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Dumpling - The Backpack by Shin Ji-Young Dumpling Inspired Backpack Here’s a slightly different take on the backpack. The Dumpling, inspired by the delicious pouch foods, is a backpack that treats your belongings as color coded and compartmentalized items. The backpack is actually made up of a series of roll-up bags. Designer: Shin Ji-Young 7 TED Talks on the wonder of 3D printing From ordering movie tickets to booking a dentist appointment, mobile and web apps have made the tasks of daily life easier. But there are some things that an app can’t do. Standing in line at the pharmacy is one of them. Lee Cronin: Print your own medicineIn today’s talk, Lee Cronin asks: “Could we make a really cool universal chemistry set? In essence, could we app chemistry?” With his team of researchers at the University of Glasgow, Cronin has created a 3D printing application that allows scientists to print out laboratory equipment specific to the experiment they wish to run — something they’ve called “reactionware.” At TED, we love sharing stories of 3D printing and its rapidly developing power to make new things possible. Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing So what exactly is 3D printing? Klaus Stadlmann: The world’s smallest 3D printer Klaus Stadlmann built the microprinter, the smallest 3D printer in the world. David F.

Scientists grow blood vessels › News in Science (ABC Science) News in Science Thursday, 3 February 2011 AFP Pret-a-porter Scientists claim to have grown blood vessels in a lab for use in coronary bypass or dialysis, a promising alternative to harvesting from the patient. The process involves taking smooth muscle cells from a human cadaver and grafting them onto tubes made of the material used in making dissolvable stitches, called polyglycolic acid. Within 8 to 10 weeks, the tubes degrade and a "fully formed vascular graft" remains, according to the research by scientists from Duke University, East Carolina University and Yale University. The veins have been tested in baboons and dogs. The bio-engineered vessels could also be stored in saline solution for up to a year, suggesting that one day surgeons could pluck a vein "off the shelf" for use in a sick patient, the study said. "These can be made ahead of time and then are ready to go whenever they are needed," the researchers write. Human trials soon Tags: health, medical-research, liver-and-kidneys

Ouya game console smashes funding target 9 August 2012Last updated at 10:08 ET The finished console will be much smaller than existing living room gaming gadgets. A plea for funds to help build a cheap games console has ended with nine times more cash donated than had been sought. Ouya asked backers to pledge $950,000 (£606,000) via the Kickstarter website to turn designs for the console into a finished product. By the time the pledge period ended on 9 August the total promised had hit $8,596,475 (£5.8m). The Ouya console is expected to go on sale in March 2013 and cost $99 (£63). Pirate play The gadget will be built around a processor made by graphics firm Nvidia that usually appears in smartphones, and will run Google's Android mobile operating system. The link to Android means it will be able to play any game written for the mobile operating system. Games companies including Square Enix, maker of the Final Fantasy series, and Namco Bandai, creator of Soul Calibur, have pledged their support.

Nerd Paradise : How to Write a 20 Page Research Paper in Under a Day Posted on: 10 Cado 7:0 - 5.27.29 So you've procrastinated again. You told yourself you wouldn't do this 2 months ago when your professor assigned you this. But you procrastinated anyway. Shame on you. Pick a Topic The more "legally-oriented" your topic is, the better. Make a list ...of every possible outcome that this issue could cause in...the near future...the far future...of every person that this topic affects....of any instances where this topic has come in the news....what you would do about this topic if you had the chance/power/enough-sugar...any little detail you can think ofThe important thing about this is to think of ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, no matter how silly or far-fetched. Reorder everything Put your most obvious argument first. Then put weird off the wall stuff, regardless of importance. Put the strongest argument for your case next. Now list the incidents that will help argue for your point. It's best to keep all this in the form of an outline. Spaces Now print it out. Write

3D printing may put global supply chains out of business: report Will 3D printing make global supply chains unnecessary? That's a real possibility, states a recent report from Transport Intelligence. 3D printing (or "additive manufacturing," as it's called in industrial circles) takes offshore manufacturing and brings it back close to the consumer. It has enormous potential to shift the trade balance. The report, authored by John Manners-Bell of Transport Intelligence and Ken Lyon of Virtual-Partners Ltd., points to the growing role of automation in production resulting from 3D printing: "New technologies which are currently being developed could revolutionize production techniques, resulting in a significant proportion of manufacturing becoming automated and removing reliance on large and costly work forces. Manners-Bell and Lyon admit that a disintegration of global supply chains isn't likely to happen anytime soon, as 3D printing is still in its infancy. Manners-Bell and Lyon predict the following disruptions to the global supply-chain market:

A brave new world of fossil fuels on demand In September, a privately held and highly secretive U.S. biotech company named Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically engineered cyanobacterium that produces liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline. This breakthrough technology, the company says, will deliver renewable supplies of liquid fossil fuel almost anywhere on Earth, in essentially unlimited quantity and at an energy-cost equivalent of $30 (U.S.) a barrel of crude oil. It will deliver, the company says, “fossil fuels on demand.” We’re not talking “biofuels” – not, at any rate, in the usual sense of the word. Joule says it now has “a library” of fossil-fuel organisms at work in its Massachusetts labs, each engineered to produce a different fuel. By way of comparison, Cornell University’s David Pimentel, an authority on ethanol, says that one acre of corn produces less than half as much energy, equivalent to only 328 barrels.

