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Submission + - Lighting In A Bottle->

An anonymous reader writes: A brilliant idea. The BBC reports, "Alfredo Moser's invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity — using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. In the last two years his innovation has spread throughout the world. It is expected to be in one million homes by early next year. So how does it work? Simple refraction of sunlight, explains Moser, as he fills an empty two-litre plastic bottle. "Add two capfuls of bleach to protect the water so it doesn't turn green [with algae]. The cleaner the bottle, the better," he adds. ... "An engineer came and measured the light," he says. "It depends on how strong the sun is but it's more or less 40 to 60 watts," he says. "
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Comment Re:May have missed ? (Score 1) 265 265

The picture in that article isn't the picture of the original comet-like bits from 1883 as no pictures seem to have been made of the event in 1883. Also, another observation of the comments from below the actual article .. A "flock of birds" flying between the telescope and the sun would most likely be perfectly in focus, at least judging from various internet pictures of airplanes flying between sun and telescope and my own personal observations of seeing both a seagull and a satellite passing in front of the sun while looking through a Lunt solar scope. The edges of both the seagull and the satellite were razor sharp while I was focused on the sun.

Comment Re:That wasn't smart. (Score 1) 156 156

I've purchased books for $0.99 just to check them out. In one case, the author's writing style was crap (imo .. who the heck writes fiction in present-tense?!?) so I won't buy any of his (much higher priced) sequels, but I'm not sweating the dollar it cost to find out I didn't like the author .. and the others I've purchased for .99 were good reads.

Comment Re:They could wedge something in there! (Score 2, Informative) 560 560

Oh sure, you say that know, but when the first vagina grenade goes off on a crowded plane, what will you say?

The problem here is body scanners wouldn't detect a vagina bomb in the first place. They only penetrate roughly 1/10th of an inch below the skin. Ironically, the explosives sniffers WOULD detect it but typically aren't being used in areas "protected by" body scanning devices.

Comment Re:Dang! Things were just getting fun (Score 2, Informative) 756 756

Do *you* know the actual physical volume of "60,000 metric tons" of nuclear waste, offhand?

Plutonium: 19816 kg/m^3
Uranium: density = 19.05 grams per cubic centimetre = 19,050 kg/m^3

60000 tons / 19 tons per cubic meter = ~ 3158 cubic meters, or approximately 1 to 3 olympic swimming pools, depending on depth.

This nuclear waste stuff redefines the meaning of the term "heavy" in heavy waste.

... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. -- Fred Brooks