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Fighting fog for airports

It is now 1.5 hours since we were meant to board for a flight to Sydney from Coolangatta and I'm brainstorming how to fix the fog problem at airports... when I asked the pilot what area needs to be fog free he explained that planes in Australia are rated to land with only 75 metres of visibility which means that the runway must be visible from 75 metres in front of the runway. This means that a relatively small area of less than 10,000 square meteres could be cleared of fog to allow most planes to land in even the heaviest atmospheric fog.
As shown above a small area like this is commonly cleared of water using flood fans and heaters in buildings so the idea of dispersing fog with wind turbines, burners or magnetic fields is not out of the question... lets see where this idea takes us...

Richardson patents Simple Privacy Solution for Google Glass

Ever since the ruckus over Google Glass privacy went into overdrive Ric has been wondering what all the commotion is about.

All you need is a retractable cover or what he calls a "privacy shutter" that makes it easily discernible when the camera is being used.

"It's such an easy fix, I assumed Google would have solved it on the spot... but weeks went by and I decided to fix the problem myself" said Mr Richardson.

His patent also covers the use of audio by Glass as a privacy concern. "I think the Glass concept is so important it would be a shame to see it crippled by social concerns when they can be so easily addressed by a technology fix. I want to use Glass in a theater, to get access to heads up ancillary information while watching a movie, without being questioned as to whether I am secretly pirating the film."

Ric plans to hand his work off to businessmen as soon as the technology is polished and ready for presentation to interested parties. Pict…
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