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Third-World Wind Power: First Look

Third-World Wind Power: First Look

Sixteen Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else To paraphrase E.B. White, the perfect sentence is one from which nothing can be added or removed. Every word plays its part. In my more giddy moments I think that a simple comic strip featuring Calvin, a preternaturally bright six year-old, and Hobbes, his imaginary tiger friend, features some of the most lucid sentences committed to print. And when I sober up, I usually think exactly the same. Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes ran between 1985 and 1995. So here, in no particular order, is a selection of quotes that nail everything from the meaning of life to special underwear. (NOTE: Check out Part II: Sixteen MORE Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else) On life’s constant little limitations Calvin: You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help. On expectations Calvin: Everybody seeks happiness! On why we are scared of the dark Calvin: I think night time is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction. On the tragedy of hipsters

An Ex-Pixar Designer Creates Astounding Kids' Book On iPad | Co.Design E-books are already a fraught subject for many readers, writers, publishers and designers, but children's e-books are even more so. Is it rotting their minds? Is it as good as good ol' paper? Is it too interactive for their own good? Obviously there are no practical answers to such questions, but at least one children's e-book/app/thingie (what do we call these things, again?) Every page has some delightful, hidden feature embedded into it. Part of why the book works so well is its top-shelf creative pedigree: author William Joyce is also an accomplished illustrator and animator who's published New Yorker covers, won a bunch of Emmys, created character designs for some of Pixar's first animated classics, and worked on many others for Dreamworks and Disney. Designing interactive interfaces for kids is no mean feat, and the Moonbot team really made some great choices with "Morris Lessmore." [Buy "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr.

Energy Seed by Sungwoo Park & Sunhee Kim Trashing Batteries for Brighter Sidewalks We all know alkaline batteries are really bad for the environment if you don’t dispose of them properly. The right thing to do is send them to special recycling centers but hundreds of tons end up in landfills where their toxic innards seep into the earth. Perhaps a good solution is the Energy Seed, an LED lamp post powered by trashed alkaline batteries. The idea is to encourage people to throw their batteries away into the Energy Seed. Of course once the bins are full, we’re left with the same original problem. Designer: Sungwoo Park & Sunhee Kim Urban Intervention: A Reclaimed Parking Spot Since we’re on the subject of grass today, check out Green Corner, a collaboration between Helsinki-based artists Otto Karvonen and Jon Irigoyen. Described as an “urban intervention” the idea was fairly straightforward: install a grass turf lawn in a parking space creating a temporary park that calls into question the ideas of ownership and use in public spaces. Green corner is a spatial artwork consisting of lawn that is installed on a parking space. The lawn is equipped with some comfortable garden furniture, to provide a relaxing break in the middle of the hectic urban space. It would be fun to see this project expanded to entire street or intersection. Update: So I’ve been living in a public art cave.

What wizardry is this?! 19Google + 28StumbleUpon Xion Protective Gear: Silly Putty that Protects Xion PG was originally founded by a stunt performer and a military police officer from the Netherlands. After years of prototyping, testing and developing, the Xion PG brand (formerly known as Xion Stuntpadding) became known within the underground scenes of various early adaptors. Although Xion PG initially started to design universal body protection for stunt applications, it soon became evident that the products were suitable for a much greater audience. Everyone, confronted with the risk of getting injured, either professional or leisure wise, will highly benefit from our protective product line. Examples of applications are: -Extreme sports athletes -Stunt performers -Costume departments / Actors -Motorcycling -Skating / rollerblading -Parcour / freerunning -Winter sports -American football -Governmental units Featured by Bilgidrom Featured by user 19googleplus 28stumbleupon

Stapleless Paper by Sherwood Forlee A Little Bit of College Ruled Genius By our friend and returning Yanko champion, Sherwood Forlee. Check out the simplicity. Just punch out the corner, make a cut or two, fold back, and POW! You are green. Get out there and kick-start the economy! That Forlee, always thinking with his heart. Visit his portfolio or click below to see the other things by SF that have been featured on Yanko Design. Designer: Sherwood Forlee Scientist creates lifelike cells out of metal Scientists trying to create artificial life generally work under the assumption that life must be carbon-based, but what if a living thing could be made from another element? One British researcher may have proven that theory, potentially rewriting the book of life. Lee Cronin of the University of Glasgow has created lifelike cells from metal — a feat few believed feasible. The discovery opens the door to the possibility that there may be life forms in the universe not based on carbon, reports New Scientist. Even more remarkable, Cronin has hinted that the metal-based cells may be replicating themselves and evolving. "I am 100 percent positive that we can get evolution to work outside organic biology," he said. The high-functioning "cells" that Cronin has built are constructed from large polyoxometalates derived from a range of metal atoms, like tungsten. The metallic bubbles are certainly cell-like, but are they actually alive? The early results have been encouraging.

