April 5th, 2009

Hungry snail!


Remember the days when cash machines had lovely green VDU screens?
I only ever saw one with problems.

Then Microsoft started providing the software, and we start seeing error messages, and blue-screen's-of-death.

No one would put Windows in a Nuclear Reactor control station - hah, even the thought's funny!


Oh bugger...

"An error is seen on a computer screen of Bushehr nuclear power plant's map in the Bushehr Port on the Persian Gulf, 1,000 kms south of Tehran, Iran on February 25, 2009. Iranian officials said the long-awaited power plant was expected to become operational last fall but its construction was plagued by several setbacks, including difficulties in procuring its remaining equipment and the necessary uranium fuel. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)"

Hungry snail!

Fundimentally new type of battery

The device created by University of Miami Physicist Stewart E. Barnes, of the College of Arts and Sciences and his collaborators can store energy in magnets rather than through chemical reactions. Like a winding up toy car, the spin battery is "wound up" by applying a large magnetic field --no chemistry involved. The device is potentially better than anything found so far, said Barnes.