May 05, 2015

The EIP Laser Turntable plays records without touching them

posted by Laura Domela

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You like your vinyl records but don’t like the fact that you’re killing them? The new EIP Laser Turntable plays records without touching them… The catch: a $15,000 price tag.

“The Laser Turntable employs patented technology that produces phenomenal fidelity while never physically touching the record, thus eliminating the deterioration to the album’s surface inflicted by conventional turntables. The laser’s precision allows you to pick up audio information that has never been touched or damaged by a needle. This virgin audio information is then reproduced without digitization maintaining true analog sound as close as possible to when the master tape was recorded. The Laser Turntable even allows you to play records that have been severely warped or damaged over years of wear and tear.” – EIP

via Decode Magazine

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May 05, 2015

New font based on Albert Einstein's handwriting

posted by Laura Domela

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In honor of Albert Einstein’s innovative style of thinking and penmanship that was as beautiful as his equations, a font has been designed based on Einstein’s handwriting. 

Developed by Harald Geisler and Elizabeth Waterhouse, a German typographer and an American dancer/theorist respectively, they hope to immortalize the legacy of the genius who pioneered the general theory of relativity by introducing the font into most digital devices soon. 
via Design Taxi

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May 05, 2015

These 3D printed nests make homes for city birds

posted by Larra Morris

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Printed Nest, an open-source community of bird lovers and designers, has created a range of 3D printed birdhouses that the company hopes will provide habitats for winged friends in urban areas. (Cities are home to some 20 percent of bird species.) The brightly-colored mesh nests feature antlers for birds to land on and ample space inside.  
via Mental Floss

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May 05, 2015

Curiosity rover has a rock wedged in its wheel

posted by Larra Morris

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Like any vehicle, Curiosity’s wheels have to roll over whatever lies in its path. Sadly, that path isn’t always smooth: now, the rover’s got a chunk of rock wedged in one of the grooves of its wheels.

According to New Scientist, NASA scientists aren’t too concerned about the stone. They don’t expect it to affect the performance of the Rover, and while plans have apparently been discussed to shake the rock free, “it is better to let this fall off naturally,” according to NASA scientists Chris Roumeliotis.
via Gizmodo

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May 04, 2015

Do mosquitoes love you? It could be genetic

posted by Larra Morris

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When it comes to choosing a meal, mosquitoes may see some people as a bland bowl of whole grain cereal, while a select number of unlucky folks stand out like a giant, cheese-oozing pizza. The difference is in how you smell: Certain body odors are just more attractive to a mosquito on the prowl. But new research, published in PLOS ONE, suggests that your likelihood of getting bitten by a mosquito could be yet another thing you can blame on your parents: Your attractiveness to mosquitoes might be genetic.

To determine whether mosquito attraction might have a genetic component, researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine studied the appeal of 18 identical and 19 fraternal twins
via Mental Floss

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Image: Fernández-Grandon et al., PLOS ONE

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May 04, 2015

3D-printed attachment turns any smartphone into a DNA-scanning microscope

posted by Larra Morris

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Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have built a cheap 3D-printed attachment able to turn smartphones into sophisticated microscopes. Armed with the new device, a smartphone would be able to detect single DNA strands and analyze them to diagnose diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s without bulky and expensive equipment.

Cheap and portable medical diagnostics could make a real difference in assisting patients in third-world countries or remote areas, and microscopes are an important part of the arsenal.
via Gizmag

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May 01, 2015

European cars will automatically call emergency services after a crash

posted by Larra Morris

The European Union has approved plans to install an emergency call feature in all cars and light vans from March 31st, 2018. The system, known as eCall, automatically contacts emergency services in the event of a crash, as determined by in-car sensors, such as those triggering the vehicle’s airbags. eCall establishes an audio connection with emergency operators and automatically transmits basic data including the vehicle's type, location, and the time of the crash. Passengers and witnesses will also be able to activate eCall manually by pressing an in-car button.
via The Verge

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