Exploring Abandoned NYC Exploring Abandoned NYC Steve Duncan is a modern day archaeologist, an “urban historian” who employs a rare practice to catalog the history of New York City. Duncan and his videographer partner Andrew Wonder explore the abandoned past of New York below the city streets– from the subway tunnels of yesteryear to the peaks of the city’s bridges. The duo runs through active subway tunnels, climbs through sewers over rushing water, scales massive bridges and does so without detection. Our adoration of abandoned places is no secret here, and we’re certain you’ll be amazed at this 30 minute video. It is at once thrilling and educational, a dangerous look at one man’s quest to document a world below our feet that most could not imagine. Written by: thecoolist on January 3, 2011.
19-Year-Old Develops Cleanup Array To Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From Oceans Another young creative mind working towards bettering our world. 19-year-old Boyan Slat has revealed his plans to the world regarding his Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The revolutionary device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling. It all began when Boyan Slat launched a project that analyzed the size and amount of plastic particles in the ocean’s garbage patches. Once built, it is estimated that the entire clean-up process would take about five years to complete.
Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking 2382 516Share Synopsis Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught. 1. You are creative. The artist is not a special person, each one of us is a special kind of artist. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. And, finally, Creativity is paradoxical. Tags: adversity, contemporaries, creative education, creative geniuses, creative life, creative thinker, creative thinking, education, lighting systems, masterpieces, minor poets, motions, picasso, practicality, profitability, rembrandt, self-help, shakespeare, sonnets, special person, symphonies, thomas edison, wolfgang amadeus mozart
Robot tests on nuclear sites as UK ramps up research 30 June 2014Last updated at 22:34 ET The UK will copy US Grand Challenges which focus research efforts on tough tasks Robots could soon be roaming over decommissioned nuclear sites and abandoned coal mines in the UK to test their ability to work autonomously. The proposal to create the test sites is one strand of a broad plan that seeks to co-ordinate UK robot research. Drafted by the Technology Strategy Board, it calls for "grand challenges" which see researchers compete to make robots that complete specific tasks. The UK could lead the world in robots, said the authors behind the plan. Cash call The proposals come as Science Minister David Willetts unveils how the Technology Strategy Board will spend the £400m in funds allocated to it over the next year. "Robots have often been positioned as a thing of the future, but today's strategy-launch emphasises the fact that they are very much of the here and now," Mr Willetts is expected to say during a speech on 1 July.
How to Build Self-Discipline Discipline is freedom. You may disagree with this statement, and if you do you are certainly not alone. For many people discipline is a dirty word that is equated with the absence of freedom. In fact the opposite is true. As Stephen R. Self-discipline involves acting according to what you think instead of how you feel in the moment. Work on an idea or project after the initial rush of enthusiasm has faded awayGo to the gym when all you want to do is lie on the couch and watch TVWake early to work on yourselfSay “no” when tempted to break your dietOnly check your email a few of times per day at particular times In the past self-discipline has been a weakness of mine, and as a result today I find myself lacking the ability to do a number of things which I would like – e.g. to play the guitar. If you struggle with self-discipline, the good news is that it can be developed. 1. Discipline means behaving according to what you have decided is best, regardless of how you feel in the moment. 2.
US aviation authority clarifies model aircraft laws 30 June 2014Last updated at 08:55 ET According to the FAA, some toy model aircraft are now illegal Hobbyists are concerned new US Federal Aviation Administration guidance classifying first-person-view model aircraft as drones will ground toy planes unless they have a permit. The FAA hopes its list of "dos and don'ts" will make model aircraft safer. But David Schneider, of the IEEE Spectrum, said a child's toy such as the Hubsan FPV X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter would now require a permit to fly. Models must be visible at all times, without vision-enhancing devices. These include: binoculars night-vision goggles powered vision-magnifying devices goggles that give a "first-person view" from the model "Such devices would limit the operator's field of view thereby reducing his or her ability to see and avoid other aircraft in the area," the guidance says. The guidance also states model aircraft can be flown only for recreational - not commercial - purposes. Model aircraft must also weigh 55lb or less.
Recycled Docking Stations… Wood you believe it? | efergy blog We’re loving the latest design trend in docking stations for your gadgets….recycled wood., take a look at some of the upcycled products currently on the market. Wood made docking stations from recycled materials are one of the innovative items available today. The docking stations made from reclaimed or recycled materials are all the rage these days. This iPhone docking unit made from recycled rosewood retails for around $168 (84GBP) This phone charger had a previous life as a golf club. Make tree huggers of your iPad and iPhones with the branch docking system . Source: Related posts:
Robot hand and arm gets official approval 12 May 2014Last updated at 06:32 ET WATCH: A volunteer puts the device to the test - Footage courtesy of Darpa A robot arm capable of picking up delicate objects has been approved for use by US medical authorities. The Deka Arm has fingers that can move much like real ones making it easier for amputees to feed themselves, zip up clothes and unlock doors. The arm has a much greater range of movement than existing devices many of which are based around metal hooks or designs more than 100 years old. US Army veterans helped to test and refine the prosthetic limb. The Arm was developed with $40m (£24m) of research cash provided by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). While prosthetics have improved in recent years, much of the development work has been done on legs rather than replacements for lost arms and hands. Currently, officially approved designs for replacement arms are often based around split metal hooks - a design first drawn up in 1912.
iTree iPhone & iPod dock are created out of a tree trunk If our mention on the title confuses you, we would like to tell you about the iTree docking station by KMKG, which has been made out of the log of a tree trunk! This docking station has the ports needed to charge your iPod or iPhone, as well as plays stored audio content at the same time. What makes this product rather abstract, is that it’s been created out of wood, which is hand selected by the customer and built according to the individual needs. The iTree is all innovative in designing and general aesthetics. The wood used to create the body of the dock station is picked from the forests directly and worked on with precision to create just the product that you would be looking for. The craftsmen help you with the selection, from within the area of ‘Streirische Vulkanland’ area of South Austria after which your specifications and needs are noted down and then worked upon. The utility factor has been well taken care of. Via: Gizmodo/Geeky Gadgets/KMKG