Saturday, January 5, 2008

Psycho-Delic Milk

This is just fun to look at. Someone had way to much time on their hands. My son makes something like this at preschool. They call in magic milk. The kids have milk on a tray and add food coloring and some dish soap. The dish soap makes the milk swirl and the food coloring moves around and mixes. The kids love it.

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Amazing 3D Chalk Drawings by Julian Beever

These are just amazing. Waterfalls, cola bottles, swimming women and more. This guy is so good at his art! I have seen some of Julian Beever Chalk Drawings before, but never in a slide show. This guys work is outstanding. I don’t know how he can put all that work into art that will wash away in the first rain, or get destroyed as people walk on it. I am glad that there are a lot of pictures of his work so more people can enjoy it.

Another person had posted this video on Digg, I thought the work was wonderful. However as this person did blog on it first if you like this video use the digg button below so they get the digg. Thank you.

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The Greening of CES

In the past, there wasn't much green awareness at the world's largest gadget fest. Not anymore. This year, expect to see plenty of HDTVs equipped with efficient light-emitting diodes as their primary light source, more products powered by solar panels and even hand cranks.

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Friday, January 4, 2008

Revolutionary air car runs on compressed air

A French company has developed a pollution-free car which runs on compressed air. India's Tata Motors has the car under production and it may be on sale in Europe and India by the end of the year. The air car can be refueled in minutes from an air compressor and can go 200 km on a 1.5 euro fill-up -- roughly 125 miles for $3.

I want one of these cars.

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Boron nanotubes could outperform carbon

Carbon may be losing its monopoly over the nanoworld. According to the latest calculations, tubes built out of the element boron could have many of the same properties as carbon nanotubes. And for some electronic applications, they should even be better than carbon.

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Insect Attack May Have Been Death Knell for Dinosaurs

“There are serious problems with the sudden impact theories of dinosaur extinction, not the least of which is that dinosaurs declined and disappeared over a period of hundreds of thousands, or even millions of years.” This is about a new book with the idea that dinosaurs were killed off by bugs.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Super soldiers go from sci-fi books to US military experiment

The US military have been using an experimental robotic exoskeleton to increase the strength of their soldiers. I know that I have seen video games and movies and have read lots of sci-fi books about using robotic exoskeletons as a way to protect the people in them as well as increase strength and speed. I just never thought that people would actually create and use them. Then I found some information about an exoskeleton some students were working on to increase strength. It was just an idea they liked and then decided to create it. I thought that it was interesting and decided to look into it a bit more. What I found was that the US military is already using them. It did not take very long for it to go from an idea, to reality once we had the technology and skills to make them. I wonder what other things to be found in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s sci-fi books that were just ideas will or already has become a possibility and then reality as technology changes our world. I would like to think that these exoskeletons will be used in rescue situations where buildings have fallen on people and fire fighters use them to bring people out, or that they will be used in construction to replace some of the big equipment needed. There are a lot of uses I can think of, but I suspect that they will be mainly used by the military eventually creating the super-soldiers every military in the world seeks.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Styx - Mr Roboto - video

With all the new robotic technology I thought this song highly appropriate.


U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi – virtual image and robot combine

This virtual humanoid was on display at ASIAGRAPH 2007 in Akihabara (Tokyo) from October 12 to 14. This is a humanoid robot using virtual reality for its image. You put on special headset and then interact with the robot. The image can change to be different people as you interact with it. You can even touch so that you can feel and see the “person” you are interacting with. The virtual image moves with the robot so that what you see is in sink with what you feel. This could definitely make some drastic changes in online gaming, and virtual sex.

NTT DoCoMo brings together the sensing and control systems of space robots, the humanoid robot design, mixed-reality systems, and 3D graphics in creating U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi. The idea is that eventually we will be able to buy a sophisticated humanoid robot, overlay the computer graphics of Fred Astire or Ginger Rogers and go dancing.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sex with robots? Not so far off, says author

This is an article on the reality of sex with robots. And not just cold, mechanical sex that barely incites a feeble meep-meep-meep from your robot lover: No, we're talking about real elbow-pads-and-helmets sex. Electrifying sex! (And afterward the robot will take a drag on a cigarette and say, "That really recharged my batteries.")

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