Jul 22, 2014

Spectacular food packaging decays with its contents

posted by Larra Morris

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Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine believes that the relationship between food and packaging should be symbiotic, with containers surviving only as long as their contents. In a vividly colored series entitled "This Too Shall Pass," the company showcases three items, each of which looks more like an ornament than a household product.

The first is a gelatinous packet molded from agar-agar and water that is intended for use with liquids like cream, smoothies, and fresh juice. The second is a triangular-shaped package designed to house dry goods such as rice or grain. Made from beeswax, it is adorned with a subtle gradient and must be peeled like a fruit in order to access whatever is inside. The third is arguably the most spectacular, an iridescent jade snowglobe built out of wax-coated, caramelized sugar. A crack is all it takes to release the water-soluble package's cargo.
via The Verge

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Jul 22, 2014

Newly identified genetic variants could delay Alzheimer's onset by four years

posted by Larra Morris

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Over the past few years scientists and researchers have made some inroads in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, but as yet no definitive cure has been found. In the latest promising development, a team of Canadian researchers has identified a genetic variant that can delay the onset of the disease by up to four years.
via Gizmag

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Jul 22, 2014

Two skydivers jump from 5,000 feet and successfully land on a Slip ‘N Slide

posted by Larra Morris

Skydivers Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson leap from a plane at 5,000 feet above Arizona and manage to successfully land on a Slip ‘N Slide, traveling the length of the backyard toy at 50MPH, in this footage by Caters News.
via Laughing Squid

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Jul 21, 2014

Roboceratops: A robot dinosaur that defies extinction

posted by Larra Morris

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Inspired by a childhood love of dinosaurs, [Robert] set out to build a robotic dinosaur from the Ceratopsian family. After about a year of design, building, and coding, he has sent us a video of Roboceratops moving around gracefully, chomping a rope, and smoothly wagging his tail.

Roboceratops is made from laser-cut MDF and aluminium bars in the legs. That’s not cookie dough on those legs, it’s upholstery foam, and we love the way [Robert] has shaped it. Roboceratops has servos in his jaw, neck, tail, and legs for a total of 14-DOF.
via Hack a Day

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Jul 21, 2014

8-bit pixel sunglasses implore everyone around you to deal with it

posted by Larra Morris

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Laser cut and engraved from a solid piece of smoked acrylic, the Deal With It Sunglasses are perfect for the total boss whose ethos is best summed up by an 8-bit GIF that's been lingering on the internet since 2010. The shades don't have hinges, because like the will of the major bro who wears them, these sunglasses never bend.
via Gizmodo

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Jul 21, 2014

A hoodie that lets you hear everything, even with the hood up

posted by Larra Morris

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Wearing a hoodie and listening to music with large headphones are two things that do not always go together, but one company believes it's solved that problem. San Francisco-based Betabrand has come up with a new hooded jacket that uses "acoustically transparent fabric" to let sound pass through unabated, meaning you can show off your cans to the world and actually hear them too.
via The Verge

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Jul 21, 2014

Robotic glove gives you extra fingers for grabbing

posted by Larra Morris

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Four fingers and a thumb on each hand is pretty useful. Humans have gone from caves to sprawling cities in part because of our dexterous digits.

But researchers at MIT think we could do even better if we had an upgrade. They have developed a glove with two extra robotic fingers that respond intelligently to your movements, allowing you to perform two-handed tasks with just one robot-enhanced hand.

"You do not need to command the robot, but simply move your fingers naturally. Then the robotic fingers react and assist your fingers," said the glove's creator Harry Asada, of MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering.
via Ars Technica

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Image: Melanie Gonick / MIT

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Jul 21, 2014

Bee-inspired bots skitter and swarm at NYC's Museum of Mathematics

posted by Larra Morris

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Dr. McLurkin, a professor of computer science, runs the Multi-Robot Systems Lab at Rice University. He and his team research distributed algorithms for multi-robot systems. In other words, using the combined abilities of several rather simple robots to perform complex tasks. Dr. McLurkin has spent the past three years developing Robot Swarm, an exhibit of his hive-mind bots set to debut at Manhattan's Museum of Mathematics in early 2015.
via Gizmodo

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Jul 18, 2014

Nothing you do matters in this game, but you'll still obsess over it

posted by Laura Domela

How do you draw “privacy”?

The first thing Mountain asks me to do is to scribble a series of black-and-white pictures in response to various, seemingly randomly generated, weighty prompts. I’ve read about other players’ experiences with Mountain, a new game for PC, Mac, Linux and iOS, and so I know that so far there’s no discernible link between these answers and the game that they ostensibly generate. I take a stab at “privacy” and continue on.

Created by David OReilly, a 3-D animation artist perhaps best known for designing the videogame played by the main character in the sci-fi romance film Her,Mountain is a game about nothing. Or a game about everything. It is a game in which, once you’re done answering these questions, you’re left staring at a floating mountain on your monitor, on which weird, unexplained events occur, and nothing you do seems to have any impact. (I think.)
via Wired

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Jul 18, 2014

@Congressedits tweets anonymous Wikipedia edits from Capitol Hill

posted by Larra Morris

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Ed Summers, an open source Web developer, recently saw a friend tweet about Parliament WikiEdits,a UK Twitter “bot” that watched for anonymous Wikipedia edits coming from within the British Parliament’s internal networks. Summers was immediately inspired to do the same thing for the US Congress.

“The simplicity of combining Wikipedia and Twitter in this way immediately struck me as a potentially useful transparency tool,” Summers wrote in his personal blog. “So using my experience on a previous side project [Wikistream, a Web application that watches Wikipedia editing activity], I quickly put together a short program that listens to all major language Wikipedias for anonymous edits from Congressional IP address ranges… and tweets them.”

The stream for the bot, @congressedits, went live a day later, and it now provides real-time tweets when anonymous edits of Wikipedia pages are made.
via Ars Technica

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