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Thursday, 24 Dec, 2009

Technology

Latest Invention: New Li-ion Storage Battery for House Use from Panasonic

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After Panasonic managed to buy over 50 percent shares of Sanyo, one of its main goals became to start marketing lithium-ion storage cell that would be used at home. It is worth mentioning that the tech giant has already carried out trials of its new storage battery for home use.

Panasonic's latest invention is able to collect enough energy to power your home for a whole week. The new storage battery will gather surplus of renewable energy and then use this electricity to power a house when power is not being produced. The company's latest invention is expected to hit the stores in 2011, informs Physorg.com.

Today Panasonic is the second-largest tech company in the land of the rising sun, with its main rival being Hitachi, Ltd. The company's combined sales are expected to hit the 8.66 trillion yen mark by the end of the business year, which ends in March.


Thursday, 24 Dec, 2009

Environment

Artist Turns Wind Turbine Into World's Biggest Christmas Star

The most important feature of a Christmas tree is the star and here we have the largest star in the world developed by Siemens in collaboration with Michael Pendry, an artist from Munich. The star is composed of 9,000 LED lights that create a magic atmosphere by spinning and illuminating during the night.

It is worth mentioning that the amount of energy it uses is equal to that of a hairdryer. For 12 months Siemens has been working on the revolving star, which today can be observed in Munich. The environmentally-friendly illumination of the Christmas Star is equal to the lighting of 20,000 candles.

The German artist asked Siemens and the Stadtwerke Munchen (Munich City Utilities) to allow him to mount his creation on wind turbines. Now, each blade of the wind turbine, measuring 30 meters, is enriched with 3,000 LED lights.

The Christmas Star will shine above Munich until January 6, the Day of Ephiphany. Visitors and local citizens can observe the star between 4:30 p.m. and 0:00 and between 4:53 a.m. ad 8 a.m.



Wednesday, 23 Dec, 2009

Technology

Latest Invention: Motorized Knee That Allows Running Faster Using Less Muscle Power

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The latest invention of researchers from the Tsukuba University in Japan is a motorized knee that a person can attach on his or her knee and be able to run faster. At the same time the motorized knee does not increase muscle power.

The device comes with a kit weighting five kilograms. Part of the kit straps to the wearer's leg and another part (which includes the battery and the control unit) the person wears as a backpack. It is worth mentioning that the latest invention of the Japanese scientists is not meant to help people with physical disabilities. Its main goal is to support the contract of the knee for those who look forward to make their running more efficient.

Using the motorized knee, the wearer can run at an approximate speed of 7.5km/h while using 30 percent less muscle power compared to when he or she does not wear the device. According to researchers, today there is a niche for their latest invention on the market and is expected to hit the stores by 2012.

The small motor incorporated in the device allows the knee to flex. The built-in sensor identifies the degree of flexing. In addition, the device features a safety lever, informs CrunchGear. This latest invention could be helpful for people who are recovering from knee surgery, but scientists did not mention anything regarding the usage of their device for various medical purposes.

Researchers from Tsukuba University were also the authors of the famous Robot Suit HAL, (Hybrid Assistive Limb) that makes it possible for people, who became paralyzed as a result of accident, learn to walk again.
Wednesday, 23 Dec, 2009

Science

Latest Invention: 3D Bio-printer that Can Fabricate Human Tissue and Organs

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Australian engineers from Invetech, a company with headquarters in Melbourne, and Organovo, a firm based in San Diego, California, developed a 3D bio-printer that can prove to be very useful in creating organs for those who need them.

At this time, one of their most useful inventions can grow blood vessels. It is expected that in 5 years the arteries printed by the device could be used by surgeons when they perform open heart surgeries. The companies believe that more sophisticated organs could be developed by 2020.

To be able to print organs researchers need to place specific cells into a preferred 3D shape. There are two print heads in the bio-printer. One pin heads is where human cells are placed, while the other is used for placing a hydrogel, scaffold or support matrix.

