New Bandages Latest in Healthcare Technology - High Tech Bandages and Band-Aids ChitoGauze (Photograph courtesy of HemCon Medical Technologies, Inc.) HemCon Medical Technologies manufactures bandages and wound dressings that harness the power of the sea. Gecko Bandage (Photograph by Bob Langer and Jeff Karp, MIT) The ability of geckos to scale vertical surfaces comes from the special topography of their feet: nano-size hairs gives their feet an adhesive property. QuikClot (Photograph courtesy of Z-Medica Corporation) The family of QuikClot products make use of kaolin clay, a natural blood-clotter. Ultrasound Device (Photograph courtesy of George K. Forget bandages—make way for sound. Scaffold Bandage (Photograph courtesy of University of Sheffield) Scientists at the University of Sheffield have created a superfine, biodegradable bandage that acts as a skin farm over the wound. Electric Bandage (Photograph courtesy of Vomaris, Inc.) Cut won't heal? Self-Assembling Gel (Photograph by Kathy Atkinson, University of Delaware)
Glass Bottle Walls Glass Bottle Walls and Houses and more... glass bottle wall An arts center in Deep Ellum, Texas. Source Earth Ship Home. Anna's bottle house in Tucson, Arizona. In Taos, another Earth Ship. glass bottle wall Kawakawa, New Zealand men's public toilet close up. glass bottle wall Kawakawa, New Zealand men's public toilet from the outside. glass bottle wall Again in New Zealand -- Carlucci Land, Happy Valley. The Bottle Chapel at Airlie Gardens, North Carolina a tribute to Minnie Evans. glass bottle wall Close up at Airlie. glass bottle wall The sides of the chapel. glass bottle wall Bottle Wall, Market Hall Altenrhein Switzerland. glass bottle wall Hundertwasser bottle wall picture by eloisavh on Flickr. glass bottle house Here's an eclectic room. glass bottle wall Same New Zealand art studio. glass bottle house Prince Edward Island Bottle House. glass bottle wall Glass wall Biotecture, Ireland. glass bottle construction Walkway at Wat Lan Kuat, Thai for “The Temple of One Million Bottles.” Mr.
How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later First, before I begin to bore you with the usual sort of things science fiction writers say in speeches, let me bring you official greetings from Disneyland. I consider myself a spokesperson for Disneyland because I live just a few miles from it — and, as if that were not enough, I once had the honour of being interviewed there by Paris TV. For several weeks after the interview, I was really ill and confined to bed. I think it was the whirling teacups that did it. Elizabeth Antebi, who was the producer of the film, wanted to have me whirling around in one of the giant teacups while discussing the rise of fascism with Norman Spinrad... an old friend of mine who writes excellent science fiction. Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. It reminds me of a headline that appeared in a California newspaper just before I flew here. Well, I will tell you what interests me, what I consider important. But the problem is a real one, not a mere intellectual game.
Sculpture - Klein Bottle Opener The problem of beer That it is within a 'bottle', i.e. a boundaryless compact 2-manifold homeomorphic to the sphere. Since beer bottles are not (usually) pathological or "wild" spheres, but smooth manifolds, they separate 3-space into two non-communicating regions: inside, containing beer, and outside, containing you. This state must not remain. A proposed solution Clearly the elegant course is to introduce a non-orientable manifold, which has one side and does not divide 3-space. Implementation The Klein Bottle Opener1 shown above is an example. Q E D You need one.  This 3D-printed steel sculpture is tumble finished, with a heat-treated patina that brings out a bronze tone in the metal.  Yes, it really works! Klein Bottle Opener metal print, 3" tall - $72 A tip of the manifold to the Acme Klein Bottle company.
