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Fed Up Of Your Battery Going Flat Too Fast? Here’s Some Good News!

Scientists find way to boost batteries used in mobile phones, electric cars and other modern equipment thanks to ‘wonder material’. According to research, the capacity of lithium-ion batteries can be nearly doubled by adding graphene (an extraordinary form of carbon) – which offers the potential of longer-lasting power or slimmer designs for consumers. The experts, led by scientists from Samsung, found the capacity of their batteries was 1.8 times higher and 1.5 times higher at the first and 200th charge compared to commercially-available…

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5 gadgets that could be great Xmas presents from 7dayshop.com

5 gadgets that could make great Christmas presents

Here’s just 5 “buyable” items from 7dayshop.com. They include a smart way to watch TV, extending your Wi-Fi easily, tiny-sized storage for your movies and music, a high-spec great price tablet and how to avoid your phone running out of juice at the worst moment. They could make great Christmas presents for friends and family who love a bit of handy technology or perhaps a gift to yourself. Freeview TV on your phone You can watch Freeview TV on your smartphone,…

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Battery-powered toys set to dominate Christmas wish lists – stock up on batteries now

 Have enough batteries to avoid toys not working on Christmas Day. Whether it’s a robot dinosaur, a family game or a doll, the  Toy Retailers Association list of what the most popular toys are expected to be this Christmas reveals many in the top 12 use batteries. As youngster draw up Christmas lists, check if toys come with batteries and what type they need – eg alkaline batteries. Have enough batteries in reserve so toys don’t run out of power too soon. And don’t forget adults, their presents may need batteries. Watch:…

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The battery that charges in minutes and has a 20-year lifespan

  The new battery can be charged up to 70 per cent within 2 minutes and has a lifespan of more than 20 years – more than 10 times longer compared to existing lithium ion batteries. Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) in Singapore have developed the batteries and say they could have a revolutionary impact from mobile phones to tablets and especially electric cars. Electric car owners could save huge amounts on battery replacement costs and recharge their vehicles within minutes, according…

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Northern Lights: stunning photos and Aurora Borealis explained

The Northern Lights are nature’s very own incredible light show. With eerie luminous streaks running across the sky, they have long been a source of fascination and wonderment. The Northern Lights are also known as the aurora borealis – named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. Scientists have discovered that the Northern Lights are created when particles thrown out by the sun during solar explosions interact with the atmosphere in…

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Could shouting charge your mobile phone in future?

If you have ever shouted at your mobile phone, it could actually do some good in the future. Using sound to charge a mobile phone could become a reality, according to new research. A team from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and mobile phone maker Nokia have created an energy-harvesting prototype – a nanogenerator – that could be used to charge a mobile phone using everyday background noise. That could be traffic, music or even our own voices. The…

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Photographing submarines, Margaret Thatcher to Scottish landscapes and crystal balls… one photographer’s story

It might seem an obvious thing to say, but people really do live the most extraordinary lives. Iain Ferguson was at the UK’s photographic “frontline” of the Cold War after developing a passion for photography and video from an early age. That passion for photography has also continued through his life – with stunning results.  A passion for photography As a youngster, Iain started off his photography and video interest by using the family video camera. As a teenager he started…

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Living the REAL good life: swapping the city for the country

For those who live in cities with the commotion, noise and hassle that it brings, the thought of swapping it for a life in the country growing your own food and enjoying a different sort of life can be a halcyon dream. And that desire for a different lifestyle can only get stronger with the arrival of children – for them to have space and clear air in which to grow up in. Making the move: financially poorer, but emotionally…

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Guide to taking photos at music festivals with stunning photos of music stars

Going to a music festival or a gig? Want to know how to take great photos to capture that special moment? Read these brilliant tips of a professional photographer who takes pictures of some of the world’s biggest music stars and has been to more than 100 festivals. He knows what he’s talking about and his photos prove it. From heavy metal band Metallica at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival to Lady Gaga in Carlisle, Gary Stafford has photographed some of the…

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Turning professional: the former RAF man making photography a business

For many amateur photographers, the dream is to make it as a professional. And for Pete Dewhirst, it’s dream that became a reality. He has since gone on to photograph royalty, politicians, music events and protests. Pete made the move having spent a career in the RAF and working for an international telecommunications company with both jobs taking him around the world. In between, Pete has found time to excel in triathlons and duathlons and going on to represent Britain! Love of…

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