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What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs. [] Just a note on this subject.

What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs

Jobs obsessed on US manufacturing when the Macintosh and later the NeXT Computers were first announced. He did everything the company could do to make state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the US. Can hot air be the free fuel of the future? An Australian company says it can produce enough electricity for 100,000 homes by using the movement of hot air.

Can hot air be the free fuel of the future?

Hot air will drive turbines to create electricity, then flow out through a tall chimneyThe tower will be the second tallest structure in the worldEnviroMission, an Australian company, wants to build it in the Arizona desert (CNN) -- You don't have to be a science major to know that heat rises: Just step into an attic on a hot summer day. But what you might not know is that this basic scientific reality could also help create clean energy for entire cities. For centuries, architects have taken advantage of rising heat to help cool some structures. Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear.

NOTE: Some major wind projects like the proposed TWE Carbon Valley project in Wyoming are already pricing in significantly lower than coal power -- $80 per MWh for wind versus $90 per MWh for coal -- and that is without government subsidies using today's wind turbine technology.

Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear

The International Clean Energy Analysis (ICEA) gateway estimates that the U.S. possesses 2.2 million km2 of high wind potential (Class 3-7 winds) — about 850,000 square miles of land that could yield high levels of wind energy. This makes the U.S. something of a Saudi Arabia for wind energy, ranked third in the world for total wind energy potential.

BAE invisibility cloak hides vehicles as scenery, cars and cows. British defence company BAE Systems has developed an "invisibility cloak" that can effectively hide vehicles from view in the infra-red spectrum.

BAE invisibility cloak hides vehicles as scenery, cars and cows

The patented system -- called Adaptiv -- uses a matrix of hexagonal "pixels" that can change their temperature very rapidly. On-board cameras sweep the area to pick up the background scenery and display that infra-red signature on the vehicle. This allows even moving tanks to be effectively invisible in the infra-red spectrum, or mimic other objects. "The tank skin essentially becomes a big infra red TV," BAE Head of External Communications Mike Sweeney told "You can display anything you want on it -- including a cow -- while the rest of the vehicle blends into the background. " Wacom Americas. 'Mind-reading machine' can convert thoughts into speech.

Continuance – Rechargeable Battery with USB Interface by Haimo Bao, Hailong Piao, Yuancheng Liu & Xiameng Hu. Apple manufacturer Foxconn replaces staff with robots. 6 Creepy New Weapons the Police and Military Use To Subdue Unarmed People. August 1, 2011 | Like this article?

6 Creepy New Weapons the Police and Military Use To Subdue Unarmed People

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. 11 cheap gifts guaranteed to impress science geeks. Science comes up with a lot of awesome stuff, and you don't need a Ph.D, a secret lab, or government funding to get your hands on some of the coolest discoveries.

11 cheap gifts guaranteed to impress science geeks

We've got a list of 11 mostly affordable gifts that are guaranteed to blow your mind, whether or not you're a science geek. Click on any image to see it enlarged. 1. Keeping demonstrators safe, mobile & informed. Theta Wave Brain Synchronization. This is a replication of a Theta wave entrainment rhythm first created by scientists in the 1960s to lull patients into a deep, colorful, creative dream state.

Theta Wave Brain Synchronization

Listen to it for 10 minutes, longer if you can. The longer it plays, the deeper you’ll go. So go. Bees Solve Complex Problems Faster Than Supercomputers. 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.

Bees Solve Complex Problems Faster Than 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.

Bees are the first animals to figure this out, according to Queen Mary University of London researchers. Anthropomorphic-futuristic-fantastic-floating-homes/ Futuristic, yet, but not the far-fetched science-fiction fantasy industrial design you might think – the Oculus by Schoepfer Yachts may not be for sale yet but it is already in pre-production mode with naval architects on board, so to speak.


Hardly your typical houseboat, it is a virtual cruise ship for the rich and famous who can afford to buy it when it is fully planned and built. The anthropomorphism of this luxury floating home is of course intentional – the front deck like the gaping mouth of a gigantic sea creature and the sleek curves mimicking streamlined oceanic animals. Complete with a swimming pool on top and a futuristic interior design this is far more like a permanent mobile home than a cruising yacht. The smaller and simpler (both adjectives applied relative to its bigger brother of course) version of this spectacular design is the Infinitas, with a more sleek and streamlined profile and a semi-enclosed on-board swimming pool in the center but underneath the shell.

Wind Power Without the Blades: Big Pics. Scientists Develop Affordable Solar Panels That Work In The Dark. It's about damn time, don't you think?

Scientists Develop Affordable Solar Panels That Work In The Dark

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced Wednesday that they have been able to confirm a new high-efficiency solar cell design that utilizes nearly the entire solar spectrum. Translation: They figured out a way to make solar panels generate electricity in the dark. Turn Steel Into Solar Panels With Photovoltaic Spray Paint.

No, it's not a joke or a crazy awesome futuristic concept . It's real. Tata Steel Europe (formerly Corus) and Swansea University in Wales, UK are collaborating to develop a spray-on technology that would transform steel sheets into solar panels. Earth and Industry says , The technology has significant applications since it is highly efficient even in diffused sunlight. 1ℓimit – Faucet Design by Yonggu Do, Dohyung Kim & Sewon Oh. One Liter Limited 1ℓimit faucet looks more like an elegant test tube inverted on top of a tap. The glass tube holds exactly one liter of water, sufficient for a quick handwash. The theory being that we waste almost six liters of water and use only one, while washing hands.

Fuck_the_future.jpg (752×1897) Solar Forest Keeps Cars Cool And Juiced. Hubble's Most Mind Expanding Photos of the Universe. The just-turned-21 Hubble Space Telescope has spent its entire life taking photographs of such enormous, otherworldly things that words stop working. And the events in its photographs happened so long ago, notions of time stop working too. But don’t speak, and forget about the time. Sending big files the easy way - WeTransfer. Starlite, the nuclear blast-defying plastic that could change the world. Shocking Twist: Airport Body Scanners Alter Unborn Babies’ Gender. Instant sex-reassignment… Courtesy of your friendly airport security staff? Authorities at Baltimore’s Thurgood Marshall international airport are currently investigating reports that exposures to single radiation dosages inside their recently-installed ‘garment-penetrating’ body scanner have altered the genders of unborn infants in expectant mothers as late as 5 weeks to their expected due date, or 85% to term.

For close to a month, frantic complaints have been trickling in from all over the country, from people who have nothing in common, except for two key details: 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School – Eternal Code. [via] With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for you, so why not latch onto the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google hacks specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time. Search Tricks These search tricks can save you time when researching online for your next project or just to find out what time it is across the world, so start using these right away. Convert units. The 15 Funniest Autocorrects. Bento Laptop Tablet Hybrid by René Woo-Ram Lee.