Aug 05, 2014

Artist creates multicolored trees that grow 40 different types of fruit

posted by Larra Morris

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A project by artist Sam Van Aken will delight lovers of fruit. The Tree of 40 Fruit is a project in which a single tree is modified to bear over 40 different types of stone fruit. The trees are created using a process of grafting.

Van Aken began the Tree of 40 Fruit project in 2008 and has been creating new trees and developing the process ever since. The artist had recently completed a project called Eden in which he grafted vegetables and flowers together and was offered the opportunity to design an orchard. "Ultimately funding for this orchard fell through," Van Aken explains to Gizmag. "But, still wanting to continue with the project, I decided to graft the entire orchard onto one tree."
via Gizmag

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Image: Sam Van Aken / Ronald Feldman Fine Art

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Aug 05, 2014

San Francisco airport beacons help the blind get around using their phones

posted by Larra Morris

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San Francisco International is about to make life decidedly easier for blind and visually impaired travelers. The airport has teamed up with Indoo.rs to unveil a Bluetooth beacon system that will help these passengers find their way through Terminal 2 using only their phone. When users walk past one of the 500 transmitters, their devices will announce nearby points of interest; they can find flight gates, ATMs, information desks and power outlets without asking for help. An early version of the necessary app also has a directory for sighted visitors.
via Engadget

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Image: Thom Watson, Flickr

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Aug 05, 2014

MIT to test making oxygen on Mars

posted by Larra Morris

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Oxygen is such an abundant resource on Earth that we rarely think about it unless we get locked in a cupboard. However, for space engineers, the question of how to get enough of the vital gas is constant, frustrating problem. To help future explorers of the Red Planet get enough oxygen for life support and powering spacecraft, NASA has included MIT’s MOXIE experiment on the Mars 2020 mission to study how to make oxygen out of the Martian atmosphere.
via Gizmag

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Aug 04, 2014

‘How Much Can You Carry’, portraits that show how people around the world carry stuff on their heads

posted by Laura Domela

“How much can you carry” is an ongoing portrait series by Paris-based photographer Floriane de Lassée that documents the many ways that people from around the world transport loads of objects on their heads. De Lassée began the project in Africa in 2012 after observing locals carrying all manner of objects on their heads. She has since traveled to seven countries, including Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Brazil, to document the practice in different cultures.
via Laughing Squid

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Aug 04, 2014

Giant floating snowflake will offer a five-star view of the Northern Lights

posted by Larra Morris

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Rich tourists will soon be able to enjoy the Northern Lights from within a floating, snowflake-shaped resort located in the waters near Tromso, Norway. The 86-bedroom Krystall hotel is being marketed as a "scarless development," according to The Telegraph.In other words, the glass-roofed luxury property is not only intended to be "self-sustainable" but also to have a minimal impact on its environment.

Although the whole idea might initially seem too grandiose to ever become a reality, Waterstudio's Koen Olthuis tells The Telegraph that the cost of building Krystall is budgeted as "almost the same as a land-based hotel of its type." The "floating foundation" is expected to only increase expenditure by about 15 percent. Construction of the project is slated to begin in mid-2015 and finish about 18 months later. The Krystall hotel will be built in sections that will later be towed in place, and eventually tethered to the adjacent fjords with cables. If all goes as planned, the completed structure will serve as a five-star destination for anyone looking to see the Aurora Borealis in style.
via The Verge

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Aug 04, 2014

NASA says puzzling new space drive can generate thrust without propellant

posted by Larra Morris

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A NASA study has recently concluded that the "Cannae Drive," a disruptive new method of space propulsion, can produce small amounts of thrust without the use of propellant, in apparent discordance with Newton's third law. According to its inventor, the device can harness microwave radiation inside a resonator, turning electricity into a net thrust. If further verified and perfected, the advance could revolutionize the space industry, dramatically cutting costs for both missions in deep space and satellites in Earth orbit.
via Gizmag

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Aug 04, 2014

Every inch of this building's facade will grow crops you can eat

posted by Larra Morris

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We've gotten a peek at some of the other structures being built for the food-themed Milan Expo 2015, from a smog-gobbling facade for Italy to a veggie-growing restaurant for France. Now here's the American pavilion, which is inspired by three signature food-related structures for the U.S.: A barn, a boardwalk, and—of course!—food trucks.

Designed by Biber Architects, the U.S. pavilion is named "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet" and will explore food production, sustainable farming methods, and health and nutrition. Rainwater harvesting as well as hydroponic methods will be used to grow food on the structure's exterior, and solar panels on the roof will power the entire building.
via Gizmodo

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Aug 01, 2014

NFL players will wear RFID chips this season to track their movements

posted by Laura Domela

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This year's football season is set to begin in September, and for the first time 17 National Football League stadiums will employ radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to better track how players move on the field during games. The league has partnered with Zebra Technologies to use its quarter-sized RFID sensors inside the shoulder pads of players. These sensors will track not just where players are on the field, but also how fast they get going, and what their acceleration was like on the way there — all in real-time.

All this information could show up as part of information shown on TV or in stadiums during games, and on second-screen game apps. Imagine something like the lines TV sportscasters draw on the screen to track a receiver's route, but done using the tags instead. The NFL also plans to hand the data over to teams so that they can analyze it, but not initially. USA Today notes that the league plans to do some testing on the data it's gathered before making it available to teams, and that all NFL players agreed to wear sensors as part of their collective-bargaining agreement in 2011.
via The Verge

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Aug 01, 2014

New "impossible" engine works, could change space travel forever

posted by Laura Domela

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Until yesterday, everyone in the international community was laughing at this engine and its inventor, Roger Sawyer. It's called the EmDrive and everyone said it was impossible because it went against the laws of physics. But the fact is that the quantum vacuum plasma thrusterworks in the lab and scientists can't explain why.

Sawyer's engine is extremely light and simple. It provides a thrust by "bouncing microwaves around in a closed container." The microwaves are generated using electricity that can be provided by solar energy. No propellant is necessary, which means that this thrusters can work forever unless a hardware failure occurs. If real, this would be a major breakthrough in space propulsion technology.
via SPLOID

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Aug 01, 2014

Google Glass thief unknowingly live streams his day

posted by Laura Domela

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When it comes to thieves and technology, the latter usually proves to be their biggest nemesis. Earlier this summer, for example, one thief was caught after logging into his Facebook account at the victim's home, then forgetting to log back out. The newest dumb criminal? A man who stole a pair of Google Glass and unknowingly broadcasted his day. 

The story goes, a Google Glass Explorer was hanging out at the park with his smartglasses when someone came up and excitedly asked if he could try them on. The device's owner, Mike Geller, apparently exercising his faith in humanity, agreed. The man who asked to try them on promptly ran away with them.
via Slash Gear

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