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20 Aug 06:05

Discarded car batteries could become low-cost solar cells

by Mariella Moon
It's great that manufacturers recover lead from discarded car batteries to use in new ones, since lead production from ores yields toxic residues. The problem is, when we shift from lead-acid to lithium-ion and other types of batteries (and we're...
20 Aug 06:33

See-through solar panels provide power and a killer view

by Timothy J. Seppala
While we've seen some pretty big advancements (and even bigger installations) in solar-energy collection lately, unless you're looking for privacy, one of the biggest light-catchers -- windows -- have to go largely under-utilized. Researchers at...
18 Aug 09:00

Why product designs fail

by sharhalakis

by uaiHebert

20 Aug 01:31

Navy drone plays well with manned aircraft, caps it with a carrier landing

by Steve Dent
Cooper Griggs


The unmanned X-47B drone has proven itself carrier-capable, but can it fit into normal flight operations? The Navy aimed to find out recently in some joint maneuvers alongside an F/A-18 Super Hornet aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. The X-47B model...
19 Aug 22:55

Time Warner Cable is charging Netflix for a direct connection too

by Richard Lawler
Cooper Griggs

fuckity fuck fuck! This is so wrong!
Was watching Netflix the other night and it felt like TW was throttling it. Such bullshit!

Comcast, then Verizon, AT&T and now Time Warner Cable. That's the list of ISPs that have less-than-politely declined Netflix's free OpenConnect setup, and instead decided they'll take a payment from the streaming service in exchange for connecting...
19 Aug 20:50

'Antiselfie' app uses face tracking to ruin your best pout

by James Trew
The onward march of the selfie, there's no stopping it. Many people shudder at the slightest mention of the (now official) word. Others need only the flimsiest (and sometimes eyebrow-raising) reason to extend one arm and assume the duck face....
19 Aug 19:43

Dog Days Of Drag Racing

Dog Days Of Drag Racing

19 Aug 19:39

Fandango finalizes a truce with the FTC after exposing your movie ticket data

by Jon Fingas
Fandango slipped up in a big way between 2009 and 2013: its mobile apps would send your movie ticket purchases without a basic security measure, leaving credit card info and other data vulnerable to theft. However, the company is about to make amends...
19 Aug 17:12

Designer Marcel Dunger Creates Jewelry by Fusing Colorful Bio-Resin to Pieces of Broken Maple Wood

by Christopher Jobson

Designer Marcel Dunger Creates Jewelry by Fusing Colorful Bio Resin to Pieces of Broken Maple Wood wood resin jewelry fashion

Designer Marcel Dunger Creates Jewelry by Fusing Colorful Bio Resin to Pieces of Broken Maple Wood wood resin jewelry fashion

Designer Marcel Dunger Creates Jewelry by Fusing Colorful Bio Resin to Pieces of Broken Maple Wood wood resin jewelry fashion

Designer Marcel Dunger Creates Jewelry by Fusing Colorful Bio Resin to Pieces of Broken Maple Wood wood resin jewelry fashion

Designer Marcel Dunger Creates Jewelry by Fusing Colorful Bio Resin to Pieces of Broken Maple Wood wood resin jewelry fashion

Designer Marcel Dunger Creates Jewelry by Fusing Colorful Bio Resin to Pieces of Broken Maple Wood wood resin jewelry fashion

Designer Marcel Dunger Creates Jewelry by Fusing Colorful Bio Resin to Pieces of Broken Maple Wood wood resin jewelry fashion

Product designer Marcel Dunger conceived of this fascinating and elegent way of creating small rings, pendants, and earrings by “repairing” broken pieces of maple wood with colored bio-resins. The resin is first poured onto a larger piece of broken wood and after the hardening process the piece is then machined into pieces of jewelry.

We’ve seen so many different projects using resin lately from sculptures of aquatic life to hair ornaments, but what’s probably more interesting, as pointed out by The Fox is Black’s Bobby Solomon, is the trend of visibly incorporating repairs into new or improved objects. We’ve seen it with Japanese Kintsugi pieces, furniture created by fusing tree trunks with cast aluminum, and even another wood/resin combo resulting in glowing kitchen shelves. As far as turning waste products into functional objects, or extending the life of something broken, it’s a visually striking idea that will hopefully be incorporated by more artists and designers. You can see more of Dunger’s work in his online portfolio. (via The Fox is Black, Behance)

Update: Jewelry designer Britta Boeckmann creates a similar form of jewelry and has quite a few pieces available in her shop.

