Dec 22, 2014

Portland State University creates zero-g espresso cups for space

posted by Larra Morris

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Space travel is a bit more civilized now that there's a bespoke Italian espresso machine aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Unfortunately, solving one problem just raises another and the astronauts are still having to drink their cappuccinos out of placcy bags. To help the zero-g coffee aficionado, Portland State University's (PSU) Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science has developed a microgravity espresso cup that drinks like its earthbound counterparts.
via Gizmag

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Dec 22, 2014

New wearable tells your DVR to record a show when you doze off at the TV

posted by Larra Morris

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Watching TV is already one of the top things to do when you're feeling lazy, and soon it'll require even less effort. UK telco Virgin Media is set to trial a new wristband that monitors your pulse and can tell when you've fallen asleep. It'll then beam a message to your TiVo and tell it to pause the current program and start recording it for later viewing. When you wake up, you can pick up right where you left off. Perfect for all of those food comas that are bound to happen over the holidays. The device — designed by a 14 and 15 year old — will go into trials next year.
via The Verge

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Dec 21, 2014

Batman hobo nickel

posted by Laura Domela

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A "hobo nickel" is a nickel that has been inscribed with appealing images. During the Great Depression, poor people sometimes made them to sell, which is how the folk art form got its name.
via Neatorama

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Dec 21, 2014

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

posted by Laura Domela

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On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h).Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video reveals how its top secret engine technology works.
via Sploid/Gizmodo

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Dec 19, 2014

NASA emailed a new wrench to the ISS

posted by Laura Domela

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You know that moment where you overhear a loved one talking about something they really need, and realize you just stumbled onto the perfect thoughtful Christmas present? That's what just happened on the ISS, where an astronaut recently opined about needing a wrench—and then received one over email and printed it out.

We've heard a lot about the ISS's new 3D printer, which was build and delivered by a California company called Made In Space. Though the printer spit out the first of many test objects back in November, those files were delivered to the ISS on board a cargo supply—not through wireless communication with Earth, as it eventually the goal with the printer.
via Gizmodo

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Dec 19, 2014

One Nobel recipient accepted her prize wearing a gown covered in neurons that she discovered

posted by Laura Domela

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As much as we don’t want the fashion choices of the world’s incredibly influential and important scientists to necessarily overshadow their scientific achievements—seriously, despite what you might think, we promise we don’t—you’ve got to admit that wearing a dress decked out in sequined examples of the very neurons you helped to discover is ridiculously awesome. It’s like May-Britt Moser is a real-life Ms. Frizzle, except she uses her time and talent to help everyone, rather than send a bunch of ungrateful kids on impossible field trips.
via The Mary Sue

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Dec 19, 2014

Near-transparent mice could improve understanding of organs and tissues

posted by Larra Morris

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Japanese researchers have found a way to turn tissue transparent in mice, allowing them to see cellular networks and gain a better understanding of biological systems. Researchers say this may ultimately lead to deeper comprehension of autoimmune and psychiatric diseases given it can assist in 3D modelling of organs including the brain.
via Gizmag

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