March 31, 2012
(March 31, 2012) Honeycombs of magnets could lead to new type of computer processing
Imperial scientists take an important step in developing a material using nano-sized magnets that could lead to new electronic devices
Scientists have taken an important step forward in developing a new material using nano-sized magnets that could ultimately lead to new types of electronic devices, with greater processing capacity than is currently feasible, in a study published today in the journal Science.
Many modern data storage devices, like hard disk drives, rely on the ability to manipulate the properties of tiny individual magnetic sections, but their overall design is limited by the way these magnetic 'domains' interact when they are close together.
Now, researchers from Imperial College London have demonstrated that a honeycomb pattern of nano-sized magnets, in a material known as spin ice, introduces competition between neighbouring magnets, and reduces the problems caused by these interactions by two-thirds. They have shown that large arrays of these nano-magnets can be used to store computable information. The arrays can then be read by measuring their electrical resistance.
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March 30, 2012
(March 30, 2012) Oscillating Gel Acts Like Artificial Skin, Giving Robots Potential Ability to “Feel”
Pitt and MIT researchers accomplish first demonstration of oscillating gels that can be “revived” by mechanical pressure
Sooner than later, robots may have the ability to “feel.” In a paper published online March 26 in Advanced Functional Materials, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) demonstrated that a nonoscillating gel can be resuscitated in a fashion similar to a medical cardiopulmonary resuscitation. These findings pave the way for the development of a wide range of new applications that sense mechanical stimuli and respond chemically—a natural phenomenon few materials have been able to mimic.
A team of researchers at Pitt made predictions regarding the behavior of Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) gel, a material that was first fabricated in the late 1990s and shown to pulsate in the absence of any external stimuli. In fact, under certain conditions, the gel sitting in a petri dish resembles a beating heart.
Along with her colleagues, Anna Balazs, Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, predicted that BZ gel not previously oscillating could be re-excited by mechanical pressure. The prediction was actualized by MIT researchers, who proved that chemical oscillations can be triggered by mechanically compressing the BZ gel beyond a critical stress. A video from the MIT group showing this unique behavior can be accessed at http://vvgroup.scripts.mit.edu/WP/?p=1078.
(March 30, 2012) It has long been an urban legend that the security strips found in US banknotes let shadowy government agencies use metal detectors to track how much cash you are carrying.
Even though the strips are made of plastic, the legend is so pervasive it once made an appearance in an episode of TV series The X-Files. Now it seems the conspiracy theory may have been half right: it is possible to both detect and count concealed banknotes printed with magnetic inks.
These inks are already used by vending machines to verify the authenticity of a single note, but physicists Christopher Fuller and Antao Chen at the University of Washington in Seattle realised that large bundles of notes would contain enough magnetic material to be detected at a distance, potentially allowing police to catch people attempting to smuggle cash over the border.
Google's new self-driving car will even allow the BLIND to get behind the wheel
(March 30, 2012) Web giant Google has already changed the way we search the internet, watch video and navigate.
But the firm's latest breakthrough could be its biggest innovation yet.
The company promises that its self-driving car will enable blind people to drive, as the vehicle takes over nearly all the functions of the car currently controlled by humans. The project has been several years in the making, and was officially unveiled in October 2010. But recently it has taken a further step forward, after putting blind people in the driving seat and inviting them to test the technology which could revolutionise their lives.
March 28, 2012
March 27, 2012
MOTOI YAMAMOTO: He builds giant sculptures out of SALT
If art is a matter of taste, then Motoi Yamamoto must be a truly seasoned professional, creating incredible sculptures and intricate mazes entirely out of salt.
An exhibition of the Japanese artist's work is currently showing at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Kanagawa, Japan, where it is causing quite a stir.
The story behind Yamamoto's unusual technique is sad and tragic. He was a third-year student at the Kanazawa College of Art in 1996 when his younger sister died aged 24, two years after being diagnosed with brain cancer
To both ease his grief and honour her memory, Yamamoto started working on a series of salt installations.
EATING A SMALL AMOUNT OF CHOCOLATE REGULARLY COULD HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
For chocolate-lovers feeling guilty about their indulgence it is the best kind of news – eating more can help keep you thinner.
