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Meet the Makers: Lightchimes. GADGETS 1. Printable, electrically conductive gel with unprecedented electrical performance synthesized. 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.

Printable, electrically conductive gel with unprecedented electrical performance synthesized

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 Bao and Cui made the gel by binding long chains of the organic compound aniline together with phytic acid, found naturally in plant tissues. Still, the gel can be easily manipulated. Scientists gain understanding of self-cleaning gecko foot hair. 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.

Scientists gain understanding of self-cleaning gecko foot hair

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. Researchers Shihao Hu, a UA mechanical engineering student, and biologist and recent UA graduate Stephanie Lopez-Chueng of Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and their team discovered that the clue to a dynamic self-cleaning mechanism in gecko setae, or microscopic foot hair, is achieved through the hyperextension of their toes. Future Timeline. 12 Events That Will Change Everything, Made Interactive. Futurology: The tricky art of knowing what will happen next.

23 December 2010Last updated at 02:38 By Finlo Rohrer BBC News Magazine Cheap air travel was among the predictions (illustration from Geoffrey Hoyle's book) A 1972 book which predicts what life would be like in 2010 has been reprinted after attracting a cult following, but how hard is it to tell the future?

Futurology: The tricky art of knowing what will happen next

Geoffrey Hoyle is often asked why he predicted everybody would be wearing jumpsuits by 2010. He envisioned a world where everybody worked a three-day week and had their electric cars delivered in tubes of liquid. These colourful ideas from his 1972 children's book, 2010: Living in the Future, helped prompt a Facebook campaign to track him down. "I've been criticised because I said people [would] wear jumpsuits," explains Hoyle, the son of noted astronomer and science fiction author Fred Hoyle. Hoyle's book is a product of its time.

Fortunately, jumpsuit proliferation has not occurred as Hoyle predicted "Most of it is based on the evolution of a political system," Hoyle notes. Tomorrow is built today. Explore Ancient Egypt. Explore Ancient Egypt With 360-degree and other imagery, walk around the Sphinx, enter the Great Pyramid, visit tombs and temples, and more.

Explore Ancient Egypt

Want to walk around the Sphinx? Clamber inside the Great Pyramid of Giza and seek out the pharaoh's burial chamber? Visit the magnificent tombs and temples of ancient Thebes? In this multi-layered, highly visual interactive, view 360° panoramas, "walkaround" photos, and other breathtaking imagery shot throughout the Giza Plateau and ancient Thebes (modern-day Luxor), often with special permission. View From Top You are now standing atop Khufuís Pyramid, 45 stories above the Giza Plateau. Other things to look for as you navigate around the summit are the Sphinx, Khufu's three Queens' Pyramids, greater Cairo, and—hard to miss—Khafre's Pyramid. Descending Passage Length: 192 feetWidth: 3.5 feetHeight: 4 feetAfter ducking into the Great Pyramid at its entrance 55 feet up its northern face, you begin working your way carefully down the Descending Passage.

History: Egyptians. Ancient Egypt - Menu page. Ancient Egypt - Gods, Pyramids, Mummies, Pharaohs, Queens, Hieroglyphics, History, Life in Ancient Egypt, Maps. Pyramids. Tombs of Ancient Egypt. The Met’s Islamic Wing Opens, and the Debut of the Moroccan Courtyard. Shimogamo House by Edward Suzuki Associates. Edward Suzuki Associates have designed the Shimogamo House in Kyoto, Japan.

Shimogamo House by Edward Suzuki Associates

Shimogamo House by Edward Suzuki Architects “To be able to see green from every room”—such was all that the client requested. In order to meet this demand as well as to enable the residents to feel a sense of spaciousness in the rather small 360 square meter corner lot tightly flanked on two sides by neighboring houses, the long applied concept of “Interface” was again used here. A brief explanation of Interface is in order.

Over the years, the practice of “borrowing the landscape” has been prevalent in Japan as a way of life. Generally, Interface is comprised of a peripheral screen behind which would be a zone of green. Two kinds of screen of such Interface have been applied in this project. In this project, the architect was asked to select every furniture, furnishing, and equipment including even artwork. The façade of the house is masked by a circular screen of frosted glass. Luxurious Cave Hotel in Turkey. Posted by admin on May 16, 2011 Luxurious Cave Hotel in mountain cliff, the Yunak Evleri, Turkey - Tours and Travel Special Luxurious Cave Hotel in mountain cliff, the Yunak Evleri, Turkey – Tours and Travel Special Related posts: Natural Cave Street in Turkey Ajanta Ellora Caves – Tours and Travel Special Luxurious Boat for Travel Lovers Tiger Cave at Mahabalipuram Turkey’s Tourist Attraction Amazing , Interesting , Places , Spectacular cave , hotel , living , luxurious , special , tourism , tours , travel , turkey.

Turkey: Selected Internet Resources (Portals to the World, Libra. Design For Mankind. The Anatomy Of An Infographic. Information is very powerful but for the most bit it is bland and unimaginative.

The Anatomy Of An Infographic

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. I designed a couple of infographics back in college, the need arising especially around the time Soccer World Cup fever spiked.

