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YouTube - cows & cows & cow...

Posted by Demi Raven

Cows are strange and awesome.  They are also excellent dancers. 

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Make: Online : Business card turns...

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 A business card that transforms into a brushless DC motor. Awesome!

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Creative AT&T Advertisements ::...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

I'm normally not one to re-post and advertisement -- that's just not my bag.  But these are really cool.  These cell phone adds are works of art made with only phones and painted hands.  Each one represents a different country of the world.  This is a really awesome campaign.

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HackFwd's flowchart to illustr...

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Baby Remi

Wall of Cool at Synapse Product Development
Posted by Marco Micheletti

Check out this guy!  Chilling at home with mommy. 

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Man with a bionic eye

Posted by Demi Raven

A man replaces his bad eye with a bionic eye, a wireless video camera.  He will be streaming his life...

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Tristan Perich: 1-Bit Symphony

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

 Super awesome and super geeky.

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Engineering as part of early educat...

Posted by Joe Horrell

Stumbled across an article in the NY Times regarding the integration of engineering into the early education curriculum.  Sounds like a great idea!

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Hybrid Technology Meets Formula Rac...

Posted by Joe Horrell

The Society of Automotive Engineers has embraced a competition in recent years that challenges University engineering teams to design and build hybrid formula-style race cars.  Geared toward performance, these teams push the limits of existing hybrid technology and go beyond to create new technologies along the way.  Congratulations to Politecnico De Torino, winners of the 2010 competition!

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Mapping the community, by the commu...

Posted by Riyadth Al-Kazily

Grassroots Mapping is a group with the skills to map our habitat on the cheap. Using mad skills, they build aerial photography systems out of bits and pieces (and sometimes airplanes), and produce images of the terrain at 100x the resolution of Google Maps. We can now get a citizen's eye view of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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ChickenCribs - home of the best urb...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

 I'm sure my cats would find a way in there, but it's a cool idea that would be great for some people.

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Seattle Happy Hour Guide

Posted by Larry Kulesa

If you are looking for a place to get together after work take a look at this guide.  It's organized by city area and gives lots of details on each of the watering holes.  With summer coming up check out the Extras column for outdoor seating.

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Hell For Leather Magazine

Posted by Larry Kulesa

NY web site dedicated to the culture, style and design of Motorcycles

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iPhone 4

Posted by Jake Sprouse

Please accept my apology on behalf of Synapse for not posting this yesterday.

We at Synapse are not Apple zealots (except sometimes, on Tuesdays), but you have to respect the thought that went into the user experience of this device and the engineering chops that created the beautiful, elegant design to back it up.

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Bing Opens Up Its Map Apps To Devel...

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"I can plug the oil leak"...

Posted by Skooks Pong

 

A 21-year-old engineer, Alia Sabur, shows CNN's Kiran Chetry the hand-drawn oil spill solution she presented to BP.

 

http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2010/06/07/am.int.prodigy.alia.sabur.cnn

I think this is a great idea. I think BP should have a design contest. 

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Google Puts the Kibosh on Microsoft...

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 In the early naughties, it was only some municipalities that were ditching Microsoft's flagship product for half-baked alternatives.  Now, Google is following suit.  I just ordered a copy of this to replace the one I'd lent out.

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The Roots of Motivation: Pavlov May...

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Does rewarding a desired behavior yield more of that behavior?  Studies show this may not be the case.  In other words, what motivates people to do intellectually interesting and creative things?
 

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U.W. Business Plan Competition - Co...

Posted by Scott Bright

It all started more than 6 months ago with 92 teams representing 15 colleges - whittled down to the final 16 just last week! All told, in its 12 years of existence, the Business Plan Competition, put on by the Center for Commercialization and Foster School of Business has awarded $812,000 to 78 startup companies!  
 
