All winter long, Robert basks in tropical temperatures right at home in upstate New York—thanks to an ignition timer system he designed for his ancient (1928) but efficient hot water boiler. At startup, the timer keeps the ignition on for 90 seconds while the burner comes to temperature. Tolerant of line noise and sags, it's designed to restart in the event of a line interruption longer than one second. Click here for details.
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The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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