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Comment Re:Can't light an LED (Score 2, Interesting) 234

Hmmm, that is a very good point. Assuming those objects have a hysteresis curve like any non-permanent magnet you would have to be careful about how you put them together. Maybe there is a way they can "wind" the strands around a core to negate any potential field problems, kind of like how interleaving windings on an inductor can help with copper loss. All things considered, sounds like a fun experiment!

Comment Re:Can't light an LED (Score 4, Interesting) 234

I would think it would be a limitation of the test size. If it's like any other electrical device, we should be able to stack a WHOLE bunch of them in series to create larger voltages. I really hope this goes somewhere, a lot of what is holding us back from implementing more renewable energy sources is the fact that we have no efficient (cost efficient mostly) way of storing the energy.

Submission + - Artificial Tornadoes Could Solve Global Warming (

Bomarrow1 writes: Louis Michaud believes that Man-Made Tornadoes could be the answer to global warming. He suggests that if hundreds of tornadoes were placed along the equator using warm water to power them they could solve the current energy problem. A side effect of this would be that they would aid in removing heat from the atmosphere by raising warm air to the outer limits of the atmosphere.

Submission + - New technology has dramatic chip-cooling potential

BillOfThePecosKind writes: "Researchers have demonstrated a new technology using tiny "ionic wind engines" that might dramatically improve computer chip cooling, possibly addressing a looming threat to future advances in computers and electronics." Some researchers funded by Intel over at Purdue have improved the "heat-transfer coefficient" by some 250%. I never liked water cooled systems, and this sounds promising. However I wonder how much ozone one of these things produces, probably not much.

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