Cool Stuff 2.0: And How it Works

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Penguin, Sep 17, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 256 pages
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Cool Stuff 2.0: And How it Works shows and explains, in a brilliantly visual and easy-to-understand way, exactly how the technology that shapes our world works. Find out when and how things were invented-from mobile phones and games consoles to smart cards and space planes. Cool Stuff 2.0: And How it Works will take you on an eye-opening journey from the engine of a hydrogen-fuelled car, into the virtual world of Second Life, and up the earthquake-proofed structure of the world's tallest office building. Cool Stuff 2.0: And How it Works will help you learn about the science behind every machine and gadget.
 

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I was surprised at how much stuff I didn't know had been invented!

Contents

10 Introduction
11
12 Smoke detector
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14 Hightech toilet
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16 Floating bed
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18 HDTV
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20 Gas boiler
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22 Wind turbine
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24 Recycling
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132 Sneakers
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134 Escalator
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138 Introduction
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140 Vomit comet
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142 Mars rover
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144 Space probes
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146 Solar sail
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148 SpaceShipOne
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26 Bioplastic
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28 Hydroponics
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30 Supermarket
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32 Dry shampoo
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34 Artificial retina
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36 Timepieces
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40 Introduction
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42 Laptop for all
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44 Mouse
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46 WiFi toy
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48 Ebook
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50 Bluetooth
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52 Petcam
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54 Head up
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56 Convergence
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58 Evoting
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60 Supercomputer
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62 SetiHome
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66 Introduction
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68 Games console
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70 Simulators
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72 Second Life
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74 Under Scan
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76 Weird music
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78 Roller coaster
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80 Xsports
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82 Flybar
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84 Gekkomat
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86 Bodyflight
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88 HawkEye
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90 Robots
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92 Lego Mindstorms
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94 Cube World
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98 Introduction
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100 Formula 1
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102 Converter
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104 Robot car
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106 Road
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108 Catseyes
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110 VentureOne
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112 Segway PT
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114 ULTra
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116 Water craft
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118 FLIP ship
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120 Jet Ski
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122 SailRocket
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124 Glider
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126 Silent flight
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128 Aerobatics
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130 Helicopter
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150 Telescope
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152 Space station
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154 Explorers
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156 Oil rig
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158 Binoculars
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160 Night vision
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162 Microscope
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164 Weather balloon
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166 Atlas
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168 Neutrino tank
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170 Fusion reactor
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174 Introduction
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176 Concrete
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178 Building blocks
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180 Drill
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182 Millau Viaduct
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184 Grand designs
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186 Eden Project
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188 Falkirk Wheel
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190 Skywalk
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192 Big builds
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194 Mass damper
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196 Power tower
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198 Stadium roof
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200 Micro machines
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202 Laser
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206 Introduction
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208 Money
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210 Biometric ID
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212 Airport security
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214 Spy
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216 DataDot
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218 Stealth
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220 Ejector seat
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222 Kevlar
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224 Hard wear
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226 Rebreather
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228 Fire extinguisher
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230 Eyewear
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232 LifeStraw
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234 Shelters
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236 Lighthouse
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238 Tsunami alert
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240 Flood barrier
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244 Whats next?
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248 Glossary
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252 Index
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256 Acknowledgments
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