Can a Ceiling Fan be Converted into a Turbine Generator?

Yes, with a bit of work


Mon, Mar 25th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video, Giesbert Nijhuis shows you the (rather complex) process of turning a ceiling fan into a wind turbine.

A ceiling fan looks similar to a wind turbine, so one may wonder if it can be used as such. Most ceiling fans are induction motors, that don't generate electricity when being turned. You will have to add magnets. That and many other points are dealt with in this experiment. The goal of this video is to learn how stuff works, and to help everybody who wants to try this conversion themselves. I hope you can learn from my experiment, and make a better version.


“But what about when those technologies destroy the environment?”

Renewables can't save the planet


Sun, Mar 24th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this TEDx Talks, energy expert Michael Shellenberger gives a provocative talk on how renewable technology is actually harming the environment. Needless to say, he's a devout fan of nuclear.

Environmentalists have long promoted renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms to save the climate. But what about when those technologies destroy the environment? In this provocative talk, Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment” and energy expert, Michael Shellenberger explains why solar and wind farms require so much land for mining and energy production, and an alternative path to saving both the climate and the natural environment. Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment and President of Environmental Progress, a research and policy organization. A lifelong environmentalist, Michael changed his mind about nuclear energy and has helped save enough nuclear reactors to…


“It's not more expensive to build and it's hugely cheaper and more efficient to live in.”

Sustainable City


Sat, Mar 23rd, 2019 10:32 by capnasty NEWS

On the Fully Charged channel, Robert takes us for a tour of Dubai's Sustainable City, a development designed to have a net zero energy development.

We spent an amazing day at the Sustainable City, a housing development in Dubai with 3,500 people already living there and it's still not quite finished. This truly is a remarkable achievement, a stark lesson to building contractors the world over. It's not more expensive to build and it's hugely cheaper and more efficient to live in. Spread the word if you know any builders!


How to Make a Cheesecake that Looks Like Cheese

Tom&Jerry No-Bake Emmental Cheesecake


Fri, Mar 22nd, 2019 10:35 by capnasty NEWS


on YouTube, CookingTree offers silent recipes in the company of two toy mice.


“Bulgaria is hemorrhaging citizens at a rate of 164 per day.”

Disappearing Bulgaria


Thu, Mar 21st, 2019 09:23 by capnasty NEWS

Directed by Kay Hannahan, this short documentary on The Atlantic looks at the rapidly declining population in Bulgaria, the world's fastest-shrinking country.

Welcome to Altimir, Bulgaria, a village on the verge of extinction in the fastest-shrinking country in the world. Like many rural Bulgarians, Altimir’s residents regard the height of the Soviet Union as the halcyon days, when village life thrived and young people stuck around long enough to start a family. Now, 20 years after the fall of the USSR and a decade after it joined the European Union, Bulgaria is hemorrhaging citizens at a rate of 164 per day. It is at the front lines of population decline.


“Social media is the publisher, not just the postman.”

Prime Minister Ardern challenges the responsibility social media platforms should have


Wed, Mar 20th, 2019 09:03 by capnasty NEWS

Gizmodo brings to attention the speech by New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern. In it, Arden notes that albeit social media was not responsbile for the shooting, it played a role for providing the tools of organisation and for allowing the massacre to be seen around the world.

That reference to the ‘publisher versus the postman’ refers to the American view on social media, which is largely shaped by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, originally passed in 1996. Section 230 designates internet forums as carriers like a telephone company or postal worker rather than a publisher and means that companies like Facebook and Twitter aren’t held responsible for the speech that occurs on their platforms. Prime Minister Ardern is now challenging that idea.


“Featuring over 2,000 flags in motion to Ludwig van Beethoven.”

Film of Flags


Tue, Mar 19th, 2019 11:05 by capnasty NEWS

Playing to Beethoven, Daniel McKee puts centuries of flags together by design elements that connects them.


“By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies pictures of crime scenes.”



Mon, Mar 18th, 2019 10:41 by capnasty NEWS

This short documentary by Kevin Staake looks at Abigail Goldman, who creates 1:87 scale dioramas of murder and dismemberment.

By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies pictures of crime scenes. By night, she turns nightmarish imaginings into precise, red-splattered miniatures.


“It’s taking orders for a real-life flying motorcycle powered by five modified jet engines.”

It's called the "Speeder."


Sun, Mar 17th, 2019 11:22 by capnasty NEWS

The Washington Post brings to attention the Speeder, a $380,000 vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft capable of travelling at over 240km/h for a distance of 72 km.

“This is a compact machine, like a motorcycle, that can take off vertically from your front lawn or driveway and land on the other side of the city in a similar position,” said Mayman, who famously made a jet-pack flight around the Statue of Liberty in 2015. “That kind of convenience and size is what we’ve all dreamed about, but this idea has always been treated like science fiction.”


“Without ads, how does Netflix manage to make money?”

Getting into debt to make more money


Sat, Mar 16th, 2019 08:08 by capnasty NEWS

As a Netflix-only home the question came up: how does Netflix make money if it doesn't show advertising? Someone on the Internet unsurprisingly answers that question.

In this video, we’re going to break down exactly how Netflix’s unique business model allows it to capture such a sizable audience, and how its vision for the future could cement the streaming disruptor as a bona-fide media titan.

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