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If you want an uncluttered desktop—but at-hand USB ports—embed a USB port right into your desk for at-your-fingertips access without the clutter of cables or a box sitting on your desktop. Make magazine shares a tutorial for embedding a USB hub into your desk surface. They rely heavily on the Dremel Multi-Max oscillating tool—predominately because of Dremel's sponsorship of the project but also because it's a really handy all-in-one tool for the job—you could easily swap out other tools you have on hand (like a drill and jigsaw in place of the oscillating flush-cut wood blade). You're essentially cutting a hole the size of the USB hub's face, epoxying brackets onto the side of the hub, and screwing the brackets into the bottom of the desk so that the hub sits flush with the table surface. If you've got a company-owned desk and cutting a big rectangle out of it seems like something HR would frown on, check out this flush-mount USB hub that fits in a standard size cable run hole .
I was originally going to use part of a birch branch I cut from our tree (it had been partly rotted). Once I started sawing the rotten part off, two spiders and an earwig crawled out and I lost my nerve. I considered my other options. A smooth, decaying stick I found in the strawberry bed seemed aesthetically pleasing... but all the cracks almost guaranteed lots of bugs.
Second and a Half Dimension Shelves This project goes by the name “Imeüble” and it’s a shelving system that accesses not just your eyeballs and book-storing hands, it works with your mind to help you store information the same way you learn to associate words to their meanings! The easiest comparison is one the designer uses: when you read the word “cornfield,” you imagine a field full of corn, not the word “cornfield.” In that the shelf appears to be 2D but is actually 3D, this whole system works in the same environment of learning.
Here is a neat idea that allows you to play with the different faces for a watch. The Watch oNe basically features an E-Ink display which is LED back lit, but its face is not constant, meaning you can change it at whim or fancy. Hook the watch up to the internet and download your kinda face to it.
Never Too Late to Learn How to Read Adult illiteracy comes with social stigmas that prevent many people from trying to learn how to read. The abcDARIAN is designed to discreetly help them achieve their goals.
The cages housing customer equipment inside an Equinix data center. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The New York Times devoted more than 3,000 words Sunday to a feature story on the rise of high-speed trading operations.
A More Powerful Lock Not even a lightsaber could bust it. This is the “Energy Lock” from designer Young Suk Kim.
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In Case Of Emergency Cut Toothpaste! I thought I was being a miser, but in all honesty I cut open the end of my toothpaste tube to get to the last wee bit of paste. Call it conservation or being stingy but that’s what I do. So I totally identify with the Thrift Toothpaste package design and hope someone like Colagte or Crest adopt it! It will save me the trouble of hunting for scissors…I’ll just tear open the rear end!
In a new study, researchers report that bumblebees were able to figure out the most efficient routes among several computer-controlled "flowers," quickly solving a complex problem that even stumps supercomputers. We already know bees are pretty good at facial recognition, and researchers have shown they can also be effective air-quality monitors. Bumblebees can solve the classic "traveling salesman" problem, which keeps supercomputers busy for days. They learn to fly the shortest possible route between flowers even if they find the flowers in a different order, according to a new British study. The traveling salesman problem is a problem in computer science; it involves finding the shortest possible route between cities, visiting each city only once.
Split-Face Sink, Very Nice! It’s so natural for us to put all the dirty dishes into the sink and come back later to tackle them. Wouldn’t it be great if our sink got intelligent enough and cleaned up the mess automatically? Ah, the pleasures of the concept world peppered with practical solutions!
Friends and enemies in the animal world tend to be pretty clear-cut -- there are some species that just weren't born to get along. But as these unlikely pairs show, even Mother Nature doesn't set things in stone: Who says that orangutans and tigers, dogs and deer, cats and birds can't all be friends somehow? From a sheep that brought a baby elephant out of a deep depression to natural enemies that snuggle down together for every nap, these 10 heart-wrenching relationships are incredible and unforgettable.
Added February 6th, 2011 by Matt Anderson Silva retained his UFC Middleweight Championship title by defeating Vitor Belfort at UFC 126. Early on Belfort landed the only significant blows of the first round. Then Silva landed a most amazing KO. Silva gave credit to Steven Seagal after the fight for teaching him that technique.