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2003-08-18 – A simple idea that could be very useful

This is a very simple one. How do you know if your tap is still running when you leave the bathroom? Worse still, what if a pipe is leaking behind a wall? How about a simple device with a flow meter and a timer, so that if you let a tap run for more than, […]

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2003-07-24 – The way of the Future – Rapid Prototyping to a final solution

I got a phone call this week, from a company called Stratasys. Stratsys make some very interesting machines, including one called the FDM Titan, which is capable of making ABS and polycarbonate plastic things from, well, ABS or polycarbonate. This non-sequiter is the truth, but it is the way in which it uses what is […]

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2003-02-05 – Time to build a shiny thing – update

The gauntlet was thrown.. I had been challenged by a collegue to make my “anti-gravity” machine. Needless to say, it has nothing to do with anti-gravity, aside FROM the use of a gyroscope being similar to some designs FROM the minds of mad-men, but there we go! The basic idea seems sound, but I need […]

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2003-01-31 – Time to build a shiny thing

The gauntlet has been thrown.. I have been challenged by a collegue to make my “anti-gravity” machine this weekend. Needless to say, it has nothing to do with anti-gravity, aside from the use of a gyroscope being similar to some designs from the minds of mad-men, but there we go! The basic idea seems sound, […]

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2003-01-05 – TRIZ – the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

TRIZ actually stands for the Russian for TIPS, but there we go. Since they invented the system in the 1940’s, it is theirs to name! The Essence of TRIZ: Recognition that technical systems evolve towards the increase of ideality by overcoming contradictions mostly with minimal introduction of resources. Thus, for creative problem solving, TRIZ provides […]

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2002-08-16 – Energy in a spinning mass

Whilst reading up on ultra-high energy density flywheels for energy storage, I started to wonder about the force on a humble 7.62 Nato round. Being at work, I couldn’t find anything about the length of a 155 grain match bullet, so I printed a shadowgraph and measured it. The forces are quite wild! Knowing that […]

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2002-06-10 – Adaptive materials
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The half-insulated mug

When drinking tea, I like it to cool off quite a lot before I even touch it – too many memories of burnt tongues as a kid, I guess! So, I sit the cup down, and leave it a while, then start drinking it. Needless to say, it is then reduced in volume, and has […]

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2002-05-17 – Hi-tech mop bucket to make your floor cleaner!

I have no idea if anyone makes one of these, but wouldn’t a bucket specifically designed to mop floors and make them clean be a great idea? When you mop the floor, the water starts off clean, but the moment you mop any of the water back up, removing the dirt, you dirty the water […]

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2002-05-07 – Pseudo 3D urban camo

A similar effect is why faces painted on a flat surface seem to follow you around the room. The lack of shadowing and depth means that the brain thinks the face is turned to look directly at you, whatever your position. An interesting idea might be to create a see through face mask, such as […]

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2002-05-06 – Somewhat scary, Frankenstein never had fish like these!

This is an article from the front page of the Sunday Telegraph, dated 5th May.   A TAIWANESE company has created a genetically modified zebra fish that will glow in the dark, raising fears among environmentalists and the aquarium industry that the fish will start a trend for bio-engineered “Frankenstein pets”. The modified fish are […]

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