Windbelt: Small-Scale Wind Power To Help Power Third World

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 Working in Haiti, Shawn Frayne, a 28-year-old inventor based in Mountain View, Calif., saw the need for small-scale wind power to juice LED lamps and radios in the homes of the poor. Conventional wind turbines don’t scale down well-there’s too much friction in the gearbox and other components. “With rotary power, there’s nothing out there that generates under 50 watts,” Frayne says. So he took a new tack, studying the way vibrations caused by the wind led to the collapse in 1940 of Washington’s Tacoma Narrows Bridge (aka Galloping Gertie).

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Most Dangerous Hacky Sack Toy for Firebugs

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Some toys are so obviously dangerous, that you’ve got to wonder what they were thinking. Following Lawn Darts and the 1950s Atomic Energy Lab toy that included actual radioactive Uranium ores, the Fire Footbag seems so clearly dangerous, that you’d better move fast if you want one before the rest of the world follows Australia’s lead and pulls them off the shelves.

 

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