Monday, December 22, 2008

Mazda Kaan

" electric race car designed to compete in the 2025 season of E1 races, a time when California freeways have been resurfaced with a sub-level electro-conductive polymer that powers the electric cars of the modern world. Mazda's patented electronic tire system uses this technology to power the KAAN to reach 250 mph with no harmful emissions."

Make it fly...I'm just saying.

Possible Global Cooler.

"Now, backed by a computer model, the little-known inventor, Ron Ace, is making public a U.S. patent petition for what he calls the most "practical, nontoxic, affordable, rapidly achievable" and beneficial way to curb global warming and a resulting catastrophic ocean rise.

Spray gigatons of seawater into the air, mainly in the Northern Hemisphere, and let Mother Nature do the rest, he says.

The evaporating water, Ace said, would cool the Earth in multiple ways: First, the sprayed droplets would transform to water vapor, a change that absorbs thermal energy near ground level; then the rising vapor would condense into sunlight-reflecting clouds and cooling rain, releasing much of the stored energy into space in the form of infrared radiation.

McClatchy has followed Ace's work for three years and obtained a copy of his 2007 patent petition for what he calls "a colossal refrigeration system with a 100,000-fold performance multiplier."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Decoding Visual Brain Activity.

"Researchers at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories succeeded in processing and displaying images directly from the human brain..

The team said that it first figured out people's individual brain patterns by showing them some 400 different still images."

Are you checking out that girls arse, will no longer be a question.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

The King meets The Prez

"The Photo: While most people recognize the iconic photo of Elvis meeting Nixon in 1970, many don't know the exact reason for the visit. Elvis desperately wanted to become an undercover agent. Concerned about the increased drug use in America, he petitioned Nixon in a handwritten letter proposing he be named "Federal Agent at Large." Elvis wrote, "I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and Communist brainwashing techniques and I am right in the middle of the whole thing, where I can and will do the most good."

The Visit: Elvis then showed up at the White House unannounced, packing two handguns - one for protection, the other as a gift for the president. After some thinking, officials let him inside with both guns in tote. At the extensively photographed meeting, Elvis showed Nixon his family photos and a collection of law enforcement badges. Later, Nixon awarded him a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge, which listed Elvis' position as "Special Assistant."

Soon after Elvis' White House visit, the FBI gave him permits to carry firearms in every state so that he could take care of business whenever the mood struck. Pretty remarkable, considering that earlier in Elvis' career, J. Edgar Hoover had the FBI track the singer extensively. In fact, his FBI file ran more than 600 pages."

It's good to be the King.

SARCOS - Exoskeleton

"enables demo pilot Jameson to cruise through a workout without raising his heart rate. The instant he starts to pull down that weighted bar, sensors in each of his hand-grips register changes in torque. Without the exoskeleton's help, the sensors would show that he was trying to pull down about 100 pounds in each hand. But the goal of the system, Jacobsen explains, is to get the force on those sensors as close to zero as possible; to let the XOS do the work. "The XOS carries itself," he says, "and [Jameson] carries himself."

Video Here.

Batteries not included.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Mind over Matter Research Tool

Random Event Generator and variety of Gui interfaces. Comes out of statistically significant PEAR research studies.

"anyone with a home computer can explore the direct impact of consciousness on the physical world..."

It is simultaneously a research instrument, a personal development and exploration tool, and possibly the next generation of computer technology that interfaces machines directly to human consciousness.

Spooky action at a distance.

Can you pass the Beats please ?

"It started from a concept and not from a technology."

"We knew what we wanted to build and then we discovered how to build it."

What he just said....Genius.

Unusual Synthesizer Interface

"Chain Reactive Performance Arpeggiator."

What it says on the box.

What the hell lets make all our surfaces interactive.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Ballistic Missile fall down not go Boom.

"The Missile Defense Agency at the Pentagon used an interceptor missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to strike a missile that had been fired to simulate the speed and trajectory of a missile from North Korea. The interceptor struck the missile on Friday shortly after the target was launched from a site in Alaska."

“It was the largest, most complex test we have ever done,” said Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, director of the Missile Defense Agency.

General O’Reilly characterized the test as a success, but said the missile had not released planned countermeasures designed to try to confuse the interceptor.

I bet that makes Kim Jong Ill.

Yamaha Decepticon - err I mean Tesseract

"..hybrid, boasting both a V-Twin engine of undisclosed size along with an electric motor. Yamaha claims that the machine is about the same width as a standard motorcycle, meaning lane-splitting could feasibly remain an option and parking shouldn't be too difficult. The Tesseract has also been equipped with a mechanism to keep the machine upright when stopped or when parked".


Mars Wobbles Created Climate Swings

New images of rock layers at Mars' surface have given scientists evidence of climate swings on ancient Mars that were driven by the wobbling of the red planet's axis — the same mechanism that causes Earth's ice age cycles.

Precession of the wibble.

Synthetic DNA assembly.

Scientists have discovered a more efficient way of building a synthetic genome that could one day enable them to create artificial life.

Get a life - any life.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

He's beside his Virtual self.

"....virtual reality experiments show the brain can be tricked into believing it's outside the body."

"....researchers said subjects felt as if they were being poked in the chest—outside of their body.

“This was a bizarre, fascinating experience for the participants," Ehrsson said. "It felt absolutely real for them and was not scary. Many of them giggled and said ‘Wow, this is so weird.’”

"..."We've shown the body and self is somehow separate in the brain.."

Also available in pill form.

Can you Be me now ?

Scientists now have manipulated people's perceptions to make them think they have swapped bodies with another human or even a "humanoid body," experiencing the sensations that the other would feel and giving the illusion of being inside the other's body.

neuroscientists at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet succeeded in making subjects perceive the bodies of mannequins and other people as their own. The illusion also worked even when the two people differed in appearance or were of different sexes. It also worked whether the subject was immobile or was making voluntary movements.

However, it was not possible to fool the subjects into identifying with a non-humanoid object, such as a chair or a large block.

So for now it is still safe to hide as furniture.