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Fun Stupid Gadgets

toshibahelmet1.jpgA good list (with pictures) of stupid things people have decided that we need. Like this easy to wear video helmet device. Well done!

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Nice Table

pop.jpgYou’ve heard and seen a lot about the Microsoft Surface technology over the past few months. Here is a pretty nice video summary from Popular Mechanics via Brightcove with all the bells and whistles and of course glass on display. Thanks to Steve Ratner for this one.

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High Resolution Image of Pollen

As someone with allergies, I hate pollen. I even hate it on my car. So that I can focus my hatred, I love this picture. These are the culprits. Pictures of pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower, morning glory, hollyhock, lily, primrose, and castor bean. The image is magnified some x500, so the bean shaped grain in the bottom left corner is about 50 μm long. Scanning Electron Microscope images have a characteristic three-dimensional appearance.

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Biologists Are Making Skin Cells Work Like Stem Cells

From the New York Times

In a surprising advance that could sidestep the ethical debates surrounding stem cell biology, researchers have come much closer to a major goal of regenerative medicine, the conversion of a patient’s cells into specialized tissues that might replace those lost to disease.

The advance is an easy-to-use technique for reprogramming a skin cell of a mouse back to the embryonic state. Embryonic cells can be induced in the laboratory to develop into many of the body’s major tissues. Continue reading

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Powering 4000 Homes: One Wind Turbine

This turbine produces 6 MW of power, it’s the world’s most powerful turbine, and it has innovative features like a gearless drive system. This article talks about the evolution of wind turbines around the world… usually NOT in the United States. What is wrong with us?!?

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First of a kind underwater restaurant

This innovative restaurant is the first of its kind in the world, and is part of a US $5 million re-build of Rangalifinolhu Island, one of the twin islands that make up Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. There is some joke about “see” food here, but I’m not sure how to word it. Pretty spectacular views I guess when the sun is still up. A little dark at night. Inventive for sure.

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How Big Is Everything?

You can’t have everything.  And if you did, where would you put it?  This web site is quite engaging.  You can travel from the outer reaches of the universe to the smallest bits of everything, and compare sizes along the way.  It will make you feel small, and sometimes big I suppose…but it puts everything into a size perspective, which is often hard to do as you walk around in your little life.  Oh and the warm planetarium sound track is a little too hypnotic…but it works.  Nice job Nikon.

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