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Sip Lattés and Fix Busted Stuff at the Repair Café

Sip Lattés and Fix Busted Stuff at the Repair Café | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

For 80 years or so, planned obsolescence has been the dirty little engine that drives our consumer economy. Today the members of a nascent fixer movement say it’s been long enough.

 

In 2010 in the Netherlands, disgust with Europe’s throw-away culture led former journalist and new mom Martine Postma to stage the first Repair Café, an event where members of the community could drop by with defunct items they would otherwise have thrown away, and have them repaired free of charge by volunteer fix-it experts.

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Getting aid to a war zone in a swarm of drones - BBC News

Getting aid to a war zone in a swarm of drones - BBC News | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it
A swarm of tiny drones has been developed by a US Air Force pilot in the hope that they will deliver aid into war torn Syria - 1kg at a time.
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Drone Aviary

The Drone Aviary reveals fleeting glimpses of the city from the perspective of drones. It explores a world where the ‘network’ begins to gain physical autonomy.…
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Movie: Chloé Rutzerveld on her 3D-printed food Edible Growth

Movie: Chloé Rutzerveld on her 3D-printed food Edible Growth | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it
Food designer Chloé Rutzerveld has developed a concept for "healthy and sustainable" 3D-printed snacks that sprout plants and mushrooms for flavour
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MHOX envisions a future of bioprinted human eyes

MHOX envisions a future of bioprinted human eyes | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it
Italian studio MHOX has released a concept that imagines the use of bioprinting technology to replace natural eyes with upgraded digital-compatible versions
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Safari users win right to sue Google over privacy

Safari users win right to sue Google over privacy | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it
Google loses Court of Appeal bid to stop consumers having right to sue in UK over alleged misuse of privacy settings.
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Bacteria programmed to find tumours

Bacteria programmed to find tumours | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

Bacteria programmed to spot tumours in the liver have been shown off at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver.

Tal Danino, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), described how he programmed the bacteria with genetic code.

The system could be developed to identify other cancers, he said.

So far the research has only been tested on mice.

The results will be published in Science Translational Medicine.

The mice are fed pre-programmed probiotic bacteria - a similar type to that found in some health-promoting yogurts.

The bacteria produce enzymes when they encounter a tumour which will, in turn, change the colour of urine.

So far, the system has proved accurate at detecting liver cancer.

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GanttProject: free desktop project management app

GanttProject: free desktop project management app | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

Free open-source Gantt chart project management software. Doesn't claim to be for massive projects but reviews are favourable for smaller, simpler project management needs.

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'Flying donkeys' coming to Africa

'Flying donkeys' coming to Africa | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

he need for infrastructural change in Africa is undeniable - the continent is growing economically and needs better transport links.

But building road and rail networks is expensive and difficult.

The World Bank estimates that Africa needs to spend $38bn (£25bn) more each year on infrastructure - plus a further $37bn on operations and maintenance - just to sustain its current level of development.

So what's the answer?

Could it be cargo drones - or "flying donkeys" as one Kenyan farmer put it?

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Hell in a Handbasket: Using Superhydrophobic Paint to Create Splashback on Drunken Public Urinators

Hell in a Handbasket: Using Superhydrophobic Paint to Create Splashback on Drunken Public Urinators | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

Drunken public urination isn't just an American problem, of course: Tokyo, London, Hamburg, and every city whose name is under a clock on some globally-concerned office's wall suffers the same problem. But Hamburg is now fighting it with technology. Specifically, superhydrophobic paint, i.e. water-repellent coating, which a local community board has applied liberally to walls in their party district of St. Pauli. Here are the results:

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The most painstaking art in the world?

The most painstaking art in the world? | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

London based artist INSA started with standard graffiti. But wanting to get more out of his painting he came up with the concept of "GIF-iti" - a series of painted images which are photographed and then looped in a digital file known as a GIF.

He has worked on art pieces around the world.

Late last year he travelled to Brazil where he created his largest ever piece of GIF-iti. Over the course of four days, four separate images were painted by a team of people; each image was photographed by satellite and the four photographs looped into a one second GIF.

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How 3D printing is set to shake up manufacturing supply chains

How 3D printing is set to shake up manufacturing supply chains | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it
In the future we’ll print our own smartphone cases while manufacturers print more complex goods like vehicles for same-day collection
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Wind turbines - the next generation?

