Have you ever heard of an Mg Battery? Magnesium is a common element, in fact it’s even the 8th most common element. When made into small particles, it burns with a bright light, is very light, and is easily recycled. Magnesium can also be obtained from seawater. Recently, the Okinawa Deep Sea Water Research Institute completed the creation of an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion power plant. That plant uses mineral-rich cold water from deep in the ocean to drive an
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Just as stoves are different in Japan, compared to those in America, so too are ovens. Many of the reasons are the same, but Japan’s history plays its role here too. Japanese ovens are usually small electric affairs rather than built-in behemoths. As with many Japanese appliances, ovens are packed with features. Mine steams, microwaves, grills, and has several oven settings all in one compact box. The size fits with the smaller kitchens and lack of space in some Japanese houses.
This is a continuation of the exploration of Japanese Culture by examining the major appliances we use every day. Stoves If you’ve ever been in a Japanese kitchen, one of the most obvious differences you’ll find is the stove. In just about every American house I’ve seen, the ranges are large with at least four burners. Electric is probably dominate, but there are areas where gas is used instead. Nowadays they are often more likely to be flat panel warmers
Long ago Japan was known in the West as China was known until only a few years ago, as makers of cheap products that would quickly break. After years of its manufacturing sector suffering under the stereotype, Japanese industries invested in quality control procedures and reasearch and eventually won a new image as creators of quality precision and heavy industrial items. Toyota went from a foreign brand few Americans would buy to the leader in hybrid technology. This image is