$25,000 Herbert B. Jones Foundation Grand Prize
YongoPal, UW
A service for South Korean university students that allows them to practice conversational English with their American peers via webcam, and that also allows university students in America to profit from those interactions.
Kyung Hee Yun, BA in Political Science; Jon Hickey, Master of Communication in Digital Media; Darien Brown and Daron Hall
 
$10,000 Bristlecone-Selamat Challenge Second Prize
Empowering Engineering Technologies, UW
EETech is developing a medical device called ExoWalk that utilizes patented ExoTendon technology to dramatically reduce the muscular force required to walk, enabling people with wheelchairs to stand up and walk their way to better qualities of life.
Brian Glaister, PhD in Mechanical Engineering; Katie Mulholland, MS in Mechanical Engineering; Chie Kawahara; and Jason Schoen
 
$5,000 Fenwick & West Finalist Prize
Febris, WSU
Produces a point of care viral diagnostic, based on patented processes, that can detect a viral infection days before the subject manifests physical symptoms and becomes contagious.
Jason Burt, MBA; Alice Lombard, DVM-Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; Andrew Lombard, MBA; and Michael Whittaker, MBA
 
$5,000 WRF Capital Finalist Prize
Emergent Detection, UW and UWT
Working to solve the worldwide obesity epidemic with its handheld device that immediately and directly measures personal fat loss in the home user.
Eric Fogel, Eve MBA; Joel Gjuka, MBA -UWT; Keegan Hall, MBA -UWT; Amanda Mathes, Eve MBA
 
BEST IDEA PRIZES
 
The BEST IDEA prizes were created to reward teams in the Business Plan Competition for their exceptional work in several different categories.  The teams receiving these prizes were selected by a special group of judges during the Investment Round.  This year we gave away SIX $2,500 Best Idea Prizes.
 
OVP Venture Partners Best Technology Idea
Empowering Engineering Technologies, UW
EETech is developing a medical device called ExoWalk that utilizes patented ExoTendon technology to dramatically reduce the muscular force required to walk, enabling people with wheelchairs to stand up and walk their way to better qualities of life.
Brian Glaister, PhD in Mechanical Engineering; Katie Mulholland, MS in Mechanical Engineering; Chie Kawahara; and Jason Schoen
 
Synapse Product Development Best Consumer Product Idea
Native Roots, WSU and U of Idaho
Positioned to become a major supplier of native plants, the breeding program currently has 40 native plant varieties in position to be patented with plant variety patents (PVPs).
Kathryn Leonard, MBA - WSU; Casey Neumeyer, BS Agribusiness - U of Idaho; and Mac Reynolds
 
Perkins Coie Best Innovation Idea
GreenStone International, Seattle U
Has developed a revolutionary enzyme that when mixed and compacted with clay creates a durable, low cost, waterproof and environmentally friendly road with a lifespan of more than 15 years.
James Spaulding, MBA; Heidi Han Yu, MBA; Emily Marshall, MBA; Ping Chee; John Craig; and Dick Polley 
 
DLA Piper Best Service/Retail Idea
Snovision, UW and Seattle Central Community College
Automated camera systems for mountain resorts that allow their terrain park participants to capture, share and further enjoy their mountain experience at home through our online community.
Rob Hammond, MBA; Jonas Harris, BA International Business; Josh Scotland, Undergrad CS and Business; Scott Stucker, Associate of Applied Sciences in Graphic Design; Sterling Swigart, Undergrad CS; Eli Rosenberg, MBA; and Robert Capogna
 
Sensors in Motion Best Sustainable Advantage Idea
WISErg, WSU
Will provide earth-friendly solutions to the growing problems of food waste disposal and energy consumption by offering a unique food-to-fuel solution to the nation's largest consumers, starting with Fortune 500 corporate campuses.
Brandon Baker, Undergrad Business; Jaimee Jewell, Undergrad Business; Larry LeSueur; and Jose Lugo
 
Keeler Investments Best Clean-Tech Idea
EnVitrum, UW  
Using the consumer glass waste stream to produce 100% recycled building materials and agricultural products.
Serena Batten, TMMBA; Scott Coil, Eve MBA; Grant Marchelli, MS Mechanical Engineering; and Renuka Prabhakar, BS Mechanical Engineering
 
A special thanks to the sponsors of the 2010 Business Plan Competition! Learn more about all the teams that competed in the Sweet 16 on May 27.

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Space volunteers taking a 520-day j...

Posted by Jonathan Kling

I would TOTALLY get locked in a box with you for 520 days! So many GAMES we could play!
 
So, wanna come with ME?

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Electric motorcycles

Posted by Skooks Pong

KTM and others starting to offer some real electric motorcycles worth looking at.
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/03/ktm-freeride-electric-motorcycles/
 

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Dot Shot: Sinkhole in Guatemala Cit...

