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September 14th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-09-14 02:11
  Subject:   [/.] Decent hydrogen storage, at last! Borohydride and water.
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  Music:Chemlab - Burnout at the Hydrogen Bar

Chemist Don Gervasio and colleague Sonja Tasic, both at Arizona State University in the US, set out to develop a fuel cell that would generate more electricity for its weight than the best batteries, and would also work at room temperature.

Gervasio's solution was to use the alkaline compound borohydride. A 30% solution of borohydride in water actually contains one-third more hydrogen than the same volume of liquid hydrogen. "The difference is that the borohydride is at room temperature, and it's stable, non-toxic and cost-effective," Gervasio says. The borohydride solution releases its hydrogen as it flows over a catalyst made of ruthenium. The hydrogen passes through a membrane and combines with oxygen in the fuel cell, generating electricity and waste water.

Theoretically, this could achieve an energy density up to about 2200 watt-hours per litre Gervasio says, compared to 200 watt-hours per litre for a lithium polymer battery.


http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn10066-new-type-of-hydrogen-fuel-cell-powers-up.html

2000 Wh/kg! Now that's some serious improvement in energy density. The catalyst packs are going to be expensive as hell, but aside from that this sounds amazing.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-09-14 03:42
  Subject:   CSMonitor article about Mythbusters.
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  Location:M5I, San Francisco
  Mood:amused
  Music:Mythbusters Theme

While definitely not dinner companions after hours, the two respect each other on the job. "I wouldn't spend five minutes with Adam outside work if I didn't have to," says Jamie Hyneman. "But yet I feel somewhat displaced without him in the workplace ... destroying my tools and leaving messes everywhere he goes."

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0914/p20s01-altv.html
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-09-14 08:23
  Subject:   The Internets have finally been used for everything.
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  Mood:hated by PETA
  Music:Dr. BLT - The Truth Hurts

"Obviously you people thought I was kidding.

WELL, WHO'S LAUGHING NOW?"


http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004457.html


(Stolen from flemco)
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-09-14 22:26
  Subject:   [/.] And the slow news day roundup...
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Hail Eris! - The planet(?) formely known as Xena will now be officially renamed "Eris" - Greek goddess of chaos. Fitting, given how much infighting it has sown in the astronomical community. ;]

Bionic arms on the march - I have noted before that I, for one, welcome our new bio-Strogg humanity liquidators.

The Nintendo Revolution will be region-free! - Alright! Nintendo GETS it! Region coding = locking out potential customers. And yes, Nintendo's newest console will always be the "Revolution" to me, not that skin-crawlingly pink girly name they've given it. (Not that there's anything WRONG with that...)

Diebold voting machine utterly pwNzd - Oh sure, like nobody saw THAT one coming. Bruce Schneier said it best: electronic voting machines need to have paper trails verifiable by the individual voter, or they're untrustable crap.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-09-14 22:55
  Subject:   MSDN Event 2006/09/14 - WCF preview
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