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Friday, 16 October 2009

Electric Dreams

Welcome to the Twilight zone.

As a child I had vivid nightmares but over years I learned to control what I dream to some extent and when I dream these days it is usually an exciting but confusing roller coaster ride. I only really ever had two consistently reoccurring dreams; in one I was being chased across a barren post apocalypse landscape of smoking piles of rubble chased by a 100-foot high robot whose chest was aglow with a furnace that provided its power, in the other there was a beautiful woman at the top of a staircase who I could never quite reach. My mother always said that the young woman was my guardian angel, which I found quite a reassuring idea. Of the other dream my mother just said I had been watching too much DR Who and Star Trek.

I know that many people do not dream the way I do, and it is probably a high percentage of the population, due to the arguments I have had with people who did not believe anyone even dreams in colour let alone anything else. I really do have extremely lucid dreams at times and one such dream that I discussed in length with my family and friends was so like the plot of the Matrix that watching the film left me stunned. So much so that after seeing it I went out and bought the DVD and watched it ten times in a row. It was like someone reached in to my head and stole my memories before putting it in to a film.

I was working on the nightshift last night and when I finally got to bed this morning I had a lucid dream. In this dream I was being shown a car battery. It was about 8 inches by 4 by 2 and the person showing me said it was 160-amp/hour and used crystal technology. It was also extremely light. I asked the chap who was wearing a lab coat about how it worked. He said that the battery contained a liquid crystal and that as current was drawn the crystal reverted to a solid form and that to recharge the battery just required heat. In a car the heat in the engine compartment would be enough to recharge the battery. He continued by saying that at home placing the battery in my airing cupboard would revive it. I asked him what the crystal was but the dream faded before I got my answer.

Imagine my surprise when I got up and read my emails this morning and saw an email from Keith GW4OKT who is working out in Sakhalin Island at the moment. The email said ‘Steve, One for your blog? This link will take you to a story about a new technology for batteries.’ The link was to an article in the Jerusalem Post about a new kind of portable electrochemical battery that can produce thousands of hours of power. The unique battery is based on liquid silicon as a fuel that reverts to its original sand. It is still under research by Prof. Yair Ein-Eli at Haifa's Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in collaboration with Prof. Digby Macdonald of Pennsylvania State University in the US and Prof. Rika Hagiwara of Kyoto University in Japan.

It seems they are stealing my dreams again, now where is the aluminium foil so I can make a new cap.

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