800,000 Californians could be without power by the end of the day

By the end of the day, more than half of all California counties could be without power. In an attempt to prevent wildfires, the state's largest utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is rolling out a planned power outage. Once fully implement...

This Fire-Spraying Drone Is Not a Weapon

Power lines tend to collect trash when the wind blows. Plastic bags and other assorted trash stuck in the lines can be dangerous. Apparently, in Xiangyang, China, they┬ánow send drones up to sort out the mess… with fire!

These fire-spraying drones burn off trash that gets stuck on high-voltage wires, keeping humans out of harm’s way. The drones are being used by an electric power maintenance company in China to get rid of plastic bags and other debris. I can only guess the fire is applied for a short enough burst not to damage the wires’ insulation.

It is a great use of both drones and fire – not that I condone this combination. That’s a crazy deadly mix, but here we are. It should not be long until one of these firebugs is sent by a hit man to burn a house down or fry you right where you stand.

[via Gizmodo]

Sneakers On a Power Line Lighting

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Get that urban chic look in your own home with this lighting system that looks like pairs of sneakers tossed over a power line. The Shoe Toss light is made of porcelain shoes molded after a real pair of tattered sneakers. Inside the shoes are lights that cast a warm glow when turned on:
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The “power lines” do actually carry electricity- from the wall plug up the wall unit and down through the laces of the shoes.
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The cool part is that you can rearrange the shoes any way you want, sliding them along the power line to give you light where you need it. And unlike real shoes over the power lines, nobody will think your neighborhood is a drug dealing hot spot (ok, maybe they will but it has nothing to do with this lamp!) Neat lamp if that’s your thing. (via gizmodo)

Sneakers On a Power Line Lighting
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