Dymaxion map The Dymaxion map or Fuller map is a projection of a world map onto the surface of an icosahedron, which can be unfolded and flattened to two dimensions. The flat map is heavily interrupted in order to preserve shapes and sizes. The 1954 version published by Fuller, the Airocean World Map, used a modified but mostly regular icosahedron as the base for the projection, which is the version most commonly referred to today. This version depicts the Earth's continents as "one island," or nearly contiguous land masses. The Dymaxion projection is intended only for representations of the entire globe. The name Dymaxion was applied by Fuller to several of his inventions. Properties Fuller claimed that his map had several advantages over other projections for world maps. It has less distortion of relative size of areas, most notably when compared to the Mercator projection; and less distortion of shapes of areas, notably when compared to the Gall–Peters projection. Impact See also
Two stroke The two stroke engine employs both the crankcase and the cylinder to achieve all the elements of the Otto cycle in only two strokes of the piston. Intake The fuel/air mixture is first drawn into the crankcase by the vacuum that is created during the upward stroke of the piston. The illustrated engine features a poppet intake valve; however, many engines use a rotary value incorporated into the crankshaft. Crankcase compression During the downward stroke, the poppet valve is forced closed by the increased crankcase pressure. Transfer/Exhaust Toward the end of the stroke, the piston exposes the intake port, allowing the compressed fuel/air mixture in the crankcase to escape around the piston into the main cylinder. Compression The piston then rises, driven by flywheel momentum, and compresses the fuel mixture. Power At the top of the stroke, the spark plug ignites the fuel mixture.
Vertical Farms The Vertical Farm The current 3.3 billion global urban population is expected to grow to 5 billion by 2025... Today our agricultural footprint is the size of South America...what will it be tomorrow... Source EDITT Tower (“Ecological Design In The Tropics”) is being built in Singapore with the financial support of the National University. Mithun Architects in Seattle designed a "Center for Urban Agriculture" -- an integration of crops and livestock onto a 7.2 acre urban plot. Buckminster Fuller Challenge Clepsydra Urban Farm by Bruno Viganò & Florencia Costa. Source WORKac’s version of vertical farming combines farmers’ housing in a series of stepped terraces with a farmer’s market and public space below. An Urban Garden. Source Höweler + Yoon Architecture and Squared Design Lab proposes to build a vertical algae-powered bioreactor on the downtown Boston Filene's site. Source The “Euromediterranee” project is a proposed vertical village for the city of Marseilles. Source Source MATscape 1. 2. 3.
Listverse Wind Map An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, not associated with any company. If the map is missing or seems slow, we recommend the latest Chrome browser. Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. If you're looking for a weather map, or just want more detail on the weather today, see these more traditional maps of temperature and wind.
MIT Creates New Energy Source This is some pretty exciting news. It seems that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the most prestigious science and engineering schools in the United States, has created a new energy source -- and it's clean and renewable. The odd thing is that the only way you can see this energy source is with a very powerful microscope, because it is created by using nanotechnology. For a few years now, we have been hearing about the possibilities offered by the new field of nanotechnology. The researchers built tiny wires out of carbon nanotubes. The nanotechnology batteries will have a couple of other advantages over current batteries. Second, these batteries are non-toxic since they are made of carbon. Computers, cell phones and other electronic devices will be the first to benefit from the nanotechnology batteries. (The picture above is an artist's rendition of a carbon nanotube.) Link to original post
Graphene-Based Conductive Material Could Revolutionize Wearable Technology Share on Tumblr Email Photo by Shutterstock Hold on to your shorts, boys and girls, because the electronics industry is headed for a revolution. Adapted from graphene, the thinnest substance capable of conducting electricity, GraphExeter is even more flexible than indium tin oxide (ITO), the main conductive material currently used in electronics. The Exeter team created GraphExeter by cementing two layers of graphene with molecules of ferric chloride, which enhances graphene’s electrical conductivity without affecting its transparency. “GraphExeter could revolutionize the electronics industry,” says Monica Craciun, the lead researcher from the university’s Centre for Graphene Science . [Via ScienceDaily ]
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50 Kick-Ass Websites You Need to Know About It's time to update the entries in your browser's links toolbar. But with recent estimates putting the size of the internet at well more than 100 million distinct websites, it's getting harder and harder to get a handle on all the great stuff that's out there. That's why we've compiled this list. And unlike some lists you may have seen, which try to name the very "best" websites, but end up just telling you a lot of stuff you already know, we've chosen instead to highlight 50 of our favorite sites that fly under most people's radar. Think of it as the Maximum PC blog roll (remember those?). You might have heard of some of these sites, but we'll bet you haven't heard of all them. Demoscene.tv See What Can Be Done with 4 Kilobytes If you’re any kind of nerd at all, you probably know about the demoscene, where talented programmers create complex videos rendered in real-time, stored in incredibly small files. lite.Facebook.com Clutter-Free Social Networking You can admit it. Soyouwanna.com