Apr 01, 2014

Flux capacitor car charger

posted by Laura Domela

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GREAT SCOTT!! Marty has travelled back in time and taken the Flux Capacitor with him. We're not exactly sure where, so Doc Brown has authorized us to make these smaller Flux Capacitors to you so we can crowd-search time for Marty. Each one is capable of returning to a specific point in time, so you can join the search. Just plug it into your car's cigarette lighter (or as you young ones call it a "power port") and turn it on. 88mph and . . . ok, don't go that fast. That would be bad, because theFlux Capacitor Car Charger won't really take you through time - but it will charge all your USB-powered goodies.

Each Flux Capacitor Car Charger has two USB ports, each capable of charging almost any USB powered device (it pumps out 2.1 Amps). But it also has that beautiful Flux Capacitor light sequence we all know and love. Even traffic jams (either terrestrial or aerial (if your car is powered by Mr. Fusion)) won't bother you because your device will be charging and theFlux Capacitor Car Charger's pulse will make you feel more important than anyone else. It's time to write your name in your underwear, Calvin, and get yourself a Flux Capacitor Car Charger in the present (so you can enjoy it in the future).

$39.99 at Think Geek 

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Apr 01, 2014

Turn any inkjet printer into a circuit printer with this DIY kit

posted by Laura Domela

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Circuits–the wires that carry electricity from point A to point B in an electronic device–are becoming more and more low-tech. Scientists are wiring them into our clothes via silver nanowires or redefining the circuit altogether by trading wires for nontraditional conductive materials like slime mold.

But one of the biggest innovations has been making it easier than ever to fabricate our own circuits at home. AgIC Print is the newest project meant to bring circuit fabrication to the desktop, and it does it with a familiar tool: off-the-shelf inkjet printers. The kit is currently going for $299 in AgIC’s Kickstarter campaign, which closes today, and it can be used to modify any existing printer.
via Giga OM

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Apr 01, 2014

If you play one goat simulator in 2014, make it this one

posted by Laura Domela

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True to its name, Goat Simulator starts you innocently enough: in a goat pen, with nothing but a sticky tongue and a hard skull to your name. Across the street, some protesters are holding a rally. You ram a lamppost into the crowd and headbutt the survivors, glitching several feet backwards as you try to lick one of their signs: NO PENIS SHAPED FOOD. An empty pool filled with trampolines is just down the road. You bounce across them and into a construction site, where you find a jetpack. Momentarily crumpling after a three-story drop, you climb midway up a crane and jump off, careening into the parking lot of a gas station. You headbutt the tanks and are blown back as the station explodes and collapses into a pile of rubble.
via The Verge

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Mar 31, 2014

Fossil detectives close the case on prehistoric spider footprints

posted by Larra Morris

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Deciphering the traces left by organisms – whether footprints, tracks, trails, burrows – is the realm of a discipline known as ichnology. Basically, ichnology is what you would get if you mixed Sherlock Holmes with felonious fossils. Ichnologists look at the shapes of tracks, their distribution, and other clues to learn more about the animals and the environment at the time the tracks were made.

We didn’t always know what spider footprints looked like. When paleontologist Raymond Alf (the museum’s namesake) retrieved the fossil in 1968, he did some experimenting to determine whether the eight-legged footprints were the work of a spider or a scorpion or something else. “He got some spiders and inked up their little legs on an inkpad and had them run across paper,” Farke says. “In his opinion, these things were fairly close matches for a spider.”
via Wired

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Mar 31, 2014

Which smart glasses will be right for you?

posted by Laura Domela

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Smart glasses are expected to gain a lot of momentum as “wearable computing” takes root in the consumer market. A lot of the details, like how to protect privacy in a world full of smart glasses, still have to be worked out.

Sales of the devices could grow from 87,000 in 2013 to more than 10 million a year by 2018, according Juniper Research.

As you can see from the shipping dates, many of these devices aren’t ready yet. It may pay to wait, as prices come down and more models become available. Samsung is rumored to be moving into the market, but details aren’t available now.
via Venture Beat

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Mar 31, 2014

Before the internet

posted by Laura Domela

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Mar 31, 2014

The amazing ping pong robot was a fake

posted by Laura Domela

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Well — you guys were right. As it turns out, it was actually a pair of animators who fooled the internet.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Last month, the [Kuka Robot Group] put out a highly polished video showing an industrial robot playing table tennis against the apparent world champion of the sport — it was extremely well done and entertaining to watch, but unfortunately… also fake. Weeks after the first [Kuka] video came out, someone named [Ulf Hoffmann] released another video, a small table tennis playing robot that looked almost feasible.
via Hackaday

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Mar 31, 2014

The floating house

posted by Larra Morris

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We've always fancied owning our very own luxury GearCulture yacht, but now we're thinking we want one of these instead. The Floating House sports a couple of stunning bedrooms, bathrooms, living room and a kitchen. Oh, and a mighty, mighty large pool out back. And front. It sure would be a swell place to have the office.
via Gear Culture

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Mar 31, 2014

"Mini hearts" on veins could be used to treat circulatory problems

posted by Larra Morris

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When someone has chronic venous insufficiency, it means that because of faulty valves in their leg veins, oxygen-poor blood isn't able to be pumped back to their heart. The George Washington University's Dr. Narine Sarvazyan has created a possible solution, however – a beating "mini heart" that's wrapped around the vein, to help push the blood through.

The mini heart takes the form of a cuff of rhythmically-contracting heart tissue, made by coaxing the patient's own adult stem cells into becoming cardiac cells. When one of those cuffs is placed around a vein, its contractions aid in the unidirectional flow of blood, plus it helps keep the vein from becoming distended. Additionally, because it's grown from the patient's own cells, there's little chance of rejection.
via Gizmag

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Mar 30, 2014

Contact lenses with infrared vision? Ultra-thin graphene opens up the possibilities

posted by Laura Domela

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Seeing the infrared spectrum has a number of applications that go beyond the nighttime war games glamorized in adventure flicks. Doctors can use the wavelengths to monitor blood flow, and civil engineers can use them to identify heat or chemical leaks. And they may be able to do so without the clunky goggles seen on film.

Researchers at the University of Michigan, led by electrical engineer Zhaohui Zhong, have devised a way to capture the infrared spectrum without requiring the cooling that makes infrared goggles so cumbersome. The method uses the trendy nanomaterial graphene and works on a device smaller than a pinky nail.
via Singularity Hub

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