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Most laptops are made by only 10 factories

Instead of having the often meaningless "my laptop is good" discussions when looking to find the best laptops, it might be interesting to find what factory produces the laptop you are interested in and see what other brands come from the factory A cluster of good brands might be a good indicator of a good factory Also it might give more confidence when buying a previously unknown brand, if it comes from a factory that has reputable brands This concept falls down with the bigger manu

Clean up spills with this new toy - video

A new device to clean up condiment spills Spill your mayo, chocolate or sauce Watch how easily this machine cleans it up From the video it has what seems to be a very thin conveyer belt that moves about the speed that the holding person was moving That gives the illusion that its a super slick surface There is something very Japanese about it Works better than a $5 scraper or a $1 dishcloth [flash=640x510]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/MQECrcZs6Wc[/flash]

Robot flying bird that looks like a seagull- video

The flying bird robot has a lifelike feeling about it SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds - one of the oldest dreams of humankind This bionic technology-bearer, which is inspired by the herring gull, can start, fly and land autonomously -- with no additional drive mechanism Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles

New engine 3.5X more efficient than existing engines will revolutionise hybrid vehicles

Michigan State University in East Lansing have developed a prototype of an engine that at its heart is a rotor containing a number of radial channels As the rotor spins, the channels allow an air-fuel mixture to enter via central inlet ports The mixture would escape through the outlet ports in the walls of the surrounding chamber, but by now the rotor has turned to a position where the channels are not pointing at the outlets The resulting sudden build-up of pressure in the chamber gener

Earth and the Moon taken from the planet Mercury - image

On March 17, 2011, Messenger became the first spacecraft ever to enter Mercury's orbit The probe will continue to orbit the planet once every 12 hours for the duration of its primary mission Look how close the earth and the moon seem, compared to the distance to Mercury For the first time, Earth has a regular orbiting eye-in-the-sky spying on the solar system's smallest and strangest planet, Mercury NASA's spacecraft called Messenger successfully veered into a pinpoint orbit Th

Blood red alien microbe waterfall in Antarctica - image

Two million years ago the Taylor Glacier sealed off a small body of water that contained a community of microbes in the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valley Trapped below a thick layer of ice, this small pool of wild microbes have not seen oxygen, sunlight or heat for over two million years and have remained there ever since, isolated inside a natural time capsule Evolving independently of the rest of the living world, these microbes exist without heat, light, or oxygen, and a

Highlights of the last Space Shuttle Discovery launch - video

Space Shuttle Discovery and the STS-133 crew begin the journey to the International Space Station on Feb 24, 2011 Gives a sense of awe at what NASA accomplished and sadness with its ending [flash=640x390]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/kayCLca1YMc[/flash]

The loneliest whale in the world is still looking for a mate

Imagine roaming the world's largest ocean year after year alone, calling out with the regularity of a metronome, and hearing no response Such, apparently, is the situation faced by a solitary whale, species unknown, that has been tracked since 1992 in the North Pacific by a classified array of hydrophones used by the Navy to monitor enemy submarines The animal is called the 52 hertz whale because it makes a distinctive stream of sounds at around that basso profundo frequency, just abo

Abandoned Russian Tesla installation and electromagnetic field testers

An amazing abandoned Tesla power station This is a Russian high-voltage scientific research institute All the devices in the pictures are super high voltage testing facilities, mostly intended to test the machines and devices planes, scientific and industrial equipment against the electromagnetic fields of natural and artificial origin High voltage power was supposed to go through plasma channels in the air from one tesla coil to another with no resistance The weird alien-like towers

Tiny self contained computer heralds the new world - image

A prototype implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients is believed to contain the first complete millimeter-scale computing system And a compact radio that needs no tuning to find the right frequency could be a key enabler to organizing millimeter-scale systems into wireless sensor networks These networks could one day track pollution, monitor structural integrity, perform surveillance, or make virtually any object smart and trackable Both developments at the University of Mic

Robot goes to cafe orders scone - video

Caffeine-sippers in a Californian coffee shop were left wondering if they'd had one too many espresso when they saw a robot walk in After queuing up at the till the robot then asked what sort of scones they had and ordered a berry-flavored one which was slipped into a bag around his neck Everyone had a good chuckle with "To have here or take away" But this wasn't the beginning of the robot uprising, the robot was the virtual presence device of an engineer from a nearby robotics

Listen to what sounds a dying hard drive makes

The sound of a hard drive makes approaching extinction is quite distinctive, and good for everyone who uses a computer to be aware of Why One day you might encounter such sounds on someones machine, or worse on your own If you recognize them, basically wirrs, clicks, and rmmmms, as well as a few thunks, booga booga booga's and brrrrr's, then you can quickly back up your data before the drive totally dies Think of it as an early warning system If you hear a whistling sound getting louder

Chinese company caught making plastic rice

A number of Chinese companies have been involved over the years in various scandals involving fake or tainted goods Perhaps the most dangerous of all involve food, including the now famous 2008 milk scandal in which Chinese-made milk was found to contain the toxin melamine The end result was 290,000 victims who fell ill and 11 suspected cases of death Now there are reports from Singapore media that China is mass producing fake rice, which can be potentially very dangerous According to

Skin gun sprays stem cells on burns and heals in four days - video

A scientist who has mad scientist hair has created a skin gun, that sprays stem cells cultivated from a burn victim onto that person's burns Within four days the skin has regrown and the person is healed If it wasn't from National Geographic I wouldn't believe it, it really does look like a hoax Note that the hand on the video is not the hand of the interviewed patient Pretty obvious when you see it but still worth pointing out [flash=640x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/8KpAICnf8p

Scratch and win lottery tickets can be hacked - statistician broke the code

Popular throughout the western world are scratch and win lottery tickets where you buy a ticket and scratch off the latex cover to reveal hopefully winning numbers Some of the more complicated games, such as tic tac toe type tickets actually use a simple coding technique that means you can tell if its a winning ticket without having to scratch it Apparently this is not new, the statistician has concluded that there might be organized groups of people who have also broke the code behind su
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