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  1. New research says short people are angrier and more violent than tall people Researchers at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, recently quizzed 600 men aged between 18 and 50 on the perception of male gender, self-image and behavior in relation to drug-taking, violence and crime for a government-led study. The scientists found that men who feel the least masculine are most at risk of committing violent or criminal acts. According to the study, men who considered themselves less masculine, also known as "male discrepancy stress," were nearly three times more likely to have committed violent assaults with a weapon or assaults leading to an injury. A few years ago, a team of researchers at Oxford University also claimed "Short Man Syndrome" is a real thing. They reported that reducing a person's height can increase feelings of vulnerability and also raise levels of paranoia. Also known as the "Napoleon Complex." As modern society becomes more superficial and focused on the body standards for both sexes, height is becoming a taboo topic for many men. It is very possible that these studies included too small of a test group to accurately describe the behavioral tendencies of someone based on their height. Just for clarification, Napoleon was actually 5 feet 7 inches tall, which is basically the average height of our time. And for some perspective, that's an inch taller than movie star Jet Li! Source: https://www.higherperspectives.com/research-short-people-angry-2603541093.html Not i say one hor
  2. Darryn

    Research - Eating Cookies

    Just doing a bit of informal research...and wanna ask some questions a) Do you like big size cookies (biscuits) - say around 10-12cm in Diameter - 15-20 mm thick? b) Do you buy any snacks like cookies, cereal bars or similar from convenience stores? c) What is your favourite "cookie" / cake (eg do you buy Polar Cakes) from convenience store? d) If you do eat this sort of snack / cookie, what do you think is a reasonable price to for such a cookie?
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  4. Charging your phone battery can be inconvenient and take awhile, but what if you could get a proper power refueling in just a few minutes? Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore say they developed a lithium-ion battery that can go from zero to 70% power capacity in two minutes. Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in phones and tablets. See also: 7 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8 Perhaps even more importantly, the battery lasts much longer than the ones we have now, an attribute that could boost the electric car industry, developers said. The new battery is supposed to last for 10,000 cycles, a lifespan estimated at two decades and more than 10 times longer than what we're used to. The new battery is supposed to last for 10,000 cycles, a lifespan estimated at two decades In contrast, Apple says its phone batteries are designed to "retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles." Generally, the more you recharge a battery, the more it loses its luster over time. The breakthrough here is with the battery's anode or negative pole, which traditionally works with graphite. The graphite is replaced with a newly developed gel made from an "abundant, cheap and safe" material called titanium dioxide that's found in soil. It's also an active ingredient in sunscreen. The researchers were able to morph the spherically-shaped titanium dioxide into tubular strands that are 1,000-times thinner than a human hair. The gel speeds up reactions taking place inside the new battery, propelling the hyper-fast recharging. The researchers think the battery's most important impact will be on the electric car industry. Potential adopters can be turned off by the long recharge times and shorter battery lifespans for electric vehicles. With this battery, however, recharging your car — timewise — wouldn't be so far off from filling up a tank a gas. It should take about five minutes to give you enough power to get back on the road and 15 minutes for a full charge, the researchers said in a statement. Replacement batteries for electric cars are costly, too, with some priced at more than $5,000. Another benefit is that it would cut down on waste resulting from battery disposals. When talking about "breakthroughs" for battery technology, expectations can be very high. Don't treat this as consumer reality just yet, but it's good to know that scientists are trying to make batteries more efficient. Developers expect the new batteries to hit the market in the next two years.
  5. Source: The Straits Times HAVING more greenery does not always help to protect against climate change, a team of Singapore scientists has found. A three-year study in Telok Kurau yielded the surprising fact that the greenery there emits more carbon dioxide (CO2) than it absorbs, the scientists said. While the plants, trees and grass in the neighbourhood take in more CO2 than they give out, the soil they grow on also emits the gas. Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (Smart) research scientist Erik Velasco said the vegetation types in Telok Kurau were part of the problem. Turfgrass and palm trees make up about 30 per cent of the greenery, but these absorb less CO2 due to their small biomass compared with larger, woody trees, he said. Hence, the net effect is that the greenery there contributes to, rather than reduces, emissions to the atmosphere. The study suggests that to better reduce CO2 emissions and protect against climate change, "large trees should not be replaced by young trees and palms, as is the tendency along secondary roads in Singapore". The larger trees would better offset the soil's CO2 emissions. Soil's CO2 emissions also need to be studied further, said Dr Velasco. The scientists' work started in 2010 and was published in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics science journal last month. They were from Smart and the National University of Singapore (NUS). According to the research paper, they chose Telok Kurau because the low-rise buildings there make it easier to measure CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. NUS built a 21m-tall tower there in 2006 to track CO2 floating from the ground. The scientists got CO2 measurements from the tower. They also did their own estimates by getting data about the area's population, traffic, soil, buildings and vegetation from the authorities and through manual surveys. This data was compared to previous research on CO2 emissions and the relationship between trees and the gas, to come up with the estimates. Dr Velasco stressed, however, that the Telok Kurau findings cannot be extrapolated to the whole of Singapore due to the wide variety in building and vegetation types, and more research is needed. "But it shows that green spaces can act as emission sources rather than CO2 sinks, as is widely believed."
