You need copper for setting a new world record

Copper is a chemical element with symbol Cu (from Latin : Cuprum) and atomic number 29. It is metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Copper doesn’t react with water but it slowly reacts with atmospheric oxygen. Most copper is mined or extracted as copper sulfides from large open pit mines. Top producers are Chile, United States, Australia, Switzerland (source). Copper has been used  for at least 10,000 years, but more than 96% of all copper ever mined and smelted was extracted since 1900. Estimated reserves available for mining copper are between 25 and 60 years. Nowadays, the major source of copper is recycling. Like aluminium, also copper is 100% recyclable without any loss of quality.

Besides these well-known facts, there is another one – people can use copper to make world records.

10Gbps over a copper telephone line

Masters in telecommunications, Bell Labs delivered a new world record connection speed of 10Gbps over copper wires. Dubbed, the new technology could be used to extend the life of existing copper wire line networks. Telecom companies would have an alternative to fiber-optic networks in billions of households that already have a telephone line.

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 Largest copper ball

Rick Fortin, a landscaper and self-described “recycling nut”, got bored during the winter and started making a copper ball 10 years ago. His “ball” measured 3 feet in diameter, weighed 922 pounds and it was setting the new world record for the Largest ball of copper.

“I had so much wire coming in,” he said. “I made trees with it at first. Then I started making this ball and got carried away.”

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New Japanese Maglev train !

Series_L0_PrototypeMaglev is a method of transportation which uses the magnetic levitation to carry vehicles with mag-nets rather than with wheels. Maglev trains move more smoothly and more quietly than the others ways of transportation. The power which is needed for levitation is not a large percentage of the overall energy consumption, the power is actually needed for overcoming the air-resistance.

Japanese invented high speed rail in 1964 with their first Shinkansen bullet train and nowadays they are coming with next generation of fast trains with its first public test! This new Maglev train can hit 311 mph using “L-Zero” technology. Passengers can get from Tokyo to Nagoya within 40 minutes. Public tests rides will begin this November when 178 mile (286 kilometer) route officially opens and there will be six stations.

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“L-Zero” technology

“L-Zero” technology means that train speeds of around 100 mph (160km/h) before the engaging the maglev system and then slowly accelerating to the top speed 311 mph (500 km/h). Japanese want to successfully demonstrate that Maglev trains work properly because Japan wants to export this technology. Japenese government recently offered a $5 billion down payment to build a maglev train from Washington to Baltimore which would take just 15 minutes. But the only maglev train is now operating in Shanghai, China. This Shanghai Maglev train operates with 268 mph (431 km/h) speed and travels 19 miles (30.5 km) from the airport to the city within 8 minutes.

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Shanghai Maglev train

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Print what you want!

Cylinder Seal

The history of printing goes back to early Mesopotamian civilization before 3000 BC when round seals were used for rolling an impression into clay tablets. It was an amazing and one of the most important inventions in human history. People like reading books, newspapers or magazines and despite the fact that nowadays‘trend is to make everything online and to use just smart phones, tablets or computers, we love to “touch paper” and see impossible things becoming possible.

   This brings us to 3D printing, “printing future”. For those who are not very familiar with what 3D printing actually is, here is the short explanation. Three-dimensional printing is a method of converting a virtual 3D model into a psychical object. 3D printing is a category of rapid prototyping technology. 3D printers usually work by “printing” successive layers on top of previous to build up a three dimensional object.

3D printer constructs a model human figure

The idea of printing whatever we have on our minds is attractive. However, the recent surveys found that women and millennial are at least engaged group in 3D printing.

3d printed pizzaSo when will all households have one their own 3D printer? Brian Jepson. the publisher of Make Media, has an interesting opinion relating to food. “I think the answer is as soon as there is a sub-$500 printer that makes stuff I can put in my mouth.”

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