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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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3Doodler: pen that lets you draw in 3D

3D printers bring computer renderings to life. Now there’s a 3D pen called “3Doodler” that can do the same for your sketches. No computer needed! >> 3Doodler Kickstarter campaign It reminds me of Sketch Furniture by the Swedish design studio… 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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Mutton dressed as lamb? Fashion and ageism in Silicon Valley

Older and highly experienced job candidates in the tech industry find themselves in the opposite situation of what fresh grads have faced in the past. Where 20-somethings made themselves over in business wear and sensible shoes to signal maturity, 40-somethings-plus… Continue reading

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The public service announcement: Dumb Ways to Die

A 3-minute public service announcement video for Metro Trains Melbourne. The endearingly silly cute graphics and sticky indie folk sound made me watch it immediately a second time. An effective and unexpected take on the standard warnings which makes the… Continue reading

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The answer to “Why blog?”

>> Seth Godin

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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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The 5¢ Coke

From 1886 up to about 1959 – over 70 years! – the price of Coke was just 5¢. At the start, Coke was sold as syrup to soda fountains. Bottled drinks were an unproven newfangled idea, and Coca-Cola’s president didn’t… 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 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 elegant way to separate eggs

Surprisingly clean and simple. Fast too. Watch the video, then compare with this other tutorial…

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The spending patterns of US households: fibbing infographics

A snippet about household budgets… At a glance, everyone’s roughly in the same boat with spending patterns for food, housing, education, retirement etc. with low, middle and high income households. Percentage-wise they’re similar, but do the math and you’ll see… Continue reading

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