  6. Late last year, rumours of Lexus testing an autonomous car circulated on the internet and many thought that the Japanese luxury automaker will come up with a self-driving car just like what Google did. But, that is not actually true. Lexus actually unveiled an integrated safety research vehicle at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The unveiling is Toyota's ongoing development on new safety technologies. According to Toyota North America's corporate manager of business strategy, Jim Pisz, "The company will never have a truly autonomous car." He also mentioned that much of the technology in the research car is already in the 2013 Lexus LS. Jim Pisz further explained on one of the features in the integrated safety research vehicle which is the active cruise control which can slow a car down to a stop and then accelerate back to the speed set on the cruise control. The company also pointed out that a similar feature in a rival German automaker's car isn't as 'smart' when compared to their unit. Lexus affirms that the company would not fully devote its resources in a self driving vehicle. A driver-less car is just a part of the research. What they are focusing on is a vehicle fitted with advanced automated technologies and paired with an intelligent, always attentive driver whose skills would contribute to safer driving. The research vehicle (which is a Lexus LS) shown at the show is fitted with a 360 degree LIDAR (light detection and ranging) on top of the car's roof. It detects objects up to 70 metres away and it reads stop lights and also detects pedestrians. The research car's computers manage three core functions; recognition of images through its cameras and sensors, judgment based in real time, and operations that send the decision to the car. Each of these core functions help to make the driver safer and more skilled during driving.
  7. BMW and Boeing have signed a deal to conduct research on new ways of carbon fibre recycling and manufacturing. Carbon fibre is highly regarded as a material for the future of the aerospace and automobile industry due to its low density and high mass. Both companies have plans on the usage of carbon fibre in their upcoming products. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is made up of 50% carbon fibre while BMW's i3 and i8 electric models will feature a cabin furnished with similar materials when they are launched. Larry Schneider, Boeing Commercial Airplanes' vice-president of product development, said that the collaboration was an important step in developing the use and end use of carbon fibre materials. "It is especially important that we plan for the end of life for products made from carbon fibre. We want to look at ways to reclaim and reuse those materials to make new products," he said. The BMW logo is portrayed as the movement of an aircraft propeller with the white blades cutting through a blue sky. Hence, it is befitting to find an aircraft material being used on the German marque.
  8. Being exposed to high levels of air pollution from traffic may raise the risk of autism, according to a study done by Heather E. Volk, assistant professor of research at the University of Southern California. Autism is a diverse disorder marked by problems in communicating and interacting socially. The study analyzed data from 279 children with autism 245 children without the disease. It also made use of information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and did traffic modelling to find out the amount of traffic-related air pollution at each location where the children lived. Exposure to particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide was taken into consideration as well. According to Volk, children exposed to higher levels of traffic-related pollutants during pregnancy or during the first year of life were at increased risk of autism compared to children exposed to the lowest level. The link between pollution and autism is not certain. However, some pollutants have been shown to inhibit the activity of an important gene in early brain development. Expression of this gene has been found to be reduced in autistic brains. Air pollution can also cause inflammation, and that may play a role, Volk commented. Some families prefer to stay near the town center where bus terminal is located and car traffic is heavier for convenience sake. Perhaps it may not be such a good choice after all.
