I don’t know what 1,000 suns actually looks like in real life, but I would imagine it’s probably something like lighting up this 20,000 watt light bulb to full, world-scorching power. It’s that eyeball-burning and -blindingly bright. Photonicinduction tested this 20kW Halogen light bulb that’s used for large scale…
Did you know a human being at rest only uses 90 watts? Or that a hunter-gatherer needs about 250 watts to hunt and find food? What about the average American? According to Geoffrey West, a distinguished theoretical physicist, the answer is enormous:
The Faucher Family in Delaware have built extravagant Christmas lights setups for 25 years now. How extravagant? They use 1,000,000 lights. So how much does it cost them to run the lights for a month? $82,320. Gulp.
The EU banned lightbulbs that suck more than 60 watts to improve the energy efficiency of an entire continent. And responding with the proverbial "F U" are two Germans, importing high-wattage bulbs and marketing them as heating devices called "heatballs."
The Onzo Smart Energy Kit sure looks handy, providing to-the-second energy usage updates from anywhere in the house. It's UK-only, but there's nothing about its wireless display that we couldn't (or shouldn't) do right here in the US of A.
James Watts spends his time putting together fantastic insect-bot sculptures, and the Solar Dragonfly is one of the best. The solar panels running down the body actually power the wings, which are then kicked into motion using a pager motor. Sure, it looks swell, but we can't help but think the Solar Dragonfly would…