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Heidi Klum made this video in preparation for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, set to air on CBS on December 4th, and it's the most solid evidence yet that hot chicks can do whatever they want. If she was ugly and acted this goofy, guys would have told her to shut the hell up long ago. If this were high school and the tubby goth chick was doing this, I'd tease her until she killed herself and that would be that. But it's Heidi Klum. She could spend the entire video with charts and graphs explaining why Seals big black cock puts mine to shame, but as long as she did it in a bra, I'd sit here with my chin in the palms of my hands like a lovesick teen, sighing deeply and with cartoon hearts for eyes.

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Leatherman Skeletool a functional tool or wonderful industrial design? YES

Now you’re ready…To downsize. At a mere five ounces the new, full-size multi-tool from Leatherman features a stainless steel blade, pliers, bit driver and carabiner/bottle opener—that’s it. Only the most necessary multi-tool features, because sometimes that’s all you need. Removable pocket clip means it easily clips onto a belt, pack, or vest—no sheath required.

NuVinci Continously Variable Planetary Gearing

Inspired by Davinci drawings in the 1490's

NuVinci® Overview

The patented NuVinci technology developed by Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook) is the most practical, economical and universally adaptable continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission for human-powered and motor-powered vehicles and machines. The NuVinci CVP is ideally suited for applications in many major industries including bicycles, light electric vehicles, tractors, automobiles, trucks, and utility class wind turbines among others.

The NuVinci transmission uses a set of rotating and tilting balls positioned between the input and output components of a transmission that tilt to vary the speed of the transmission.

Tilting the balls changes their contact diameters and varies the speed ratio. As a result, the NuVinci CVP offers seamless and continuous transition to any ratio within its range, thus maximizing overall powertrain efficiency, with no jarring or shocks from the shifting process, and improving acceleration, performance and overall vehicle efficiency over conventional transmissions.

When compared to traditional continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), the NuVinci CVP is less complex, has considerably fewer parts, offers more stable control and scalability across product lines, is better packaged, and is less expensive to manufacture and assemble .

Distinguishing the NuVinci CVP from Traditional CVTs.

There is a clear distinction between Fallbrook's NuVinci continuously variable planetary (CVP) drive and more traditional continuously variable transmission (CVT) technologies. A CVT is a transmission that is infinitely variable between its high and low range as opposed to a conventional geared transmission where the number of speed ratios between high and low is limited by the number of gears.

The CVT has been called the "holy grail" of transmissions because it eliminates the multiple gears, shifting clutch and many other parts found in conventional transmissions. In place of gears, most CVTs use one or more cones, discs, balls, belts, toroids or other shaped devices for gradually changing ratios. These geometric shapes allow the input or output contact points on any particular device to vary in diameter, thus changing the input to output speed.

The use of CVTs has not become widespread due to multiple problems inherent in tradional designs. These problems include shifting control difficulties, poor efficiency, scalability challenges, questionable reliability and durability, high cost, and other factors.

The NuVinci CVP represents a quantum leap forward over other CVTs as well as conventional mechanical transmissions. These advantages include:

Higher torque density
Smaller size/weight
Easily scalable
More adaptable and versatile
Improved overall performance
Easy to package (less space required)
Lower manufacturing and maintenance costs

How the NuVinci Transmission Works

The NuVinci CVP is continuously variable and infinitely applicable to almost any product using mechanical power transmission. NuVinci technology combines the advantages of a toroidal traction CVT with the time-proven versatility of the planetary gear arrangement. It uses rolling traction to transfer torque, just as do toroidal transmissions. However, unlike toroidal CVTs, it distributes the transmitted torque over several spheres in an inherently stable configuration, thus lowering total clamping force required and significantly improving durability, control stability, and torque density.

This arrangement makes the NuVinci transmission the only practical CVT to combine the smooth, continuous power transfer of a CVT with the utility of a conventional planetary gear drive. Torque inputs can be summed or divided, just as in a conventional planetary. Ratio control is stable, and can be actuated down the center line of the transmission, which again is similar to the proven planetary transmission. Part shapes are simple and relatively easy to manufacture, and in most applications, there is no need for power-robbing, high-pressure hydraulics.

The NuVinci CVP reduces energy consumption, such as fuel, through its seamless speed changing characteristics, allowing the power input such as a gasoline engine to operate in its most efficient speed range. Overall, the NuVinci CVP’s mechanical and manufacturing characteristics improve performance and reliability while reducing costs over traditional CVTs and stepped transmissions.

As a result, the NuVinci CVP can potentially replace the planetary gear automatic transmission in most mechanical devices.