  9. Lately, many automakers such as Nissan, Ford and Volvo have begun doing intensive studies and research on vehicle to vehicle communications and vehicle to object communications. These studies are seen as important steps towards vehicle safety. Furthermore, these steps are also necessary for the development of fully autonomous vehicles. Now, Japanese auto giant, Toyota, have begun researching into such technologies and it will be introduced in their vehicles in the near future. Toyota has started full scale testing on vehicle to vehicle communications and also on road to vehicle communications as part of their cause to reduce road accidents through its Intelligent Transport System (ITS) technology. The Intelligent Transport System technology's testing ground spans over eight and a half acres and it is designed to simulate driving in an urban environment. It was built with numerous real-life road to vehicle systems which are able to detect traffic conditions, pedestrians, vehicles, traffic signals and etc. In the future; Toyota and Lexus models will warn or advise drivers, for example pedestrians walking in their path, with an audible signal or alarm and an icon of a person displayed on a screen. While at a traffic junction, an arrow display will trigger to warn drivers that it is not safe to enter or exit the traffic junction. There is also a red light warning system which will deliver a warning tone when approaching a red light. Toyota stated that they will begin testing the system on Japanese roads in 2014 and there was no mention of when exactly the system is expected to be ready. It is expected that only top ranging Toyota and Lexus models will feature such vehicle safety technologies. Image credit: Net Car Show
  10. Chemical engineering professor Phil Savage and doctoral student Julia Faeth of the University of Michigan have found a way to convert algae into biocrude oil in just one minute. The process involves pressure cooking microalgae in 1,100-degree-Fahrenheit sand for about one minute. The conversion rate is 65%. Biocrude oil is a more environmentally-friendly substitute to crude oil. The new process is a significant improvement over a previous process, which takes about half an hour to convert just 50% of the algae. Both methods are ways to speed up the natural process of decomposition, which can take millions of years. In addition to the time savings, Savage is trying to streamline the process of creating algae biofuel by starting with wet algae. Traditionally, Algae biofuel is typically produced as dry algae before extracting biocrude, which costs around $20 per gallon. The process is both time-consuming and expensive. Savage and Faeth said that they are unable to estimate any cost savings for their method, but any simplification of the process could potentially bring prices down. Just as pressure is bad for human, it can be harmful to algae as well. "For example, the biocrude might decompose into substances that dissolve in water, and the fast heating rates might discourage that reaction," Faeth said.
  11. yes.. the exclamation mark is in the name. pics here: http://www.mercnews.net/2011/10/mercedes-b...ch-vehicle.html
  12. [extract] A new research by satellite navigation company TomTom reveals that men
  13. My visit to Duragloss at Burlington N.C. How wish I can stay to start making waxes A nice and cosy environment..Attached are some pics to share I gain alot of info and knowledge from this visit get to see how AW and the rest are been made.. Hopefully can share more with you guys on the products knowledge in near future..Is been a pleasure to talk to both the Brothers..
  14. Finally singapore is taking up the trend from american, our local ghostbuster. Anyway this guys are looking for specialist for expedition trip overseas.
  15. Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/sin.../355127/1/.html SINGAPORE: For the first time, three students have been awarded scholarships to pursue their PhD studies in clean energy overseas. In total, they received 1.5 million Singapore dollars from the National Research Foundation (NRF). Each will receive 500,000 Singapore dollars. They are Darryl Wang, a Nanyang Technological University graduate, Joel Li and Zheng Cheng, both from the National University of Singapore. Two of the recipients will pursue their PhD in the University of New South Wales, Australia, while the third will head to the University of California, Berkeley, US. The three, aged between 22 and 26, were selected from some 40 applicants. They will spend about four years overseas to pursue their studies and when they return, they will serve a four-year bond in the clean energy industry. The monetary award is part of the 25-million-Singapore-dollar programme for clean energy scholarships. The programme was launched last year by the Clean Energy Programme Office. "In the long term, I hope to promote the solar industry in Singapore, to encourage people to adopt solar panels in their homes and roof tops so that one day we'll see a cleaner, greener Singapore...and to encourage students from secondary schools, JCs and universities to embark on research projects in SERIS, the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, to spark off their interest in this area and hopefully the solar industry in Singapore will grow," said 24-year-old Joel Li, who will pursue his PhD in solar energy at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Joining him is 26-year-old Darryl Wang. Darryl said: "It opens up a new chapter in my life. I'll be able to spend four years overseas and it'll be a new experience. Moreover, I'll be learning from some of the top