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Mar142015

Unsustainable materials used in our everyday gadgets, are going to run out someday

A new report has concluded that a sizeable proportion of modern technology (in particular smartphones, tablets and other commonly-used gadgets) is extremely over reliant on very rare materials.


If the report’s findings are accurate, the scarcity of the metals and metalloids in question, combined with a sharply increasing demand for such devices, could seriously damage design innovation, as well as the manufacture of future products.


The report, compiled by researchers at Yale University, discussed the use of 62 materials found in widely used technology. Ultimately, the study concluded that none of the 62 metals or metalloids could be replaced without damaging the efficiency of the product. In fact, 12 of the 62 materials could not be replaced at all.


The potential substitute materials simply aren’t up to the job or, perhaps more worryingly, don’t actually exist. In either instance, these material shortages could lead to an economic and technological downturn in the development of mobile technology.


All of the rare components listed are difficult and expensive to obtain.


This scarcity of product availability would limit potential profits, as well as creating something of a ‘glass ceiling’ for innovation and product improvement.


This new report marks the first time that this worrying issue has been properly researched.


In the eyes of many, this study should be seen as a warning and a wake up call. In 2010, China restricted the trading of some of the components featured in the study. It was an act that increased market prices fivefold.


As these materials become increasingly rare, tactics like this may become ever more frequent, causing increased political tension around the world.


It also needs to be stated that the mass manufacture of these devices drains the planet of natural resources and the processing of these materials seriouslyharms our environment.


The report itself warns that,


"As wealth and population increase worldwide in the next few decades, scientists will be increasingly challenged to maintain and improve product utility by designing new and better materials, but doing so under potential constraints in resource availability."


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Mar082015

Meanwhile...Back In Outer Space

If you could see directly upwards from where you are now using some sort of cinematic super-eyesight, at about 20,000km above the Earth’s surface you’d find a network of man-made satellites orbiting our little blue planet like steadfast tin soldiers of a forgotten era. A vigil of artificial warriors like those found in the tomb of the first Qin Emperor.


These silent space sentries are constantly transmitting data from their memory banks as a way of helping lost travellers, just as the Buddha of compassion is said to guide weary journeymen/women to their destinations.


Here at best sat nav, we act as earthbound agents for these satellites by helping you, the traveller, find the right sat nav for the best price. At best sat nav, we’re mad about sat nav and we want you to be, too.


Trawling across the endless digital wastelands of the Internet for you, the diligent staff at best sat nav will compare all aspects of the market. best sat nav aims to be the best buyer’s guide on the Internet.


best sat nav is the coolest such site on the web. That’s a guarantee. At best sat nav, we’ll do the hard work, so all you have to do is move the mouse a bit. As the metal monoliths drift like uncharted continents above our heads, understand that here at best sat nav, we want to help you get home as quickly as possible.





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Feb.252015

Harry Potter And The Bloke Who Hadn’t Seen It

What I don’t know about Harry Potter could just about fit in the Grand Canyon. I saw one of the movies a few years back, which I believe was titled ‘And The Goblet Of Fire’ and I only saw that one to score brownie points with an ex girlfriend who was Potter obsessed (at one point referring to the University she was attending as ‘Hogwarts’ before deriding me for being immature because all I wanted to do was hang out, play in rock n roll bands and have sex). The thing is that I’d probably have loved Harry Potter if I were ten years younger than I actually am. Instead, you’re about to be given the world’s worst guide to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Enjoy.


So here goes: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 by somebody who hasn’t seen it:


Basically, from what I can gather, Harry Potter is a little kid who has a lightning scar on his head. He lives in a closet, being strictly told that there is no such thing as wizards. Then he goes to wizard school and is taught by a number of weird teachers (who cannot be CRB checked, by the way). The school is a plummy public school and everybody talks with ever-so-posh ‘British’ accents. It’s so nice at Hogwarts that the ginger kid (who, to top it all is, I believe, named ‘Weasely’) doesn’t even get his head kicked in that much.


