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Sanyo eneloop Lamps

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech,

Sanyo Eneloop Lamp

Sanyo, parent of the Eneloop brand batteries, has come up with a lamp powered by 2 AA eneloop batteries (naturally.) The ENL-Y1S(W) can be used as a bedside table lamp with either white or blue light. It also doubles as a flashlight. The lamp will run for up to 35 hours shining white light, or 16 hours with blue light, depending upon brightness. Included in the ¥15,000 (~$156.00) price is a non-metallic contactless charging stand.

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Self-Healing Scratches With Polyurethane Car Coating

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Science, Transportation,

Self-Healing PlasticScientists from the University of So. Mississippi created a new material that can be put on cars and when scratched, can heal itself. The technology consists of a polyurethane coating with added chitosan, a polymer in crab and shrimp shells. Then oxetane rings, with 3 atoms of carbon and one of oxygen, are added. The mixture is said to mimic the natural process of healing. Published in an issue of Science, Biswajit Ghosh and Marek Urban claim that this technique is simple and cost-efficient.

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Finding Hope and Healing After Heartache

Posted by Monica Edwards Categories: Family, Personal,

Dear Family and close friends, Please do not continue to read if you are sensitive to the details of our loss -- I am writing this to let you all know, about something that Andru and I have experienced these last few days, and I guess in some ways, still experiencing. Also, maybe it is a way for me to self-heal. We have not contacted anyone I think because we are still trying to get a grasp on how we feel about things, and also because I don't think I can say the same thing over to so many people. So I hope that you will all understand why we chose to write about it rather than talking about it face to face or on the phone. I will start from the beginning: Andru and I found out that we were pregnant about a month and half ago. To our surprise-- I was pregnant. As you all know, it was recommended, by the last Dr. that treated me after Alijah's birth, that we do not have any more children due to my history of preeclampsia and with Alijah, HELLP syndrome. So, in knowing this, we did not plan to have any more children. We were cautious and took the steps to prevent from becoming pregnant again, (i.e. contraception) but as we all know, contraceptives are not 100% foolproof. I somehow found myself in the 8-10% bracket of women who become pregnant while using contraceptives. So, when I took my first test, I doubted the results, I took another one, positive again. Not knowing how it could be possible, and still doubting, I took a third test. Still positive. Andru says the first words out of my mouth after the first one was "Great" (sarcastic tone).

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