Billionaires: Russian Mogul Wants to Upload Your Brains Into Immortality Earlier this year, a Russian media mogul named Dmitry Itskov formally announced his intention to disembody our conscious minds and upload them to a hologram--an avatar--by 2045. In other words he outlined a plan to achieve immortality, removing the human mind from the physical constraints presented by the biological human body. He was serious. And now, in a letter to the members of the Forbes World's Billionaire's List, he's offering up that immortality to the world's 1,266 richest people. "Many of you who have accumulated great wealth by making success of your businesses are supporting science, the arts and charities. I urge you to take note of the vital importance of funding scientific development in the field of cybernetic immortality and the artificial body," Itskov wrote in the letter. The 2045 Initiative claims to have hired 30 scientists to help it pursue its immortality goal. Somehow. We shall see.

A bit of green :: Green random, technological, architectural and edible stuff. The New Materialism: better, not more November 26, 2012 // By: Andrew Simms Today marks international Buy Nothing Day. Begun in 1992 in Mexico to protest against over-consumption it became an annual diary fixture in North America where, this year, inescapably it is being dubbed 'Occupy Xmas.' But, it leaves two problems. So, is it possible to both save the economy and build a better relationship with the world of, ‘stuff.’ We argue, yes, in our new pamphlet The New Materialism: How our relationship with the material world can change for the better, published to coincide with Buy Nothing Day, if you embrace ‘stuff’ in a different way. The new materialism is about an economy of better, not more. It is emerging now in things ranging from furniture, to tools, cars, fridges, clothes and food. The four weeks before Christmas could become a ‘Make, Mend and Share Month,’ instead of a ritual descent into consumer debt. A Manifesto for the New Materialism: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Agree with this? Close

38,000 Hours Later, Man Builds Functional WALL-E Robot It’s not every day you see a functioning robot from a CG animated film come to life. Yet, this is precisely what hobbyist robot builder Mike Senna did with the iconic WALL-E droid from Pixar’s critically-acclaimed film of the same name. According to an interview by The Yo Show, Senna started the project in 2010 and spent an average of 25 hours a week on it, funded completely from his own pocket. In total, Senna believes somewhere between 3200-3800 man-hours went into his remote-controlled WALL-E. Not only is the attention to detail in the paint job amazing, but the effort that went into making it move, from the working tracks and waving arms, to its turning head and “eyebrows”, Senna thought of just about everything: To take it from the screen and put it into a real world object… it’s a very long process. Please enable JavaScript to watch this video. [The Yo Show] Video: YahooImage: Mike Senna

LUNA RING: Solar Energy from the Moon Japan’s ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis has spawned some rapid-fire developments for future energy production. This weekend, plans to initiate the compulsory installation of solar energy panels on every building in the country by 2030 were announced, along with a proposed plan that promises to be the largest public infrastructure in human history: the LUNA RING. Shimizu Corporation construction firm’s research branch, CSP, unveiled a long-term planning project to install a belt of photovoltaic panels across the surface of the Moon. Power gathered from the 13,000 terrawatts of continuous solar energy the Moon’s surface receives daily would be beamed back to an Earth-based receiving station via microwave or laser transmission, where it would then be used to power public offices, hospitals and schools across the globe. For more about LUNA RING and details about the proposed technology, check out the Shimizu’s Dream page. [source 1, 2] [image 1, 2, 3]

Top Ten Robots That You Never Knew You Wanted & Yanko Design Top Ten Robots That You Never Knew You Wanted Technology maybe overwhelming for most us, but the future generation is so with it! They have the hang of ever little new gadget and gizmo that comes our way. Which brings me to robots; I can’t fathom the need of an electronic being to do chores for us. So you are in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, enjoying the corals and the fishes, but one steady fish that won’t leave your side is the Amphibia. 9) i.go by Markus Cäsar When the current crop grows old we parents are not gonna be around, and since they are so dependent on technology, this one’s for them. i.go is a foldable robot with a frog-like/human-like look. 8 ) Botan by Johannes Diem Lazy future generation is gonna need a robotic weeder for their gardens! 7) P.G.A. by Stefan Oberrauner At this rate gardeners could become an extinct species in the future. 6) Gio by Elisabeth Dioszeghy Guide dogs are in danger as well coz their robotic counterparts will soon replace them.

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