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National Instruments: Test, Measurement, and Embedded Systems. Free Online Calculators - Math, Health, Financial, Science. What's Next - How & Why. I’ve been tearing interesting articles out of newspapers and magazines for over twenty years.

What's Next - How & Why

And for over twenty years I’ve regularly lost them or put them somewhere I can’t find them. So eventually I had an idea. Why not re-write these articles to highlight key points and connections and then archive them online where they would be easy for me to find? Better still, why not create a website so that other people could find them too? The result is a website for people that are interested in thinking about the future. One frequently asked question is “how do I use the report?” Untitled. A Real Hoverboard Has Finally Arrived, but It May Not Fulfill All Your Sci-Fi Fantasies. The unbelievably massive Lun class ekranoplan -plane/boat/ship!!!!! (image heavy) 1987 was the year when the first 350 tons ground effect “ship” from the series of Soviet battle missile carriers was produced.

The unbelievably massive Lun class ekranoplan -plane/boat/ship!!!!! (image heavy)

Google grants a 97-year-old's wish - Oct. 25, 2015. Try Google Input Tools online – Google Input Tools. Is It Down Right Now? Website Down or Not? In-Ear Device That Translates Foreign Languages In Real Time. Most of us have found ourselves in the awkward situation of trying to communicate in a foreign language.

In-Ear Device That Translates Foreign Languages In Real Time

Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes it’s embarrassing. And sometimes it’s downright disastrous. But thanks to a new translation device that easily fits into your ear, the days of struggling to speak the local lingo might soon be a thing of the past. The device is called The Pilot system and Waverly Labs is the company behind this brilliantly simple yet potentially groundbreaking idea. Amazon. The necessity of empathy. Why do projects built on the best of intentions so often fail to deliver the results they aspire to?

The necessity of empathy

At the Design Driven Society event, a key focus of discussion was the need to build empathy in order to successfully implement new solutions. Foldable Smartphones? Samsung Files Patent for Rollable, Folding Phones. In Brief Samsung files for a patent for (what seems to be) its new flagship product, a foldable smartphone that has been dubbed Project Valley.

Foldable Smartphones? Samsung Files Patent for Rollable, Folding Phones

Samsung’s Future Products Credit: Samsung When Samsung unveiled its current flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in March 2015, the South Korean tech giant went away from its signature plastic design and took a page out of Apple’s playbook by using premium materials, such as aluminum and glass, to finally give its users a high-end smartphone in terms of specs and design. Introducing the Dvorak Keyboard. This diagram also shows the original QWERTY character, for reference, on the keys that change.

Introducing the Dvorak Keyboard

I also have an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of this diagram, dvorkeys.pdf (78K), that you can download and print using Acrobat Reader (which you can get free from the Adobe website). Note: Sometimes browsers choke trying to display PDF files. If this happens, point to the PDF link and right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac) to get a popup menu, then select "Save... " to download the PDF. Then open the PDF directly from Acrobat Reader. The arrangement shown here is common to most Mac, DOS/Windows, and OS/2 Dvorak layouts, but it is not strictly ANSI standard Dvorak. International WELL Building Institute. Air:Optimize and achieve indoor air quality.

International WELL Building Institute

Strategies include removal of airborne contaminants, prevention and purification. Water: Optimize water quality while promoting accessibility. Strategies include removal of contaminants through filtration and treatment, and strategic placement. Nourishment: Encourage healthy eating habits by providing occupants with healthier food choices, behavioral cues, and knowledge about nutrient quality. Light: Minimize disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Fitness: Utilize building design technologies and knowledge-based strategies to encourage physical activity. Comfort: Create an indoor environment that is distraction-free, productive, and soothing.

Mind: Support mental and emotional health, providing the occupant with regular feedback and knowledge about their environment through design elements, relaxation spaces, and state-of-the-art technology. Urban Explorer Finds The Sad Remains Of The Soviet Space Shuttle Program. Ralph Mirebs, an urban explorer and photographer in Russia, has revealed extraordinary photos of Soviet space shuttle prototypes gathering dust in an abandoned hangar in Kazakhstan.

Urban Explorer Finds The Sad Remains Of The Soviet Space Shuttle Program

The abandoned hangar is located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, which is still in operation today (with the close of NASA’s shuttle program, Russian Soyuz shuttles are the only way for astronauts to reach the International Space Station). The Buran prototype shuttles found by Mirebs, however, are from an earlier era – they are the last remnants of a space program that began in 1974 and was finally shuttered in 1993. The only operational Buran shuttle, Orbiter 1K1, completed one unmanned orbital flight before it was grounded. Unfortunately, this shuttle was destroyed in a hangar collapse in 2002.

Mirebs’ photos show this forgotten space program derelict and frozen in time. More info: Livejournal (h/t: gizmodo)