Posted by Jonathan Kling

Darkness warshed over the dude...

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Incredibox

Posted by Dylan Garrett

 The beatbox I always wished I was

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YouTube - Lego Hello World

Posted by Demi Raven

Can we have one?

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Drive: The surprising truth about w...

Posted by Jake Sprouse

A visually awesome animation of Dan Pink's research on incentivisation and motivation in organizations, specifically the impact of the profit motive on creative and cognitive output.  Dan Pink's TED talk can be found here.

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Synapse climbing wall progress

Posted by Jake Sprouse

Skinning is almost complete, and we have the floor on order (the plan is for three layers: closed cell foam, open cell foam, carpet). Stoke!

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Lasersaur, an open-source laser cut...

Posted by Jake Sprouse

In the spirit of "humblefacture," Nortd labs is in development of an open-source 100W laser cutting system with a target BOM under $5k (compared to about $30k commercially).  Help the project and get early access via the Kickstarter project page.

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Universal Record Database :: URDB :...

Posted by Demi Raven

People are amazing! 
People are incredible!
People are bizarre!

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Nimble autonomous flying copters: v...

Posted by Demi Raven

Slick little helicopter. 

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YouTube - Artificial swallowtail bu...

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Video: Hacking is easy! - Boing Boi...

Posted by Demi Raven

Hacking is easy.  Let it be known.

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Chladni Singing on Vimeo

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Maido-kun humanoid robot to the moo...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

 Puttin' robots androids on the moon.  Thanks, Japan!

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We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Pow...

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 The Pentagon's enemy is Powerpoint.

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The Page: E-Newspaper

Posted by Mathew Chasan

What's even cooler than an Ipad? :-)
The "Video Demo" is pretty cool.

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Dezeen » Blog Archive » VerBien by...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

Check out these sweet glasses the children of mexico are being given.  I want some!

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NASA Releases Amazing New Footage o...

Posted by Demi Raven

The sun is amazing: it is both hot and so, so cool.

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Earthquake-Detecting Program Turns...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

 Use your laptop's accelerometer to detect earthquakes.  Cool!

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Death Race

Posted by Skooks Pong

 this is one tough race.

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The A to Z of Awesomeness

Posted by Mathew Chasan

Neill Cameron has this amazing project on his website: The A to Z of awesome, a full alphabet of art, one page for each letter, each page containing a sentence with lots of words starting with that letter and an accompanying picture.  Each sentence is about something awesome.
 
Here we have: "Z is for... ZZ Top Zapping Zombies."

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Sparebots!

Posted by Steve Lowe

I love how these guys have so much personality.  These two did a really great job bringing spare electronics bits to life.

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Health Reform Bill's Hidden Ge...

Posted by Scott Bright

A huge thank you to Senator Maria Cantwell and others who pushed for the awesome tax credit included within the recently passed health reform package for qualified biotech investments in 2009 and 2010!
Effectively, any qualified biotech company - whether they have a tax liability or not - that investes $1 million can receive a tax credit (or a check!) from Uncle Sam for $500,000.  Not bad.
 

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U.W. Environmental Innovation Chall...

Posted by Scott Bright

Congratulations to the winners of the 2nd Annual Environmental Innovation Challenge!
$10,000 Grand Prize
EnVitrum
Post-consumer glass recylcing technology

$5,000 Second Prize
Triangle Energy
Biomass conversion to synthesis gas (syngas)

$2,500 Honorable Mention #1
Idyll Energy Solutions
Intelligent AC powerstrip to reduce "idle power" energy waste

$2,500 Honorable Mention #2
iDriveSmart Smartphone
ODB system to promote fuel efficiency habits
 
$2,500 Honorable Mention #3
NanoWave
LED lighting for efficient indoor plant growing
 
The event was produced by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Foster School of Business, College of Engineering, College of the Environment, and the UW Center for Commercialization. 19 student teams—representing the University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, Washington State University, Western Washington University, North Seattle Community College, and Green River Community College—brought a wide variety of ideas ranging from transparent photovoltaic window laminates to an open-source modular electric vehicle drive unit with integral braking and suspension.
 
Congratulations to all!

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Blindspot Cycles: Salvaged Motorcyc...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

 This is such a great idea.

