Simon Beck Walking Around in the Snow

Feeling a bit cabin feverish with all the snow drifts blocking out you East coasters? Feeling the winter paunch? Need some exercise? Well follow the example of this crazy guy, who literally walks around in the snow in snow shoes and makes art. Simon’s snow art started out a weird idea popping into his mind after a snow session, probably after a few beers in the cabin. He claims he wanted to get a bit more exercise after a ski session (already crazy in my book), and decided to start walking around in his snow shoes. And while he was … Read more…

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Space X – Dragon V2

So, you know Iron man? Also known as Tony Stark? You know how super philanthropical and awesome Robert Downey Jr. makes him out to be? Yeah, it sure would be great if Tony Stark was actually real and was changing the world for the better, huh? Well, guess what citizens of the world, he does exist. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the man that is Elon Musk. This is the man that Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark is modeled after. Yes, the great Robert Downey Jr. actually confirmed that someone other than himself is as … Read more…

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Disney Creates Tactile Touch Interface

Bored with 3D yet? Not real enough for you? Well, someday you may be able to touch your phone or tablet and actually feel what your screen is showing you. Disney’s Research lab reasoned that when we touch an object, the differences we sense in elevation, surface material, and texture are all the result of friction between a surface and the sensors in our skin. This makes sense, as sensation is just the difference in reaction between the atoms that make up skin cells and the atoms that make up surface. Friction is basically when molecules (bunches of atom) “rub … Read more…

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DISNEY CREATES TACTILE TOUCH INTERFACE

Are you bored with 3D technology? Find yourself wanting to reach out and touch those floating images? Well, someday soon, you may be able to reach out to your smartphone or tablet and feel what you see on the screen. Seung-Chan Kim, Ali Israr, and Ivan Poupyrev of Disney’s Research lab in Pittsburgh may have cracked the code on touchable 3D with a specially designed display that uses low-voltage electricity and vibration to increase the friction between a finger and the screen. This is based on the idea that when we touch an object, what we feel as a difference … Read more…

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Next-Gen Sponge Material: Upsalite

In addition to confirmation of the worlds strongest material scientists have apparently discovered the worlds most absorbent material. Named after its origin University in Uppsala, Sweden, Upsalite is a powdered form of Magnesium Carbonate which is so porous that should you manage to “stretch out” the actual material present in a gram of it, it would reach out 800 square meters, which is as large as this yacht. It is also completely devoid of water, which lends to its highly absorbent nature. The team was apparently trying to create new ways of delivering medication, and mistakenly left some equipment on. … Read more…

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Move Over Graphene, Its Time For Carbyn

Graphene may have just been replaced as the strongest and stiffest material. Scientists led by Mingjie Lu at Houston University have calculated that a previously mysterious form of Carbon that has only been rarely found in space is stronger and stiffer than graphene (which is stronger than diamonds). How strong? Well a diamond’s strength ranges between 2.5-6.5 X 10^7 Nm/kg, and graphene mostly beats that at 4.7-5.5 X 10^7 Nm/kg. Carbyn, as it is called, has a strength range between 6.0-7.5 X 10^7 Nm/kg. It blows away both diamonds and graphene. Its also stiffer, read: doesn’t sway like a piece … Read more…

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Recharging in Standby Mode?

Think about all the ambient radio waves in our environment: 2.4 and 5Ghz WiFi, similar wireless home phone frequencies, terrestrial radio and television, cell phone frequencies, etc. There’s a lot of waves in the air and these waves carry energy. What if we could harvest them. This is exactly the tech that Nokia is developing according to the MIT Technology Review. The tech is similar to already existing RFID tags, which harvest electromagnetic waves and convert it to an electrical signal. All that needs to be done is ramp up the conversion efficiency. Currently Nokia claims their prototypes can harvest … Read more…

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