“I can see further, for I stand on the shoulders of Giants.” — Sir. Isaac Newton.
Every aspect of our lives in today’s society is in some way, shape or form assisted, improved, or made possible by science and technology. Today we live longer because medicine prevents or cures our illnesses and educates and assists us in living healthier. We travel further, faster and more often because engineering provides us with the means to do so. We communicate and do business globally because of advancements in electronic communications. The very fact that I am able to communicate with you this moment has far less to do with my own efforts than it does with the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people who created and maintain this incredibly versatile infrastructure that we have grown to use – internet –
For as long as I can remember science has fascinated me in every aspect of it. From sticking a hair pin into an electrical socket at age 3 to find out what was it that came out from that mysterious place that allowed everything in the house to run, breaking my toys apart at age 7 to find out how they worked, to enrolling in an engineering degree so that I can practice science at a professional level, my life has largely been a never ending quest to learn and practice science. Unfortunately individuals with a passion for knowledge such as myself are seldom found: This page is my medium for sharing my ideas and interests with the few who share such interests; And just as I learned and continue to learn much from others before me, I hereby offer people some of my acquired knowledge, hoping that others will also benefit from my work and take it to greater heights than I have been able to. Or at least derive some enjoyment and learn to appreciate some of the things I do. All I ask is that you credit me for it, and do not copy this content and display it on other websites; link to this site instead.
PowerLabs began as a computer class high school assignment in 1999: “Create A Webpage”. Since its modest beginnings from photos I took of microwaving CDs and I have spent the past 10 years working on and and off updating this page with new and better content, and also spending thousands of dollars maintaining it online under high bandwidth servers (annual traffic has exceeded one terabyte every year since 2003!). It appears as though finally my efforts are paying off; this page currently receives nearly fifty thousand visitors in a month, and as a result I have been contacted by people from all around the world with comments, suggestions, ideas, and some times even job offers, sponsorships and media attention. The page has been featured on nationally and internationally published newspapers and magazines and I have had the opportunity to showcase some of my research to the world through major television networks. You can read more about the publicity this page has generated under the publicity page.
Everything we have and do today we owe to those who worked before us. We may not live in a perfect world but few would argue that things today aren’t any better than they were before. And similarly, I believe that we owe to our antecessors to take their work even further, and make the world we live in even better, through scientific progress. The idea of progress -in whatever aspect of science I happen to work in- is what I want to base my life’s works on. My father started off as a cashier at a bank, and over several years worked his way up to becoming the Director of that bank. Once I congratulated him and said that I too hoped some day to achieve the kind of success he had in his professional life. He told me I could not hope for that, because when he began working he started at the bottom working to pay his way through school; when I started my career I did so already much further than he started, and as such I have to accomplish much more than he did. And I will. I owe it to everyone who has created the scientific ideas and knowledge which allows me to do the things I do. I owe it to my parents, and, most important of all, I owe it to myself. And not a day goes by that I don’t think about that.
I was born on February 13th 1982 in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Both my parents worked for the national bank of Brazil and I spent the first 12 years of my life living in Brasilia, going to a couple different private schools and performing my first experiments ever, mostly in the areas of chemistry and electricity. As a child, and even today, I have always been extremely curious; when I was 3 years old I somehow I managed to get shocked by an electrical outlet and nearly got myself killed… At age 7, I stuck a bent piece of wire into an electric socket and watched in bewilderment as the wire instantly exploded and blackened the wall (and my fingers) around it… I have always been fascinated with electricity, but I think it was at that moment that I started really admiring it. This admiration continues to this day and I am able to spend a night awake just watching a thunderstorm, or spend hours staring at a plasma display… By that age I was also taking apart anything I could get my hands on: toys, electric showers, home appliances, etc… I was fascinated by how everything worked and tried to understand each mechanism involved… I rarely managed to put them back together, instead, I kept their parts for later use… Around that time I started making my own devices too… By age 8 I was already experimenting with electromagnets and electric motors, building simple devices such as doorbell ringers and fans…