August 20th, 2014
themodernworld

Spray-On Solar May Be Cheaper And More Eco-Friendly Than The Panels On Your Roof
ADELE PETERS, fastcoexist.com

Spray-on solar cells take less energy to make and can be put on everything from jeans to cars.

Scientists are one step closer to spray-on solar power. Instead of traditional bulky solar cells encased in glass—which can be awkward to put in plac…

(Source: smarterplanet)

August 18th, 2014
themodernworld
High-income families who live in the urban Northeast, for example, are projected to spend nearly $455,000 to raise their child to the age of 18, while low-income rural families will spend much less, an estimated $145,500, according to the report. The figures are based on the cost of housing, food, transportation, clothing, health care, education, child care and miscellaneous expenses, like haircuts and cell phones. But the estimates don’t include the cost of college — a big-ticket expense that keeps rising.
Reblogged from Infoneer Pulse
August 18th, 2014
themodernworld

rollership:

Balloons are the best spaceships. Any scientists who want to help me make these balloon ships, can leave their salary requirements in my inbox.  We’ll see if I can afford it. I want to make a employee owned Utopian corporation, I have unlimited ideas.  You  can read some of them here

August 18th, 2014
themodernworld

prostheticknowledge:

Real-Time Face Tracking and Projection Mapping

Impressive proof-of-concept demonstration from OMOTE which accurately projects visuals onto a moving human face - video embedded below:

[Link]

Reblogged from prosthetic knowledge
August 18th, 2014
themodernworld

cross-connect:

Featured Curator: Ali // ctrl-glitch

Vince McKelvie is a 28 year old digital artist from the United States. Inspired by boredom during his youth, Vince began creating and perfecting GIF art, and has since become one of the internet’s most iconic animated artists. He has created a number of trippy and visually stimulating mini-sites, like Gradient Forest and Honey. He also regularly posts hypnotic GIFs on his blog and surreal mixed-media video clips on his Instagram.

Some of Vince’s favorite artists are Joe Hamilton, Borna Sammak, and Sean Raspet.

August 18th, 2014
themodernworld

prostheticknowledge:

Ghost In The Machine

Portrait artwork by Ted Lawson is drawn with a machine using a direct feed of blood from the artist as the ink - video embedded below:

Artist, Ted Lawson, creates a life-sized self-portrait drawing, in his own blood, using a robot.

Link

Reblogged from prosthetic knowledge
August 16th, 2014
themodernworld

futurist-foresight:

These emergency preservation medical trials (some will call it “suspended animation”) will produce interesting results.

"The researchers behind it don’t want to call it suspended animation, but it’s the most conventional way to explain it. The world’s first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of surgeons will remove the patient’s blood, replacing it with a chilled saline solution that would cool the body, slowing down bodily functions and delaying death from blood loss. According to Dr. Samuel Tisherman, talking to New Scientist: “We are suspending life, but we don’t like to call it suspended animation because it sounds like science fiction… we call it emergency preservation and resuscitation.” (via Endgadget)”

Reblogged from Applied Technotopia
August 16th, 2014
themodernworld

futurescope:

CGP Grey: Humans need not apply

Great video essay about automation and the pro/cons of robotic labor.  Highly recommended viewing.

[more at reddit] [via michellzappa]

August 16th, 2014
themodernworld

#insights2ideas Guest lecturing @ University of New South Wales on #HCD #envisioning #skype (at UNSW (The University of New South Wales))

August 13th, 2014
themodernworld

emergentfutures:

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids

Search YouTube for “baby” and “iPad” and you’ll find clips featuring one-year-olds attempting to manipulate magazine pages and television screens as though they were touch-sensitive displays. These children are one step away from assuming that such technology is a natural, spontaneous part of the material world. They’ll grow up thinking about the internet with the same nonchalance that I hold toward my toaster and teakettle. 

Full Story; Wired

Reblogged from NC
August 13th, 2014
themodernworld

txchnologist:

Physicists Manipulate Waves To Make Tractor Beam

Scientists studying how floating particles move on the surface of water have come up with a way to pull them in, push them away or make them stay still. They can now precisely control objects by generating waves with specified frequency and amplitude.

The work by Australian National University researchers might find use in cleaning up oil spills. It could also lead to a better understanding of how moving water develops into rip currents.

"We have figured out a way of creating waves that can force a floating object to move against the direction of the wave," said physicist Horst Punzmann, who led the research. "No one could have guessed this result."

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Reblogged from FUTURESCOPE
August 13th, 2014
themodernworld

rollership:

enochliewChipicas Houses by Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Two sides of the façade has floor to ceiling windows while the other two sides are wooden lattice to gain a sense of privacy.

(Source: alejandrosanchezgarcia.com)

Evidence of change.

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