Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Blade-free fan

What, a fan with no blades? Yes, that's exactly what you're looking at, and what makes the Air Multiplier so hard for people to classify at first. This fan uses some innovative airflow engineering to pull air up through an energy-efficient brushless motor base and multiply it 15 times, expelling it through an airfoil-shaped ramp at a rate of 118 gallons a second, according to the press release.

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Repo man allegedly tries to get cops to do his job
Authorities said a car-dealership repo man was being held in the Kane County Jail for allegedly trying to trick police into doing his job for him. East Dundee Police Detective Michael Seyller said Monday that a 47-year-old man was arrested last week after he tried to dupe police into tracking down a vehicle he was trying to repossess.
Seyller said the suspect has been charged with filing a false police report, falsely reporting vehicle theft and phone harassment.
The man reportedly told police last week that a vehicle he had repossessed had been stolen, possibly by its owners.
A day later, a Carpentersville police officer spotted the vehicle and pulled it over. But after talking with the owner, police learned that the man had never repossessed the vehicle.
Woman calls police to report theft of pot plants
There are limits to being a crime victim, as a woman who called Saginaw County sheriff's deputies to report the theft of marijuana found out. Detective Sgt. Randy F. Pfau said the 54-year-old woman was arrested early Sunday after reporting two men had broken into her home in Brant Township, 80 miles north-northwest of Detroit.
Pfau said the woman told deputies the men fled after one of them demanded her marijuana plants. He said the woman then was booked on charges of manufacturing and delivering marijuana.
The woman claimed the drug was for personal use but didn't possess a medical marijuana card.
Canadian trucker fined for smoking on the job
A Canadian truck driver has been fined for smoking in his vehicle because it is considered his workplace, a police spokeswoman said on Friday.
A police officer saw the 48-year-old trucker driving on a highway in southwestern Ontario with a cigarette in his mouth on Wednesday, and gave him a C$305 ($290) ticket.
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, adopted in 2006, prohibits smoking in an enclosed workplace or enclosed public area, and that extends to work vehicles, said Constable Shawna Coulter of the Ontario Provincial Police in Essex County.