“If I could only do one exercise for the rest of my life, it would be the pushup.Maybe you hate them or you think you can't complete a single rep or you think being a runner (or a cyclist or a walker) means you only need to focus on your lower bod...”
Via Peter Mellow
“ Forget the weather and politics. As thousands of farmers gathered Tuesday-Thursday for the big trade show Minnesota Farmfest, the real buzz was overhead.” Over the past two decades, the use of GPS and data sensors became standard in American farming, a phenomenon known as precision agriculture. Information was chiefly gathered by tractors during planting in the spring and combines during harvesting in the fall. Farmers then studied the data to make planting decisions for the next season.
Via Nigel Brown
The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in charge of the company's environmental initiatives points out: The panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act. The company, which once drew fire from campaigners for working conditions in China and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, is now leading other technology companies in controlling its own power supply and expanding its use of renewable energy.
Via Pol Bacquet
Brisbane region set for show-stopping weekend of art, theatre, music, markets ... Courier Mail BRISBANE institution The Ekka rolls into town from Friday for 10 days of farm animals, fun and fairy floss.
Paul Simpson's insight:
Huge week for Brisbane. Are you going to the Ekka?
Short of venturing to Antarctica, Tasmania is the natural choice for observing the aurora australis. And with this being a solar maximum – the period in the sun’s 11 year cycle of magnetic activity where the most charged particles are sent our way – now is a great time to try and catch this ephemeral and beautiful phenomenon. An annual Aurora Australis Festival has been established (see below), with viewings, talks and exhibitions. There are also photo galleries on the website – this other-worldly image is by Ricki Eaves. The Mercury article (see above) also includes a montage of time-lapse videos. But there is no substitute for seeing an aurora live: quite aside from the mesmerising dance of shimmering multicoloured lights, you are reminded that our fragile existence in a hostile universe is only made possible by the natural ‘force field’ of Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere. http://www.auroraaustralistasmania.org/2013-festival/
Via Ben @ausculture
Your future smartphone display might detect if you have a cold and could even analyze your DNA.
Researchers from Polytechnique Montreal and Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning are working together to develop display sensors that read your spit.
The sensors would be embedded within the smartphone’s display and allow users to take their temperature, assess blood levels (if diabetic) and in theory, work alongside platforms such as Apple’s HomeKit to give users more information about their health in real time.
“ Amid debates about teacher quality and training, and with the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group soon to report on teacher education, we asked a panel of experts just what makes a good teacher…”
Via Dr Peter Carey
“ A new material structure generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure -- a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam -- is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure's surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material's pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.”The new material is able to convert 85 percent of incoming solar energy into steam -- a significant improvement over recent approaches to solar-powered steam generation.
Via Pol Bacquet
Is there a way to stack solar cells and convert more of the energy in sunlight into electricity? Not only has a company developed a method, but, as a headline said Wednesday in MIT Technology Review, the approach could make solar as cheap as natural gas. The idea involves stacking different semiconducting materials that collect different frequencies of light. This is of note because the company can stack several different combinations, resulting in a solar panel that can capture more energy from sunlight.
Via Pol Bacquet
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