Category Archives: Science
It looks as if that 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 with plutonium that would supply the 1.21 gigawatts of power to the flux capacitor that I’ve saved up for won’t be necessary. Iranian scientist Ali Razeghi is the managing director of Iran’s Centre for Strategic Inventions says that he created a time machine called “The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine”. Well, it’s KINDA of a time machine because it’s only limited to taking you to the future. Well, it won’t actually bring you to the future, per se, but it rather brings the future to you, and Razeghi says that using complex algorithms in his invention can “predict five to eight years of the future life of any individual, with 98 percent accuracy”. Hmmm… Read the rest of this entry
If so, then BOY; DO I HAVE A STORY FOR YOU!! This is the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) House, a recently completed 15-unit apartment building in Hamburg, Germany, and what is its main feature? Well, it has to be that the East and West facades are covered in 129 sun-tracking algae tanks installed on an automated external scaffolding structure, which are fed through an integrated tubing system within the building — which also pumps in the necessary CO2. The project cost about €5 million and was designed by Splitterwerk Architects with funding by the Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA), which is a long-running architectural concept techniques exhibition. Read the rest of this entry
With the rise of the utilization of 3D printing, we have gone from printing out figurines and animation projects for our own personal amusement to fabricating items to improve the quality of life of those with health afflictions I mentioned on the site before about a patient receiving a new jaw via a 3D printout and the first synthetic organ transplant with a 3D scan and stem cells, but this one is SOMETHING ELSE. A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that a man in the United States (his name being withheld) underwent a transplant procedure to have 75 percent of his skull replaced with a 3D-printed plastic prosthetic. That’s correct; THREE-FOURTHS of a MAN’S SKULL was REPLACED! **head explodes** Read the rest of this entry
Manhattan has something very interesting to look forward to in the next few years. Roosevelt Island will be receiving a state-of-the-art engineering campus extension of Cornell University. Nowadays, it is becoming near impossible to forget this tiny strip of an island named after one of two of the most awesome U.S. Presidents in history that lies between Manhattan and Queens (F.Y.I., it’s named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a.k.a., “American Ironsides,” a.k.a. “Mr. New Deal” a.k.a “Senor Got-Us-Out-Of-The-Great Depression,” a.k.a “Our Fearless WW2 Leader).
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I guess this might prove that Principal Mahzar from “A Goofy Movie” wasn’t THAT crazy with the science slumber party idea; though I’m too old for the whole slumber party thing. For more fun science-related things and stuffness, follow @RichardWiseman on Twitter for more quirky psychology,i.e., “Quirkology”.
Nowadays, we have a variety of selections involving what type of Christmas tree to get and put in our living rooms. We can choose from purchasing and/or chopping down your own real tree, buying a life-like artificial tree (green or silver), a basic cardboard cut-out, or even some tech-inspired ideas (trees made from spare car parts, old hard drives, flexible OLED panels, and a crew of quadrocopters stacking boxes; thanks Engadget). But Germany wants to offer a new method for selecting a Christmas tree, and it involves altering the genetic code of a popular local fir and cloning perfect specimens of it. Yes, Germany is about to go all “Jurassic Park” on Christmas trees! Read the rest of this entry
OK Harry Potter fans: does the phrase “I solemnly swear I’m up to no good” ring any bells. If so, then you’re already pretty familiar with the invisibility cloak, and I’m sure you’ll be happy to know of the real-life-existence of the cloak. With the utilization of carbon nanotubes (rather than magic), university researchers have found a way to make objects seem to “magically” vanish by using similar principles on the existence of mirages. Read the rest of this entry
Have you ever flown those remote-controlled airplanes and helicopters indoors? If so, you might remember how it may have taken a while to learn the controls properly to get your flying device going forward fast. That, and learning how to avoid any and every obstacle locating inside your house. Thanks to the plane designed by the Robust Robotics Group at MIT, we may in fact have finally found an exception to that. Check out the video after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Have you ever thought to yourself: “you know what, I wish I could have my own portable, take-anywhere-with-me wind turbine to charge my low power electronic devices”. Well my friends (and if your though was just a oddly specific as that), Instructables user ineverfinishanyth (clever name, by the way) was looking for a way to power his gadgets while he went on camping trips, so he decided to build his own portable turbine that weighs only 16 ounces. Hurrah to free, clean, and green energy!
For the second time in the last month, the transformer on my street went haywire and the power went out on our street for a few hours. Fortunately, we had plenty of flashlights and candles (old school FTW) to keep the house well-lit enough; unfortunatley, my phone’s battery is about to die, and there was no available power. DIY weblog Tinkernut shows us how to power your phone with the heat of one of those candles, thanks to thermodynamics, thermoelectric effects, and a Peltier effect device.
Why, you ask? Why would bubbles be chosen over four-wheeled remote cars or planes, human-like androids, or even a kite? Because SCIENCE, that’s why! Researchers at the University of Hawaii (located in my birth state; AWESOME) have designed and built microscopic robots made from a single bubble and have their movement controlled by lasers. Yes, you read that correctly. Check out a video bubble ballet demonstration after the break.
Penn State University’s Department of Food Science have worked utilizing an electrospinning device to stretch fibrous strands from a solution of biodegradable food-starch. After using the solvent to dissolve the starch into fluid, the long strands are then spun and then can be woven together like textiles—an application that could potentially include the creation of napkins, tissues, paper-like products, and even medical dressings, such as gauze and bandages. Read the rest of this entry
I don’t know if I should be ecstatic at the thought of the perfect, happy world that would be able to eliminate all types of hatred and negativity, or frightened at the notion of a medical drug affecting the brain so much to cause such a result. Hmmmm, what to think; what to think…