By making use of a laser-based calibration system controlled by a computer, the device registers precision within microns. Before starting printing, the printer uses special software to build the tissue in 3D on the screen, informs SmartPlanet. Both Invetech and Organovo look forward to make their latest invention available for different research organizations that carry out studies on human tissue repair and organ replacement.


Wednesday, 23 Dec, 2009

Health & Fitness

Latest Invention: Contact Lenses That Change Color to Inform Diabetics About Blood Sugar Levels

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People suffering from diabetes regularly have to check their blood sugar levels, meaning they are bound to repeatedly draw and check blood. However, recently a biochemical engineer from the University of Western Ontario came up with probably one of the most useful inventions for diabetics.

Hydrogen contact lenses provide a non-invasive way of checking the level of glucose by changing colors each time the level of sugar in blood increases or lowers. This is possible thanks to nanoparticles implanted in the lenses. These particles come into contact with glucose molecules found in human tears, informs the Institute of Nanotechnology. As a result of chemical reaction, the lenses change their color, warning the person about the sugar levels.

For one of his most useful inventions Professor Jin Zhang used the money he earned from the Canada Foundation for Innovation that offered $216,000 for Zhang's breakthrough method of developing other different uses for multifunctional nanocomposites. The latter can be used in a variety of fields including biomedicine and food preservation, for example.


Wednesday, 23 Dec, 2009

Technology

Audi A8 to Feature Google Data Services

Recently Audi announced that its A8 car will soon include a brand new feature - its vehicle will benefit from Google information services.

The car will be able to obtain data from the net by making use of a built-in GPRS/EDGE modem in the MMI navigation plus module. Anyone driving the A8 will have the possibility to perform online searches through free text searches results like "hotel."

The search queries will be instantly displayed on the onboard map and which can be used as destinations that would help the driver estimate the appropriate route.

It will also be possible to plan the route by making use of the Audi web portal at home or workplace, and upload them while in the car. By the middle of 2010, Audi looks forward to launch UMTS modem that will have a number of advantages: it will provide faster transfer of information and incorporate Google Earth within the 8-inch LCD screen.

At the beginning of January, the company will present the new features at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


Tuesday, 22 Dec, 2009

Environment

Huge Tropical Garden to Be Built in Singapore

Gardens by the Bay is a project commissioned by the National Parks Board of Singapore. Designed by the Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter, the garden is expected to become the largest in the country.

It extends over an area of 101 hectares and is meant to become a component feature of the Marina Bay resort. It includes a "Cool Moist" biome and a "Cool Dry" biome. Visitors will be able to witness various plants and flowers that usually grow in the Tropical Montane and Mediterranean environments respectively.

In addition to the beautiful plants, the garden will include tall, constructions that resemble trees and which will play the role of vertical gardens. These structures will be between 30 and 55 meters high. These are bounded by epiphytes and flowers to create scenery similar to the tropical environment, reports WorldArchitectureNews. They will also beautify the garden at night with illumination and projected media.

The opening of the garden (part of the first phase) is expected to take place in 2011. The second phase will involve the opening of water gardens with terraces, a Boat House Piazza and an education center.



Tuesday, 22 Dec, 2009

Technology

Mountain-resembling Biomass Power Plant to Be Built in UK

The design of a brand new biomass power plant has recently been unveiled by a design firm from London. Thomas Heatherwick decided to design a plant that would be covered in native grass and would emit much less carbon emissions than coal or gas fired plants.

It is expected that the 49.3MW power plant will replace the older plants in the region. Located on the banks of the River Tees, the plant will represent a man-made mountain that will be partially covered in real plants.

It is worth mentioning that the new power plant will be powered by palm kernel shells. The latter represent the byproducts that gather at palm oil plantations. The designer firm claims that the plant will cut the level of carbon emission by about 80 percent if compared to other power stations.