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One really cool road bike

Posted by Skooks Pong

one awesome road bicycle, not UCI legal, but who cares...

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How would you sell Cadillacs in Ch...

Posted by Skooks Pong

Cadillac V Day in Shanghai
some pretty cool multiple car routines
(click image for video)

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YouTube - Nature by Numbers

Posted by Mathew Chasan

Wow, I <3 this.
I've always loved the golden ratio and how it shows up in nature.
Those that know me probably know I have a tattoo of the golden triangle on my arm - reminding me of many things - the wonder of nature, the difference between intellectual understanding and the wonder you feel when you see something you can fully appreciate but never fully understand.  This video does a good job of revealing that wonder.
(click the image to go to the video)
 

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Using skin as a control surface

Posted by Demi Raven

Research project on using skin as a control surface for applications.

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flame :: peter blaskovic :: escape...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

An online painting tool that is different from other's i've played with.

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YouTube - General Motors Augmented...

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Fast book scanning and distortion c...

Posted by Demi Raven

Combine books with awesome-fast transformation algorithms and a smart use of hardware and I swoon with delight.

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Earthquake Detection via Laptop Acc...

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Here.
Woah.  That's rad.

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JAZARI

Posted by Demi Raven

Great use of the Wii and microprocessors.  Neat music generation device.

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Behold the Ekroplan

Posted by Demi Raven

Soviet engineering behemoth

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The Sandpit on Vimeo

Posted by Mathew Chasan

A video of new york, shot in stills and post-processed to make it look like the entire city is  miniature.  COOL!
Worth HD if your system can handle it.

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MIT Scientists Discover New Way to...

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Michael Strano, MIT’s Charles and Hilda Roddey Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering says that the discovery “opens up a new area of energy research, which is rare,” and according to MIT, the new development could pave the road to a totally new way of producing electricity.

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The Apple Patents Cockpunching All...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

An illustrated guide to the 20 patents that Apple is suing HTC over.  It's disapointing what will pass as a patent these days if you have enough lawyers and money.  A few of these seem ligit to me, but many seem like the obvious use of modern hardware, and common practice (sleep states for hardware in order to make it use less power but still be fast to start up for example).
At least it's not all bad news.  As a contact of mine at HTC said "[The] bad news is actually GOOD news... [it] shows we sit at the table."   Here here.

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Cool trailer concept

Posted by Skooks Pong

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Flying Lawnmower - Youtube

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 Flying lawnmower.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E20Y3ShjcL0

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Innovations in America's Cup S...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

This slideshow of the newest Americas Cup boats are really amazing.

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The Scale of the Universe

Posted by Mathew Chasan

I love when computers afford us the opportunity to build tools that we could never have made without them.
This flash "movie" is an interactive learning tool that lets us learn how different sizes and lengths relate to one another.
Grab the slider at the bottom of the flash movie to change scale.  See how it all relates with cute comics and images. 
SO COOL!
 
 

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YouTube - Parkour Motion Reel.

Posted by Mathew Chasan

This short parkour animation uses a flipbook animation technique that I've never seen before that is really really cool.  I would love to see someone do this in person at some point :-)

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This is Uncommon

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

 Austin over at General Assembly showed me this over the weekend.  He made himself an awesome iPhone case with motorcycle on it.  The technology sounds really cool, and more robust and apparently easier than pad printing.
3D TATT™ (Thermo-Active Transdermal Technology)
 
 

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YouTube - What Earth Would Look Lik...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

A video that shows what it would look like if earth had rings like Saturn does.  Apparnatly done with scientifically accuarate rings.
The answer is as not surprising (earth would look totally cool with rings) as it is breathtaking.
 

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Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock

Posted by Mathew Chasan

This homemade door unlocker listens for preprogrammed knocking rythems and opens the door when the "secret" knock is used.   It handles different tempos of the same rythem well, and it's easy to reprogram.
I'm totally going to install this on my clubhouse. 

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Presentation Karaoke - Thurs., Dec....

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

I love this idea.
A monthly event in Portland put on by these guys:
http://www.devgroupnw.org/ 

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Motorcycle rocket launcher: definit...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

 Yes.  Dear god, yes.

