A Mobile Homeless Shelter You Wouldn't Mind Living In We spend a lot of time looking at shelters here on FastCompany.com--from pop-up shelters for earthquake relief to the Open Architecture Network's challenge to build shelters with a social component, there is no shortage of designers trying to solve the ever-present problem of homelessness. But this mobile homeless shelter designed by Paul Elkins and featured on designboom is--dare we say it--kind of comfortable-looking. Sure, the 225-pound shelter is tiny and has no room to stand, but that's not the point. It provides everything you need, including a kichen, rest/sleeping area, and makeshift washroom, and it can be easily carted around from street to street. At the very least, the mobile homeless shelter beats grocery-cart living--or even, say, renting a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Hello Talk Bubble - Conversational Paperclips - Desk Accessories - Office Desk Toys, Geek Swag & Cool Gadgets at KlearGear.com Scientist creates lifelike cells out of metal | MNN - Mother Nature Network - StumbleUpon 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.
Histoire des Télécommunications - L'Internaute Magazine Partager cet article 6 secrets I learned at makeup artist school - StumbleUpon total-beauty TODAY Style TODAY Jan. 12, 2012 at 9:50 AM ET Totalbeauty.com / By Sharon Yi, TotalBeauty.com You could say that I have a love/hate relationship with makeup. But then there are those days when my liner refuses to go on straight, my bronzer makes me look like an Asian Snookie, or my lashes refuse to curl. I had one of those days last week, and after walking into work wearing two very different winged tips on my eyes, my editor assigned me a new story: Go to makeup school and write about it. Want to see the best techniques I picked up without spending the thousands of dollars (and crazy amount of time) it takes to go to makeup school yourself? Lesson No. 1: Spend some bucks on your tools At Napoleon Perdis' Makeup Academy in Hollywood, Rebecca Prior, NP's National Educator, begins the first lesson by introducing us to our tools. Here are the eight basic brushes you need: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Once you have your tools, you need to know how to hold them.
Artist Crochets Fabulous Playgrounds for Children : TreeHugger Once upon a time, Japanese-born fiber artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam was exhibiting a large crochet sculpture in a gallery in Japan, when children started playing on the piece. Three years later, MacAdam completed her first large-scale crochet for kids. The lovely, loopy play structures have been a hit ever since. The whimsical net structures offer children an explosion of color, texture and the bounciness of net — no cold metal or lifeless plastic here. In 1990, Toshiko and her husband, Charles MacAdam, established Interplay Design and Manufacturing in Nova Scotia, Canada, to develop the concept of play "sculptures" on a commercial scale. The structures are as strong as they are lovely to look at and rely upon specially designed net which is resilient and responsive to the slightest movement. The innovative designs allow tension to be maintained as the fiber stretches, ensuring safe play. This story was originally written for Treehugger. Related posts on MNN:
What Would You Do With A Spray-On Antenna? Internet Everywhere, For One | Co.Design: business + innovation + design - StumbleUpon This is part of Future Forward, a new, semi-regular series exploring how cutting-edge technologies might be applied. The Problem Antennas are pretty much always one of two things: bulky and effective, or small and prone to failure. Engineers have been brilliant about milking more and more from radio waves in our wireless spectrum, but despite developments like 4G and over-the-air HD broadcasting, our antennas are based upon antique technology. Dropped calls, fuzzy pictures: Some of it’s due to the nature of the frequencies themselves, but most of these issues could be fixed with better antennas. The Breakthrough A company called Chamtech has developed a nano-capacitor-infused spray, a very powerful antenna in a can. To deploy it, just spray. The Claims It can attach to almost any surface--buildings, road blocks, even trees. The Possibilities If Chamtech’s claims prove true, it’s impossible to overstate the possibilities. [Hat tip: CNET] [Image: Andrew L.
5 Ways To Hack Your Brain Into Awesomeness | Cracked.com - StumbleUpon Much of the brain is still mysterious to modern science, possibly because modern science itself is using brains to analyze it. There are probably secrets the brain simply doesn't want us to know. But by no means should that stop us from tinkering around in there, using somewhat questionable and possibly dangerous techniques to make our brains do what we want. We can't vouch for any of these, either their effectiveness or safety. #5. So you just picked up the night shift at your local McDonald's, you have class every morning at 8am and you have no idea how you're going to make it through the day without looking like a guy straight out of Dawn of the Dead, minus the blood... hopefully. "SLEEEEEEEEEP... uh... What if we told you there was a way to sleep for little more than two hours a day, and still feel more refreshed than taking a 12-hour siesta on a bed made entirely out of baby kitten fur? Holy Shit! We're pretty sure Kramer did this once on Seinfeld. How Does It Work? #4. #3. 1. 2. 3.