Mini Robot Climbs Water and Gas Pipes To Inspect Them

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 Micro Miracle Bot?

A bunch of researchers from Japan’s University of Electro-Communications have conjured a mini robot which is capable of moving around freely within water and gas pipes as long as they measure 10cm or more in diameter. This robot will move about inside these pipes as long as they’re made out of iron, since it relies on magnetic feet to get around and about. Features include a CCD camera, a LED light and a built-in battery to get you started.

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Stale Water Is Downside To Water Conservation And May Offset Benefits

Stale Water Is Downside To Water Conservation And May Offset Benefits 

A study out from the American Chemical Society says you should run your water for a while before using it – which goes against everything people say about wasting water – and they blame all the reduced-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and other water-saving green technologies that’s making our water “stale” while it sits in our pipes.

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PermaFlow Lets You Be Your Own Plumber

PermaFlow Lets You Be Your Own Plumber 

PermaFlow 

The holidays are over now and I’m wiping my brow in relief that I didn’t have to call a plumber once between Thanksgiving and New Year’s! I usually don’t get through that period without the kitchen sink backing up. But one of 2008’s most popular new inventions, not to mention one of Pop Sci’s Best of What’s New, PermaFlow, tells me that I may not even have to call a plumber if the sink or toilet backs up.

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