Red-light-sensitive protein enables noninvasive neuron studies

July 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

MIT engineers have developed the first light-sensitive protein molecule that enables neurons to be silenced noninvasively. Using a light source outside the skull makes it possible to do long-term studies without an implanted light source.

more:Red-light-sensitive protein enables noninvasive neuron studies


Want a Cheap 2,000x Microscope? Just Fold This $0.50 Piece of Paper

July 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

It’s an ironic marker of the digital divide that sometimes what constitutes a technological breakthrough is in fact a return to the simplest technologies in order to bring the benefits of modern science to those in the developing world.

more:Want a Cheap 2,000x Microscope? Just Fold This $0.50 Piece of Paper


This super nifty one armed robot is better at ping pong than you

July 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

It’s no Forrest Gump but this moving one armed robot is plenty good at ping pong. And may be even better than you. Watch it extend its arm to cover ground, cycle through backhand and forehand shots and hit the ball so effortlessly that it seems like an invisible human is controlling it.

more:This super nifty one armed robot is better at ping pong than you


Out in the Open: This Farmbot Makes Growing Food as Easy as Playing Farmville

July 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

The world’s population is expected to grow from about 7 billion to over 9 billion by 2050. That’s means we’re going to need more food. A lot more food.

more:Out in the Open: This Farmbot Makes Growing Food as Easy as Playing Farmville


The Abyss Table by Christopher Duffy for Duffy London

July 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

The visuals on The Abyss Table are more than enough to make your jaw drop, which is no surprise given Duffy London’s history for clever, unforgettable designs.

more:The Abyss Table by Christopher Duffy for Duffy London


Evolution Door (by Klemens Torggler) beautiful… : Fresser.

February 8th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

but also, never mind the door. The sound of the footsteps on that particular wood, with those particular acoustics, with that particular stress to the floor underneath it … I knew immediately it was Germany, Berlin most likely.

more:Evolution Door (by Klemens Torggler) beautiful… : Fresser.


Listen to Strange Sounds Recorded in a Hole 5 Miles Deep

February 8th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

For more than 20 years, the world’s deepest hole could be found on Russia’s Kola peninsula, boring 40,000 feet down into the Earth’s crust.

more:Listen to Strange Sounds Recorded in a Hole 5 Miles Deep


E-whiskers: highly sensitive tactile sensors for robotics and other applications

February 8th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

Researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have created tactile sensors from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles similar to the highly sensitive whiskers of cats and rats.

more:E-whiskers: highly sensitive tactile sensors for robotics and other applications


Stools made of sand and urine by Peter Trimble

February 8th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

Edinburgh College of Art student Peter Trimble has built a portable machine for manufacturing furniture from sand, urine and bacteria (+ slideshow).

more:Stools made of sand and urine by Peter Trimble


A Weird Kind of Printer

December 20th, 2013 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

From a distance, it looks like the bare bones of a regular inkjet printer, but it’s not. Instead of an ink-head it features a needle — It’s kind of like a dot-matrix (hole-matrix?) printer.

more:A Weird Kind of Printer