Saturday, May 31, 2008

An Automated Mahjong Table, Very Cool

Water Fuel Again! Fantastic!

Burning Salt Water as a Fuel? Yeh! Cure Cancer? Still Working on it

Friday, May 30, 2008

T-Rex Blood Cells? Maybe! But No One Will Test For DNA

I understand that scientists want to take it slow so they don't get embarrassed, but come on! Grow some B...s! This discovery was made in 2005! The science community is too scared to find out if there is viable DNA! Full Story & Videos (Via Nova, Science Now)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Glow in the Dark Full Moon Lunar Cabinet

I have always liked glow-in-the-dark paint, but this innovating use of it, is beautiful.
Full Story (Via Inhabitat)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

10 Technolgies That Will Transform Your Life

Top ten lists are always cool. This set is right up our alley. They are: Digital Libraries, Gene and/or Stem Cell Therapy, Pervasive Wireless Internet, Mobile Robots, Better, Cheaper Solar Cells, Location-Based Computing, Desktop 3-D Printing, Moore's Law Upheld, Therapeutic Cloning, The Hydrogen Economy.
Full Story (Via LiveScience)

Green Chemistry Replaces Harmful Chemicals With Water

Prof. Arkadi Vigalok from the School of Chemistry at Tel Aviv University is trying to make the world a little greener by replacing solvents with water.
Full Story (Via AFTAU Via EurekAlert!)

Microsoft Windows 7 will Support Multi-Touch

It looks like the new Windows will come with multi-touch support. Microsoft says it will be available 3 years after Vista.
Full Story (Via Engadget)

High School Student has Found a Way to Decompose Plastic

A science fair project turned into a viable way to decompose plastic using two strains of bacteria (Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas). The process is scalable and cheap.
Full Story (Via Inhabitat)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Solar Cells with 'Avalanche Effect' Could Greatly Increase Solar Cell Output

TU Delft’s Prof. Laurens Siebbeles has shown the avalanche effect does occur, in lead selenide (PbSe) nanocrystals. This could increase power output by 44%.
Full Story (Via EurekAlert!)

Masdar to Build Underground Personal Transit

Using solar power to run the system, Masdar in Abu Dhabi will provide non-polluting transportation. With 1,500 stations through out the city no one will be more than 200 meters away from any point.
Full Story (Via Inhabitat)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Phoenix Lander Arrives Safe and Begins its Mission

Now that the Phoenix Lander has set down on the surface of Mars, we will soon know for certain about the water in the polar soil.
Full Story (Via MSNBC)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Strong Emotion Seems to be Key to Creativity After Playing Video Games

A new Penn State study shows that after playing video games, happy or sad people are most creative, while angry or relaxed people are not.
Full Story (Via EurekAlert!)

Wall Climbing Robots

This new class of robots could have a wide range of uses such as security, military, inspection, cleaning, and service applications. You go bot!
Full Story (Via SRI International Via Popular Science)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Living Computers, Bacterium Runs Programs

Billions of bacteria could act as a very powerful parallel computer. They can be made using less space and at a lower cost.
Full Story (Via Science Daily)

Light Up Your House With Dirt

A dirt fuel cell battery is a great idea. It may be impractical for most of the world, but for poverty ridden areas it could be a viable solution--very cool.
Full Story (Via Inhabitat)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Immune Attack, Free Video Game is Great Fun, and Great Learning Tool

Go to the site, download, play, learn. Full Story

(Via FAS Via EurekAlert!)

Tasmanian Tiger DNA Inserted into Mouse Cells Functions

Another good step has been achieved in the quest to bring back the Tasmanian tiger. Righting this man-caused extinction is a very cool thing.
Full Story (Via Science Daily)

Look Ma, No Bulbs!

New light-emitting glass plates provide a pleasant light, and have a life span of around 20 years. After they have ceased to function, 90% of it can be recycled.
Full Story (Via Inhabitat)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Terahertz Laser Paves the Way For New Imagining Devices

The new laser can see through paper, clothing, cardboard, plastic and many other materials, making it appealing as an imaging device. And, it does all this at room temperature.
Full Story (Via Science Daily)

Iridescent Brazilian Beetle May Hold the Secret to Photonic Crystals

Scientists at the University of Utah have discovered that the scales of a beetle are photonic crystals. If they can create silicon versions, it may clear the way for optical computers.
Full Story (Via EurekAlert!)

Titanium can Now be Made Cheaply; We Should See it Pop Up in New Places

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a new low-cost way of turning Titanium power into its metal form. This opens Titanium up to be put into products that, until now, have been cost prohibitive.
Full Story (Via Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Extreme Hybrid SUV gets 150 mpg and Pays Itself off in Savings

Costing $40,000, the Extreme SUV will play for itself in savings after 3-5 years. AFS Trinity says the vehicles should be commercially available in 2 to 3 years.
Full Story (Via Inhabitat)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Hole in a Japanese Lake

"Waterfall of Narcisse" by: Shiro Matsui

This is a very cool open-air art piece. More Info.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Recycled Dragons

Recycling old hubcaps is cool, green art is cool, Dragons are very cool.
Full Story Via Environmental Graffiti)

Sky Serpent Wind Generator, More Bang for the Buck

This is a very cool idea, and more efficient that the big tower wind turbines, and yes, that is a real photo.
Full Story (Via Environmental Graffiti)

BioWave Generates Energy Like Underwater Plants

The Australian firm BioPower Systems makes electricity by acting as a plant swaying in the ocean.
Full Story (Via Inhabitat)

Home Fabrication Unit For Around Two Grand


(Via Kim Komando's Site)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Wind Power for the Blimps!

