If your electricity fails in a post-apocalyptic world, you
can use water pressure to generate electricity. Travis Lipstein and fellow
students in a mechatronics class at Colorado State University used a Tesla
turbine - based on the work of Nikola Tesla in the early 1900s - to turn water
into electricity. The water pressure forces a shaft in the turbine to rotate.
The rotating shaft is connected to a generator. The water flow around the turbine
is controlled by valves. The rotational speed is communicated to the user via a
LCD interface on the system's control panel, which lets the user know when
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More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
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.
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