Category: SCI/TECH

Jun 18, 2013

Japan’s Automated Underground Bike Storage

Japan’s Automated Underground Bike Storage

Photograph by Danny Choo @ culturejapan.jp The Problem Bicycles are a popular form of transportation in Japan. However, when parked they can take up a lot of public space that could otherwise be used by pedestrian foot traffic, small storefronts, etc. The Solution Rather than take up valuable real estate above ground, store them…

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Jun 13, 2013

Inside Facebook’s Data Center Near the Arctic Circle

Inside Facebook’s Data Center Near the Arctic Circle

On the edge of the Arctic Circle, where the River Lule meets the Gulf of Bothnia, lies Facebook’s newest data center in Luleå, Sweden. Launched earlier this week, the center is now handling live traffic from around the world. Facebook claims Luleå is likely to be one of the most efficient and sustainable data…

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Jun 12, 2013

ISS Cupola: The Window to the World

ISS Cupola: The Window to the World

The Cupola is an ESA-built observatory module of the International Space Station (ISS). Its seven windows are used to conduct experiments, dockings and observations of Earth. It was launched aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-130 on 8 February 2010 and attached to the Tranquility (Node 3) module. The Cupola’s 80 cm (31 in) window is…

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Jun 6, 2013

The 13 Coolest Things Chris Hadfield Taught Us About Space

The 13 Coolest Things Chris Hadfield Taught Us About Space

Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut and the first Canadian to walk in space. On December 21, 2012, the former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot became the first Canadian to command the ISS (Expedition 35). Until his departure on May 12, 2013, Hadfield was incredibly active on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, raising awareness…

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Jun 3, 2013

Self-Assembling Nano Flowers Grown in Lab

Self-Assembling Nano Flowers Grown in Lab

At a laboratory at Harvard University, scientists have grown complex self-assembling nano- and microstructures using a solution of chemicals and minerals. Some of the structures are smaller than the width of a human hair and have many potential uses in optics and engineering. Researchers have started with flowers, stems and vases as they were…

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Jun 1, 2013

Digital Art Made with Excel Spreadsheets

Digital Art Made with Excel Spreadsheets

Artwork by Tatsuo Horiuchi Believe it or not, the artwork above was made entirely in Microsoft Excel. In fact, you can actually play with the actual Excel documents in this attached zip file. The digital paintings are the work of Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 73-year-old Japanese artist who began experimenting with Excel’s artistic capabilities 13…

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May 27, 2013

3D Faces Printed from DNA in Discarded Objects

3D Faces Printed from DNA in Discarded Objects

Photograph by Dan Phiffer Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an information artist who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry. Traversing media ranging from algorithms to DNA, her work seeks to question fundamental assumptions underpinning perceptions of human nature, technology and the environment. In her fascinating series entitled Stranger Visions, Heather collects DNA…

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