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I tend to collect links for things I think are interesting, with the intention to pass them on at a later date. Often, though, I don't get around to posting them at the time or while they're particularly topical. They accrete.

 

Here's some of the current crop.

 

 

 

- S C I E N C E -&- T E C H -

 

New theory ditches Big Bang

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/25492/

A little text-heavy, but it's popular press not a dissertation. The standard model has gathered some rather alarming patches in order to explain observations these days, and this one is an interesting attempt to re-examine things.

 

 

Gravitomagnetic Transformers?

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/25407/?ref=rss

John Swain at Northeastern University in Boston predicts a gravitational analogue of electrical transformers. Personally, I think he's been smoking something, but ArxiV at least took him seriously enough to write up. If there's anything to it, the implications are potentially staggering.

 

 

Magnets to Cloak Matter Waves

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/0...from-matter.ars

You've probably heard about the work lately on RM cloaking - making things apparently transparent to light of various wavelengths. This is not that. Sound is a matter wave.

 

 

LAGOA Multiphysics

http://vimeo.com/13457383

Vimeo. PhysX my hairy arse. Check out this demo vid of a new (when I found the link) physics simulator for some really impressive particle effects.

 

 

Backyard Starwars: Laser Mozzie Fence

http://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electron...kyard-star-wars

How to build your own aggressive mozzie zapper and make your back yard unsafe for bloodsuckers AND eyeballs!

 

 

MABEL, the blind robot.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/imitating-distra...n-rough-terrain

Video and text. These guys made a robot that can navigate obstacles and rough terrain without vision or feelers.

 

 

Trust Issues

http://www.kurzweilai.net/a-humanoid-robot-psychologist

Would you trust a humanoid robot? Researchers look at what inspires trust, and how to duplicate it.

 

 

Scent of a Woman

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/...00113122514.htm

Men smell ovulation, but not consciously. Since I came across this article, the story has since made it onto a few TV shows, so it may be familiar to you.

 

 

Research to Remedy

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/05/15/despera...king-cures.html

You read about exciting new research that promises a cure for this or that all the time. So where are they?

 

 

 

 

 

- I M A G E R Y -

 

Clever Advertising

http://lilaliss.wordpress.com/2008/01/02/p...as-bem-boladas/

Very little text. Some of the better adverts from around the world.

 

 

Anti-Smoking Top 40

http://www.boredpanda.com/top-40-cool-crea...ntismoking-ads/

Also very little text. The more effective anti-smoking ads.

 

 

15 Eco-Towers

http://webecoist.com/2009/09/21/going-up-g...le-skyscrapers/

Little text. Some neat ideas for 'green' buildings.

 

 

Drawing with Waves (video)

http://www.wimp.com/drawingwaves/

Using computer-controlled wave-makers to 'draw' pictures in the surface of a wave tank. Very cool.

 

 

Facadeprinter: Paintball Printer

http://www.facadeprinter.org/en/index.php

How to put images on buildings and billboards as if with a giant inkjet.

 

 

MacBook Touch

http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/04/29/macb...ybe-just-maybe/

No, it's not a real product. It's a proposal from an Apple fan who also happens to be a designer. I would buy one.

 

 

Scaling Gamma Errors

http://www.4p8.com/eric.brasseur/gamma.html?

An error common to the vast majority of image-editing software. If you are a 'shopper, this may interest you.

 

 

 

 

 

- O T H E R -

 

 

Privacy? So What?

http://www.pcworld.com/article/197245/inte..._pew_finds.html

Possibly self-serving article from Facebook guy: fewer users these days care about privacy than in the past.

 

 

Roman Porn Coins

http://neoncobra.blogspot.com/2010/05/anci...sex-scenes.html

Chances are you already knew the ancient Romans had a much more liberal attitude about many things. Chances are you didn't know quite how liberal: they put sex scenes on their money.

 

 

Ant Suicide Bombers

http://news.discovery.com/animals/photo-sh...#mkcpgn=rssnws1

It isn't just human nutjobs that explode all over their enemy.

 

 

Obamameter

http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/

I do not guarentee the accuracy of this piece, but I found it interesting as a counter to all the claims that the first black US president is utterly useless.

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Nice collection. This should properly kill my evening.

 

Motion to sticky.

 

*Edit: "move" to "motion" which sounds less imperative.

Edited by wlayton27

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Protip.

If you post those links 1 per day

a) ther forum whon't look so dead

b) you wont sacre off people from discussing them.

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Yeah, well, like I said, these are the 'leftover' links. The stuff I really liked did get posted one-a-day. They were too good to just discard, though.

 

And LP, I really didn't expect you to read all of them.

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Hey guys talking about the Paintball Experience.

 

I found this place in Melbourne quite interesting.

 

You can just check this http://www.wearepaintball.com.au

 

Cheers!

 

Also I'm new to this forum but loved the experience here.

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Great set.

 

I like the design work for the Macbook Touch.

 

Only if it will become a reality, someone should send the link to Foxconn.

 

Rob

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I like the design work for the Macbook Touch.

I had a similar idea in my head with a touch-screen keyboard lappy ... the problem with the touch-screen keyboard idea is that the palms need a place to rest; if the palms are resting on the touch-screen it will likely muck up the operation. :( There's probably a fix for that somehow, but I don't see it happening anytime too soon.

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I like the design work for the Macbook Touch.

I had a similar idea in my head with a touch-screen keyboard lappy ... the problem with the touch-screen keyboard idea is that the palms need a place to rest; if the palms are resting on the touch-screen it will likely muck up the operation. :( There's probably a fix for that somehow, but I don't see it happening anytime too soon.

 

Speaking solely for myself, I don't need a palm rest on the laptop. If I'm using it on a desk, the desk surface will do - just push the rig away from the edge a little. If I'm using it someplace less conventional - like my lap - I'm not resting my hands on the case at all anyway.

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Turns out the porn coins are for prostitutes.

 

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Geez, talk about inflation

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