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July 4, 2012 — Stanford researchers have invented an electrically conductive gel that is quick and easy to make, can be patterned onto surfaces with an inkjet printer and demonstrates unprecedented electrical performance. The material, created by Stanford chemical engineering Associate Professor Zhenan Bao, materials science and engineering Associate Professor Yi Cui and members of their labs, is a kind of conducting hydrogel -- a jelly that feels and behaves like biological tissues, but conducts electricity like a metal or semiconductor. That combination of characteristics holds enormous promise for biological sensors and futuristic energy storage devices, but has proven difficult to manufacture until now. The research recently appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Printing Jell-O
June 20, 2012 — Imagine the money you'd save if you bought a roll of duct tape and could use it over and over again without having to toss it in the garbage after one use. Wall-climbing robots, bioadhesives or other sticky substances can benefit greatly from a recent discovery about the self-cleaning and reuse abilities of a gecko's foot hair by a University of Akron graduate student-researcher and his partners. Their work was published in the June 13 edition of Interface, the Journal of the Royal Society . The sticky yet clean attribute of this discovery is the gecko toe pad and its ability to repeatedly attach and detach to a surface.
Future Timeline | Technology | Singularity | 2020 | 2050 | 2100 | 2150 | 2200 | 21st century | 22nd century | 23rd century | Humanity | Predictions | EventsWelcome to the future! Below, you will find a speculative timeline of future history. Part fact and part fiction, the timeline is based on detailed research that includes analysis of current trends, long-term environmental changes, advances in technology such as Moore's Law, future medical breakthroughs, the evolving geopolitical landscape and more. Where possible, references have been provided to support the predictions. We also have a blog covering the latest news and breakthroughs. FutureTimeline is an ongoing, collaborative project that is open for discussion – we welcome ideas from scientists, futurists, inventors, writers and anyone else interested in future trends.
22 December 2010 Last updated at 21:38 ET By Finlo Rohrer BBC News Magazine
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Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Yesterday, the Islamic Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art was re-opened, after years of renovation and expansion. Among the 12,000 works in the museum’s possession, 1,200 are currently on display in the opening exhibition, the breadth of which covers over 13 centuries of Arab art.
Edward Suzuki Associates have designed the Shimogamo House in Kyoto, Japan. Shimogamo House by Edward Suzuki Architects
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Information is very powerful but for the most bit it is bland and unimaginative. Infographics channel information in a visually pleasing, instantly understandable manner, making it not only powerful, but extremely beautiful. Once used predominantly to make maps more approachable, scientific charts less daunting and as key learning tools for children, inforgraphics have now permeated all aspects of the modern world.
Who can resist a colourful, thoughtful venn diagram anyway? In terms of blogging success, infographics are far more likely to be shared than your average blog post. This means more eyeballs on your important information, more people rallying for your cause, more backlinks and more visits to your blog.
It goes without the saying that comparing wealth and spending in different countries is almost impossible: people work, earn and even spend differently – moreover, their ways of life and views can be too different to compare. However, we still try to compare because people move around the world and they want to know what they can expect in different corners of the globe.
Last month we brought you an article on Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga’ s pixel-inspired fashion designs, but it seems that the mighty pixel hasn’t limited its sights to the catwalk ...they’'re invading your home too. That’s right, MS Paint has come to your living room. These 8-bit inspired furniture designs are the brain-child of Barcelona born London-based designer Cristian Zuzunaga .
There is virtually no limit to what you can decorate with color-changing tiles (from Inventables ). Daytime cityscapes turn into urban night scenes as the temperature in a room shifts.
Why didn't you think of this? John Goscha , at the ripe old age of 25 ditched a job offer at Goldman Sachs, and instead began marketing IdeaPaint , which is simply a paint that turns any paintable surface into a dry-erase board. The benefit--besides being able to brainstorm on almost every inch of your office--is that the paint is half the cost of whiteboard and better-performing--you can leave marks up indefinitely, and they won't stain the wall.
IdeaPaint Dry-Erase Board Paint If you’re like us, you’ve got notes everywhere– in old binders, on wall-stuck post-its, on your computer desktop… Having just moved in to a new office, we’d like to add a new dimension to our hand-written brainstorms, and a dry erase board is a logical step forward.
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