Palm kernel shells are believed to represent a renewable fuel, informs Dezeen. The transportation of palm kernel shells will take place by boat. The power generated by the plant will be enough to provide electricity to 50,000 homes, while keeping the environment much cleaner. Inside the plant the design company decided to offer spaces for offices, a visitors' center and even an education resource center for green energy. The structure will surely attract the attention of investors and serve as motivation for the development of new eco-friendly technologies.



Tuesday, 22 Dec, 2009

Environment

Dogs and Cats Pollute More Than Vehicles?

Scientists claim that dogs and cats pollute the environment more than vehicles. In a report, recently published in the journal New Scientist, researchers from New Zealand calculated that each year a medium-sized dog consumes in average 164 pounds of meat and 95 pounds of grain. The environmental footprint from the production of meat and grain is equivalent to an area of 0.84 hectares.

The reports adds that a 4x4 car that crosses 10,000 kilometers each year has an impact on the environment that corresponds to 0.41 hectares, which is 2 times less than the dog. To put it simple, Roland Sarda-Esteve, who works as an engineer at the Laboratory Science of Climate and the Environment, said: "When you have an animal or an object, there is necessarily a price and a carbon footprint."

The report raised a number of disagreements, mainly from pet advocates, who claim that researchers are giving a false picture. According to Huttin Reha, president of the 30 Million Friends Foundation, says that scientists are just playing with numbers. She also expresses her worries regarding the fact that the results of the report could lead to the imposition of certain rules that would limit the size of pets. While the debates continue, one thing remains clear - it is us, humans, who are to blame for the environmental problems and pets really have to do very little with it.


Tuesday, 22 Dec, 2009

Environment

Climate Dress Informs About Greenhouse Gas in the Air

Diffus, a design company from Denmark, has recently presented its Climate Dress that features hundreds of LEDs. Using carbon dioxide detector, each LED on the dress reacts to carbon dioxide in the air.

The new dress is powered by an Arduino Lilypad microprocessor. To be able to convey the data to hand-stitched lights, the dress makes use of conductive embroidery.

The technology makes some LEDs register slow pulses while other show rapid flashes, depending on the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

It is worth mentioning that the Climate Dress was for the first time presented at the Bright Green Expo that took place in Copenhagen.

The goal of the dress is quite obvious - to make people aware about the environmental problems.

Michel Guglielmi and Hanne Louise Johannesen of Diffus say: "Different light patterns are staged as dramatic 'micro events' embedded into clothes."





Monday, 21 Dec, 2009

Technology

Futuristic Truck for Safe Transportation of Necessary Supplies

This Aid Necessities Transporter (A.N.T.) was designed by Brian Lee. The vehicle is meant to safely transport food, water, medical equipment and housing items through any type of terrain.

The biggest advantage of the A.N.T. is that it can transport supplies 10 to 50 times its own weight. Being developed for the United Nations, the vehicle features two modes: transport and rapid. When the driver selects the transport mode, the A.N.T. will be able to carry somewhat less cargo compared to conventional trucks, but at a higher speed.

The rapid mode, allows the vehicle to spin its front wheel 90 degrees downward, which gives the transporter the ability to return faster for more supplies. It is worth mentioning that each wheel is powered independently. The vehicle can transport a special housing unit that can easily expand by rotating the side panels.

Within the temporary unit one can find medical supplies, food, and water. It is also equipped with generators that provide clean water and energy. Only one person can use the cabin of the A.N.T.




Monday, 21 Dec, 2009

Technology

Arctic Mobile Unit Uses Solar Power to Keep Arctic Researchers Warm

If you want to stay for at least a few days in the North Pole you have to have special equipment. A very useful device would be the arctic mobile unit, designed by Andrey Bondarenko from 2-B-2 Architecture.

The unit features a 5-kilowatt power generator that produces electricity for a snow melter and a solar battery that makes it possible for the unit to maintain warmth for 15 days, being able to function at temperatures between -40 and +10C. The device can also resist severe winds of up to 85 km/hour (50 mph).