Key advantages of the NuVinci CVP

Compared to conventional transmission technologies, the NuVinci CVP provides:

Less complexity. There are significantly fewer parts than conventional transmissions and it is potentially much less costly to manufacture.
Overall improved system efficiency. With the NuVinci CVP, it is easy to keep an engine running at its most efficient speed.
Greater acceleration and optimum performance. Acceleration is faster and smoother – right up to the vehicle’s acceleration limits – because it keeps the engine running at peak performance.
Easier shifting. There is no jarring associated with shifting gears.
Ability to accept multiple inputs while varying speed and ratio, managing torque and providing single or multiple power outlets. A NuVinci transmission is the most practical CVT technology to perform all of these tasks simultaneously.
Support for a torque demand rather than a speed demand control solution. The NuVinci CVP solves the low-speed acceleration problem inherent in some torque-demand vehicles.
Scalability and potential to reuse tooling. The technology is highly scalable. The design and implementation of a low-torque application utilizing four balls may involve the same basic parts as a higher torque application with eight or sixteen balls. Also, tooling can be used across a wide variety of applications.
Improved hill-climbing. The NuVinci CVP allows a driver to drive up a hill at the desired speed and in the proper transmission ratio without having to choose, as with traditional geared transmissions, between a gear that is too high and bogs the engine down resulting in a lower speed or a gear that is too low and results in an over revving engine speed.

Compared to CVT alternatives, the NuVinci CVP offers:

Coaxial input and output. The input and output shafts are in-line, making the transmission simpler, smaller, easier to package, and lighter.
Better torque density. A NuVinci CVP delivers a large amount of torque in a relatively small space. It is smaller and easier to package than other CVTs because it does not require an offset shaft and because it can spread torque across any number of traction contacts by using many balls..
Lower manufacturing cost. The transmission uses simple geometry and very simple parts which results in a lower cost. The NuVinci CVP can also be scaled across a wide variety of vehicles in many cases without retooling.
Lower control cost. Transmission control is stable, linear and does not require a major control system development effort.
Power path variability. The technology is easily integrated into a wide range of applications with varying power path requirements or options.
Scalability. The NuVinci CVP’s simple design and low part count make it easily scalable.

Google Gears

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Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using the following JavaScript APIs:

Store and serve application resources locally
Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness

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Human ' Treeman ' begs for help as he turns into a tree

An Indonesian man who suffers from a rare disease which causes tree-like growths all over his body is seeking help from American medics

Butterfly: the World’s Smallest Indoor Radio-Controlled Airplane

By Alice Hill


Mom always said don’t play ball in the house, but no one ever seems to say much about a good paper airplane. In fact, our story on how to to build the best paper airplane in the world, was one of the most popular items on RealTechNews.

Today, we have one for those who want to move beyond paper folding and get serious. It’s called “The Butterfly” and it is billed as “The Living Room Flier” a full radio controlled mini plane you can indeed fly around your living room. The only catch: it’s $239. Don’t step on it!

“The Dream of an R/C airplane that can be piloted in the living room has been realized. This is the world’s lightest and smallest ready to fly R/C Model Fly “missions” during TV Commercials, Indoors, In ANY WEATHER!

“Full Proportional radio control enables you to fly with precision in any room 12′ X 16′. Just add 4-AA batteries to the combination transmitter/charger and you’ll be ready for action anytime Take the Butterfly with you ANYWHERE in it’s own protective aluminum briefcase (included!) You can safely take your Butterfly with you to work, school, holidays - anywhere.” Source: Plantraco Hobbies via Digg PS. We love you Gizmodo!

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Searching MIT video Lectures

Researchers at MIT have released a video and audio search tool that solves one of the most challenging problems in the field: how to break up a lengthy academic lecture into manageable chunks, pinpoint the location of keywords, and direct the user to them. Announced last month, the MIT Lecture Browser website gives the general public detailed access to more than 200 lectures publicly available though the university's OpenCourseWare initiative. The search engine leverages decades' worth of speech-recognition research at MIT and other institutions to convert audio into text and make it searchable.

The Lecture Browser arrives at a time when more and more universities, including Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley, are posting videos and podcasts of lectures online. While this content is useful, locating specific information within lectures can be difficult, frustrating students who are accustomed to finding what they need in less than a second with Google.

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Making Hydrogen from Leftovers

Waste not: A microbial electrolysis cell (left) uses bacteria to convert organic materials into hydrogen, with a boost from a small external power source (right).
Credit: Photograph by Shaoan Cheng, Penn State University

Unsure what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? According to Penn State University (PSU) researchers, feeding table scraps to bacteria may be a clean and efficient way to produce hydrogen that can be used as fuel. Bruce Logan, Kappe professor of environmental engineering, and his colleagues at PSU have designed a tabletop reactor that uses bacteria to break down biodegradable organic material. Adding a small jolt of energy to the system causes hydrogen gas to bubble up to the surface. Logan says that this biological process--compared with today's existing techniques--may be a more sustainable and efficient alternative for generating hydrogen.

Chismillionaire's NEW Monday deal of the week

Samsung 2220WM 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1680x1050, 5ms, 1000:1, DVI - Black $239.99

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Chis if you look back about two weeks, you can see that I posted the same External HD, but with a cheaper cost. I want a New Deal of the Week. -See what the Pros are buying

Great site of hedge fund hot shot James Altucher to see what makes up the portfolios of the greats.

Holdings of Warren Buffett
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New England Auto Show This week at Convention Center on Summer St

New England Auto Show

$12 for Adults Open 10am-10pm Wed through Sat and Sun 10a-7pm
Kids 6-12 are $6
Under 5 Free

Chismillionaire's Monday deal of the week

Western Digital Passport 160GB USB 2.0 Portable 2.5" External Hard Drive - WDXMS1600TN $81.05