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Are British plugs safer than all other plugs?

There is a very interesting Youtube Video British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why that indicates some engineering reasons why the British power plug is safer than for example the ...
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Is there a 12% chance that a solar storm does damage to the electrical grid in the next decade?

Reuters: The probability of a solar storm striking Earth in the next decade with enough force to do serious damage to electricity networks could be as high as 12 percent, according to solar ...
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Is the risk of explosion increased by calling and charging a cell phone at the same time?

I have often heard that charging a cell phone and calling in the same time may cause the cell phone to explode. Here is a Facebook page that has pictures of what is claimed to be one such example. ...
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Terabytes of data generated by Boeing Jet every hour

2010 article from gigaom (http://gigaom.com/2010/09/13/sensor-networks-top-social-networks-for-big-data-2/ Sensor Networks Top Social Networks for Big Data) says that twin engine Boeing Jet aircraft ...
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Can the health of an alkaline battery be determined by bouncing it?

I was just sent a YouTube video, which appears to demonstrate that one can determine the "health" of a battery (current voltage, useful lifetime remaining, etc.) by bouncing it on a level surface. A ...
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Does reading off a self-luminous tablet impact the quality of sleep?

I've heard claimed many times that reading an iPad in bed makes for worse sleep quality than reading a book or a Kindle with a bedside lamp, Possible explanations I've heard are because of the ...
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Can hot-plugging an HDMI cable damage the HDMI port?

I found this site on the Internet saying something to that effect: Warning!!.....Never connect and disconnect HDMI cables and equipment while your devices are powered on (hot plugging cables). The ...
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Is it dangerous to vacuum-clean motherboards (and other electronics)?

I've been informed that using the standard household vacuum cleaner's blower attachment to clean motherboards (and the insides of laptops and desktops in general) is dangerous due to the possibility ...
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Could phone and electronics batteries be recharged by a lightning strike?

I was reading this story about lightning that stuck a vehicle while the family was still inside: Utah family films car as it’s struck by lightning About halfway through the article is the following ...
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Do electronics have a startup cost?

There is a long held belief with some electricians that turning on an electric device requires a "startup" cost, or an overhead in the amount of power needed for it to start functioning normally. I ...
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Is it possible to fix stuck LCD pixels using flashing colours?

The LCD of my $700 smartphone has a stuck subpixel (blue, almost invisible due to the high screen resolution). There are literally dozens of apps that claim to fix stuck pixels. For example: Here's ...
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Does mobile send signals when it's off?

I've heard that mobile phones send signals to the tower even when the mobile goes off so your location can be detected. Is this possible?
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Can an RFID tag be identified at distance in the real world?

For example, this guy says: To that end, the ZRK [Japanese alien ID card] has an embedded IC Chip with RFID technology, which, as I have argued for years now, is a means to remotely track NJ ...
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Can you harvest energy from radio transmissions?

This video gives instructions on building a circuit to harvest energy from radio waves in the air using some pretty straightforward circuitry. The creator has another video showing such a circuit ...
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Can magnets damage LCD screens?

My guitar teacher once told me that leaving a magnet near a LCD screen will affect it. I was skeptical because I guess that he believes that because magnets can affect CRT screens. Here are some ...
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Does baking your graphics card fix it?

There's a tonne of articles online about fixing you graphics card by baking it in the oven. Supposedly this 'reflows' the solder to fix flaky connections. It's even been reported on sites such as ...
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Are Japanese capacitors more reliable in general?

Motherboard and PSU manufacturer's marketing department typically like to highlight the fact that they use Japanese capacitors, and there are even videos on Youtube and some articles about how to ...
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Do ultrasonic cat repellents work?

Amazon sells roughly 355 different cat repellent products but judging by the consumer ratings, most of them don't actually work -- and even those that do, could be correlation rather than causation. ...
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Should we remove batteries from electronic devices when not in use?

When I bought a digital camera recently, the shopkeeper advised me "to remove the batteries when the camera is not used for a long time". I have heard this kind of thing for other devices also (like ...