Archive for July, 2011

Electricity from Exercise?

From NPR, a story about converting gym use to usable electrical energy.


If only all the speed and strength of youth could be channeled into power. Turns out, it can. Some colleges and universities have started converting energy from exercise equipment into electricity.

One of those schools is Drexel University in Philadelphia, where student power runs straight into their buildings’ power grids. Dan Simmons, director of recreation at Drexel, says a typical 30-minute workout on a treadmill can generate enough energy to hold a light bulb for 2.5 hours.

A company called ReRev has retrofitted cardio elliptical machines in a portion of the university’s gym to generate electricity for that area. The energy can be stored, so it’s not necessary for someone to pedal a stationary bicycle to keep the lights on. (…continue reading…)

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Posted: July 13th, 2011
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Nutrigrain Commercial Spoof

This is… mildly entertaining (to you, I hope, as it was to me).

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Posted: July 12th, 2011
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Urthecast - The Real Enemy of the State

So I’m not sure how serious this project is, but it has the notable dual distinction of being both really cool and really frightening. HD video streaming of the earth from orbit - with up to 1 meter resolution. Holy crap. See for yourself. And yes, we’ve seen this movie.

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I mean, we’d be foolish to believe that this is not already deployed and functioning somewhere other than on the international space station, in my ninja opinion. Yup, they can see you peeing.

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Posted: July 11th, 2011
at 9:35am by Black Ock

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Categories: weaponry,real life news,science,ninjas are everyehere,space

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Musak Video Sunday 7.10.11

Two of these videos aren’t official music videos… but they’ll do! Happy Midsummer Sunday!

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Posted: July 10th, 2011
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Balancing Conciousness

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Posted: July 9th, 2011
at 8:42am by mnp


Categories: life,science

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Six Strike Rule for Pirates?

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Posted: July 8th, 2011
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Categories: crime,law

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More Jobs for the Auto Industry

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Posted: July 7th, 2011
at 4:31pm by mnp


Categories: business,jobs

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Ninja Helmets

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Posted: July 7th, 2011
at 3:26pm by mnp


Categories: bikes

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The Seasonal Business

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Posted: July 7th, 2011
at 3:14pm by mnp


Categories: business

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