professors in the world in the solar energy field. So it really means a lot to me. Without this scholarship, I wouldn't have the financial means to pursue my career path in solar energy research at the University of New South Wales." Zheng Cheng, 22, will head to the University of California, Berkeley in the US. The Chinese national, who received a prior scholarship for his graduate studies in Singapore, plans to make Singapore his permanent home. He said: "I come to Singapore under MOE scholarship. With the scholarship, there are a lot of opportunities to develop myself and that's how you see me right now with first-class honours degree. I think in that sense, I'm indebted to Singapore, because you support me and without your support, I may not be what I am right now. Now, there's another scholarship supporting my further studies in the US, so I'm further indebted to this country." Dr Tony Tan, chairman of National Research Foundation, said: "To be able to compete in the global market, Singapore has to differentiate itself by training an elite pool of talent who are well-versed in technology and innovation. This is one of the reasons why we decided to have the NRF Clean Energy PhD Scholarships programme. We know that for a robust clean energy ecosystem to be in place, manpower development is vital." Over the next five years, the National Research Foundation hopes to sponsor more than 100 students to take up post-graduate degrees in the clean energy sector. This industry is a key growth engine for Singapore. It is expected to contribute over one billion Singapore dollars to the country's GDP and create 7,000 jobs by 2015. - CNA/ir
  16. http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/beij...8BEBBDEACB9C%7D Beijing court reportedly sides with Baidu in music piracy case By MarketWatch Last update: 5:21 a.m. EST Dec. 31, 2007 BEIJING (AFP) -- A Beijing appeals court has found top Chinese search engine Baidu.com not guilty of property rights infringement for posting links to websites offering illegal music downloads, state media said Monday. The ruling issued Sunday by the People's High Court of Beijing brings to an end a case brought by several major international music labels, including EMI, Sony BMG, Warner Music and Universal Music, Xinhua news agency reported. The music companies accused Baidu of facilitating illegal downloads without their permission and demanded an apology, suspension of the activity, and RMB1.67 million ($222,666) in compensation, it said. The report offered no further details on the ruling. However, a Beijing intermediate court ruled in November that Baidu's links to the music didn't constitute infringement as the music was downloaded to the Web servers of third parties, Xinhua said at the time. The rulings appeared to run counter to a decision by another Beijing court late last year, which ordered Baidu to pay a distributor of EMI RMB68,000 ($8,400) in compensation for providing such web links. Baidu had argued that the MP3 search engine it provided was the same as other search engines providing links to web pages, news and pictures. As Internet usage has soared in Asia in recent years, the music industry's revenue has fallen dramatically, largely due to MP3 downloads from unauthorized sources.
  17. Alright, Now we have more than 15 bros interested in either Polo Tee or Decals, so lets make use of this thread for suggestions and design reviews. IMHO a meet up to discuss about this would be more apropriate(but i guess it'll always end up a in TCSS session) Here's a suggestion that i received from my mailbox: 1. Someone suggested to use Robin's exisiting design for decal, and probably we'll add the MCF hyperlink somewhere in the corners. Refer to attatched.
  18. Wolverman

    MPG research

  19. Hi i wanna do a research on the language issue here in Singapore... Question is what is your race? What is your preferred language? Ur mother tongue or other languages? Thanks!
  20. See this thread in Daewootech: http://www.pirro.com/Common/Images/Scans.E...oodwood.009.jpg They are testing different lengths and different tube diameters for the best CAI. Stay tuned!
  21. If you like this fitment for relaxed driving locally or even up north, this kit looks pretty good. It is from Rostra and it works for both automatic and manual transmission Aveos. The difference is that for the manual, you have to fit the clutch kit. According to the guy, it should work with the 1.4L DOHC Aveo. Mechanically, the 1.6L DOHC is the same as the 1.4L DOHC. My contact is selling for USD175.
  22. Hi Everyone This is an invite car owners to participate in a Market research my company is conducting on Automobiles. If you're selected - you will receive a token of appreciation Please go to http://freeonlinesurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?id=65582 to answer a basic screening questionnaire if you're keen to take part & get paid.
  23. Hi folks, I am new here. And have been browsing these forums for some time. For those who are interested, I came across some sources where they validate/invalidate some of these wonderful gadgets, thingy etc that promise you the world. Conclusion: draw your own. Some of you have your pet devices whereas some of you are pure sceptics. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/autos/gasave.htm http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/reports.htm I came across the above after reading about the magnets and Ecoteq. Now I am very confuse! Now I am trying to find some material on far infra red gadgets on automotive performance. I heard from someone that you clipped the thing on the fuel line also. Anyone got any info?