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Non-stick nanotech for everyone!

Ultra-Ever Dry. LiquiGlide. Two non-stick coatings use nanotechnology to make short work of common frustrations. The names say it all, but to really believe it, you need to watch the demo videos. The mercury-like look of water beading up and… Continue reading

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Barefoot College, India

Bunker Roy’s Barefoot College has one main purpose: to bring rural villages out of poverty by training women (preferably illiterate grandmothers) new skills for economic and environmental sustainability. The women arrive with no formal education and return home six months… Continue reading

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The quick list: playing catch-up

Long stretch since the last post… For expediency’s sake, a quick list of articles worth reading (most recent on the top). SCIENCE >> National Geographic: The Bite that Heals. Scientists are unlocking the medical potential of venom / Jennifer S.… Continue reading

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The new training for robotic surgery

Note to gamers: all those hours of training your visual motor skills with a joystick could make you a fine candidate for robotic surgeon. >> via ArsTechnica / WIRED UK: Gamers prove equal to surgeons in operating robotic surgery tools… Continue reading

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I want: Shine activity tracker by Misfit

I wanted a Nike Fuelband until I saw this: Shine activity tracker by Misfit Wearables, a company headed by Apple collaborators / ex-employees. + Waterproof, can swim with it + Clean, simple lines, low-key design + Compact and light +… Continue reading

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The grouch guide

>> How to be a Grouch by Oscar the Grouch By the way, Oscar the Grouch is 43 years old… not that it’s his birthday, but this is according to Carroll Spinney who was Oscar’s voice and puppetmaster (as well… Continue reading

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The role of fire in evolution

Interesting article on the effect of raw versus cooked food on the brain. For all you people on raw food diets, think twice! >> WIRED: Raw food not enought to feed big brains / Ann Gibbons

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The power of kittens on productivity

Science says looking at pictures of kittens boosts productivity. >> The Atlantic: Why Cute Kitten Pictures Really Do Make You More Productive at Work / Derek Thompson ELEKTROKATZE is here to offer support…

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The dissolving medical implants: planned obsolescence for good

Real-life science. More incredible than the stuff of sci-fi thrillers. >> Discover Magazine: Dissolving electronics – medical sensors that disintegrate after a fixed time / Ed Yong

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The training glove: better than steroids

Stanford University biologists H. Craig Heller and Dennis Grahn have created a glove which quickly cools down body temperature and speeds up the recovery time of muscle fatigue. Using the glove, the test subject went from “doing 180 pull-ups total… Continue reading

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The wet dog shake: 70% dry in 4 seconds

Interesting article from The Atlantic about how and why mammals shake themselves dry. Dogs, mice, elephants – all shake to remove moisture from their bodies for survival. Back in 2010, three researchers from Georgia Tech – Andrew Dickerson, Zachary Mills,… Continue reading

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The “it’s impossible” challenge

Two stories, both bicycle-related, where inventors were told by various naysayers that what they wanted to do was impossible: Hövding the invisible bicycle helmet by Swedish industrial designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin Seven years in the making, it was… Continue reading

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The Internet done good!

Ten years of digital photos sitting on hard drives in the apartment, roughly archived and rarely looked at… With last week’s big anniversary, the idea of putting together a mini-retrospective has been on my mind, but the effort required to… Continue reading

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The effect of gravity on a Slinky

If you loved watching the Slinky walk down the stairs as a kid, watch this crazy video on what else the Slinky does and why.

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