This is a great idea, and it's very cool that they are really going to do it.
Full Story (Via Greentech Media Via Metaefficient Via Popular Science)


Reboot, Into a New futuristic Conceptual Home

No matter how much time has passed, we still go back to the Jetsons. The amazing part is so much has already come to pass.
Full Story (Via DezeenVia Bring Me Up)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Jet That You Strap to Your Back

The EXO-Wing is essentially a jet plane that you strap to your back. There is no information that it has ever flown, however, I bet the military ones have, and they are even more advanced than this one.
Full Story (Via Engadget, Via PR Web )

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Some Dark Matter Might Not Be So Dark

Scientists say there seems to be a spiderweb of matter that they might be able to see in the far-ultraviolet and X-ray radiation range.
Full Story (Via Space.com)

WiMax is Long Range Wireless Coming Nation-Wide by 2011

Hybrid Solar Cells with Nanowires Increases Efficiency

By spiking solar cells with nanowires, UCSD scientists have made, what might be, the most efficient thin-film solar cells yet.
Full Story (Via EurekAlert! Via UCSD Jacobs)

Ken Lee! (Mariah Carey's "Without You" in Bulgarian)

I know this is not science or technology, but it is cool--and just so damn funny!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Uni­ver­s­ity of Wisconsin-Madison Scientists Grow Nano-Trees

These beautiful structures are amazing. I think they are on the right track because self-assembly is how future nanotechnology is going to come into its own.
Full Story (Via World Science)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Solar Probe Planned For 2015

After 7 venus flybys and 7 years, the Solar Probe will sink into its orbit around the sun. Once there it must with­stand up to 2,600 de­grees Fahr­en­heit (1,400 Cel­sius).
Full Story (Via World Science)

Following Nature (as they should) Solar-powered Lilly Pads May Soon be Found on Scotland's Clyde River

ZM Architecture has plans to put solar cells in the shape of lilly pads up and down the Clyde River just outside of Glasgow Scotland, UK.
Full Story (Via Inhabitat)

Scientists Have Developed a Way to Make High Volume Reliable Nano Wires

This new technique should allow us to mass produce nano wires for photonic and electronic integrated circuits.
Full Story (Via EurekAlert!)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Artificial Photosynthesis Just Got Closer

Scientists at Berkeley Labs have identified what they think is a "Dimmer" switch in light harvesting proteins. Understanding this will make it much easier to make artificial systems.
Full Story (Via Berkeley Lab Research News)

Berkeley Labs has Made a New MRI Machine that is Faster and More Detailed

It holds the promise of, "....imaging the distribution of specific molecules on such targets as tumors in human subjects," says lead author Schröder, or even on individual cancer cells."
Full Story (Via EurekAlert!)

A Good Use for Fiber Optics

Bklyn Design "Fair" is happening today in Brooklyn, New York. If you live close enough it would probably be worth going.
Full Story (Via Inhabitat)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mice Stay Slim When Enzyme is Blocked

When enzyme CaMKK is blocked mice they eat less, lose weight and have better blood sugar control. They stayed slim regardless of whether they were on a low-fat or high-fat diet. Good news, people have the same enzyme. Hmmm? Full Story (Via Reuters)

Friday, May 9, 2008

10 High-Tech Health Breakthroughs for Your Body

Magnetic Brain Stimulation, Stem-Cell Scaffolding, Instant Diagnosis, Pre-emptive Strike Against Cancer, Implantable Nanowire, Superbug Zapper, Targeted Meds Delivery, Bloodstream Bot, "Wireless" EKG, and Nano cancer Fighters.
Full Story (Via Popular Mechanics)

Cold Plasma Needles Will Kill Bacteria

Dentists are looking forward to using this new way to clean out cavities and root canals.
Full Story (Via NewScientistTech)

"Bluefire" Supercomputer Arrives at The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

With a storage capacity of 150 terrabites and a peak speed of 76.4 teraflops, this is one super badass of a computer.
Full Story (Via TG Daily)

Genesis I & II are Orbiting Earth as Designed

What is really great about this story is that in 2011 they should have their first manned Module named Sundancer, which will be 42 feet long and 24 feet in diameter.
Full Story (Via Yahoo News)


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Hobe 3 Learns to cook a Ham and Cheese Omlete

Utah Teen Makes His Own Multi-Touch Screen

Bridger Maxwell has made the first multi-touch screen for MacOS. And, he tells you how to make one yourself for free.
Full Story (via TG Daily)

Solar "Cube" May Make Solar Power Competitive With Fossel Fuels

The company Sunrgi says they have a new solar that magnifies the sun's ray 2000 times, making it possible to produce electricity at 5 cents per kilowatt. Full Story at Inhabitat.


Sunrgi Solar Concentration Video video

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tesla: Coming to a Dealership Near You!

The Tesla electric cars just keep getting cooler and cooler. The first dealership is in Los Angeles.
Full Story

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Super Fluid, Fermionic Condensate

It has been suggested that fermionic condensates could be used as super conductors at room temperature. Full Story, Also a NASA article was very good.

Concept "Tipper" Dump Truck

This all wheel drive futuristic dump truck will be able to dump in all four directions--very cool.
Full Story & Slideshow

You Create the Caption

This is a fun sort of game to create a caption for a very cool picture. Click Here to play.

GLASEC (Great Lakes Aerospace Science and Education Center)

Sheboygan Wisconson is the site of the new GLASEC. Spaceport Sheboygan will host five days of space-oriented science classes May 5 to 9 for more than 800 children.
Full Story


Monday, May 5, 2008

Winner of Design Contest Could Provide Safe Water Remote Areas

Eric Olsen's winning design is a solar water disinfecting tarpaulin. After 5 hours in the sun the water is safe to drink. It holds 20 liters.
Full Story