Sunday, December 26, 2010
Noorsyaidah, an Indonesian woman, claims metal wire has grown from her body for 18 years
This is currently big news in Indonesia. Metal wires about 10-20 cm long grow from a woman’s body! Skeptics initially thought that is must be “self-inflicted”. Doctors however, have other theories but have given up on providing any scientific or medical explanations.
The woman had this problem for 17 years and currently being investigated by the Ministry of Health. Initial consultation with More..doctors and specialists found that the wires are also inside her body. At this stage, there were no current medical explanations or any case ever exist. Hence, there is but only one other possible consideration… Occult magic.
Video and pictures below.
Her name is NOORSYAIDAH. A 40 years old kindergarten teacher from Sangatta, East Kutai. Her first symptoms started manifestating in 1991. The metal wires grew out of her chest and her belly. There was no explanation then (or even now). During the first week wires kept falling off from her body and were gone. A month later, the wires grew back again and from that time onward the wires did not fall. They kept growing!
One of her sisters said that she tried to help by trimming the wires. Alas, whenever she trimmed the wires, the wire retreated as if it were hiding and then popped up in another part of Noorsyaidah’s body.
There have been 4 Medical Specialists taking this matter seriously and have treated her in several ways. And as the result, doctors can’t figure out what exactly is happening to her. The doctors have taken an X-Ray image from her stomach and found that there are more than 40 metal wires inside her and some of them are bursting out of her skin. They looks like a living phenomenon. The wires are able mobile and therefore can change location at will, Thus the doctors are forced to use a magnet to scan the exact position of the wires. The wires bursted out without any symptoms of Tetanus, but she said that they’re hurting her like when needles sting.
Friday, August 27, 2010
How can you make tiny, flexible materials that conduct electricity more efficiently than today’s batteries? You can engineer expensive, high-density carbon nanotubes. Or you can use the original nanobots, made by nature itself: viruses.
An MIT group recently described an advance that brings us closer to the day when freaky, half-alive nanomachines assemble batteries you could wear.
The research comes out of Angela Belcher’s Biomolecular Materials Group at MIT, which has been working on this project since 1994. They use bacteriophages to build — really, evolve — hyperdense materials from ionic particles, the same way bone, shells, chalk, and glass were made in the Cambrian period.
This week Mark Allen, a postdoc in the group, outlined the use of a new cathode made with iron flouride. Allen also described some of the potential applications of this technology. The high flexibility of the nanostructured material means you can weave it into any fabric or pour it into any shape, including:
- Wearable battery packs for soliders, first responders, and civilians;
- Tiny rechargable batteries for portable electronics including smart phones, laptops, and GPS;
- Unmanned aerial vehicles, which require lightweight, long-lasting power sources
Read More: Wired
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Supersized panoramic photos of cities are the flavor of the season. After Prague and Dubai, it’s the turn of Budapest to get a detailed online photo that you can zoom in and out of and play around with–almost like Google Earth.
The photo shot over four days has 70-gigapixels. If the finished picture is ever printed, it would make a a poster 156 meters (511 feet) long and 31 meters (101 feet) tall. The amount of paper it would take would cover two apartment blocks at least 10 floors tall.
To shoot the photo, two 25-megapixel Sony A900 cameras were fitted with a 400mm Minolta lens and 1.4 X teleconverters and placed on a robotic camera mount. 20,000 test images later, the file was processed to create a single interactive photo.
Source : Wired News
Labels: 70 Gigapixel Photo
Friday, July 9, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Lord knows what travelers in then olden-days found to fill their huge trunks. There were no gadgets, no need for power adapters and not even a pair of oversized, padded sneakers to take up space. Even a bustling crinoline could, I’m sure, be collapsed for efficient storage.
These days, though, it’s common to pack two cases: one for clothes, and one for all the technical gubbins essential for a bearable vacation. Despite its name, then, the Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk is more suited for the modern day than the cruise-trips of the past, with space for a desktop computer along with enough shelves, drawers and cubby-holes to store everything else.
In reality, the $3,000 trunk is probably useless for actual travel. You’d need two or three servants just to lift the thing down the front doorstep, and the famously delicate iMac screen would be a pile of shattered shards as soon as you hit the cobbled street on those tiny casters. As a home office, though, this handmade, brass-nailed and cigar-leather unit is wonderful: there is even cable-management behind the canvas-covered panels.
It could all get a little Alice in Wonderland, though. Close this up and you’ll see a giant suitcase, complete with handle, standing at over six-foot-four. May we suggest keeping a small bottle of Bourbon secreted in one of the many drawers, labeled, of course, with the legend “Drink Me.
Read More http://www.wired.com
Labels: Portable Office
Friday, February 26, 2010
Fish that use electric fields to sense their environments dim their signals to save energy during the day when they are resting.
Sternopygus macrurus, a South American river fish, is a natural practitioner of energy efficiency. It can reshape the charged-molecule channels in its electricity-producing cells to tone down its electrical signature within a matter of minutes.
