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Liquids Handling and Storage Solutions for the Industry

Chemical laboratory at NIBR in Shanghai, China

Image Credit: Novartis AG

Every day, we came into contact with liquids throughout our lives. From water, to toothpaste, soap; we literally we came into contact with gallons of miscellaneous liquids daily. It is so routine that we don’t even think about it at all.

If we did however, we will definitely appreciate the technological advances that has made it so manageable. Managing, storing and dispensing liquid materials in an exciting science discipline by its own virtue. It is also an important business in virtually all areas of manufacturing. One company that is making headlines in this industry is IPSCOT.

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Fuel Saving Magnets: Fact, Myth Or Downright Scam?

Fuel consumption

Image credit: safoocat

After the recent fuel price increase, advertisements for fuel saving gadgets have been flooding the newspapers, magazines and radio stations. One type of most frequently advertised fuel saving device are magnets that are attached to the fuel line hose.

There are many fabulous claims made regarding the use of these magnets:

  • Save fuel
  • Boost engine performance
  • More complete burning

…all achieved through some weird process called molecular realignment or similar sounding, technical term that you’ve probably never heard of before. The main question is; Is it for real?

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The Weirdness Of The Pareto Principle

Have you heard about the Pareto principle? It is also known as the 80/20 rule. The Pareto principle states that 80% of your profits come from 20% of your actions. There are some analysis of the principle that concluded that it actually means 80% of your income comes from 20% of your customers.

My beef with the Pareto principle is that I believe that it is too general and scientifically borders on the impossible. By sheer definition, it means that you should focus on the 20% of your activities that brings 80% of your revenue. Right?

Now here’s the weird part. If you eliminate the 80% of activities that only bring in 20% of your revenue, you’d essentially be left with 100% of income that comes from 100% of your work. This means that applying the Pareto principle effectively negates the principle itself!

So does this mean that the Pareto principle is a paradox of itself? Or am I just reading too much into it?

How To Be A Successful Entrepreneur: Be Dyslexic

  1. Fact 1: Dyslexics are better business owners.
  2. Fact 2: Managers are horrible business owners.
  3. Fact 3: Only 1 percent of corporate managers in the USA are dyslexic.

Those are the facts that are implied in this well written article from the New York Times: Tracing Business Acumen to Dyslexia. Although I appreciate the wonderful research that author Brent Bowers has put into the article, I’m not really surprised by the findings.

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Could Your Grandchildren’s Car Be Powered By Salt Water?

If this research bears fruit; salt water could be the next generation of fuel:

Dr. Roy said the salt water isn’t burning per se, despite appearances. The radio frequency actually weakens bonds holding together the constituents of salt water — sodium chloride, hydrogen and oxygen — and releases the hydrogen, which, once ignited, burns continuously when exposed to the RF energy field. Mr. Kanzius said an independent source measured the flame’s temperature, which exceeds 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, reflecting an enormous energy output.

As such, Dr. Roy, a founding member of the Materials Research Laboratory and expert in water structure, said Mr. Kanzius’ discovery represents “the most remarkable in water science in 100 years.”

Amazing, isn’t it?!