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The drone wars

Last night I read an interesting article about the US process for ‘targeted killing’ of pretty much anyone. The photo at the end of the article, of a man with massive trauma to his chest and huge blood loss, was shocking. Even worse, as I scrolled down, the top of his head had been blown […]

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Are we underestimating the risk of human extinction?

I was reading this article: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/were-underestimating-the-risk-of-human-extinction/253821/ The Atlantic has some very good articles, and this one is an interview by Ross Andersen with a man called Nick Bostrom who suspects that we as a race are seriously underestimating the risks that the human race will self-extinguish, most likely by accident. Go read it. Anyway, I […]

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Building on the moon?

The last few days it has been revealed that NASA are planning a test of a 3D solar fuser printer. On the moon! Having seen a rather cool video of a chap who went out to the Sahara to trial his idea of making cups, bowls and other items using a steerable array of lenses […]

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@EMFcamp – ElectroMagnetic Field

To say I feel re-inspired after EMF is an understatement. Oh, the plans I have! To see nearly 500 people at a camp where the goal was to have lots of people doing cool things with technology and generally having fun with teaching others how to do similarly cool stuff was uplifting. Shouts out to: […]

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Quick Dremel hack

Here’s a very quick hack for the Dremel battery tool. Grab your vice. I’m using a hefty machinists vice. Take a thin bit of steel suitable to fit between the jaws. This was off an old PC case, 1mm thick. Make a 20mm hole to fit dremel through, then bend to match width of tool […]

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Floating packing peanuts

Someone must have done this, but I found nothing with a brief google aside from an idea for bubblewrap on www.halfbakery.com . Take a standard packing peanut making machine (I’m assuming there is such a thing) and put helium in, rather than air. Once the polystyrene has expanded, in theory at least the helium will […]

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Forget speed cameras, I want ‘Headlight cameras’.

I drive a lot. Some days, I drive for 6 or more hours. To me, speed is rarely an issue – it is uncommon to see people going extremely fast, and even when you do, there is never an accident to go with it. 80mph on a dual carriageway really doesn’t matter in the day, […]

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USB charging problems solved

Charging the Blackberry in the van is quite a lot harder than you would imagine. I bought several different PSUs that output ‘USB power’ including a very fancy digital laptop PC one, one that claimed to put out 2.1 amps for the iPad, and more. Yet every time I would get a message on the […]

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Roads that suck energy out of speeders

Here is an idea to make speeding expensive for those breaking the rules. Monitor their speed passively via an energy absorbing road surface. Sleeping policemen that deform with a rate-adaptive material would ‘steal’ the speed from those going faster, driving up their fuel costs, and, perhaps by doing this with valves and pneumatics, the resulting […]

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The only known cold and ‘flu preventative

The only known cold and ‘flu preventative (besides hygiene) is zinc. Every year billions of pills are popped and better than 99% are nothing that can help. Sadly, antibiotics are prescribed to many for a viral infection, and the USA USDA still refuses to ban routine feeding of antibiotics to cattle (faster growth is a […]

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