a little over the top, there is a lot to be said for leading a balanced life. No, not the work/home balance. It's the balance between physical connection with the world around you verses your virtual interaction with it. Technology allows people to keep in touch with many more people than we otherwise could but sometimes we need to remember to get out and have a picnic in the park, or lay and watch the clouds in the sky float by.
 
Then go home and post them on Instagram!