It was a fun process representing the different groups, predicting winners in each group at each stage and creating a mock pairing of teams that would clash all the way leading upto the finals. I was a devout Argentinian supporter at the time. Infographics can appear daunting to some with the sheer amount of data they present, but designed in the right manner and step by step, they can actually be one of the most fun things you will ever create. 1. 2. 10 Awesome Tools To Make Infographics. Who can resist a colourful, thoughtful venn diagram anyway?

10 Awesome Tools To Make Infographics

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. In short, a quality infographic done well could be what your blog needs right now. Designing An Infographic Some great tips for designing infographics: Keep it simple! Ideas for infographic formats include: Timelines;Flow charts;Annotated maps;Graphs;Venn diagrams;Size comparisons;Showing familiar objects or similar size or value.

Here are some great tutorials on infographic creation: Creating Your Infographic Plan and research.If required, use free software to create simple graphs and visualisations of data.Use vector graphic software to bring these visualisations into the one graphic. Free Online Tools For Creating Infographics Stat Planet Hohli Hohli is an intuitive, simple online chart maker. 10 Astounding Infographics Comparing Money Matters Around the World.

47 Flares Google+ 2 Twitter 31 Facebook 4 Reddit 1 StumbleUpon 1 Pin It Share 0 LinkedIn 8 inShare8 47 Flares × 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.

10 Astounding Infographics Comparing Money Matters Around the World

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. Here are the 10 greatest examples of information graphics comparing money, spending and earning around the world: 1. U.S. The most interesting finding of the stats research and the visualization: The U.S. is the clear leader in total annual spending, but ranks 9th in Science performance and 10th in Math.

Note: It is unclear what was the measure used to compare the countries in their math and science performance. 2. Most Expensive Cities is the World is an interesting visualization by Home Loan Finder. 3. 4. 5. 6. CONTEMPORIST. Magazine > Digital Interiors: Pixel Furniture. 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.

Magazine > Digital Interiors: Pixel Furniture

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. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Cristian originally began exploring how natural and urban landscapes can be broken down to create unique discharges of colour on a canvas. By focusing on images until they become “infinitesimal geometric shapes” (what we’ve termed the ‘zoom-zoom’ effect) the overall form of the landscape dictates the pattern of colour that emerges from the palette. Or something like that. Now, we don’t know what landscape he pixellated to come up with these cushion designs, but gosh aren’t they lovely? What about a pixellated bin to mess with your sense of reality? Prezi - The zooming presentation editor. Visual Complexity. 100 Principles for Designing Logos and Building Brands.

Color Theory. Hot or Cool? Color-Changing Chameleon Tiles. There is virtually no limit to what you can decorate with color-changing tiles (from Inventables).

Hot or Cool? Color-Changing Chameleon Tiles

Daytime cityscapes turn into urban night scenes as the temperature in a room shifts. Notable applications include showers, floors and others surfaces likely to be exposed to temperature variations over time. While some of these are simply colored and relatively inexpensive there are all kinds of untapped design potentials yet to be explored. Perhaps they would make a good interior design match for an exterior application of some light transmitting concrete. IdeaPaint: Turn Your Entire Office Into a Whiteboard. 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. Of course, it takes a bit of time--you may have to sand the wall and prime it--but one other benefit is that you're not incurring all the carbon involved in manufacturing and shipping a whiteboard. [Inc. via Dieline] IdeaPaint Dry-Erase Board Paint. 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.

Why get a dry erase board, however, when you can turn your whole wall into one? IdeaPaint Dry-Erase Board Paint can be brushed on to a wall to create a write-board of epic proportions. Your ideas and doodles wipe off just like a standard office board, ready to be replaced by newer and better ideas. We’re pumped to get this stuff going in our new office. Writable – Table With Writing Surface by Tianyu Xiao. Women in Business. I’m sure you’ve been filling out a RFP, or some mundane company information form, when you see the section that asks if your company is a Women-Owned Business.

My company is not run by women, however, I work with several companies that have women owners and key stakeholders. There are some advantages to being a women-owned business, but according to this infographic, women still only hold 3% of c-level positions. This is changing though. This infographic shows some positive numbers around salaries and GMAT numbers. I have a feeling that women will continue to move towards men in salary, position, and authority. Click to enlarge Share This Infographic Get Free Infographics Delivered to your Inbox. 5 Ways Your Business Can Beat Its Competitive Bullies.

It has been a fascinating week, with seven talks in three days in four cities throughout California. At each stop, as I walked participants through the Outthinker Process, what stuck out for me most--beyond marveling at Red Bull’s unique U.S. headquarters, which is constructed around a giant skateboarding ramp--was how differently the executives from billion-dollar companies and those of entrepreneurial startups saw the world. Davids and Goliaths naturally operate by different playbooks. If you can understand how these playbooks differ, you can better your chances of winning, no matter what size you are. If you are small and want to take down a bigger player, you want to understand how they think.

And if you are big, being attacked from below, you want to understand how the entrepreneurs might use your size against you. The Bully’s Playbook Follow the path of any great company and you will see their strategies shift. 1. 2. 3. None of these strategies are fair. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. New York Times Newsroom Guide to Useful Web Sites. New York City's Dragonfly A Locavore Wet Dream. Free 3D models, materials, textures and tutorials for Rhinoceros, 3DS Max, C4D and all other programs. Kitchen Cabinet by He Ruimin. 10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don't Suck: Pt.1. PHOTOSHOP. Blueprint-Style Text in Adobe Illustrator - Layers Magazine.

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