Feb 20, 2013

134-year-old British fortress becomes a luxury island escape

posted by Laura Domela

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Located one mile out to sea off the coast from Portsmouth Harbor in Hampshire, U.K., the 134 year old Spitbank Fort was originally used to defend the coast of Britain against ships and light aircraft. Now, after a £3 million (US$4.85 million) makeover, it has been transformed into an exclusive island retreat.

The Fort was once home to nine 12.5 inch muzzle loading guns, which were later replaced in 1884 with more “modern” 12-inch breech-loading guns, remaining in service until after World War I. In 1982 the Ministry of Defense decommissioned the fort and since then the historical landmark has been in the hands of private owners. The current owners bought the fort in 2010 and after extensive renovations, the hotel opened its door in the second half of 2012.
via gizmag

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Feb 19, 2013

Map shows every recorded meteorite strike on Earth since 2,300 B.C.

posted by Laura Domela

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The meteorite that struck central Russia last week, which injured around 1,000 people as it broke apart over a section of the Ural Mountains and sent shockwaves across the ground below, was but one of thousands that have impacted our planet over the past four millennia. Now you can see the location of every recorded meteorite impact on Earth going back to 2,300 BCE all in one heat map created by Javier de la Torre, cofounder of geo software companies Vizzuality and CartoDB.
via The Verge

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Feb 19, 2013

A gravity map of the Moon

posted by Laura Domela

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Gravity isn't uniform. Denser planets and objects in space — that is, things with more mass to them — experience a stronger pull of gravity. But even if you zoom in to the level of a single planet (or, in this case, our Moon), gravity isn't uniform all the way around. That's because the mass of the Moon isn't uniform, either. It varies, along with the topography. In some places, the Moon's crust is thicker. Those places have more mass, and thus, more gravitational pull.
via Boing Boing

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Feb 19, 2013

3D printing pen that lets you draw sculptures in real time

posted by Laura Domela

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Forget those pesky 3D printers that require software and the knowledge of 3D modeling and behold the 3Doodler, the world’s first pen that draws in three dimensions in real time. Imagine holding a pen and waving it through the air, only the line your pen creates stays frozen, suspended and permanent in 3D space. Sound like magic?
via Colossal

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Feb 19, 2013

Computer modeling points to new class of efficient, ultra-thin solar cells

posted by Laura Domela

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Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology, together with colleagues from the U.S. and Germany, have used computer simulations to show how the unique electrical properties of a new class of materials known as layered oxide heterostructures can potentially be used to create a new type of efficient, ultra-thin solar cell.

The new materials are created by combining single atomic-scale layers of different oxides. When combined, or stacked, these heterostructures display significantly different electrical properties than the single oxides do on their own. After studying the structures in large-scale computer simulations, the research team believe that by designing materials with exactly the right arrangement of physical properties, the layered oxide heterostructures hold great potential for solar cell design.
via gizmag

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Image:  Vienna University of Technology

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Feb 19, 2013

Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset for immersive video gaming

posted by Laura Domela

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The Oculus Rift, an upcoming virtual reality headset founded and designed by technology enthusiast Palmer Luckey, will allow gamers to fully immerse themselves into video game environments. Once the headset is strapped onto the user and they begin a game, the movements of their head from the left to right, up and down will change the perspective while hunting down bad guys.
via Laughing Squid

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Feb 19, 2013

Experts demonstrate the Flyboard Water-Powered Jet Pack

posted by Laura Domela

The acrobatic capabilities of the Flyboard, a water-powered jet pack, are demonstrated by a team of expert “pilots” in this video by Devin Graham.

via Laughing Squid 

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Feb 19, 2013

Has dark matter finally been found?

posted by Laura Domela

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Big news in the search for dark matter may be coming in about two weeks, the leader of a space-based particle physics experiment said today (Feb. 17) here at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

That's when the first paper of results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle collector mounted on the outside of the International Space Station, will be submitted to a scientific journal, said MIT physicist Samuel Ting, AMS principle investigator.
via Space.com 

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Image: The powerful Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) is visible at center left. The blackness of space and Earth's horizon provide the backdrop for the scene, on May 20, 2011 (Flight Day 5 of the STS-134 shuttle mission).
CREDIT: NASA

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Feb 18, 2013

Pick the best batteries for a DIY project with Adafruit’s battery guide

posted by Laura Domela

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When you're looking to power a DIY project, you have a ton of different battery choices, and it's not easy to decide on which solution is best. To help you make the right choice, Adafruit has put together a guide to picking the best battery for your project.

The project goes through each type of battery, from alkaline to lithium, and talks about the cost, size, and power output.
via Lifehacker

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Photo by Heather Kennedy

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Feb 18, 2013

World's first bionic hand with a sense of touch is set to be transplanted

posted by Laura Domela

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An anonymous man in his 20s who lives in Rome will soon receive a new hand, and for the first time in the world his bionic hand will be able to feel the things that it touches. The hand will be wired to the man’s nervous system, in hopes that he will be able to control its movements by receiving signals from his skin cells, and that he in turn will be able to receive signals from the hand’s touch sensors. The hand promises to restore the sense of touch to people who have lost limbs, and it represents a major breakthrough in the world of prosthetics.
via Inhabitat

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