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In Fifty Years, Carbon Fiber Will Be Spun from the Trunks of Trees

In Fifty Years, Carbon Fiber Will Be Spun from the Trunks of Trees | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Carbon fiber is one of the strongest and most resilient materials on the market, used in everything from car frames to body armor. It's also incredibly expensive to make. But one plant biologist says that in fifty years, we'll be growing it on trees.
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We Are Our Bacteria

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A rise in diseases and other ailments is linked to the changing composition of microbes in the gut.
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Watch_Dogs WeAreData

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Discover how data controls the cities of Paris, London and Berlin in these hyperconnected times.

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Squishy robots

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Phase-changing material could allow even low-cost robots to switch between hard and soft states.
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Light Barrier – Millions of calibrated light beams create floating phantoms in the air

Light Barrier – Millions of calibrated light beams create floating phantoms in the air | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Light Barrier by Kimchi and Chips creates phantoms of light in the air by crossing millions of calibrated beams, creating floating graphic objects which animate through space.
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6 Animals Shaped By Artificial Selection into Beautiful Monsters

6 Animals Shaped By Artificial Selection into Beautiful Monsters | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Artificial selection, also known as selective breeding, is a nice way of saying that humans have guided the evolution of other animals until they become mutants. The stories of these six human-created mutants offer a fascinating perspective on how evolution works.
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Jaguar designs windscreen that turns real racing into a cool videogame

I would love to use this Jaguar augmented reality windscreen. It's like turning your entire driving experience into a video game (I don't know if that is a good idea or not but it sure looks like fun.)
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Head in the Clouds...

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STUDIOKCA, Studio Klimoski Chang Architects, Architecture, Interiors, Industrial Design, Lighting, Jason Klimoski
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MOSS Robotics Toy Review: The Easiest Way To Build Your First Robot

MOSS Robotics Toy Review: The Easiest Way To Build Your First Robot | e.cloud | Scoop.it
When reviewing a building toy it's impossible not to make comparisons with Lego. Not only are its bricks able to build everything from dinosaurs to X-wings, Lego also offers robotics sets that have been used to make some truly impressive autonomous creations. And in that latter category, it finally has some competition.
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Technology is killing art, right?

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“It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.” - Miles Davis

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Evolving Robots Learn To Lie To Each Other

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These Gorgeous 'Sculptures' Were Built By Bees

These Gorgeous 'Sculptures' Were Built By Bees | e.cloud | Scoop.it
The Beijing-based artist and beekeeper Ren Ri is a focused man. His new three-part series -- titled "Yuansu" in reference to the Chinese word for "element" -- turns bees into his collaborators. Yuansu II features sculptures made b...
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Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is an architectural prototype building and a showcase for the current developments in computational design and robotic fabrication…
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Sprites: A Chip-Sized Spacecraft Solution

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In mid-June, NASA announced the award of two contracts with Deep Space Industries in conjunction with the agency’s plans to work with private industry in the exploration and harvesting of asteroids. One of these contracts caught my eye immediately. It […]
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ABB Robotics - Engineering with LEGO can transform the future - YouTube

It took eight months to build using only spare time, but a fully programmable, near life-size ABB robot made out of LEGO bricks is a spectacular thing to beh...
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Buoyant Extrusion

Video documentation of the workshop hosted by GREYSHED and Princeton University as part of Rob|Arch 2014. Workshop co-chairs: Nicholas Foley, Ryan Luke Johns,…
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Elaborate Textile 'Collages' of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing

Elaborate Textile 'Collages' of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing | e.cloud | Scoop.it
With a background in woodwork, ceramics, weaving, dressmaking, and even stained glass windows, artist Sophie Standing consolidates her breadth of talent in these explosively colorful textile collages of animals and insects. Standing was born in England but now lives and works in
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{Software} Structures by Casey Reas et al.

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Cybernetics — A Definition

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Paul Pangaro, Ph.D.
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25 countries photoshop esther honig to make her beautiful - designboom | architecture & design magazine

esther honig contacted 40 individuals from more than 25 countries and made a simple request: ‘make me beautiful’.
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Verschleif

Mit einer Tischler-Kantenschleifmaschine wird vom Werkstück (Holz, Walnuss, Trafo, Schädel oder analoger Kamera) immer ein halber Millimeter abgeschliffen und fotografiert.…
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Artists & Algorists

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A blog for showcasing digital interactive art and a new breed of artist.
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Living Photographs

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  This process has been used before and notably in wonderful art works by Susan Boafo, Edgar LIssel and Roy Amiss.  It utilizes the phototactic response of photosynthetic microorganisms,  that...
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Memories 'need space' in brain

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Similar memories overlap physically in the brain and this produces less confusion if the brain area responsible is larger, according to new research.

Scientists scanned the brains of 15 people recalling four similar scenes, in a study published in PNAS.

They spotted overlapping memory traces in a specific corner of the hippocampus called "CA3", a known memory area.

If their CA3 was bigger, the subjects were less confused and there was less overlap in the traces.

Most of us store many similar memories, relating to the places we spend most time and the people we know best. Normally we can tell them apart, though some of us may be better at it than others.

The CA3 region was thought to process each memory using distinct sets of brain cells. These findings suggest, however, that when two episodes incorporate similar content, they may in fact be "remembered" by physically overlapping networks - and more space could be beneficial.

"Our results may help to explain why we sometimes find it difficult to differentiate between similar past memories, and why some people are better at doing this than others," said Prof Eleanor Maguire, the study's senior author, from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London (UCL).

The 15 subjects watched four short movies, showing two different actions happening in each of two different places. They were then prompted to remember each one, 20 times over, inside a brain scanner.

Scans revealed distinguishable memory activity in the CA3 region, but not three other compartments of the hippocampus. Importantly, the four different memory traces showed significant overlap.

Furthermore, that overlap was more apparent in people who said they were more confused by the similarities between the four memories.


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3D Print in Coffee? Italian Designer Prints Using an Impressive Coffee/Clay Composite Material

3D Print in Coffee?  Italian Designer Prints Using an Impressive Coffee/Clay Composite Material | e.cloud | Scoop.it
With the influx of new 3D printers hitting the market at ever increasing rates, it won't be long before more and more companies begin to focus not on the ha
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