Casio has developed high-performance portable fuel cells - its latest R&D success in the worldwide push toward smaller, cleaner more efficient power sources to supplant the ailing battery. The cells work by converting fuel such as methanol into hydrogen, which is then reacted with oxygen via a generating cell to produce electricity. A Casio fuel cell for a laptop would be half the weight and last about four times longer than a lithium ion rechargeable battery. This can be increased to 8 times the efficiency using high-energy alcohol fuel. Being refuelable rather than re-chargeable or disposable, fuel cells will also reduce the environmental effects of our increasing reliance on go anywhere electronic devices.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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