Wind turbines - the next generation? | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

Critics of wind turbines argue vehemently that they are ugly and inefficient - a blot on the landscape and an expensive folly to boot.

Efficiency has always been a strange critique given that the fuel driving turbines - wind - is free. And while electricity generated from wind may currently be more expensive than that from some fossil fuels, costs are coming down fast.

Eye sores? That is simply a matter of opinion.

But a new wave of turbine technologies are looking to end the debate once and for all, by making wind power cheaper, more flexible and, in many cases, less intrusive on pristine countryside.

Some won't make it to market, but those that do could revolutionise wind power.

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Introducing Hackaball, the computer you can hurl against a wall - CNET

Introducing Hackaball, the computer you can hurl against a wall - CNET | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it
A new programmable ball lets you create games on an iPad, then play them in real life.
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The Drone Aviary | superflux

The Drone Aviary | superflux | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

The Drone Aviary - an R&D project from The Superflux Lab - is an investigation of the social, political and cultural potential of drone technology as it enters civil space. Through a series of ongoing installations, films and publications, the project aims to give a glimpse into a near-future city co-habit with ‘intelligent’ semi autonomous, networked, flying machines.

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Movie: Lilian van Daal's 3D-printed Biomimicry chair

Movie: Lilian van Daal's 3D-printed Biomimicry chair | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it
Dutch designer Lilian van Daal claims 3D-printing can replace traditional upholstery techniques to produce furniture more sustainably in this Dezeen movie
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UK calls for EU database to track active drones

UK calls for EU database to track active drones | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it
UK's House of Lords calls for stricter rules on drones, but says that the production of unmanned aerial vehicles in the EU could create 150,000 jobs
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Solar Roadways - Introduction

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Introduction to the Solar Roadways

Suppose we made a section of road out of this material and housed solar cells to collect energy, which could pay for the cost of the panel, thereby creating a road that would pay for itself over time. What if we added LEDs to "paint" the road lines from beneath, lighting up the road for safer night time driving? What if we added a heating element in the surface (like the defrosting wire in the rear window of our cars) to prevent snow/ice accumulation in northern climates? The ideas and possibilities just continued to roll in and the Solar Roadway project was born.

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'Terminator' printer 'grows' objects

'Terminator' printer 'grows' objects | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

A 3D printing process that harnesses light and oxygen has been demonstrated at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver.

Carbon3D said its "game-changing" process could make objects such as car parts, medical devices or shoes.

The technique was inspired by the film Terminator 2, in which the T-1000 robot rises from a pool of metallic liquid.

One independent expert told the BBC the technology showed huge potential, if the company's assertions stood up.

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3rd world space programme? - YouTube

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Literally - light the blue touch paper and retreat! Fantastic, if short, space flight. Neat finale too.

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Supersonic dreams hit by climate change

So will supersonic passenger flight ever make a comeback?

The sad truth for speed freaks is that reducing carbon dioxide emissions, rather than increasing speed, has become the new imperative for the aviation industry amid widespread concerns about global warming.

This means most of the innovation is happening in the fields of engine efficiency, aerodynamics and cabin comfort.

Greening flight

Modern passenger jets are very different beasts compared to their forebears, despite their basic shapes remaining remarkably similar.

They now feature much more sophisticated avionics, lightweight composite materials, and engines that are 90 times more powerful than their 1940s predecessors, yet 70% more fuel-efficient.

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The art of science - Wellcome Images 2015

The art of science - Wellcome Images 2015 | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

These colourful and intricate images are this year's Wellcome Image Awards finalists. From a greenfly's eye, to a curved human spine - they showcase the best in science imaging techniques.

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Solar plane begins epic journey

Solar plane begins epic journey | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

A record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane has got under way from Abu Dhabi.

The aircraft - called Solar Impulse-2 - took off from the Emirate, heading east to Muscat in Oman.

Over the next five months, it will skip from continent to continent, crossing both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in the process.

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3D printing | Technology | The Guardian

3D printing | Technology | The Guardian | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it

A great central resource for current developments in the world of 3D printing.

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How The Sensors Inside A Fitness Tracker Work

How The Sensors Inside A Fitness Tracker Work | An odd mix of stuff | Scoop.it
Just a couple years ago, fitness bracelets were basically glorified step counters worn on your wrist. Now, they're doing everything from measuring your heart rate on a run to warning you to get out...
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