Overhype of the Fuel Cell Industry

During the past four years, H Power, Plug Power, and the Electric Power Research Institute, among others — some of the most bullish residential fuel cell manufacturers and agencies — promised to install prototype fuel cells in houses to convince people that the technology was a practical source of home energy. Only Plug Power came through. The year 2001 was supposed to be a memorable one for residential fuel cells; instead, it turned out to be one the industry might prefer to forget.
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New Dictionary Word – Googling

Googling is using the popular search engine Google.com to look up someone’s name in an effort to find out more about them. You might Google your neighbor, your old college roommate, or someone you’ve recently met to see what information is available about them on the Internet. Because Google has a ranking system, there is an unsubstantiated belief that the more Google returns a person has, the more important they are.
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Lasers vs Fiber Optics

A handful of start-up companies have begun offering new systems that make use of the light in fiber optic cables while shucking both the fiber and the cable. The systems send infrared laser beams, carrying data at rates up to a billion bits per second, from one building to another through the air.

The beams can travel from one laser transceiver mounted behind a high-rise window, say, to another laser perched behind a window many blocks away, and then on to other buildings, leapfrogging until the data reaches a site with a direct connection to the fiber backbone.
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SoloTrek – Your Personal Flying Machine

It may only hover a few feet above the Earth right now, but the inventor of the SoloTrek XFV hopes that one day it will allow people to swoop and dive at distances comparable to a small airplane.

But unlike a plane, the SoloTrek “jetpack” is being designed to land on a dime with more maneuverability than a helicopter.
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Ageless Aging

Animals dubbed the “mighty mice” at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School have shown that their muscles heal quickly after an injury; and don’t show the normal signs of aging.

Their muscle mass can be 15 percent to 45 percent greater than that of normal mice.

And it’s because of a gene manipulation that, if it translates to humans, could keep muscles toned and strong well into old age, and slow the progression of diseases such as muscular dystrophy.

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Cell Phones Become Popular with Deaf People

The BBC reports, “Over the last few years, the mobile phone has emerged as a popular device for what at first may seem an unlikely user group: the deaf and other people who are hard of hearing.

Using the Short Messaging Service (SMS) functions on mobiles, people with hearing difficulties can communicate by typing messages into their phones.

By setting their mobile phones to vibrate, they can be alerted when a message comes in.”
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Cell Phone Shooting Gallery

There’s a taxi driver in Stockholm known by the Web alias of Taxi31 who spends all his time between passengers shooting people. In Copenhagen, ferocious street battles flare daily between dozens of young men.

The carnage occurs with cellular phones, not guns — courtesy of new technologies that allow cell phone users to locate each other to within several hundred meters.

Two small companies — It’s Alive of Sweden and Wireless Factory of Denmark — have carved out early positions in a new genre of location-based game-playing and entertainment that will likely expand soon from Europe to North America.
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Super Bionics Takes Shape

Progress in the control of machines using signals sent by human nerves will soon allow the development of bionic limbs that will transform the lives of people with amputated limbs according to William Craelius, the inventor of the world’s most advanced artificial hand.

Dr Craelius, a biomedical engineer at Rutgers University, New Jersey, designed the Dextra artificial hand — the first that allows a person to use nerves to control individual mechanical fingers.
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