13 Aug 05:46


19 Aug 05:02

dog philosophy

by Ian

dog philosophy

19 Aug 15:36

Broadband is more important to Americans than cable

by Daniel Cooper
In the same way that WhatsApp has caused the number of text messages to fall, it looks as if cable is now less important than broadband in American homes. For the first time, the number of households that pay for a high speed internet connection has...
19 Aug 05:56


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19 Aug 03:56

Cincinnati residents will have access to gigabit internet

by Sean Buckley
Gigabit internet is still pretty hard to come by -- Google's Fiber widening rollout is ironically slow, and mainstream providers just don't offer it universally. Folks in southeast Ohio, at least, can rest easy: their own Cincinnati Bell is now...
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18 Aug 23:12

The 2015 Corvette has a video recording of everything the valet did in your car

by Chris Velazco
Cooper Griggs

LOL! It took this long?

The human body undergoes some weird physical changes when it hands the keys to a shiny new car to someone else; the pulse quickens, the throat dries out and the palms get unnaturally clammy. If that shiny new car happens to be a Corvette, though, the...
18 Aug 19:30

The government shouldn't regulate smartphone kill switches

by Brad Molen
Few things are worse than realizing your smartphone's been stolen. Your personal information is now in the hands of a dishonest soul, who can decide to either erase and sell the device or -- even worse -- do whatever they want with your contacts,...
18 Aug 20:04

Hospital network hackers nab personal info of 4.5 million US patients

by Billy Steele
Cooper Griggs

More good news... *sigh*

In April and June, one of the largest hospital networks in the US was hacked. Community Health Systems says that cyber attacks originating in China stole the personal details of 4.5 million patients including names, addresses, telephone numbers,...
18 Aug 12:30

neuromaencer: real time face tracking & projection...

by tnimplant
Cooper Griggs

via Matthew Koch


real time face tracking & projection mapping.

warmly recommended to all my followers! MUST WATCH

18 Aug 18:03

W E L L ※ F E D

by pixels
13 Aug 17:51

WATCH: 10-year-old blind kid from Quebec is a self-taught blues guitarist

by Mark Frauenfelder
Cooper Griggs

via Abdulaziz Alhamidi


18 Aug 11:48


Cooper Griggs

Magic derp
via David Pelaez
(like most of my reposts)

15 Aug 13:45

This Pill Can Stop HIV

by Breanna Draxler

Truvada Pills
The drug that could end the HIV pandemic is already here. Branded Truvada, this pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevents HIV infection by blocking the virus’s ability to replicate. “It’s a big deal,” says Robert Grant, a leading HIV/AIDS investigator at the University of California, San Francisco. “It’s an opportunity for uninfected people to proactively protect themselves.” 

Approximately 50,000 Americans will develop HIV this year. But since Truvada was approved as a PrEP in 2012, only 10,000 patients—or two percent of the 500,000 Americans identified as “high risk” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—have gotten a prescription for it.

Critics have vocalized concerns about side effects. “People have memories of what it was like to be treated with very high doses of drugs in the 1980s,” Grant says. “That lingers on even though HIV medication is much safer than it used to be.” In fact, Truvada has been used to help treat HIV for a decade. But, as with birth control in the 1960s, the concept of a pill regimen for safer sex was stigmatized, triggering a backlash against so-called “Truvada whores.”

So in May, the CDC laid out clear clinical guidelines: High-risk patients should take a daily pill and get an HIV test every three months. Truvada should supplement, not replace, condoms. Results from a 2012 trial showed that when participants took the pill every day, their risk of developing HIV was cut by 92 percent.

Some still balk at paying for preventative medication, though Truvada is covered by insurance. “Price is always an issue,” says Anthony S. Fauci, an immunologist at the National Institutes of Health. “But if you look at the cost of treatment when someone gets infected, it dwarfs the cost of prevention.” 

The next step is coming up with streamlined delivery methods, says Dawn Smith, an epidemiologist at the CDC. A weekly pill or monthly injection could minimize the hassle. And perhaps the stigma, too.

The History Of Safer Sex (The Short Version)

1939: Condoms, issued to soldiers in WWII, gain social ​acceptance.

1960: Oral birth control, a.k.a. “the pill,” hits the market.

1965: A landmark case expands access to contraceptives.

1981: The New York Times runs a story on “rare cancer” in homosexuals.

1984: Scientists identify human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

1993: Hollywood explores the homophobia surrounding HIV and AIDS in Philadelphia.

1994: AIDS becomes the number one cause of death for Americans 25 to 44.

1996: Time magazine names HIV/AIDS researcher David Ho its “Man of the Year.”

2004: Truvada gets FDA approval for treatment of HIV and AIDS.

2013: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launches a competition for a better condom.

2014: Pill-takers proudly wear #TruvadaWhore T-shirts.

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Popular Science.

18 Aug 09:05

supersonic electronic

by zach
18 Aug 09:33


by missellenlee
Cooper Griggs


18 Aug 13:20

Violinist fiddles with a smart bow to help his brain surgery

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs


It's common for brain surgery patients to stay awake. That's how surgeons know everything is going smoothly, after all. When concert violinist Roger Frisch started suffering from tremors that are only a problem when he's playing, however, Mayo Clinic...