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Bryan Clark

— Around The Home

Pod Power brings multiple outlets to electrically-challenged spaces

There's no shortage of cord management solutions out there, but Pod Power promises to deliver a level of versatility that's over and above the norm. At its most basic Pod Power is a 15 foot (4.5 meter) long extension cord, but rather than having on outlet at the end, you get five pods at 3-foot intervals. Each pod has its own standard three-prong outlet and a keyhole for easy mounting on the wall, floor or ceiling. Read More
— Electronics

New tech allows lithium batteries to charge faster, and hold charge longer

For those of us using smart phones, an all-too-familiar problem is that of a dead battery. The computing power, as well as the multi-purpose abilities of modern-day phones is nothing short of amazing. However, until battery life catches up with the functionality, we're still forced to carry multiple devices. For example, what good is 32GB of memory to store music and movies if it leaves me with a dead phone after an hour or two of my favorite tunes? Even though my phone can easily handle the music and movie abilities of my iPod, I still carry the iPod. I still have a GPS in my car, even though my phone is more than capable. New technology from Northwestern University is aiming to change all that. Engineers there have created an electrode for lithium-ion batteries - the rechargeables commonly found in our devices - that allows them to run ten times longer, while only taking only one-tenth of the time to charge. Read More
— Good Thinking

Light barrier used to repel mosquitoes

You're in the middle of a great chat with friends on a warm summer night, and then "ouch" a mosquito interrupts your conversation with a bite on your forearm. Experimental physicist Szabolcs Marka hopes to make this occurrence a thing of the past, but in this case it's not aerosol spray or roll-on-repellant keeping the bugs at bay, it's a wall of light. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

The economic benefits of tobacco control rapidly outweigh tobacco tax revenues

In the past decade a line has been drawn in the sand in most major cities. Tax revenues from cigarettes are higher than ever, and most bars and restaurants no longer allow smoking within their confines. The days of smoking being the social norm are quickly turning into times when those lighting-up are viewed as an outcast minority, and when it comes to quitting, the evidence is clear that it's not just the smokers themselves who stand to benefit. Read More