Author: Dr Natural

Boomeranged Metaphors

Cursor Kite

Cursor Kite brings the desktop of your computer outdoors. Nerdy? Yep, but the youtube video of the mouse pointer exploring the beach is fun to watch. Related: Boomeranged Metaphors, Digital trashcan brought…

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Back to the Tribe

Organic Condom

While out in the wilderness, I was in need for a condom. This is what I found. It doesn’t look very comfortable, but having an organic lifestyle has it’s price I guess?…

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Anthropomorphobia

Let the robots do the teaching

“Upon returning to class after the Golden Week holidays, students at a Tokyo elementary school were delighted to find their teacher had been replaced by a robot. The talking humanoid, named “Saya,”…

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Augmented-Bodies

Mapping the human desire to be touched

Fleshmap touch investigates the collective perception of erogenous zones. Hundreds of people ranked how good it would feel to touch or be touched by a lover in different points of the body.…

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Bionics

Brain Scan replaces Job Interview in 5 years?

Forget about palmistry! MRI scans for candidates in top jobs such as bank directors could soon become part of the job-application package, says Erasmus University researcher Prof Willem Verbeke of Rotterdam, He’s confident brain scans will replace job interviews within 5 years.

Prof. Verbeke heads the department of neuro-economics, (NSIM), at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He predicts in an interview with Good Morning Netherlands radio station that employers demanding compulsory brain scans from their job applicants will soon become the most normal thing in the world – in fact within five years’ time’, he believes.

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Back to the Tribe

Excuse me, I am lost

So, if you don’t have a clue what is going on here, imagine how that horned cow on the electricity pole must feel. Extrapeculiar image of the week.…

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Made-to-debate

USB condom

As soon as the USB Condom detects a virus, built-in software shuts off USB access, verifies the problem, removes the nasty bug, then reopens the communication bridge to your computer. Gross? Be…

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Feed-Back

Oil Price Threatens Biofuel Firms

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Economy is ecology? Technology Review writes the price of oil has dipped to levels that could be far too low for many advanced-biofuel startups to succeed, especially those that attracted investment this summer, while oil was well above $100 a barrel. Tight credit markets will also make it difficult for advanced biofuel companies to move ahead with plans for scaling up technologies and building commercial-scale production plants.

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Augmented-Bodies

Voyage of the Bacteria Bots

The 1966 science-fiction movie Fantastic Voyage famously imagined using a tiny ship to combat disease inside the body. With the advent of nanotechnology, researchers are inching closer to creating something almost as fantastic. A microscopic device that could swim through the bloodstream and directly target the site of disease, such as a tumor, could offer radical new treatments. To get to a tumor, however, such a device would have to be small and agile enough to navigate through a labyrinth of tiny blood vessels, some far thinner than a human hair.

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iWater

Somehow I feel there is some deeper meaning in this cheesy video. No? See also: Water in my Phone.…

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Designed-by-Evolution

I’m feeling lucky

A 21-leaf clover discovered on June 3 by Iwate prefecture farmer Shigeo Obara has shattered the Guinness world record for most leaves on a clover stem (Trifolium repens L.). The current official…

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Anthropomorphobia

Robot asimo conducts concert

At a recent Yo-Yo Ma concert at the Detroit Opera House, Honda’s ASIMO robot took the stage and conducted. Blame Honda when the robots take over. Thanks Paul.…

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Design-for-debate

All the water and air on earth..

… gathered into spheres and compared to the Earth. The water sphere (blue) in this computer visualization measures 1390 kilometres across and has a volume of 1.4 billion cubic kilometres. This includes…

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Dynamic-architecture

BlobWall

Who would not need a blobwall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor wall system was designed by Greg Lynn. It is made of a low-density, recyclable, and impact-resista polymer.…

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Anthropocene

Fight climate change: Hack the Planet

Lots of clouds this week. The peculiar picture above shows the eruption of mount Pinatubo in 1991, which apparently resulted in a certain amount of global cooling (next to some serious negative…

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