Nanoscale optical switch breaks miniaturization barrier An ultra-fast and ultra-small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles. The new optical device can turn on and off trillions of times per second. It consists of individual switches that are only one five-hundredths the width of a human hair (200 nanometers) in diameter. This size is much smaller than the current generation of optical switches and it easily breaks one of the major technical barriers to the spread of electronic devices that detect and control light: miniaturizing the size of ultrafast optical switches. The new device was developed by a team of scientists from Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Los Alamos National Laboratory and is described in the Mar. 12 issue of the journal Nano Letters. The ultrafast switch is made out of an artificial material engineered to have properties that are not found in nature.
Park your car Dirty...Bring Home a Work of Art. This Parking Attendant does something Unbelievable. Most of the time parking attendants laugh at dirty cars. But that’s not the case in Azerbaijani, where a talented artist works as a parking attendant. Rafael Veyisov has made a habit of turning dirty cars into an elaborate work of art. He has been doing this for the last 10 years. Using only his fingers to create impressive cityscapes and other imaginary scenes, during his work hours in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Drivers are surprised, impressed, and loves his work, so most of the time car owners even intentionally park their cars dirty to give him a good canvas. Imagine what this guy could do with proper art materials.
Space Challenges Program | www.spaceedu.net Rising Table by Robert Van Embricqs Fascinatingly Simple – Part Deux From one of my favorite designers, Robert van Embricqs, the Rising Table is the latest in a series of sculptural furniture elements that are not only functionally genius but also aesthetically fascinating. Like the rest of the Rising Series, the table utilizes a unique slat-folding technique to transform from a flat piece of seemingly solid wood to a fully functional table with an intricate web of wonderful angles and angular shapes that are a signature of this remarkable designer. Designer: Robert Van Embricqs Cooking For Engineers - Step by Step Recipes and Food for the Analytically Minded Beautiful Places to Read in London Word recently reached us that the imposing Freemason’s Hall has a library in its belly. And thus, we began the day climbing a monumental marble staircase towards our appointment to view a poem about William Blake, enclosed in a book ‘bound in masonic ritual’. Alas, whilst the location is most beauteous, the librarians helpful, and there are many eccentric volumes to peruse, as a specialist library this repository of secret knowledge proved ill-suited for idle pleasure reading. William Blake by James Thompson, at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry Having taken our fill of Masonic memorabilia, my companions departed for their afternoon labours and I found myself ambling alone across Lincoln’s Inn Fields towards the Hunterian Museum. Looking forward to reading within that wondrous deposit of medical oddities, I’d completely forgotten it was half term. Thrice thwarted, I found myself once again upon the High Street, when a friend’s recent suggestion sprang to mind.
Cladirile viitorului: Padurea urbana din China locuri de vizitat, locuri de vazut - deVizitat.com Cativa arhitecti chinezi au vrut sa deruleze un proiect ambitios in care sa imbine doua arte designul si arhitectura. Cladirea care pare construita dintr-o multime de farfurii suprapuse este de fapt un proiect imaginativ. Arhitectii de la MAD din Beijing au realizat proiectul de design al unei cladiri de 70 de etaje, cu o inaltime de 385 de metri, care sa aiba gradini, terase, piscine si copaci in birouri. Podelele sunt asezate strategic, in asa fel incat sa para ca plutesc. Se pare ca proiectul va fi construit pe o suprafata de 7700 m2, in Chonquing, China. Sursa: doinab.blogspot.com Sursa: zuf.ro Sursa: amenajari-decoratiuni-interioare.com Anamorphic Sculptures London-based artist Jonty Hurwitz creates ‘Anamorphic Sculptures’ which only reveal themselves once facing a reflective cylinder. Hurwitz took an engineering degree in Johannesburg where he discovered the fine line between art and science. He has lived in England for many years, working in the online industry though he quietly levitated into the world of art inspired by a need to make ‘something real’. Hurwitz discovered that he could use science as an artistic paintbrush. All images © Niina Keks, Otto Pierotto, Richard Ivey