That’s the purpose of the “Euthanasia Coaster,” a giant big-dipper design aimed at taking its passengers through a series of extreme drops and loops that would create euphoria and then kill them by starving the brain of oxygen. This macabre invention is the brainchild of Lithuanian engineer Julijonas Urbonas, who designed it in 2010 as a Ph.D. candidate in design interactions at the Royal College of Art in London. Urbonas, who developed a romance for amusement parks during the years he worked at one, saw this horror-movie scenario as an alternative death ritual propelling people to the afterlife, as he puts it, “humanely with elegance and euphoria.” No one’s actually built it yet, except as a scale model. A Simple Proof of Conservation of Energy. 5 of the World's Most Dangerous Chemicals. Ultrasound Used To Create 3D Shapes In Mid Air That Can Be Seen And Felt. You may not have heard of it before, but haptic technology is all around us.
The buzz of your smartphone as you tap the keys, or the rumble of your Wii controller as you smash a tennis ball are both haptic effects. But this touch feedback technology has uses far beyond enhancing your game experience; it’s used in rehabilitation of stroke patients and even surgical training. Now, scientists have invented a new method of haptic feedback using ultrasound, which creates 3D haptic shapes in mid-air that can be seen and felt. The researchers, who are based at the University of Bristol, envisage that this innovative technology could transform the way that we use 3D haptic shapes.
It could lead to touchable holograms to augment learning, or enhanced gaming experience by allowing users to feel features of the game, such as a football. By adding these invisible 3D shapes to 3D displays, scientists can create something that can be both seen and felt. 10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing. These X's Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color? This is a re-creation of a color plate from Interaction of Color, by Josef Albers.
The two X's are are exactly the same — it's the different backgrounds that make them look like very different colors. Source: Josef Albers Interaction of Color hide caption. Scientists have invented a brain decoder that could read your inner thoughts. Scientists have figured out how to read the words of our inner monologue, a finding that could help people who cannot physically speak to communicate with the world.
Image: Alex Mit/Shutterstock Talking to yourself or having mindless internal thoughts is something which most of us can admit to. But imagine if we told you that someone could eavesdrop on your private thoughts? Plants Know They Are Being Eaten. Melia Robinson/Business Insider Vegetarians and vegans pay heed: New research shows plants know when they're being eaten.
And they don't like it. That plants possess an intelligence is not new knowledge, but according to Modern Farmer, a new study from the University of Missouri shows plants can sense when they are being eaten and send out defense mechanisms to try to stop it from happening. The study was carried out on thale cress, or Arabidopsis as it's known scientifically, which is closely related to broccoli, kale, mustard greens, and other siblings of the brassica family and is popular for science experiments. It is commonly used in experiments because it was the first plant to have its genome sequenced, and scientists are intimately familiar with how it works. The researchers controlled the experiment by coming up with other vibrations that simulated other natural vibrations like wind noise that the plant might encounter.
How 3D Printing Humans Might Be Possible Some Day. 3D printing is all the rage right now; people are printing machine parts, statues of cosplayers, model homes, and even prosthetic hands that look like Iron Man’s.
But perhaps the most interesting thing that’s currently being printed is human tissue. How does it work? What can be printed? And will be ever be able to print a full human being? 3D-printing: American company Local Motors releases world's first computer-printed car. By Tracey Kirkland Updated Hearing aids, prosthetic limbs, even guns... 3D printers are certainly the creators of the future.
But now they are driving in a new direction. American company Local Motors has built the world's first 3D-printed car, made from a mix of carbon fibre and plastic. The car's body was created over two days, in a giant printer at a Chicago trade show. 3D-printed heart saves baby's life - CNET. Dot-com?
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What is Touch? Voyager 1 Hits Rumble Strips At the Edge of the Solar System. Something strange is happening to the Voyager 1 spacecraft.
After 35 years of travel, NASA’s oldest interstellar spacecraft is now some 20 billion kilometres from the Sun. It’s easy to imagine that conditions in this isolated region of space would be quiet and calm but on 25 August, the spacecraft’s instruments suddenly went haywire, recording changes unlike anything it has seen throughout its long journey. Today, Bill Webber at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and a few pals detail the dramatic changes Voyager has experienced and suggest various explanations for the phenomenon. Voyager 1 is currently investigating the outer reaches of the Sun’s influence, the region where the solar magnetic field ploughs into the galactic field as the Sun moves through the Milky Way.