Then there’s this green bloke named Voldemort who’s pissed about something or the other and he’s supposed to be dead, but of course he isn’t. So he goes all Darth Vader on everyone and we’re all supposed to be scared, but its like, he doesn’t even have a nose (so how does he smell? lol) and he doesn’t stay dead when they do kill him. In fact, in the movie I saw, Voldemort actually killed this one kid, who was kind of a dick, but didn’t deserve that, so I guess he is quite gnarly. Then there are dragons and mermaids and Harry has to do all these tests which look much more fun than GCSE’s. He even gets to play a game with flying broomsticks, or something.


So, in the final movie, Voldemort hasn’t calmed down any. Apparently, he’s afraid that Harry (who is by now old enough to drink, swear and vote) is a legitimate threat to his power. Hogwarts must be a better school than my old one, (which pretty much opened its doors and turfed out an army of no-hopers). Then Harry fights Voldemort and um...dies, so I’m told. So there you go. I wish I could be of more assistance, but when it comes to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 that’s all I got. Sorry. The book is so long that it needed to be split into two movies, hence Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, which is a pretty ugly title, all things considered.




At a meeting in a fashionable London hotel, I was asked by my manager and a prospective agent for my thoughts on Harry Potter and the phenomenon he has created, I answered that I think its great that kids are enjoying reading, whatever they read, and that the character seems fairly positive, also, the enormous success of the books has opened up a whole new world to kids authors everywhere, so I see it, largely, as a positive thing. Still, there is the vague worry that Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was watched by more adults than kids, as the box office figures suggest. But I can’t argue, as last night I dreamed that me and my girlfriend were members of the Green Lantern Corps racing to steal a glowing blue hamburger from the centre of the universe...And defending that in Freudian terms has used up my entire quota of ‘gown up points’ for the day. So there! (Pokes tongue out and runs away).



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Feb.202015

The Kids Are Alright: How Junior Gamers win out

Video games really come into their own where kids games are concerned. The potential for kids games as a learning resource is now being discovered and implemented. In the past, kids games were merely sanitised versions of existing games. Some kids games, such as ‘Spyro The Dragon’ or ‘Pokemon’ were fun for adults too (I admit it, OK!?).


The best kids games are those that can be played with a parent, friends or an older sibling. kids games won’t achieve much as educational tools if the poor tot is just dumped in front of them. Good kids games are those that gradually increase independence without sacrificing social learning and a sense of family.


Finally, kids games are being seen as educational. kids games are fun, challenging and provide an excellent introduction to the use of computers and electronics. In addition, kids games can be a shared, positive experience. kids games can aid the development of language, motor function and hand-eye co-ordination.


Now, while the rise of kids games may be an excuse for Dad to buy a PS3, it is nevertheless a good one. Of course, there are bratty and exploitative kids games out there and it’s incumbent upon you to be the judge. Ultimately, kids games should be fun, thrilling (in a safe way) and promote values such as honesty, responsibility and self-reliance.


Educational kids games seem to be the must-have product for the modern parent, a mixture of interaction (better than staring at the TV) and moderation (not as good as playing outside) ought to do just fine. Why not browse our selection; we might have something the big kid in you will enjoy just as much as your own little tykes.





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Feb.162015

The Kids Are Alright: How Junior Gamers win out

Video games really come into their own where kids games are concerned. The potential for kids games as a learning resource is now being discovered and implemented. In the past, kids games were merely sanitised versions of existing games. Some kids games, such as ‘Spyro The Dragon’ or ‘Pokemon’ were fun for adults too (I admit it, OK!?).


The best kids games are those that can be played with a parent, friends or an older sibling. kids games won’t achieve much as educational tools if the poor tot is just dumped in front of them. Good kids games are those that gradually increase independence without sacrificing social learning and a sense of family.


Finally, kids games are being seen as educational. kids games are fun, challenging and provide an excellent introduction to the use of computers and electronics. In addition, kids games can be a shared, positive experience. kids games can aid the development of language, motor function and hand-eye co-ordination.


Now, while the rise of kids games may be an excuse for Dad to buy a PS3, it is nevertheless a good one. Of course, there are bratty and exploitative kids games out there and it’s incumbent upon you to be the judge. Ultimately, kids games should be fun, thrilling (in a safe way) and promote values such as honesty, responsibility and self-reliance.


Educational kids games seem to be the must-have product for the modern parent, a mixture of interaction (better than staring at the TV) and moderation (not as good as playing outside) ought to do just fine. Why not browse our selection; we might have something the big kid in you will enjoy just as much as your own little tykes.





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