The main goal of the unit is to keep scientists warm during their work in harsh Arctic conditions. It is worth mentioning that the arctic mobile unit represents a construction made using a steel frame, carbon panels and thermo-insulating membranes. Inside, researchers can benefit from a washroom, work/rest area and kitchen.

The unit is quite compact and can be easily transported. It can take a form measuring 2000 x 1600 x 2300 mm.





Monday, 21 Dec, 2009

Offbeat

Chinese Designers Present Christmas Tree Built from 1,000 Beer Bottles

With a continuously increasing debates regarding climate change, especially when Christmas is almost knocking at the door, more environmentalist attempt to promote artificial Christmas trees, but designers from China decided to take the green theme even further - they managed to create a huge Christmas tree from 1,000 beer bottles.

Those wishing to observe the odd creation should visit the Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China. Despite the fact that the whole tree is made of green bottles, the structure is not really environmentally friendly. This is because designers decided to use full beer bottles instead of empty ones.

Nevertheless this Christmas tree is rather impressive and could motivate others to developing their own versions of artificial Christmas tree.
Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009

Science

Modern Development Influences Children's Intellectual Development, Scientists Say

Scientists from the University of California, Riverside and Pitzer College discovered that modern development has a strong influence on children's intellectual development.

Mary Gauvain of UCR and Robert Munroe of Pitzer College published their study in the journal entitled Child Development. The scientists used information gathered from the late 1970s in order to study about 200 children aged between 3 and 9, living in Belize, Kenya, Nepal and American Samoa.

In their study, entitled Contributions of Societal Modernity to Cognitive Development: A Comparison of Four Cultures, researchers analyzed how cultural changes linked with modernization were related to intellectual development of children, reports Physorg. Basically, they studied the effects of such technologies like writing tablets, electricity, home-based water supply, television and transportation on children's cognitive development.

It was discovered that children living in households with a lot of modern technologies showed better test results and got involved in more complex play activities. At the same time they spent less time doing household chores and taking care of infants.

"Better understanding of how intellectual development is shaped and directed by the forces of modernization can give us insights into the psychological consequences of globalization," said Gauvain, professor of psychology.

Together with Munroe, Gauvain investigated the role of the Flynn effect, which states that children's performance registered a considerable intellectual improvement as a result of modernization.


Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009

Offbeat

Cinematon is the Longest Movie Ever, Lasting 150 Hours

No longer will Titanic be considered the longest movie in the world. Recently it was reported that Cinematon is the new movie from France that lasts for 150 hours and which will hit the screens later this month.

The 6-days-movie will be premiered in Avignon and in January it will reach Paris. The movie has been filmed by Gerard Courant. The latter asked each actor and actress to spend exactly 3 minutes and 25 seconds in front of the camera doing whatever they please. In the end Courant created 150 hours of footage. His work is expected to enter the Book of Records alongside some other record breaking movies listed below:

The shortest film

The 1 Second Film which is a 70mm animated film created by Nirvan Mullick. The movie last exactly one second. It includes 12 huge paintings. Each painting was made by hundreds of people and filmed twice in order to fill the 24 frames.

The cheapest film

Marc Price created a movie spending only 45 pounds ($67). This year the film, entitled Colin, was presented at Cannes and it managed to impress the critics. Price made the movie while working full time as a courier.

The most expensive film

At World's End, which is the third part of the famous Pirates of the Caribbean film is considered to be the most expensive movie in history with a production budged reaching $300 million.


Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009

Offbeat

London Made from Fruits and Vegetables

One of the famous snappers in the world Carl Warner together with his team of five assistants designed and created London's most famous structures from fruits and vegetables.


All in all it took the team three weeks and 26 different types of fruits and vegetables to recreate London's skyline.

The foody model features the Big Ben with a face made of lemon slices, The Houses of Parliament made using asparagus, green and runner beans and baby sweetcorn, The London Eye made of green beans that Warner decided to use as spokes and baby plum tomatoes used to represent pods.

