Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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Dyson Airblade: 400mph, No Hot Air
James Dyson, billionaire inventor of expensive vacuum cleaners, has time on his hands to worry about bathroom bacteria, so he created the Dyson Airblade, a supercharged hand dryer that pumps room-temperature air through a tiny slot at 400mph. Dyson claims the device uses a "windshield-wiper" effect, drying both hands in 10 seconds. Since it doesn't use any hot air, he says it uses 83% less energy. Must be noisy, though. To go on sale in the UK next month, Dyson's reverse vacuum cleaner for hand drying will cost 549 (around $1027), and will also be available for lease.
This might be a great device for those of us who really don't want to touch anything in a public bathroom, and don't much like standing around for 30 seconds at a noisy hot air blower waiting for the hands to dry. – Charlie White
Dyson goes 400mph in toilet
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Compare the prices for you get on a nightly basis at a hotel for some of the villas-
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Something new and for a little less than the in town places. Handy after an IMAX show at Jordan's
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1954: The world's first nuclear power plant becomes operational in Obninsk, outside of Moscow.
The nuclear reactor, used to generate electricity, heralded Obninsk's new role as a major Soviet scientific city, a status it retains in the Russian Federation where it carries the sobriquet of First Russian Science City.
Obninsk, population 108,000, currently houses no fewer than 12 scientific research institutions and a technical university. Research is focused on nuclear-power engineering, nuclear physics, radiation technology, the technology of non-metallic materials, medical radiology, meteorology and environmental protection.
Since the plant opened in 1954, most of the industrialized west, along with countries like India and China, have embraced nuclear power. But the backlash against this energy source continues in the wake of accidents such as those that occurred at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Italy, for example, has decommissioned its nuclear plants and two other European countries, Germany and Sweden, are considering doing the same thing.
Obninsk claims Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as a sister city -- another town that has more than a passing relationship with nuclear power.
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