Even though the greatest innovation in car technology over the past 20 years has been the introduction of the cup holder, the future is starting to look brighter. A strong emphasis will be placed on moving the decision-making process away from the human driver. If we get this idea perfected, we can once again allow drinking and driving. Hmmm!!
Rolltronics Corporation and its partner, Iowa Thin Film Technologies, envision building integrated circuits in a process as simple as printing a newspaper.
The two companies recently demonstrated the world’s first working silicon transistors made using a radical new “roll-to-roll” manufacturing technique. In this process, a continuous sheet of flexible polymer is unrolled from one spool, covered with circuit-board-like patterns of silicon, and collected on another spool.
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Sometimes you can uncover great information, even it is being created by the true slumlords of the Internet. Plasma antennas are radiofrequency antennas that employ plasma as the guiding medium for electromagnetic radiation. Conventional antennas employ either metal or dielectric materials, such as teflon, to support antenna currents necessary for radiating electromagnetic fields. More Here
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Tiny little power plants, micro fuel cells, will soon be powering everything from cell phones to laptop computers to a host of other handheld devices. Even the best lithium-ion cell-phone batteries provide only about four hours of talk time while these micro fuel cells could provide up to 20 hours. No recharging batteries here, you just swap out methanol cartridges.
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It sounds like an oxymoron, but a new aluminium organic capacitor developed by Micromark can sustain its capacitance at unusually high operating frequencies. Applications include low voltage, high current power supplies for equipment such as desktop PCs and set top boxes.
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Spawned by a microfinance industry that was created to assist the less fortunate, microinsurance has carved out a specific market niche. This site is a thought leader in this emerging market. Insurance is a good tool to help reduce the vulnerability of poor people.
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Maptech has developed a very creative full-functioning chartplotter program for your Pocket PC. This innovative new Pocket Navigator is a wireless GPS system for the Pocket PC that produces high resolution Aero, Marine, and Land maps for the entire world. So the next time you’re lost in the middle of North Dakota ….well, you’d just better ask for directions. Even true genius can’t explain North Dakota. More Here
The Merlin Roadster is definitely a hot looking car. It comes equipped with a 88 cubic inch V-twin engine that pushes it past the 100 mph mark. It also get a cool 60 miles per gallon. This little sportscar will hit dealers this summer with a pricetag of $23,900.
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Time magazine has called it the invention of the year. This outrageously expensive piece of furniture vibrates all to pieces of your body that need vibrating. The H.9 Shaiatsu massage chair will only set you back a cool $3,500. More Here
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In 1502 Leonardo da Vinci did a simple drawing of a graceful bridge with a huge span of 240 meters. It was a design commissioned by Sultan Bajazet II to span the Golden Horn, an inlet at the mouth of the Bosporus River in what is the modern nation of Turkey. It was never built. When Vebjørn Sand saw the design in an exhibition on da Vinci’s engineering genius in 1996, he was overwhelmed by the beauty of the design. His great gift to the people of Norway was his ability to communicate this vision to the public sector.
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