How Big Business is Stymying Makers' High-Res, Colorful Innovations | Wired Design | Wired.com
Do your 3D printing now, before all these patents kick in!
Sponges: Time-lapse of Sponge Cells Recombining | the Shape of Life
Sponges are the only animals that if broken down to the level of their cells, can reassemble themselves.
A sponge is passed through a sieve to break apart its cells. The cells recognize each other and reform into small new sponges.
What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious effort — taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles — to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive.
This was amazing to me:
A Lantern Powered by Gravity | This Could Be Big - Yahoo! News
Seriously, what resource is more abundant than gravity? Can you even call gravity a 'resource?' Regardless, a great invention that could lead to great things.
Graphene supercapacitors could make batteries obsolete | BoingBoing
A battery can hold a lot of energy, but it takes a long time to charge it. A capacitor can be charged very quickly, but doesn't hold a comparable amount of energy.
A graphene supercharger is the best of both: it takes just seconds to charge, yet stores a lot of energy. Imagine being able to charge your spent laptop or phone battery in 30 seconds, and your electric car in a few minutes. Also, unlike batteries, Graphene supercapacitors are non-toxic.
The Nobel Prize was awarded to the inventors of Graphene in 2010. Wikipedia defines Graphene as a "substance composed of pure carbon, with atoms arranged in a regular hexagonal pattern similar to graphite, but in a one-atom thick sheet. It is very light, with a 1-square-meter sheet weighing only 0.77 milligrams."