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“Indestructible” MP3 Player: Monolith Premium MX7000

by Justin Thomas •

Yes — manufacturers — make more devices like this one. The Monolith MP3 player is fused into a solid 1.5mm aluminium casing — not stuck together with glue or screws. It’s a unique manufacturing process pioneered by the manufacturer, Estar Laboratories. Testers have run the player over with a car, shot the player with a BB gun, thrown the player …

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The Best Computer Under $500

by Patrick •

Here is some helpful information to find the best computer under $500. The average price of a personal computer is somewhere in the neighborhood of $1300, according to CNET.com. That’s a rather hefty chunk of change, especially if you’re a recent high school or college graduate and don’t have a sizable bank account (who does in this economy?). Even spending …

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Women’s Road Bikes Under $1000

by Tracy McGill •

With the popularity of triathlons and charity bike rides reaching a fevered pitch, road bike sales have sky rocketed. The thrill of flying down a hill on your bike, the wind in your…. uh, helmet of course, is not just for kids anymore. Adults are embracing the love of the bicycle once again and recognizing the benefits bikes can have …

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New Record: World’s Largest Wind Turbine (7+ Megawatts)

by Justin Thomas •

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The world’s largest wind turbine is now the Enercon E-126. This turbine has a rotor diameter of 126 meters (413 feet). The E-126 is a more sophisticated version of the E-112, formerly the world’s largest wind turbine and rated at 6 megawatts. This new turbine is officially rated at 6 megawatts too, but will most likely produce 7+ megawatts (or …

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The Best MIDI Keyboards Under $500

by Justin Thomas •

MIDI controllers have become more loaded with features in recent years, a far cry from the simple keyboard-only controllers from several years back. Now many MIDI models feature full mixing controllers, such as knobs, faders, and even transport controls. Some models also have integrated effects, vocoder microphones, and drum pads for a wider range of options overall. There are only …

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$14 Million From DOE For Plug-In Hybrids

by Justin Thomas •

This week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will provide up to $14 million in funding plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery development. This research aims to find solutions to improving battery performance so vehicles can deliver up to 40 miles of electric range without recharging. This would include most round-trip daily commutes. Plug-in hybrid electric car …

The Best Portable DSLR Cameras For 2011

by Justin Thomas •

Back in 2008, digital cameras fell into two basic categories: point-and-shoot cameras, and digital single-lens reflex cameras (digital SLRs or DSLRs). Now, there’s a new camera category that attempts to bridge this divide: Four Thirds Cameras. These cameras combine the compactness of a point-and-shoot camera with the advanced features of a DSLR camera. Depending on who you talk to you, you’ll …

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The Largest Wind Farm In The World: Horse Hollow

by Justin Thomas •

What is the largest wind farm in the world? Well, right now it’s the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in Texas. This wind farm has 421 wind turbines that generate a total capacity of 735 megawatts. The wind turbines are spread across 47,000 acres of land in Taylor and Nolan County, Texas.

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Do Rechargeable Lithium-Ion AA Batteries Exist?

by Justin Thomas •

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Do rechargeable lithium-ion batteries exist in standard sizes like AA, AAA, C or D? Yes, they are finally available. A company called Kentli has released AA and AAA rechargeable lithium polymer batteries that output 1.5 volts. Kentli batteries are available on Amazon here. Lithium-ion batteries normally operate 3.7V per cell — but Kentli put circuitry inside the cells to reduce the voltage …

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The Queen Buys The World’s Largest Wind Turbine: 7.5 Megawatts

by Justin Thomas •

Photo of Clipper’s 2.5 Megawatt turbine — the 7.5 megawatt turbine will be much larger. The Queen is investing in the world’s largest wind turbine. It’s a prototype of a new line of wind turbines called “The Britannia” which will be produced by Clipper Windpower, based in California. The turbine tower stands about 328 feet, has a diameter of 492 …