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TREK DISTRICT × LANCE ARMSTRONG ::...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

 I feel like a minority living in Seattle and not being a bike nerd, but that's a damn fine bicycle!
The "carbon fiber composite yellow belt drive system" makes a nice visual touch,l but even the frame alone is pretty gorgeous.

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David Lee Roth Runnin With The Devi...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

Nuff said.

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what's more cool than dancing...

Posted by Scott Bright

Thanks to Dave! @dmzucker

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Wall Of Cool - Behind the Scenes

Posted by Scott Bright

Synapse Wall of Cool Demo - Eli Muir - Mind Camp Seattle from Bryan Zug on Vimeo.
Synapse Wall of Cool Demo by Eli Muir at Mind Camp Seattle on 2009-11-21. System uses drupal, flash, and papervision 3D.

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8-bit device quenches iPhone envy -...

Posted by Jake Sprouse

Not bad for an 8-bit uC running at 12MHz

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Apple's Mistake

Posted by Jonathan Kling

Well stated review/example of how customer service has changed in the software industry

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Getting ready for Seattle Mind Camp...

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Seattle Mind Camp 6.0 is coming up fast. For those of you who aren’t sure what to expect, this guide will hopefully give you a bit of an orientation. Even you Mind Camp veterans might want to look over the details, here, as a few things have changed this time around:

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Tesla Roadster Sport gets taken for...

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Cutting a glass bottle super easy

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

It's in French, but it's pretty well visually explanatory. You just need rubbing alcohol, a tub of cold water, yarn and a lighter. Then some wet sandpaper for the finishing.

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Water on the Moon! (and lots of it!...

Posted by Scott Bright

Dr. Anthony Colaprete, Principal Investigator LCROSS project, NASA Ames Research Center, announced the 5,600-miles-per-hour impact of Centaur carved out a hole 60 to 100 feet wide and kicked up at least 26 gallons of water. Colaprete also said that "26 gallons were a lower limit and that it was too early to estimate the concentration of water in the soil." - NY Times

Can you say "refueling station"!?

LCROSS - Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite
http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/

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Projection on Buildings

Posted by Mathew Chasan

You can now do 3d projections onto buildings that take the building architecture into account.  Everytime I think I've caught up, the future seems to get ahead of me again.

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The End of Driving: Mike and Maaike...

Posted by Jake Sprouse

The only problem I have with this article is the assertion that the technology exists today: it existed in 1996 (http://www.path.berkeley.edu/).

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Crafting a custom Metallica pinball...

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Google Flu Trends - B.C.

Posted by Scott Bright

 According the oracle, our neighbors to the direct North are in for a hell of a Flu season.

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Proposed U.S. bill says designers m...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

It's about time the government tries to take some action.

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Saturn at equinox

Posted by Mathew Chasan

This photo series of Saturn at it's equinox, taken by NASA's Cassini expedition is really beautiful/remarcable.  It's amazing that we have the technology to send data and control information to and from a craft that is literally billions of miles away.  I would love to see the protocols used to handle packet loss in this sort of system.
But enough about wireless protocols... check out the photos!

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Circular Loom Weaves Lexus LFA Carb...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

Cool video of a carbon fiber loom.

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National Geographics History Of Spa...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

National Geographic's info graphic is pretty neet.

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A table saw that doesn't need...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

This is pretty awesome. The company, whom I haven't heard of until today, makes a lot of really nice tools right down in Portland.

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24 Hour Air Traffic Around

Posted by Skooks Pong

Here's a video displaying all commercial air traffic in the world during a 24-hour period.
http://gizmodo.com/5055160/24-hour-air-traffic-around-the-world-blows-minds-eyeballs
 

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Capsule Raft - By Ryan Smith

Wall of Cool at Synapse Product Development
Posted by Mathew Chasan

First Ever Synapse Design Competition!
A few Synapsters recently held a few design competitions.  We were asked to spend a few days thinking about something cool we wish we had.  Some competitions were guided by a theme (green technology, transportation, etc), and others were open ended.  All were small - just 4 of us presenting to ourselves and two other Synapsters, and all were informal.
Ryan Smith gets props as the first Synapster to win a Synapse design competition!
 
