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This is one of the best solar ideas I have seen in years, and extremely easy to implement. Nanopatterning solar cell surfaces is one of those ideas that is obvious in retrospect. Easy efficiency improvement to 40%. Good stuff.
 
"This one’s a bit crazy, but stick with me. Blu-ray discs, like CDs and DVDs before them, consist of a thin layer — or layers — of recording medium sandwiched between two bits of plastic. Data is stored on this medium in a series of pits — small indentations — that are about 75nm long. To read the data, a laser is bounced off the recording medium — where the medium is smooth and untouched (usually referred to as islands), the laser light bounces straight back into a sensor; where the pits are, the laser is reflected differently. Thus, binary data can be stored and read."
Researchers at Northwestern University have used Blu-ray discs -- of Jackie Chan's Police Story 3: Supercop, to be exact -- to increase the efficiency of solar panels by 22%.
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Speaking of mushrooms, its really a lot easier to do small scale cultivation than most folks think, and fresh homegrown mushrooms are almost as awesome as wild mushrooms. The fact that sensor technology is so cheap these days is one reason why it keeps getting easier to properly do things that used to be difficult.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Personal-Mushroom-Farm/
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Hi, I've tried many ways to grow mushrooms at my house with no success. I tried a green garden, dark room and sunny area. I have capped the mushroom and planted the stems. Any advise?
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So I have been tracking these guys for a while, they are doing some very cool things with wind power on the small end of the generation spectrum. One of the biggest problems with small wind turbines is noise - this design deals with noise, wide input range, efficiency, etc quite elegantly. And, more importantly, you should be able to buy their base model as of July 1st. It does run 4k EU, but that is actually pretty reasonable for a 1.5kw commercial wind turbine.

http://dearchimedes.com/

Spec Sheet for Liam F1:
http://dearchimedes.com/pdf/Spec_Sheet_Liam_F1_UWT_UK.pdf
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Pretty cool, I bet you could 3d print one of these in sections ...
 
Screwy-looking wind turbine makes little noise and a big claim
Although it's getting increasingly common to see solar panels on the roofs of homes, household wind turbines are still a fairly rare sight. If Rotterdam-based tech firm The Archimedes has its way, however, that will soon change. Today the company officially introduced its Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine, which is said to have an energy yield that is "80 percent of the maximum that is theoretically feasible." That's quite the assertion, given that most conventional wind turbines average around 25 to 50 percent.

http://www.gizmag.com/the-archimedes-liam-f1-urban-wind-turbine/32263/
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Turns out that there is a Russian Winnie the Pooh, and he is awesome. And a proponent of existentialism, apparently ...

Winnie Pooh, p.1 (rus.+eng. subs)
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And I am curiously ok with that. ;-) The voices are pretty cool too, even if I don't speak Russian ...
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More accumulating evidence on the degree to which your micro flora and fauna affect brain function in humans and other mammals. Pretty interesting stuff ... ;-)

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140221-can-gut-bugs-make-you-smarter
The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower?
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This is a pretty cool gardening infographic. In particular, the companion planting part is interesting ... I knew some of this but not all of it.

http://www.best-infographics.com/vegetable-growing-cheat-sheet-visual/
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This is a pretty cool free mobile app - the sort of thing that really brings home the brave new world we live in. I just wish I could find one targeting west coast north america, and maybe a good wild mushroom one....

http://www.inexhibit.com/marker/leafsnap-uk-tree-identification-app/
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I really enjoyed this list, applies to many areas of technical endeavor. Pretty sure I originally got my hands on it via +Winchell Chung but I have been wrong before. ;-)

http://spacecraft.ssl.umd.edu/akins_laws.html 
Home. 1. Engineering is done with numbers. Analysis without numbers is only an opinion. 2. To design a spacecraft right takes an infinite amount of effort. This is why it's a good idea to design them to operate when some things are wrong . 3. Design is an iterative process.
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I have been meaning to post a link to the most recent Hameroff paper summarizing the current state of research into quantum consciousness for a while. I did a bunch of applied neurosci stuff quite a while back, and very early on it began to seem at least plausible that there are some underlying quantum based components - electrical and chemical neural complexity, while extremely impressive, just do not appear sufficiently complex to completely explain brain/mind computational complexity. And microtubules are an extremely interesting candidate for an underlying mechanism.

http://www.quantumconsciousness.org/penrose-hameroff/quantumcomputation.html
Quantum computation in brain microtubules? The Penrose-Hameroff "Orch OR" model of consciousness. I. Quantum computation and consciousness. Proposals for quantum computation rely on superposed states implementing multiple computations simultaneously, in parallel, according to quantum linear ...
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While it's clear that quantum mechanics controls the microscopic dynamics of the signals in the brain cells,  the statement that this dynamics necessarily implies quantum information processing at the collective level we could call ``consciousness'' requires more. For,  in an ``ordinary'' computer,  the transistors do work using quantum processes, nevertheless the description of information processing by a computer can be done--and is done--using classical bits, bytes and words and classical gates and Turing machines can describe the information processing and computability of computers using classical notions. It is, indeed, an active research field to understand how entangled states can affect information processing.
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This is an excellent idea. If they make it into production I am most definitely interested!
 
Once these are out, This will have to be my tablet of choice
Earl - Crowdfunded Backcountry Survival Tablet. Topo Maps. Weather Station. Walkie Talkie. Emergency Radio.
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How did I not know about this? Collaborative, online LaTex editor. Now open source so you can run your own secure server. Pretty cool.

Main Site:
https://www.sharelatex.com/

Open Source GitHub repo:
https://github.com/sharelatex/sharelatex
Online LaTeX editor for collaborative editing, great for Maths or Sciences. You don't need to install LaTeX so it's great for beginners too.
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This is awesome.  Thanks for the link.
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