Sunday, February 03, 2013
The Rainbow roses were created by Dutch flower company owner Peter Van De Werken, who produced them by developing a technique for injecting natural pigments into their stems while they are growing to create a striking multicolored petal effects. The dye are produced from natural plant extracts and absorbed by the flowers as they grow. A special process then controls how much color reaches each petal- with spectacular results. By treating the stalk with natural pigments, Van De Werken has manage to make each petal a different color. The pigment is absorbed and travels to the petals where it changes their hue.
The Adastra is so hi-tech that you can even control it with your Apple iPad within a 50 metre range.Its range is 4,000 miles, enough to go from the UK to New York in a single trip without refueling. With a length of 42m, it has a maximum speed of 22.5 knots, weighs in at 52 tonnes and has the capacity to host nine guests with room for up to six crew members. With her shiny body and smooth curves, this £15-million superyacht is a real wealth symbol.
Latest Invention: AlphaDog - Improved Robotic Pack Mule from Boston Dynamics
Researchers at Boston Dynamics have come up with an improved version of a robot called AlphaDog that, according to DARPA manager, represents a mix of a pack mule and intelligent animal.
It is worth mentioning that the weight an average soldier is able to carry varies between 60 and 100 pounds. In contrast, the AlphaDog, also called L3 (Legged Squad Support System) is able to carry up to 400 pounds and register a range of up to 20 miles before needing refuel.
Currently the robot is being tested, but researchers have already managed to teach it a couple of new tricks. Thus the machine is able to autonomously follow a human leader, and understand commands from the user that holds a control pad.
The plans for the near future include significant noise reduction and voice command recognition.
Latest Invention: Swumanoid - Robot that Could Serve as Lifeguard
A team of researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have recently presented a robot that can replicate the motions of a human swimmer and in the future serve as a lifeguard patrolling the shores.
Together with his teammates, the lead researcher associate professor Motomu Nakashima called their creation Swumanoid. The robot can swim front crawl, reaching a speed of 0.64 meters per second, as well as backstroke and butterfly.
The machine's goal is to estimate water resistance and study how people swim. Information collected during studies could help improve a swimmer's technique.
To be able to build the body, researchers used a 3D scanner on an unknown Olympic athlete. Then they created a plastic model that can be modeled in virtually any size.
Currently researchers are dealing with such major issues as endurance, output and waterproofing of their invention. In the coming weeks, according to the researchers, these problems will be solved.
At JAMSTEC's Application Laboratory, Professor Toshio Yamagata, from the Graduate School of Science at the University of Tokyo, makes use of the Earth Simulator. This is part of a project meant to help forecast climate variations.
It was reported that seasonal prediction information simulated by the Earth Simulator allows specialists to figure out the mechanisms of global climate variations that take place as a result of global warming. At the same time the simulator makes is possible to improve infrastructure in developing countries in a way to prevent disasters.
In addition, the information provided by the Earth Simulator can be used to halt the spread of diseases, carried by vectors such as mosquitoes.
Information on climate variation can also be used in developed countries to predict the supply and demand for energy and food, alterations in prices, revenue from foods and beverages, as well as demand for various consumables.
Professor Yamagata also looks forward to using data offered by the Earth Simulator to provide information services around the world.
The designers called their project "Biooctanic" and it includes a series of towers, each having the shape of a cactus and each producing biofuel crop. These towers will be situated in an urban area near petrol or gas stations.
The main idea of the project is that if fuel producing centers will be constructed at the refill locations, the biofuel facilities can act as air filters (making fresh oxygen in smog-filled cities), plus they will reduce transportation costs.
The futuristic towers will use as feedstocks algae and bamboo, the combination of which, according to UPI 2M's researchers, can generate the maximum amount of biofuels per unit of building surface area. The designers also analyzed the cost of technologies that will be needed for cultivation and processing. In addition, they estimated the growth rate and the annual input-to-yield ratio.
Although initially the project was developed for cities in Croatia, it could be implemented in virtually any location on the globe. The production of biofuel at the place of sale and distribution has several advantages, including lower transportation costs and reduced emissions, informs DesignBoom. In addition, just like vertical farming, the production of urban biofuel does not require arable land.
Scientists claim that a long stay in space can leave you bold, short and fat.
They say that living for many years where there's no gravitation has a negative effect on human looks due to the fact that people won't need to move or keep warm.
Astrobiologist Dr Lewis Dartnell says that near zero gravity causes underdevelopment of the bones and muscles.
Besides, living for years in space leaves people with bloated faces and bald, since fluid would pool in the human skull and there would be no necessity for insulation from the cold.
"With no need for hair to insulate the head or eyelashes to flick dust from their eyes, future humans may become completely hairless," said Dr Dartnell, from University College London.
The giant device is the world's first printer able to make entire buildings. Currently the engineer uses sand but in the future he hopes his 3D printer is going to make structures from moon dust.
Dini called his device D-Shape. Using hundreds of needles, the printer sprays a thin layer of sand together with magnesium-based glue. It would be interesting to note that the device has a resolution of 25 dots per inch (dpi). The glue is used to bind the sand into a solid rock that raises layer after layer to eventually form a structure, informs Blueprint Magazine.
Currently the engineer is in talks with La Scuola Normale Superiore, Alta Space, and Norman Foster to bring some changes to the 3D printer so the machine could use moon dust to construct buildings.