The age of information overload Victoria Belmont finds out who is really in charge - our technology or us? From reading emails to managing status updates on mobile devices 24/7 with an all-you-can-eat data plan - we are consuming information like never before. Forget about describing bytes as mega and giga, think exa and zetta because by 2016 there may be the data equivalent of every movie ever made hurtling across the internet every three minutes. While that may seem like way too much for a person to watch, an academic study by the University of California, San Diego, suggests that current data levels are the equivalent of each US citizen consuming 12 hours of information - or media - each day. An average US citizen on an average day, it says, consumes 100,500 words, whether that be email, messages on social networks, searching websites or anywhere else digitally. "In principle, you can have more than 24 hours of consumption in a day." Tasered with a text And that is a problem that is beginning to get noticed.

100 Best Photoshop Tutorials of All Time that Yield Professional Results Photoshop tutorials are one of the most popular subjects on the web, as the digital art community continues to grow and new designers bring their unique skills. However, quality Photoshop tutorials that teach you a useful effect, have a quality finished result and are well explained are harder to find, and with the large number of tutorial sites available, it can be hard to sort the quality from the mundane. In this massive roundup, we’ve collected the top 100 best Photoshop tutorials that have ever been created, that yield professional results, teach you a useful effect, are well explained, and will have you designing like a pro in no time. These tutorials are collected from niche tutorial sites around the web, and range in age from creation in 2008 to a few tutorials that were created just last week. So, if you think you’ve seen all there is to see from Photoshop, guess again and check out this post. If you liked this post, check out our other design tutorial roundups:

Lab-grown functioning kidney successfully transplanted in rats An engineered kidney transplanted into a living rat has been shown to successfully filter blood and urine -- though at a fraction of a normal kidney's functionality. The groundbreaking study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, provides some distant hope for the 51,000 people in the UK in need of dialysis or an organ transplant. Receiving an organ from a living donor, often a relative, gives patients the greatest chance of success with survival rates about ten percent better on average. However, according to NHS statistics just 1,009 living donor kidney transplants took place in the year preceding March 2012, with under 3,000 transplants taking place in total. As donor shortages persist and those in need of dialysis or transplant increase (up 20 percent since 2006) Kidney Research UK made the announcement this year that kidney disease threatens to become a public health crisis in the near future. Nevertheless the technology will be a game changer.

Scientists Cook Up Artificial Leaf, Quantum Dots for Solar Cells MIT Professor Daniel Nocera claims to have invented the first affordable solar cell capable of mimicking nature and performing photosynthesis -- splitting water. (Source: Christopher Harting/MIT) Another study examined how quantum dots may be able to perform "Multiple Exciton Generation" an unusual phenomena that sees an excited quantum dot electron (blue, left) transfer energy to multiple electrons in another quantum dot (green, right) (Source: Mark T. Lusk, Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines) "Her green plastic watering can/For her fake Chinese (silicon) plant/In the fake (silicon) earth." One of the most promising sources of future energy is solar power. Before we can get to such ambitious terrestrial or interplanetary objectives, much work needs to be done. I. Scientists often find that nature has produced designs that rival any that mankind has cooked up. The emitted gases could be harvested and stored for use powering a fuel cell. John Turner of the U.S. II.

Bill Gates looks to new toilets to improve world sanitation 15 August 2012Last updated at 09:21 ET Prof Michael Hoffman shows off his winning design - a solar-powered toilet Bill Gates is, in a manner of speaking, flushing his money down the toilet. His charitable organisation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is looking for future loos that can improve sanitation around the world. At the Reinvent the Toilet fair, hosted at its Seattle campus this week, designs included a lavatory that used microwave energy to turn poo into electricity. Another turned excrement into charcoal, while a third used urine for flushing. In total 28 designs were shown off at the fair and the winner was a team from the California Institute of Technology. Led by Prof Michael Hoffman, the toilet they designed was solar-powered and generated hydrogen gas and electricity. "We couldn't be happier with the response that we've gotten," Bill Gates said at the event. Preventable deaths Bill Gates: "The current design has a real problem"