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Why Breathe When You Can Swallow?

From a recent ad spotted in Running Times magazine, we discover a way to get oxygen into the bloodstream of athletes without using the lungs. Yes, it’s SportsOxy Shot from Scientific Solutions LLC. They’re selling “super oxygenated” water that’s supposed to drastically improve athletic performance. A “serving” is 10 milliliters and it contains 15 volumes…

From one of my favorite “Oh, my! Isn’t that quirky?” sites, technovelgy, comes Useful Body Modifications (submitted by Bill Christensen). Here we find a dude who has a ruler tattooed on the underside of his forearm… …others who have small magnets implanted under the skin to attain a “sixth sense” (WTF?) and finally, pierced glasses.…

“Miracle” Heater

Our Sunday newspaper magazine section features a two page ad for a new “miracle” heating device that looks like a fireplace and features a “hand-crafted Amish mantel”. Check this out: The HEAT SURGE miracle heater is a work of engineering genius from the China coast, so advanced you simply plug it into any standard wall…

Air Guitar Hero Cranks It to 11

The 2008 Consumer Electronics Show wraps up today. As one might imagine, the show’s replete with the coolest and most dubious of technology for the “Entertain Me!” masses. This Air Guitar Hero offering from “Nitrous Roxide” is a fine example of the dubious. Here’s the explanation of the technology in a nutshell: Here’s another demonstration.…

Gakked from Technovelgy: Here is a new cell phone that sports a replaceable scented strip on its body. Although it doesn’t transmit odors to the recipient of a phone call, it’s not a far cry from Fred Pohl’s joymaker, a fictional form of PDA described in The Age of the Pussyfoot: The remote-access computer transponder…

In order to learn how to design circuits and systems using transistors and other solid state devices, students of electronics are told in their courses how semiconductors function. The atomic structure of crystalline silicon is examined in its intrinsic and doped states. Discussion of energy levels, conduction band electrons and hole production quickly follow. Soon,…

Hypermiler or Hyperdumb?

Mother Jones has an interesting article this month concerning hypermilers, that is, people who try to get the absolute highest possible fuel mileage out of their vehicles. Lots of folks are concerned about the environment along with high fuel costs, so I figured these drivers might be able to give me a few pointers. Boy,…