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Tuesday: May 18, 2010

Everything you never knew about ball lightning hallucinations.Everything you never knew about ball lightning hallucinations.

For hundreds of years eyewitnesses have reported brief encounters with the golf ball- to tennis ball-size orbs of electricity. But scientists have been unable to agree on how and why ball lightning forms, since the phenomenon is rare and very short-lived.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 12:28 PM | Tags (8) | ball | lightning | natgeo | phenomena | science | electricity | orbs | forms |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 49 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 8, 2010

Researchers over at MIT have discovered a brand new way to make electricity.Researchers over at MIT have discovered a brand new way to make electricity.

The discovery may one day lead to a myriad of new devices such as sensors the size of dust that can be dispersed in air to monitor the environment or the tech might lead to implantable devices that produce their own power.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 4:03 PM | Tags (5) | mit | electricity | science | carbon | nanotubes |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: January 8, 2010

Your cell phone may one day be powered via carbonated beverage.Your cell phone may one day be powered via carbonated beverage.

The designer claims his sugar-based bio-battery lasts up to four times longer than a fully charged lithium battery and is much easier to recharge: just pour some more sweet fuel.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 4:08 PM | Tags (10) | bio | battery | lithium | cell | phones | electricity | carbohydrates | enzymes | oxygen | water |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: October 15, 2009

Magnetic version of electricity, called magnetricity, just recently discovered.Magnetic version of electricity, called magnetricity, just recently discovered.

It is unlikely to become an immediate replacement for electricity because the crystals have to be cooled to below minus 272.15C — just above absolute zero — to be conducting.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 4:25 PM | Tags (8) | discovery | electricity | magnetic | magnetricity | magnets | physics | science | timesonline |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 26 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: September 11, 2009

Eight signs that you're an energy-hogging jerk.Eight signs that you're an energy-hogging jerk.

If you refuse to turn off your computer, take long hot showers, leave the TV on, idle your car, crank up the AC, leave the fridge open too long, use unneccesary lighting equipment and/or drink bottled water then you are a jerk.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Self Improvement @ 4:06 PM | Tags (8) | electricity | energy | environment | hog | jerk | msnbc | power | usage |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 22 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: September 3, 2009

Everything you wanted to know about the state of wireless electricity.Everything you wanted to know about the state of wireless electricity.

Yes, magnetic fields may soon be delivering our power to us without the need for bulky wires.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 7:53 AM | Tags (6) | cnn | cordless | electricity | fields | magentic | wireless |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 33 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 13, 2009

Les Paul, guitar legend, passes away at 94.Les Paul, guitar legend, passes away at 94.

...the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, many with wife Mary Ford, died on Thursday.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Music @ 1:37 PM | Tags (5) | electric | guitar | inventor | lespaul | music |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 14, 2009

China decides to ban electro-shock therapy for Internet addicts.China decides to ban electro-shock therapy for Internet addicts.

The Chinese government has led a campaign for over a year against Internet addiction, saying young people's excessive time in Internet cafes, known as Web bars in Chinese, is hurting their studies and damaging family life.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Strange @ 7:43 AM | Tags (5) | addicts | china | electric | shock | therapy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 9, 2009

It's quite possible to steal data using only an electrical outlet and some cheap lasers.It's quite possible to steal data using only an electrical outlet and some cheap lasers.

...the attacker grabs the keyboard signals that are generated by hitting keys. Because the data wire within the keyboard cable is unshielded, the signals leak into the ground wire in the cable, and from there into the ground wire of the electrical system feeding the computer.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 4:18 PM | Tags (9) | data | electrical | exploit | hacker | hacking | lasers | outlets | theft | tutorial |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 16 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 6, 2009

Yahoo's next data center to be powered by Niagara Falls?Yahoo's next data center to be powered by Niagara Falls?

Western New York has been courting big data centres thanks to the relatively cheap electricity it can generate from Niagara Falls, and was disappointed last year when HSBC pulled the plug on a $139m, 275,000 square foot data centre that was to open in nearby Cambria, New York.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 3:23 PM | Tags (6) | yahoo | niagara | electricity | green | environment | energy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Soon you'll be able to grab a Big Mac while charging your electric car.Soon you'll be able to grab a Big Mac while charging your electric car.

...a new North Carolina McDonald's will include electric vehicle (EV) recharging stations, part of the ChargePoint network. While you stuff your face, your car could be stuffing its battery.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 3:15 PM | Tags (6) | mcdonalds | environment | electric | cars | vehicle | fastfood |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: June 25, 2009

Tesla gets a $465 million loan from the government to build electric car.Tesla gets a $465 million loan from the government to build electric car.

Tesla has long been counting on the loan to help it build the sedan it unveiled in March and had been in discussions with the agency for about nine months. It had sought $350 million to retool a factory to build the car and $100 million to manufacture battery packs and drivetrain components.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 7:34 AM | Tags (3) | electric | loads | tesla |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 23, 2009

Wind power could theoretically yield forty times more than the current global electricity use.Wind power could theoretically yield forty times more than the current global electricity use.

The numbers that come out of the analysis are quite impressive: maxing out deployment of current-generation technology could produce five times the total energy used in the world today, and 40 times the electricity.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 12:41 PM | Tags (5) | electricity | energy | environment | power | wind |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 19, 2009

Ditch your gas guzzler for a more efficient one and you may get $4,500 towards a new one.Ditch your gas guzzler for a more efficient one and you may get $4,500 towards a new one.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law the 'cash for clunkers' program, which was approved by the Senate on Thursday. For owners of low-mileage models such as the 1994 Ford Bronco, 1998 Nissan Pathfinder or the 1995 Chevrolet Blazer, the plan could give them a reason to visit their local car dealer during an economic downturn.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Life @ 12:21 PM | Tags (6) | cars | efficient | clunkers | electric | hybrid | environment |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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