Junkscience.com, the Fox News mouthpeice that disses global warming and the green movement, is at it again. It is sponsoring a contest that will pay $100,000 to anyone who can prove humans are causing global warming. Of course the Ultimate Global Warming Content (UGWC also stands for the United German Warhammer Clan, a gaming group) is a spoof and no one will ever make a cent from this. Junkscience.com also has The Greener Pledge whose adherents must swear to a list of promises to `help’ the green movement, which Junkscience.com routinely badmouths. Some of the pledges are sort of funny. They include:
– Opening soda cans more slowly to the reduce rate of CO2 emissions.
– Reduce CO2 emissions by doing as little exercise as possible, and
– Use more solar energy by taking longer beach vacations.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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