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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Hotwheels get serious



"Among all the hype about hydrogen engines, fuel cells, hybrids and electric cars powered by lithium ion batteries, a miniaturised version of an old mainstay has made news – a mini-motor than can run for two years on a squirt of lighter fuel!

The engine, which is tiny enough to power a watch and can be balanced on a fingertip, is said to produce 700 times more energy than a conventional battery despite being less than a centimetre long. Engineers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom say it could be used to operate laptops and mobile phones for months on end - doing away with the need for recharging."

The future is here! Imagine the possibilities! Well, to be honest, apart from laptops and mobile phones, i'm struggling - throw me a frikkin' bone, someone? I do have some questions about this gizmo, like: does it make a noise?; and how do you start it - with a mini lawnmower pully-thingy? And will the 500 SL model cost ten times the prices of the Fiesta 1.3l? And so on and so on. End.




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