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101 gadgets that changed the world

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By inmedia

Today’s Popgadget newsletter pointed me to a great list, 101 gadgets that changed the world. The list includes many gadgets we’ve come to rely on and others we’ve long since taken for granted. Head on over to the Belfast Telegraph to check it out.

Fueling our future

Si Fi tech

By inmedia

As part of NBC’s Green Week, the Sci Fi Tech blog has published an entry about the top eight fuels of the future. The post highlights up-and-coming fuel sources, including hydrogen, biofuels, solar, wind, batteries, tides, garbage and nuclear fusion. For all the details, click here.

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The perils of business travel

By Linda Forrest

I’m working from home today, sniffling, coughing and feeling generally miserable. The culprit? Business travel. Francis and I went to Calgary earlier this week for several meetings and to attend a forum on business and sustainability. Unfortunately, as soon as I got back, I started feeling under the weather. Turns out I’m not the only one that seems to always get a cold after flying, according to this article from the Independent Traveler.

Looking at the author’s suggestions, I did everything short of wearing the face mask and I still got sick! Ugh. For those business people that have to travel frequently as part of their work, I wonder if you have any tips you can share on how you avoid the dreaded airplane cold. It’s too late for me, but maybe others can learn from your suggestions and avoid my fate. That’s all for me for today as tea and a warm blanket are beckoning.

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How much does a kilogram weigh?

By Danny Sullivan

Since secondary school physics, I have always been intrigued by the idea of Le Grand K, the original prototype cylinder of platinum that accurately represents a mass of 1kg, which is still used. Surely such an item is simply a historical relic and is largely unimportant in the grand scheme of modern science. But it appears that this is not the case…

The BBC reports on the fact that Le Grand K’s mass is actually changing over time and that scientists are searching for a new way to define the kilogram.

Baffling stuff, to be sure, but I’ve always found it a little worrying to think that world science depends so heavily on one little lump of metal.

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Glasgow wins Commonwealth bid

By Danny Sullivan

Phenomenal news for Glasgow and the whole of Scotland as Glasgow was chosen to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The tension was palpable leading up to the announcement this lunchtime, but the celebrations have now begun in earnest.

Securing the games is predicted to have a major impact on Glasgow, with major regeneration projects planned for some of the city’s most deprived areas.

A great day for Scotland. Now, if we can just beat world champions Italy in next week’s massive football match, it will cap an amazing year for Scottish sport.

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