This is a really expensive signal to produce. The fish is using up a lot of its energy budget,” said neurobiologist Michael Markham at the University of Texas at Austin, lead author of a paper in PLoS Biology on the fish. “These animals are saving energy by reducing the strength of the signal when they are not active.”
Labels: Electric Fish
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Without a major breakthrough in battery technology, electric vehicles will remain an expensive proposition and a tiny fraction of the vehicle market for the foreseeable future, according to a study that questions how fast cars with cords will catch on.
The report by Boston Consulting Group underscores a point even some EV advocates have made: The cost of the batteries that power these cars is the technology’s Achilles’ heel, and automakers are being optimistic in predicting how quickly costs will come down. It finds that the long-term cost many automakers cite — $250 per kilowatt-hour — in their long-term electric plans is unrealistic without a “major breakthrough” that brings cheaper, more powerful batteries.
“Given current technology options, we see substantial challenges to achieving this goal by 2020,” says Xavier Mosquet, co-author of the study. “For years, people have been saying that one of the keys to reducing our dependency on fossil fuels is the electrification of the vehicle fleet. The reality is, electric-car batteries are both too expensive and too technologically limited for this to happen in the foreseeable future.”
Several major automakers are developing electric vehicles, and the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf are expected by the end of the year. Cars with cords will be front and center next week at the Detroit auto show in a section called “Electric Avenue,” with Audi, BMW and Volvo among the companies bringing concept cars.
Car companies aren’t alone in betting on the technology.
The Obama Administration has set aside $2.4 billion to spur development of next-generation batteries and electric vehicles, and it is loaning money to companies like Tesla Motors, Fisker Automotive and Nissan to develop EVs. The Department of Energy gave General Motors $106 million in grants to refurbish an old factory to produce batteries for the Volt.
“We urgently need to change how we power cars and trucks,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday at the opening of the GM battery factory. “America has fallen behind in the race to build the cars of the future.”
Most of the EVs on the horizon will use lithium-ion batteries, which the report says currently run as much as $1,200 per kilowatt-hour (.pdf). Many automakers, citing the typical cost of $250 to $400 per kilowatt-hour for such batteries in consumer electronics, expect automotive batteries to cost about that much at large-scale production.
The flaw in that thinking, according to the report, is the battery packs in consumer electronics are smaller and simpler than those in automobiles, and they don’t have the same safety and longevity requirements. For that reason, the report finds, battery costs most likely will be higher than automakers predict.
Both the Volt and the Leaf will roll out of factories by the end of the year. The Volt has a 16 kWh battery; General Motors hasn’t said what the car will cost but on Thursday said it could be less than the $40,000 that has been widely cited. Nissan says the Leaf, which has a 24-kWh pack, will cost between $26,000 and $34,000 before the $7,500 federal EV tax credit.
One thing Nissan is considering to keep costs down is selling the car but leasing the battery. Company CEO Carlos Ghosn said such an approach will hasten the adoption of EVs by making them more competitive with gas-burning vehicles.
“For an electric car to make inroads, we have to make sure it starts at the same cost as a conventional car,” he said before unveiling the Leaf in Los Angeles in November.
Despite the dour prediction, the report predicts steady growth for hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs during the next decade. It predicts 26 percent of the 54.5 million cars sold in China, Japan, the United States and Western Europe in 2020 will have an electric drivetrain of some kind. That works out to 14 million cars. By that time, the report predicts, lithium-ion batteries will run about $570 to $700 per kilowatt-hour, with a 15 kilowatt-hour pack running about $8,000 to $10,000. At that price, Mosquet says, it will take 15 years for the cost of owning an electric car to match that of a gasoline car.
Of those 14 million electric cars the report sees on the road in 2020, 1.5 million will be battery electric vehicles like the Leaf. Another 1.5 million will be range-extended electric vehicles like the Volt, which uses a small gasoline engine to drive a generator when the battery winds down. The remaining 11 million will be plug-in hybrids or hybrids like the Toyota Prius.
The number of electric vehicles the Boston Consulting Group sees being sold in 2020 comes to 6 percent. That’s within the ballpark of Nissan’s findings that 8 percent of Americans and 9 percent of Europeans are “hand-raisers” who say their next car will be electric.
“I think I’m being conservative saying 10 percent” of the market will be EVs by 2020, Ghosn said in November. “People will say ‘You’re being too bullish.’ But I think that underestimates people’s concern for the environment.”
Paul Scott, a co-founder of the advocacy group Plug In America, agrees. He says reports like those prepared by Boston Consulting Group often overlook the fact oil isn’t getting any cheaper, people are increasingly concerned about the environment and they’re tired of buying oil from countries hostile to the United States.
“These are issues that the bottom-line argument doesn’t take into account,” Scott said. “There are millions of people for whom those issues are important, and they will pay more for an electric car.”
Even at, say, $750 per kilowatt-hour for a battery, Scott believes buyers will line up for electric cars.
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