Daily Blog 04/20/2011

  • A sabot (pronounced /ˈseɪboʊ/ SAY-boh or /ˈsæboʊ/ SAB-oh) is a device used in a firearm or cannon to fire a projectile, such as a bullet, that is smaller than the bore diameter, or which must be held in a precise position. The term is also applied to a battery stub case, a device used similarly to make a small electrical battery usable in a device designed to employ a larger battery; see list of battery sizes. The name “sabot” comes from a French word for wooden shoes traditionally worn in some European countries, also called clogs.

    tags: weapons

  • The Pentagon’s mad-science arm wants robotic death-from-above, on demand. And the key to getting it done just might be holograms.

    tags: hologram weapons

  • People are more likely to install solar panels if their neighbours have them, according to a study by marketing and economics researchers at Stanford University.

    According to the study, for every one percent increase in the number of installations in a particular postcode, the time it takes until the next adoption of solar panels decreases by one percent.

    tags: solar panels

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