Although chocolate contains more calories than many other foods, those who eat it regularly have less body fat than those who don’t, a study shows.
Researchers suspect the calories in chocolate are not like ‘normal’ calories.
The ingredients in chocolate appear to make your metabolism work harder, which means they offset the fat that might otherwise have stayed around.
As a result, the metabolic effects of certain ingredients make chocolate a good slimming food because it is calorie- neutral, says the U.S. study.
(March 27, 2012) A visit to the dentist always ends with the same advice - brush your teeth twice a day and make sure you floss in the evening.
Now scientists have suggested rubbing some toothpaste into your gums after lunch as well.
A team from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found the technique vastly reduced the risk of developing tooth cavities.
Study leader Dr Anna Nordstrom said: 'Rubbing toothpaste onto your teeth increases the flouride protection by 400 per cent.'
BRITISH DESIGN 1948 – 2012: Innovation in the Modern Age
The V&A's new exhibition showcases the best of British post-war art and design with over 300 objects from humble road signs to Jamie Reid's anarchic Sex Pistols artwork.
(London from 31 March to 12 August)
picture: CS17 television, designed by Robin Day and manufactured by Pye Ltd, 1957
(March 26, 2012) In the lab down the hall from Bruce Koel's new office, the temperature is about to go up over 11 million degrees Centigrade in a hot tub-sized chamber that cradles the energy of a burning star.
The chamber is housed at the U. S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL), where scientists are exploring ways to harness the fusion of atoms, the same process that fuels the sun and other stars, to provide safe, clean and abundant energy for homes and businesses.
About the “E-Cat cold fusion power plant” and more information, please read the links below (ö.d):
PRINCETON PROFESSOR SHOWS THAT SMALL SCALE HOT FUSION COULD BE POSSIBLE
Innovative 3-D designs from an MIT team can more than double the solar power generated from a given area.
(March 27, 2012) Intensive research around the world has focused on improving the performance of solar photovoltaic cells and bringing down their cost. But very little attention has been paid to the best ways of arranging those cells, which are typically placed flat on a rooftop or other surface, or sometimes attached to motorized structures that keep the cells pointed toward the sun as it crosses the sky.
Inspired by a toy, the ‘buckliball’ — a collapsible structure fabricated from a single piece of material — represents a new class of 3-D, origami-like structures.
Motivated by the desire to determine the simplest 3-D structure that could take advantage of mechanical instability to collapse reversibly, a group of engineers at MIT and Harvard University were stymied — until one of them happened across a collapsible, spherical toy that resembled the structures they’d been exploring, but with a complex layout of 26 solid moving elements and 48 rotating hinges.
March 26, 2012
NOKIAN TYRES FASTEST ON ICE ALSO WITH AN ELECTRIC CAR:
New World Record 252.09 km/h
Test driver Janne Laitinen from Nokian Tyres reached a speed of 252.09 km/h (156.64 mph) in the E-RA electric car on the ice of Lake Ukonjärvi in Inari, Finland. The record, achieved on 17 March by the world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer and the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences’ high-tech E-RA (Electric RaceAbout) vehicle, is unique.
March 25, 2012
OTOMATİK KEDİ BESLEYİCİ
Kedilerinizin her birinin tasmasına takılan, kendisine özel bir etiket ile Gatefeeder’ın kapısı arasında bir iletişim vardır. Günlük besinini alması için gelen kediye kapı otomatik olarak açılır ve ihtiyacı kadar besin verilir. Daha fazlasını istemesi halinde kapı açılmaz.
March 24, 2012
RUSH PRODUCT DESIGN STUDIO
Inspired by the Theodore Low bottle opener from the 1930s, this modern interpretation offers better seamless function and classic styling that will last for generations. Cast of stainless steel and polished to a mirror finish, this device exudes quality, artistry, and timelessness.
IDSA award wining industrial designer. Have been working in design studios around the world (Los Angeles, Prague, NY, Amsterdam, London, Bangkok) on projects ranging from medical, electronics, sporting goods to packaging and POS. Solidworks expert.