Editorial: Unobtanium
Travel: PD Top Travel Tip #10
Technology: James Bond's Aston Martin DB5
Stationery: Elemental Notebooks
Gadgets and Gear: Bote Rover Aero
Books and Writing: How To Build A Time Machine
Miscellaneous: Infiniti Prototype 10
PD: Store

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EDITORIAL: Unobtainium

Unobtainium is the rarest of elements with fantastic properties. It is of course a fictional element that has appeared in science fiction stories since the 1950s. Engineers have used the term when discussing costly or unusual materials or when considering an imagined material for their needs, such as in aerospace where high temperatures and friction are a problem. PD supposes that new materials such as graphene, discussed last week in PD: Cool Things issue 192, may fit the bill. Regardless, it is one of the themes used in Elemental Notebooks, featured this week in Stationery.

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TRAVEL: PD Top Travel Tip #10

Aeroplanes are bad for your skin. Flying for a few hours results in dry skin, although newer aeroplanes such as the Dreamliner are humidified. The current restrictions on liquids limit what you can take on board. If you fly business or first class you will be provided with toiletries, but what if you cannot use them, for example if you are allergic to perfumes? Many manufacturers are producing travel sized products. A simpler answer is to buy small containers and decant your regular products into these. These are available at your travel product store and some pharmacies. Alternatively, when you get a sample from a cosmetics company, keep the container to re-use.


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TECHNOLOGY: James Bond Aston Martin DB5

When it was first revealed in 1964, the car that James Bond had in the film "Goldfinger" was an instant hit. Corgi, the toy car manufacturer, soon produced one, all with pop-up machine guns, rotating number plate, ejector seat and bullet proof screen.

[Photograph: Schrodinger's cat is alive]

You can now re-live the glory. Aston Martin has announced that it will produce twenty-five replicas of the James Bond car, with all the accessories (will Aston Martin really provide machine guns?).

[Photograph: Aston Martin]

The only catch (apart from the cost)? The cars are designated as non-registrable for road use.

Read the full story here:

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STATIONERY: Elemental Notebooks.

Elemental notebooks started life as a successful Kickstarter project.

In the founders' words, "It is the result of a convergence of passions for the Elements of the Periodic Table, Notebooks, and Fountain Pens".


PD was attracted to the novel features, such as the element's emission spectrum on the edge of the notebook and the periodic table information on the back.



If that is not enough reason to buy, you will love the quality. The notebook is amongst the best quality notebooks. It is A5 size, the most convenient size in PD's experience. It comes in a sturdy slipcase. It is made from 100 gsm, acid free and fine grain paper (this is thicker than most notebooks). It has a faint dot grid pattern. The pages are sewn in and the notebook opens flat. There are two ribbons.


You can get C, H, N and O notebooks. There is also a limited edition set of three pocket notebooks in a slipcase, with the element Un.


You can read more about Un in the Editorial.

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The Bote Rover Aero is an incredible inflatable boat for the adventurer.


It is very sturdy. Made from tough PVC with drop stitch fibres makes it tough.


The boat is readily put together and inflated with the attached pump.


You can use the paddle or attach a motor.


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BOOKS AND WRITING: How To Build A Time Machine


"How To Build A Time Machine" is the extraordinary account of John J. Clifton, who was debriefed after ending up in 2018. He is a temporal specialist from 2151.


This marvelous book provides an enormous amount of intriguing information about time travel, self-resolving temporal causality, artificial and anti-gravity, an alien civilization called the Luyteni, fusion power generation, and detailed instructions on how to build a time machine.

It also tells of history yet to come.


If you love science, physics and time travel, this book by T.E. Willis is for you.

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MISCELLANEOUS: Infiniti Prototype 10

Infiniti, the luxury arm of Japanese car manufacturer Nissan, has unveiled the stunning Prototype 10 concept car (interpretation: there is almost no chance that it will see production).

The car's styling takes after the speedsters of the 1950s but is modern in its appearance.

The car has an electric motor.

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PD: Store

X90 Planner

The X90 Planner has been thoroughly tested by PD and featured in PD: Cool Things 178:


The planner is hard back but opens flat. It is clearly laid out and uses quality paper. It is undated, so you can start working on your goals immediately. There are 90 days in the planner, the ideal length of time to achieve goals.


From US $31.95 plus shipping. Local taxes may apply in your country.

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Important disclaimer: Remember that crowd funding sites are not stores. You may decide to back this project and provide funds, however there is no guarantee that any project will be delivered - the rate of failure is about 10%. PD is in no way accountable for the success or otherwise of any project and writes in this column purely for entertainment purposes, and will in no way be held liable for any failure or money lost by anyone. It is a case of "buyer beware". It is a sad reflection on the era we live in that PD must resort to this type of disclaimer.

Note: Photographs and illustrations are from the relevant websites and are the copyright of the respective owners.

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