Sep 17, 2014

Dremel announces personal 3D printer

posted by Laura Domela

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Dremel, the company best known for its rotary power tool that's used for everything from routing and sanding to carving and engraving, has announced that it's taking a leap into the 21st century with its first consumer 3D printer – the Dremel 3D Idea Builder.
via Gizmag

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Sep 17, 2014

Traffic light shows people dancing in real time, makes crossing roads fun

posted by Laura Domela

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The concept was to provide a fun and safe way to prevent pedestrians from jaywalking—a dance room was set up on a square in Lisbon, Portugal, inviting the people from the public to enter into the box and dance. 

Their dance moves were captured and displayed on the nearby traffic lights in real time—it successfully made 81% more pedestrians stop and wait for the green light to come on before crossing. 

via Design Taxi

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Sep 17, 2014

Scientists used a Hitchcock thriller to measure patients' consciousness

posted by Larra Morris

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Alfred Hitchcock, our master of suspense, was incredibly good at manipulating his audience—a fact that has now come in handy for neuroscientists. When they screened a Hitchcock thriller for volunteers in a brain scanner, they found that brain activity of a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years was astonishingly similar to that of healthy, conscious people.

In the past few years, scientists have slowly inched toward communicating with brain-damaged patients who can't talk or walk but are minimally aware. Exactly how aware we never knew—until functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) revealed some remarkable results.
via Gizmodo

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Image: Hulton Archive/Getty

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Sep 16, 2014

NASA Picks Boeing and SpaceX to build its space taxi

posted by Laura Domela

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Let the space race begin.

NASA announced on Tuesday that it has awarded two multibillion dollar contracts to Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, to develop spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The contracts will make the two companies the first commercial businesses to send NASA astronauts to space, fulfilling the government’s commitment to commercial spaceflight ever since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet back in 2011.

But more than just a windfall for Boeing and SpaceX, which were awarded $4.2 billion and $2.6 billion respectively, the announcement also serves as an important first step toward kickstarting the commercial space industry, which includes other companies like Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Sierra Nevada Corp. that seek to make space travel accessible to the rest of us. As NASA astronaut Mike Fincke said at Tuesday’s press conference: “I look at these spacecraft as the keys to the doorway to space, where we’re trying to open the door to more and more people getting to see what we’ve seen from space, our beautiful planet and beyond.”
via Wired

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Image: The SpaceX Dragon at the International Space Station. (NASA) 

 

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Sep 16, 2014

These decoy insects zap the nasty bugs that try to mate with them

posted by Larra Morris

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As they say, sex has consequences, even for male beetles. In their quest to eradicate an invasive beetle, scientists have created "femme fatale" decoys that lure the males in and zap 'em dead—just as the unsuspecting males think they might be getting it on.
via Gizmodo

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Image: A molded decoy, an ash borer, a 3D-printed decoy, and an oak borer. Michael Domingue.

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Sep 16, 2014

Grandmas accidentally tag themselves as hip-hop DJ Grandmaster Flash on facebook thanks to autocorrect

posted by Larra Morris

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Grandmas from all over the world are accidentally tagging themselves as hip-hop DJ Grandmaster Flash on Facebook thanks to autocorrect. Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash is a blog on Tumblr that collects some of the these priceless mistakes from grandma.
via Laughing Squid

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Sep 16, 2014

China opens separate walking lane for people texting

posted by Larra Morris

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In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of walking and texting, China has opened separate walkways for people who are using their cell phones, and people who aren't. They're meant to be ironic though, and encourage people to think before texting and knocking over somebody's grandma and breaking her hips. That poor old lady. You monster!

The special 50-metre route was mapped out in the Chinese city of Chongqing and at first seemed as if they was intended to make the journey of smartphone users easier.


But Nong Cheng, who works for area managers the Meixin Group, confirmed the lanes were meant to be ironic and remind people it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street.
via Geekologie

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