 
Ryan's comments on the work:
CapsuleRaft
 
This concept takes inspiration from the bathtub dinosaur sponges of my youth, and takes it to the next level. 
With CapsuleRaft, you'll never be poolside without a float, or riverside with a popped inner tube.  Just throw 
one pill into the water for a single person raft, or throw in the whole pack for a party raft...watch the pill expand, and enjoy your ride!  Watch the clock, though, because these rafts aren't meant to last.  Each raft will last a few hours, but after those few hours your vessel will begin to dissolve - without releasing harmful chemicals - and eventually will completely biodegrade.  
 
This technology, once fully developed, could be applied to numerous products designed for short-term use including- but not limited to- nerf-style sporting goods, camping furniture, or maybe diapers?  The options are endless, I hope that people will contribute to this post for "blue-sky" methods for which this technology could be applied!
 
 
Ryan is an independent industrial designer in the extended Synapse community.  He has worked with us on a number of internal and client projects.  He is a friendly face around our office as he often works closely with other Synapsters as part of a development team.
Ryan has some more of his non-Synapse work up here and here.

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Flexible spherical robot

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 A mobile robot that can also squeeze through tiny holes? Wow!

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Dyson Air Multiplier™ fan :: Dyson....

Posted by Jonathan Kling

HOLY WHAT THE?
I wonder how many times Mr Dyson had to prototype this one? At least he left SkyNet to work on cool consumer products.

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Fast Internet access becomes a lega...

Posted by Skooks Pong

Finland has become the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/10/15/finland.internet.rights/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn

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The Evolution of Cell Phones – Gee...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

Cool to see the evolution of cell phones. Makes me even more concerned though about everything that ends up in landfills.

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Rare Hyper Engine Proto from the 19...

Posted by Skooks Pong

This is a rare Continental IV-1430 (inverted V12). The hyper engine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper_engine) was a 1930s study project of the United States Army Air Corps, an effort to develop an aircraft engine capable of delivering 1 horsepower per cubic inch (46 kW/L) of engine displacement. The USAAC funded development of an engine of about 1200 cubic inches (20 L), hoping the engine's smaller size would lead to better streamlining and improved range. The engine did not enter volume production because it had been matched by existing designs by the time it was perfected.
This is an interesting story of one. http://www.enginehistory.org/iv-1430.htm
Check out the video of it running. Link at top of page.
I love internal combustion engines!

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1/5 scale Rolls Royce Merlin

Posted by Skooks Pong

This guy spent 5 1/2 year building an exact 1/5 scale replica of the famous Rolls Royce Merlin V12. This is the engine that powered all the Spitfires and Hurricanes that fought in the Battle of Britian and powered all of the North American P51D's.  See the link to the video of it running. Pretty darn COOL!

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Lamborghini police cars

Posted by Skooks Pong

Two officers of Italian police, left and right, and their Swiss colleague pose near a Lamborghini Gallardo of Italian traffic police "Polizia stradale", which is told to be the world's fastest police car, at a highway rest area in Bellinzona, southern Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009. The Lamborghini will be presented at an international police meeting in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Keystone/Karl Mathis)
 

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Powermat.com :: Powermat Wireless...

Posted by Benjamin Watkins

Really cool idea

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Gyroscopic Wheel Replaces Training...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

I really love this kind of engineering.  A simple idea that makes a big difference to the  people it effects.  It's the type of thing that when you see it, you really wish you had thought of it... I mean, it's so obvious now right?  Brilliant.

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Skateboard Tetris Is All Kinds Of A...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

Freeboarders ride down the street wearing giant EL Tetris blocks.  As they spin their skateboards, the pieces on their heads, as seen from above, spin on a giant city sized gameboard.
When the riders have built a perfect square to win the game.
Life, meets video games, meets life.

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GDB and Reverse Debugging

Posted by Jake Sprouse

This is nuts.
reverse-next ('rn') -- Step program backward, proceeding through subroutine calls.

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Space is a series of tubes

Posted by Jake Sprouse

Who wants to go to Mars?

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iPhone Recession Case Is Just a Buc...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

I really appreciated how these guys made a commentary on a number of things.  What struck me here is this:
  - We are in a recession.  We are always hearing about this recession.
  - I know about 400 people with iPhones.  Did I mention we are in a recession?
  - Of course we couldn't go without our iPhones.
  - So we should limit our discresionary spending and use cardboard cases for our $400 (or whatever) devices.
Sweet.

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Brilliant 360-Degree Panorama of th...

