Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater

Using specially synthesized crystalline materials, scientists from the University of Southern Denmark have created a substance that is able to absorb and store oxygen in such high concentrations that just one bucketful is enough to remove all of the oxygen in a room. The substance is also able to release the stored oxygen in a controlled manner when it is needed, so just a few grains could replace the need for divers to carry bulky scuba tanks.

Read the full article at Gizmag

Animals that accidentally saw one of us naked …

Re-blogged from and more pictures at EatLiver.com

Will the real “SERENITY” from Firefly please stand up?
Is it made from/with … (top to bottom) LEGO, gingerbread, duct tape, plastic (professional model costing $3500), LEGO, gingerbread or is it a keyring, cake, tattoo, toy car?

Will the real “SERENITY” from Firefly please stand up?

Is it made from/with … (top to bottom) LEGO, gingerbread, duct tape, plastic (professional model costing $3500), LEGO, gingerbread or is it a keyring, cake, tattoo, toy car?

Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski depicts how Facebook feels for many users in 2014. The social network, now a decade old has become ubiquitous in our daily lives.

Re-blogged from Gizmodo

Robot Uprising Begins?
The International Space Station has a cannon that launches tiny CubeSat microsatellites into orbit. Most of the time, those launches are triggered by human scientists on board or back on Earth. But this week, the ISS launched two CubeSats entirely on its own. 
More at Gizmodo, or at Discovery News

Robot Uprising Begins?

The International Space Station has a cannon that launches tiny CubeSat microsatellites into orbit. Most of the time, those launches are triggered by human scientists on board or back on Earth. But this week, the ISS launched two CubeSats entirely on its own.

More at Gizmodo, or at Discovery News

First ever brain-to-brain communication
A human test subject in India has emailed the messages “hola” and “ciao” to three other people in France.
Doesn’t sound too impressive? Well, in this case the words were composed and interpreted using only the brain … along with some high-tech help.At a lab in India, the sender started by translating the letters of the words into a type of binary code, and then entering that code into a computer. The latter was achieved using a brain-computer interface in which an EEG cap measured the electrical activity in their brain. It did so as they performed a mental exercise in which they had to select the 1’s and 0’s that made up the binary-coded letters, in their proper sequence.That sequence was then emailed to a lab in France. There, a robotic device used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to non-invasively transmit the numbers into the brains of the other three people.Depending on whether it was relaying a 1 or a 0, it would stimulate their brain using either one intensity of electromagnetic pulse, or another. This in turn caused the test subjects to either see a phosphene (a flash of light) in their peripheral vision, or not see one – if they saw a flash, they knew it meant 1, while no flash meant 2. By translating that sequence of numbers back into text, they could figure out what the two words were.Although it may have been a lot easier to just use a keyboard and type the words, the researchers are excited about what the experiment represents."By using advanced precision neuro-technologies including wireless EEG and robotized TMS, we were able to directly and noninvasively transmit a thought from one person to another, without them having to speak or write," said Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. "We believe these experiments represent an important first step in exploring the feasibility of complementing or bypassing traditional language-based or motor-based communication."
Text by Ben Coxworth, re-blogged from and copyright © by GizMag and the author. Graphic re-blogged from and copyright © by their source Plos|One.

First ever brain-to-brain communication

A human test subject in India has emailed the messages “hola” and “ciao” to three other people in France.

Doesn’t sound too impressive? Well, in this case the words were composed and interpreted using only the brain … along with some high-tech help.
At a lab in India, the sender started by translating the letters of the words into a type of binary code, and then entering that code into a computer. The latter was achieved using a brain-computer interface in which an EEG cap measured the electrical activity in their brain. It did so as they performed a mental exercise in which they had to select the 1’s and 0’s that made up the binary-coded letters, in their proper sequence.
That sequence was then emailed to a lab in France. There, a robotic device used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to non-invasively transmit the numbers into the brains of the other three people.
Depending on whether it was relaying a 1 or a 0, it would stimulate their brain using either one intensity of electromagnetic pulse, or another. This in turn caused the test subjects to either see a phosphene (a flash of light) in their peripheral vision, or not see one – if they saw a flash, they knew it meant 1, while no flash meant 2. By translating that sequence of numbers back into text, they could figure out what the two words were.
Although it may have been a lot easier to just use a keyboard and type the words, the researchers are excited about what the experiment represents.
"By using advanced precision neuro-technologies including wireless EEG and robotized TMS, we were able to directly and noninvasively transmit a thought from one person to another, without them having to speak or write," said Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. "We believe these experiments represent an important first step in exploring the feasibility of complementing or bypassing traditional language-based or motor-based communication."

Text by Ben Coxworth, re-blogged from and copyright © by GizMag and the author. Graphic re-blogged from and copyright © by their source Plos|One.

Advert from 1952 for the ‘Elecom 110 General Purpose Digital Computer’ which operated at 12Mhz, had roughly 2K of memory and each tape held around 360K. The price of $ 62,500 would be about about $ 540,000 in today’s money. But it did come with a free typewriter.

Advert from 1952 for the ‘Elecom 110 General Purpose Digital Computer’ which operated at 12Mhz, had roughly 2K of memory and each tape held around 360K. The price of $ 62,500 would be about about $ 540,000 in today’s money. But it did come with a free typewriter.

Deliberately inconvenient everyday objects

The Uncomfortable is a collection designed by Athens based architect Katerina Kamprani.

Re-blogged from the wonderful Twisted Sifter

Micro-art by the amazing Hasan Kale from Turkey.

Fantasy steampunk contraptions made entirely from cardboard (and glue) by Daniel Agdag: “The Captain” (top), “The Seventy-Eight” (bottom)

Re-blogged from the always amazing WIRED magazine.

Eric Standley, an associate professor of studio art at Virginia Tech, is an artist who creates 3D laser cut paper art.

Standley’s stacked paper sculptures can take up to six months to plan. Many of his artworks involve more than 100 sheets of stacked paper, every layer a meticulously drawn vector design. The ‘paper architect’ must account for structural elements, overlaps, curves and unsupported arches.

Once satisfied with his design, Standley uploads his complex vector drawings to a laser-cutting machine. The cutting process itself can take up to 60 hours to complete.



[via TwistedSifter and MAKE Magazine] the artists’s website

Not your everyday balloon poodle … Jason Seconda’work is a little more elaborate; this piece uses 15,000 inflatables.

Not your everyday balloon poodle … Jason Seconda’work is a little more elaborate; this piece uses 15,000 inflatables.

… and that’s why I play guitar every day.

The Writer’s Retreat by Grant Snider. Re-blogged from the author’s site, the drawing appears in the NY Times Book Review on 20 July 2014.

The Writer’s Retreat by Grant Snider. Re-blogged from the author’s site, the drawing appears in the NY Times Book Review on 20 July 2014.