Among other constructions, the model featured the Gherkin building accurately recreated using two types of melon and enriched with green beans that replaced the famous spiralling glass frames.

The team used pineapple piers, celery and shredded wheat towers to reproduce The Tower Bridge and breadsticks, spelt crackers and mini shredded wheat to recreate The Tower of London. In the video you can see the entire process.

Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009

Environment

New Solar Energy Parking System for Car-stuffed Cities

Nowadays the large number of vehicles on the streets of big cities is a huge problem and one of the solutions would be designing a creative parking space and would be both compact and sustainable.

That is exactly what industrial designers Algis Berziunas and Laima Rimkute though of when they designed this wonderful Green P parking system.

They designed their concept by taking into consideration the idea of a parking system parted into smaller spots that can be easily placed into empty spaces around the city, for example under flyovers and bridges, reports DesignBoom.

In addition, their system features a lighting mechanism that can compliment or replace common road lights. This would be possible by taking advantage of solar energy produced by panels mounted on the Green P's roof.



Tuesday, 17 Nov, 2009

Offbeat

And the Winner of Oxford Dictionary's 2009 Word of the Year Is .... Unfriend

The social networking craze lead to making the term "unfriend" Oxford Dictionary's 2009 Word of the Year. The famous verbal tome maker also features such words as "netbook," "sexting," and "paywall." Here's how it defines the 2009 word of the year:

Unfriend: verb; to remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook.

According to Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford's US dictionary program, the new term features both "currency and potential longevity."

"In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year," she says.

The lexicographer noted that the majority of words with an "un-" prefix are adjectives. However, there are a few verbs with such prefix, like "uncap" and "unpack," reports The Register. As for the "unfriend," the new term is somewhat different. Lindberg explains: "It assumes a verb sense of 'friend' that is really not used. Unfriend has real lex-appeal."

It would be interesting to mention some of the finalists for the New Oxford American Dictionary's 2009 word of the year.

Hashtag: used among twitters; it involves placing a # sign to a word or phrase that enables the users of the social networking website to look for tweets featuring similarly tagged entries and view thematic sets.

Netbook: the term refers to a small, portable laptop.

Paywall: this term represents a method of blocking access to a part of a website that is available only to paying subscribers.

Freemium: the term refers to a business model that features a number of basic services free of charge with the goal of attracting users to pay for some extra, premium features.

Funemployed: refers to people who lost their job and are currently unemployed, but who try to have fun in their free time while waiting for a new job opportunity.
Tuesday, 17 Nov, 2009

Technology

Motorbike 2050 Version 2 Makes Use of Nuclear Energy

Romain Herment, a French designer, came up with his new invention - a motorcycle that makes use of nuclear energy as its power source.

The new invention is dubbed Motorbike 2050 version 2. It also uses two inexhaustible natural elements called deuterium and tritium that would allow an eco-friendly ride in the near future.

It would be worth noting that the Motorbike 2050 consumes just 1 liter of water for approximately 100 kilometers, reports The Design Blog.

The new invention weights just 55 kilograms and is powered by an electric engine.



Tuesday, 17 Nov, 2009

Offbeat

Paris Houses the World's First Divorce Fair

With the number of divorces not lowering, Paris became the place where recently couples had the possibility to visit the first divorce fair. It was reported that the fair attracted at least 4,000 visitors.

This might sound controversial since Paris for a long time has been considered one of the places that couples choose to get engaged. The divorce fair was named "New Start" and it included 60 booths with divorce lawyers and counselors.

In addition, the visitors could also talk to makeover specialists, representatives of laser surgery firms, weight loss advisors, tarot readers as well as self-esteem coaches.

The event also featured conferences and panels arguing topics like online dating, seduction, plastic surgery and legal issues.

According to Brigitte Gaumet, the organizer of the Paris divorce fair, the most visited booths were the one that provided legal advice.

It is worth mentioning that this year the Paris witnesses 130,000 divorces, which is much more compared to the figure registered 3 years ago, when about 50,000 couples got divorced.


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