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 1,200 pictures stitched together from a Nikon D3. Awesome!

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Pictures from Space for $150

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This is quite possibly one of the coolest things I've seen in a long while.  So creative.

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Netboot goes Global

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I thought that <a href="http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page">System Rescue CD</a>  was a huge step forward.  Then someone went to twelve.

 

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Making Sense of Revision-control Sy...

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There's been a lot of work on source control in the last couple of years.  How do you choose the right tool for the project?

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Technology Review: Wi-Fi via White...

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There's a whole new set of internets out there.

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Playing FPS Games with Real Guns

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Using accelerometer triangulation and a concrete wall, these guys have devised a way to play first person shooters (such as Half Life) with real guns. Or shovels, hammers, rocks, etc.

...Can we put one in the office?

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Best of Jay Walking

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Leno puts the average American to the test....

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High-Speed Robot Hand Demonstrates...

Posted by Jake Sprouse

The dynamics shown in this video are spectacular.  There's not much mention in the article of how consistent the robot is, but even getting one take of it throwing a ball across the room into a small net is impressive.

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Woofer: Macroblogging

Posted by Jake Sprouse

 Minimum 1400 characters.  Suck it, Twitter.

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Fundamental Principals of Cognition

Posted by Jake Sprouse

A fairly concise look at why computer vision, among other things, is hard.

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Video to appear in print magazines....

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 "The first-ever video advertisement will be published in a traditional paper magazine in September."
 
YouTube link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJXFuofWgaI
 

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High Tech Bus Stop Advances - Solar...

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90 percent of U.S. bills carry trac...

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 Your mom was right.

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And the Pursuit of Happiness - Can...

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A fun comic about Benjamin Franklin from Maira Kalman of the New York Times.

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2009 Space Elevator Conference

Posted by Martha Calderon

The 2009 Space Elevator Conference is being held at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Pretty awesome stuff!

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Brandon Jan Blommaert + tomb.nerd.d...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

Words won't really do it justice.  I like this art.

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Politics Northwest :: Will older vo...

Posted by Jonathan Kling

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! YOU LAZY 'ACTIVE' BUMS!
 
<p>For all the 'active' young people in King County, seems we can't get ourselves too actively to the polls.....laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy</p>

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Lifesaver water purifier.

Posted by Mathew Chasan

This TED talk about moving water filtration to the site of user as opposed to at the source is really interesting. 

Here is the link to the company that makes the bottle: http://www.lifesaversystems.com/

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5 Neat Guys

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Somehow, this morning I was reminded of the classic Louis Tully character from Ghostbusters which got me searching for Rick Moranis clips on You tube.
I ran across this AWESOME SCTV segment.

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Hybrid Bike Rental System

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A fun concept for a city-based bike rental system, coupled with hybrid buses. Standard dynamos on the front wheel can be opened to a capacitor upon braking, so extra slowing force generates electricity to be stored. When the bike is returned to the rack, the energy ties to the grid for charging a hybrid bus system, and the amount generated credits the user with bus fare. Brilliant!
Video of its function also available here.

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How Different Groups Spend Their Da...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

An interactive map showing how different people in america responded to a survey about how they spend their time.  I find it really interesting to click back and forth between two groups and see how the graph changes.
For instance the activity 'Relaxing and Thinking' was so small I didn't notice it for any group until I clicked on seniors.  About 5-6% of seniors claim they spend time Relaxing and Thinking in the mid afternoon.

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1965 Convertible Mustang EV

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 I've always wanted to do this...

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Labuat

Posted by Mathew Chasan

A music video for a song that is interactive with viewer.  It's gorgeous.   Of course now that I've seen this I can't imagine it not being the standard sooner or later.

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Chamber Music Hall / Zaha Hadid Arc...

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Synapse has been making changes to our space lately.  We are always hunting for new ideas and inspiration.  Friend of Synapse Aaron Rincover (rincover.com) sent this page to us to use as inspiration.  I thought it was cool enough to share. 
Zaha Hadid architects built a custom space to surround a chamber music hall that was placed in a much larger room than was appropriate for a chamber music concert.  The architects were able to design a space that mimicked the Bach pieces to be played during the festival, provided and intimate environment for audience and musicians, and provided appropriate reverberation for chamber music.
The space is made of billowing fabric with internal steel walls wraps around itself, the stage and the audience.  When space is not iin use, programmed lighting and auditory effects turn the space into it's own installation for passers-by.

