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New BMW technology could see street lights turned into charging stations for electric cars. What do you think of the application for this technology? http://ow.ly/P4enQ
A new technology that allows electric car drivers to charge their vehicles directly from street lights has been showcased by the BMW Mini team at the annual Low Carbon Oxford Week event in the UK. Called 'Light and Charge', these prototype street...
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Well, would be great to be able to remediate nuclear waste into less harmful or even harmless isotopes
 
Cold fusion in Japan: Researchers seek method to clean nuclear waste - Nikkei Asian Review

'A group of scientists, led by Tohoku University professor Jirota Kasagi, a specialist in nuclear physics, are working to develop cold fusion technology using a small-scale system. Their research is aimed at extracting and utilizing thermal energy generated by turning radiation-free hydrogen into helium or changing radioactive substances that emit radiation for hundreds of thousands of years into radiation-free stable matter through nuclear transmutation.'

http://asia.nikkei.com/Tech-Science/Tech/Researchers-seek-method-to-clean-nuclear-waste?page=1
TOKYO -- Experts in Japan hope nuclear transmutation -- a technology which can be used to turn radioactive nuclear waste to safer substances -- can he
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I keep looking for the wire...hmmm
 
Magician and juggler Antoine Terrieux arranged identical hair dryers to a stable vortex that kept a paper airplane aloft continuously. ;)

Watch:
https://vimeo.com/123613550

#physics   #kinetic  
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"This woman was a genius; she made a game out of meditating," says Collins. "She took a group of highly energized 6-year-olds to a relaxed place so that our minds were clear from distractions and we could soak up all that she wanted to teach us."
 
MEDITATION TECHNIQUES FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE MEDITATION
When actor and comedian  Wali Collins  was in first grade, his teacher, Miss Dunn, would lead the class in a group meditation—except that none of the 6-year-olds realized that’s what she was doing. Having everyone close their eyes, Miss Dunn would ask the c...
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Moving in the right direction - higher power output rating yet at same cost
 
Tesla announced that its line of home Powerwall batteries will be upgraded to more than double their initial output, while the price remains the same.
CEO said installation of the Powerwall battery should cost about $500
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Pretty interesting me thinks - what exist in nature seems to be an inexhaustible source of engineering inspiration of human technology
 
Why Do Seahorses Have Square Tails?    
Seahorse tails are peculiar appendages. Unlike those of most animals, the cross-section of a seahorse tail is shaped like a square prism rather than the usual cylinder. Further increasing their mystique, seahorses do not use their tails for swimming, as other fish do, but rather as giant fingers used for anchoring on coral or snatching up tasty shrimp that stray too near.

The seahorse tail is so idiosyncratic that it might be an asset for the field of robotics. American and Belgian researchers are turning to the odd extremity for clues about how to better design flexible but strong grasping devices. As they report in Science, seahorse-inspired creations could find applications in search-  and -rescue missions, industry, medicine and more. 

In order to figure out why the seahorse tail is square while so many other animal’s tails are round (rats, lizards, monkeys, cats, etc.), scientists printed out 3D replicas of the square tails and similarly sized round tails.

The researchers ran experiments on both models in which they applied various degrees of crushing and distorting pressure. They found that while the cylindrical tail gets smooshed and damaged if enough force is applied, the square tail flattens out by allowing its bony plates to slide past each other, deflecting damage away from the vertebral column and giving it the ability to absorb more energy before it is broken.

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http://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6243/aaa6683.abstract

Full article: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-seahorses-have-square-tails-180955802/#LgoBAjJk8vgRWJQ4.99

Images via Wikipedia Commons and Smithsonian Magazine.
illustrations: Michael Porter, Clemson Univ.

#biodiversity   #research   #seahorse   #3dprinting  
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A kind of distributed, rule-based cognition
 
Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants | Quanta Magazine

'The biologist Deborah Gordon has uncovered how ant colonies search efficiently without central organization, an insight that might improve computer networks.'

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150625-decoding-the-remarkable-algorithms-of-ants/

Ants Build Complex Structures With a Few Simple Rules | Quanta Magazine

'The Remarkable Self-Organization of Ants'

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20140409-the-remarkable-self-organization-of-ants/
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Yep, especially the bit about anomalous outer experiences
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Hang in there to the end and hear about the Landfill Harmonic organization and its origin:
 
Merci tres cher.. c'est magique.. ☆☆☆☆☆
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Maker-hacked tortoise racing - the hare really better watch out now!
 
We can improve him. We have the technology.
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Was at a Docker meet up in Seattle a few months back and 3folks from Microsoft were there to talk about Docker containers for Windows and do a demo using Docker to deploy ASP.NET 5.0 to a Docker container on Linux and run a demo app with it.

Afterwards I chatted with the Windows Docker rep - I believe I recall he was a PM for that. I lobbied for a few things and ssh support in Windows out of the box was my number one item.

The cloud and server culture is dominated by Linux/unix and I said that ssh is this culture's predominate way of interacting with servers for deployment orchestration, etc. its easy to set up certificate authentication and not have to use passwords for automated deployment. I said it would be very irksome if deployment activities to Windows Docker containers would have to completely shift gears and do something completely different to securely interact with Windows servers.

Maybe he/they listened. :-)
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What's funny is that my buddy +Patrick O'Neill​ knows Angel Calvo from way back in 1994 when they worked together on some contacts together. Awesome to see this finally coming to fruition.
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Experiments vindicating quantum physics indicate that consciousness is more fundamental than matter/energy. Now trying to figure out where all that leads to - the science/spiritual pursuit of the 21st century.
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Interested in esoteric subjects of any variety but especially alternative history and latest musings on nature of reality
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Cracked the code (as in how they relate and what they jointly say) of Sir Ridley Scott's three films: Alien, Blade Runner, Prometheus. I have 3 articles and a podcast on this subject.
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