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    How it works.

    by  • February 19, 2009 • Science • 0 Comments

    There are three kinds of people: snacks, trolls and bastards. Snacks are people without strong personal competence or will. Trolls are people with strong personal competence, but without social status. Many computer programmers and engineers are trolls. They live in caves. Bastards are people with strong personal competence and high social status. Bastards who speak [...]

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    “Feed the world” at the Royal Institution

    by  • February 18, 2009 • Science • 2 Comments

    Feed the World We live in an age of scientific and technological advancement that was almost unimaginable only a few generations ago. From mobile telephones to the Large Hadron Collider, human know-how and ingenuity is deeper, more widespread and disseminates faster than at any time in history. However, despite our vast knowledge almost 900 million [...]

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    A Back-of-the-Envelope Master at work (on how to get renewable drinking water for 2m people.)

    by  • October 13, 2008 • Personal, Science, The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson on Global Swadeshi fleshing out how to provide water security for the Canary Islands. I just love this post. This is exactly the kind of magic that I hoped that Global Swadeshi would produce. Now let’s build it! I’ll note that the same logic applies to the dry coastlines of Africa too. And [...]

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    Born to run: endurance running as a human evolutionary advantage

    by  • September 15, 2008 • Science • 0 Comments

    People are astonishingly successful endurance runners, “and I don’t think it’s just a fluke,” Lieberman says. He and Bramble argue that not only can humans outlast horses, but over long distances and under the right conditions, they can also outrun just about any other animal on the planet—including dogs, wolves, hyenas, and antelope, the other [...]

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    Electric light plane

    by  • September 8, 2008 • Science • 0 Comments

    A direct drive 5 KWh electric motor carbon fiber lightweight 45 inch propeller gets the little airplane climbing at 500-600 feet per minute. The ElectraFlyer-C has a cruisng speed of 70 mph (112 kmph), a top speed of 144 kmph, and your flight time would be 1.5 to 2 hours. That is with the top [...]

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