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White Box by Makoto Yabuki » Drawn!...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

This whimsical video just made me smile a lot. 

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Water-powered jet pack

Posted by Steve Lowe

Oh yes.
Despite being tethered to the water, it still looks like fun.

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Status-Q » Blog Archive » The joy o...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

The first video is neat. The second video is pretty frickin cool.

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Augmented reality coming to iPhone...

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YouTube - The Avalanches - Frontier...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

I've loved this song for a long time but only saw the video for the first time last night.  This is totally weird, and rather hilarious.  I think it's one of the best music videos ever.  Pity it never got more play.
 

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Kuroshio Sea - 2nd largest aquarium...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

A gorgeous 4.5 minute video of the second largest aquarium tank in the world.  This just makes me miss scuba diving in the tropics like crazy.
A few years ago, I had the good fortune of being so close to a full grown whale shark that I had to swim backwards to avoid touching it (the oils on our hands is bad for their skin).  The big spotted sharks in this video are whale sharks, although they are tiny for whale sharks.  This video brought that memory back to life for me.  It made me nostalgic and sad, and warm and fuzzy at the same time. 
The music behind the video is the band 'Barcelona'.  It's good.

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Environmental friendly fonts

Posted by Skooks Pong

Fonts with holes to conserve ink.
Simple

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Facebook Goes Face-down for the Lyi...

Posted by Jonathan Kling

Anyone wanna play?

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The Josh :: Synapse

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Here is a super cool clock with a unique way of telling time.  Each arm coresponcs to hours, minutes or secounds in the traditional way, but they don't all rotate around the center.  Nice mechanism.
http://www.sandermulder.com/continue_time.html
 
 

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Animation from Korea

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<object width="400" height="225"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5472812&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;... /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5472812&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;... type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="225"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/5472812">Alarm</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1836823">Meteorix007</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
 
Way Cool. I like how they've made the 'person' digital looking, and all the objects for interaction are so frikken REAL.

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Wal-Mart to Rate Products’ Impact o...

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Wal-Mart is trying to make me hate it less...

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Design for the good of the world......

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Who doesn't love pie?  I love this article about a design-for-good team experiment, currently using the medium of delicious pastry.  Brilliant!

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Graphene

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"Imagine a carbon sheet that's only one atom thick but is stronger than diamond and conducts electricity 100 times faster than the silicon in computer chips."
Wikipedia page

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Chalkbot

Posted by Mathew Chasan

My friend sent me this link in an email that said "dude, I want a chalkbot." 
My only response could be "totally."
Nike is sending chalkbot to paint the streets of the Tour De France with inspiring personal message to victims of cancer from the people who care about them.
:-)

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Synapse = "Memristor"

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Adaptive resistive elements have the potential to create new, faster non-volatile memories, new processing architectures, and may help us understand how the brain works...

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BeetleMontageLowRes.jpg (JPEG Image...

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Dr. Doughlas Emlen of the University of Montana studies Dung Beetles. Cool.

http://dbs.umt.edu/research_labs/emlenlab/gallery.htm

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Infinite Power...Really

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 Synapse gets a shout out for helping develop some very cool new technology.  Thanks IPS!

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Google Chrome OS

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I'm very interested to see how open this platform will be.  Google's continued push to create open platforms means much cooler prototyping, and eventually faster product development.
 
It is initially targeted at Netbook devices, based on a linux kernel, with initial release running on both ARM and x86.  Release in mid-2010, so they say.

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Local News :: Researchers stunned b...

Posted by Mathew Chasan

Inmates at a washington penitentiary are helping to raise endangered frogs as part of an effort to revive the population.   The inmates have had much higher success rates at raising the animals than other sites, including the woodland park zoo.  Their success is partly attributed how much more time the inmates are able to devote to the project than the other locations.
Allowing prisons to be involved in environmental projects seems like such a good idea to me for so many different reasons, I don't know where to start - inmate self esteem, use of state funds / ROI on the costs of prison, job training while in prison, etc etc etc.

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Hobnox - Audiotool

Posted by Mathew Chasan

A full on synth rack entirely in your browser.  Easy and fun.

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