This creates a magnetic bow wave that traps charged particles in various ways. 12 Events That Will Change Everything, Made Interactive. Sandvik — Engineering group in tooling, materials technology, mining and construction. Eun-Gyeong Gwon & Eun-Jae Lee. This one’s kinda hard to swallow so take a deep breath, open your minds, and pretend it’s 2100.
I CONTACT is essentially a mouse fitted to your eyeball. The lens is inserted like any other normal contact lens except it’s laced with sensors to track eye movement, relaying that position to a receiver connected to your computer. Theoretically that should give you full control over a mouse cursor. I’d imagine holding a blink correlates to mouse clicks. The idea was originally created for people with disabilities but anyone could use it. Spontaneous Human Combustion. Spontaneous Human Combustion Spontaneous human combustion is the alleged burning of a person's body without a readily apparent, identifiable external source of ignition. The combustion may result in simple burns and blisters to the skin, smoking, or a complete incineration of the body. Evolution Of Man. Evolution Of Man - What is it?
The modern theory concerning the evolution of man proposes that humans and apes derive from an apelike ancestor that lived on earth a few million years ago. The theory states that man, through a combination of environmental and genetic factors, emerged as a species to produce the variety of ethnicities seen today, while modern apes evolved on a separate evolutionary pathway. Perhaps the most famous proponent of evolutionary theory is Charles Darwin (1809-82) who authored The Origin of Species (1859) to describe his theory of evolution. C.C.T.-TED VIDEOS. How High Can We Build?
Slab of Barrier Reef sea floor collapsing, could cause tsunami, say scientists. By Agence France-PresseThursday, December 20, 2012 21:45 EDT A huge slab of sea floor near the Great Barrier Reef is in the early stages of collapse and could generate a tsunami when it finally breaks off, researchers warned Friday. Marine geologists from Australia’s James Cook University have been using advanced 3D mapping techniques on the deepest parts of the reef — below diving depth — since 2007 and have discovered dozens of sub-marine canyons. On a recent trip, they came across the one cubic kilometre slab of sea floor, the remains of an ancient underwater landslide, which is perched on the continental shelf. Transparency - Walk This Way. Why Don't Any Animals Have Wheels? E45 Goes Cellular. Beakman Noises at Night. Déjà Vu. The Science of Dreaming. Beakman's World Show-226.mov. Taboos of Science. Race and Intelligence : Science's Last Taboo.
Clever Ads Billboard. Here is a series of brilliant billboard ads dedicated to promoting science in Vancouver, by Science World Museum in collaboration with Rethink Canada… Big Spanish Castle. Stare at the dot for 30 seconds. Then, without moving your eyes, move the mouse over the image. The image will look like it's in color until you move your eyes.
Evolution: It's a Thing - Crash Course Biology #20. Continuum of Change: The Hairless Human. Why Our Brains Love Junk Food. Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived. Additional notes from the author: If you want to learn more about Tesla, I highly recommend reading Tesla: Man Out of Time Also, this Badass of the week by Ben Thompson is what originally inspired me to write a comic about Tesla.
Great Minds: Henrietta Leavitt & the Human Computers. Technology and Culture-Volume 53, Number 1, January 2012. What was up with Pythagoras? How Will Evolution Change Humans? Print Your Own 3D models (by @baekdal) #trends. Nike Hindsight by Billy May. LED Lights Make Augmented Vision a Reality. LED Lights Make Augmented Vision a Reality. Jim Mielke - Core77's Greener Gadgets Design Competition 2008. Digital Tattoo Interface Jim Mielke - United States Her cell phone is ringing, but the display is turned off. Déjà Vu. Synthetic Jellyfish. Brain vs. Computer. Scientist creates lifelike cells out of metal. Scientists extract images directly from brain. Carl Sagan on atoms, the googol, and the googolplex. Carl Sagan on the chemical elements.
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