Applied Technotopia

Apr 22

Recycling to supply your 3D Printer with this novel machine.
designersofthings:

Turning Trash Into Treasure with 3D Printing
A Seattle entrepreneur wants to take recycling to a whole new level. Working together with a local inventor, she has developed a machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printing filament allowing makers to literally turn their trash into newly created treasures. 
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Recycling to supply your 3D Printer with this novel machine.

designersofthings:

Turning Trash Into Treasure with 3D Printing

A Seattle entrepreneur wants to take recycling to a whole new level. Working together with a local inventor, she has developed a machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printing filament allowing makers to literally turn their trash into newly created treasures. 

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(Source: kickstarter.com)

How to make DIY Graphene.
alexob:

You too can make Nobel Prize winning, super-material Graphene! 
Here is how:
First, pour some graphite powder into a blender. Add water and dishwashing liquid, and mix at high speed. Congratulations, you just made the wonder material graphene.
This surprisingly simple recipe is now the easiest way to mass-produce pure graphene – sheets of carbon just one atom thick. 
If you need a reminder on graphene and its super powers then read up on it here.

How to make DIY Graphene.

alexob:

You too can make Nobel Prize winning, super-material Graphene!

Here is how:

First, pour some graphite powder into a blender. Add water and dishwashing liquid, and mix at high speed. Congratulations, you just made the wonder material graphene.

This surprisingly simple recipe is now the easiest way to mass-produce pure graphene – sheets of carbon just one atom thick. 

If you need a reminder on graphene and its super powers then read up on it here.

(Source: newscientist.com)

A very interesting graph looking at tech adoption in the US - the global figures would be even more telling.
futuramb:

No, Tech Adoption Is Not Speeding Up
Yes, Matt Novak you are completely right about that the data is not showing what Vox argues that it says.
But, the analysis of adoption is of course even more complex than that. A single technology in itself (whatever we define it as) is a very bad (and difficult) object of analysis. And connect the adoption of that technical idea to generations, perspectives, values or behavior is extremely difficult.
One example I read about from the other day was that a group of teenagers told researchers that they stopped using Facebook and used Instagram and Twitter instead. A year or two ago I read about that (another group of) teenagers didn’t use Twitter because it was more of a parent thing…
In these examples we are not talking about technologies almost at all, but relatively rapidly changing behavior according to how a certain tool fits into a certain behavior for a certain age group.
The solution is probably to paraphrase a well known book title: “It is complicated”.
But I would still argue that some things are changing faster than they did 30 years ago, which in turn changed faster than they did 70 years ago.
What we also forget is that during the late 19th century and early 20th century we had a tremendous pace of change for a while. But then it slowed down for various reasons… So if we want to talk of trends we probably have to take much longer perspective that 150 years!

A very interesting graph looking at tech adoption in the US - the global figures would be even more telling.

futuramb:

No, Tech Adoption Is Not Speeding Up

Yes, Matt Novak you are completely right about that the data is not showing what Vox argues that it says.

But, the analysis of adoption is of course even more complex than that. A single technology in itself (whatever we define it as) is a very bad (and difficult) object of analysis. And connect the adoption of that technical idea to generations, perspectives, values or behavior is extremely difficult.

One example I read about from the other day was that a group of teenagers told researchers that they stopped using Facebook and used Instagram and Twitter instead. A year or two ago I read about that (another group of) teenagers didn’t use Twitter because it was more of a parent thing…

In these examples we are not talking about technologies almost at all, but relatively rapidly changing behavior according to how a certain tool fits into a certain behavior for a certain age group.

The solution is probably to paraphrase a well known book title: “It is complicated”.

But I would still argue that some things are changing faster than they did 30 years ago, which in turn changed faster than they did 70 years ago.

What we also forget is that during the late 19th century and early 20th century we had a tremendous pace of change for a while. But then it slowed down for various reasons… So if we want to talk of trends we probably have to take much longer perspective that 150 years!

Apr 20

A look at every earthquake since 1898.
8bitfuture:

Every major recorded earthquake since 1898, showing how Earth is put together.

A look at every earthquake since 1898.

8bitfuture:

Every major recorded earthquake since 1898, showing how Earth is put together.

(Source: twitter.com, via abcstarstuff)

Apr 19

Our daily Shuttle magnificence!
humanoidhistory:

Mission STS-100 begins on April 19, 2001 when the Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Our daily Shuttle magnificence!

humanoidhistory:

Mission STS-100 begins on April 19, 2001 when the Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Apr 18

Clone embryos from stem cells - a medical first.
kqedscience:


First Human Clone Embryos Created From Adults’ Skin Cells
"Scientists have created cloned embryos from the cells of two adults. This feat is the first hard evidence that it’s possible to create clones from cells taken from adult humans. The idea is that in the future, doctors could create cloned embryos of patients when the patients need an organ transplant, for example, or a set of new immune cells. The cloned embryos would serve as a source of stem cells for creating perfectly personalized transplants, no matter how old people are when they first get sick."
Learn more from popsci.

Image: Human Embryonic Stem Cells—Not the Cloned Cells Described Above This image comes from a lab unrelated to the research described above. Clay Glennon, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Clone embryos from stem cells - a medical first.

kqedscience:

First Human Clone Embryos Created From Adults’ Skin Cells

"Scientists have created cloned embryos from the cells of two adults. This feat is the first hard evidence that it’s possible to create clones from cells taken from adult humans. The idea is that in the future, doctors could create cloned embryos of patients when the patients need an organ transplant, for example, or a set of new immune cells. The cloned embryos would serve as a source of stem cells for creating perfectly personalized transplants, no matter how old people are when they first get sick."

Learn more from popsci.

Image: Human Embryonic Stem Cells—Not the Cloned Cells Described Above This image comes from a lab unrelated to the research described above. Clay Glennon, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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