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Hamster Power Plant, is it the Future of Energy??
The future of electricity?

Could hamsters be the answer to developing clean energy in the future..? Well, not exactly, but they could hold the key. Scientists have managed to harness the energy-producing power of hamsters, and this could be a vital first step in satisfying the energy needs of tomorrow.

Energy cannot be created or destroyed, this is the inspiration for scientists who know we could solve the problems of energy creation and maybe even global warming, if only we could capture a small amount of the energy emitted by living creatures

Here comes the nerdy bit. The hamsters were fitted with tiny detector jackets which capture the biomechanical energy they release as they move and exercise. Dr Zhong Lin Wang of Georgia University’s Nano Research Group developed the flexible jackets, which are fitted with wires plugged into a nanogenerator that produces energy when they are bent and stretched. It is the first demonstration of a live animal producing current with nano-generators. Experts believe the technique could one day be used to capture power produced by humans. The technology could be ready to be fitted into clothes within five years. It would capture energy produced not only when humans are active, but also from smaller movements such as when people are sat at computers.



Windows 7? One3rdNerd.com ponders

So, windows 7 is on the verge, and the beta is currently being tested worldwide, if it wasn’t for my killing my Vaio, leaving me with one laptop, I would have been testing it myself. However the reason I’m excited about it, is simply the way they have incorporated touch screen technology, and the fact they have re-done explorer.exe from scratch.

This video isnt new, but does highlight some of the features that will be exciting to both the average users, and the creative users.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqDQ0wUcSPQ

Explorer.exe has supposedly been rebuilt, and thus much faster, I hope this is true, because it has been dragging for some time now. A boring fact, but on to the interesting one..

If you can use your desktop or laptop with touchscreen, then there’s a whole lot of new possibilities, from artists, to musicians, and graphic designers to web designers, many will reap the benefits.

A musician on the go will be able to use their screen like a midi controller, whether they’re playing some keys, or turning nobs. A whole lot more of this can now be “hands on”, with the ability to alter switches, mod wheels and notes in reason, ableton etc, and have the changes recorded in real time, this is truly amazing news. Even in studios the engineers will have the ability to use a large touch screen as their mixer, having the ability to download new operating system software for their touch screen running on windows, Mac will embrace this also at some point, I’m sure they have seen the creative possibilities, and with this being their high end target market, they will no doubt cater for this.

Graphic designers will be able to sketch on their laptops whereever they are, without needing an accessory like a wacom pad or graphics tablet.

Soon, web designers will be building their designs using their fingers to move boxes of colour, text, and modules to different areas of their site, resizing them as they go.

I think these improvements will help users connect better with their tools, in this case the tool is a computer, and although the keyboard and mouse are hear to stay, this “third” hand if you like, will add a lot more functionality, and if the Internet, web designers, and web developers embrace these new tools then maybe web 3.0 is around the corner?

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Oliver Pennyweather

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