Posts in Category ‘General’
General interests in various spheres of life
St. Xavier’s College
A visit to my daughter’s St. Xavier’s College gave me a great opportunity to admire the colonial architecture
Stages of Life Cycle
what my friend found
Stages of life cycle
Can you bike in comfort and dress with style?
Women on two wheels.
Ann DeOtte’s designs solve a basic problem: Can you bike in comfort and dress with style?
Her clever answer is Iva Jean, a line of functional clothing for women cyclists that works on and off your ride. DeOtte’s pieces employ just a few clever nips and tucks to seamlessly transition from road to office.
Take the Reveal skirt, pictured above. The tailored skirt unzips in the back to expose additional fabric for easy pedaling, and features a high-waisted cut for comfortable coverage. It’s safety first and fashion forward at the same time — and it’s also our Project of the Day.
Cool idea for female cyclists
A brilliantly simple way to explain a complex mathematical concept of infinity
An amazing film about an amazing project. Truly inspiring journey of a group of people who started off with barren land that was murdered by chemical farming and transformed it into a green haven that sustains the local farmers and makes their farming commercially viable
Science is for everyone, kids included! – one of the best TED videos I’ve seen!
What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He’s seconded by 12-year-old Amy O’Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: “Once upon a time … “
A stranger’s kindness comes through just when required
My sister, her kids and her friend had planned an exciting holiday to Dubai. All preparations were done methodically – she’s good at that – and they landed at Sahar airport at the prescribed 3 hours before the flight. However, … Read more →
Create power from pee!
Four African teenagers create power from pee.
Solar power brings light to Tanjung Batu Laut
Tanjung Batu Laut seems to grow out of a mangrove swamp on an island off the coast of Malaysian Borneo. The houses, propped up over the water on stilts, are cobbled together from old plywood, corrugated steel, and rusted chicken wire. But walk inland and you reach a clearing covered with an array of a hundred solar panels mounted atop bright new metal frames. Thick cables transmit power from the panels into a sturdy building with new doors and windows. Step inside and the heavy humidity gives way to cool, dry air. Fluorescent lights illuminate a row of steel cabinets holding flashing lights and computer displays.
The building is the control center for a small, two-year-old power-generating facility that provides electricity to the approximately 200 people in the village. Computers manage power coming from the solar panels and from diesel generators, storing some of it in large lead-acid batteries and dispatching the rest to meet the growing local demand. Before the tiny plant was installed, the village had no access to reliable electricity, though a few families had small diesel generators. Now all the residents have virtually unlimited power 24 hours a day.
Full Story: Technology Review
Fibonacci Sequence Animated
The first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 0 and 1, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. Here is a neat animation that demonstrates the growth of the sequence of numbers:
The Fibonacci Sequence …
A Colorado company sees the future of tires on mountain bikes, and they are puncture-proof and airless. Britek Tire and Rubber also envisions mountain-bike riders as being in a far happier mood when they learn they can leave their patch kits and pumps at home. For several years the company has focused its prototyping efforts toward airless tires for automobiles but it is now turning its attention to working on airless tires for mountain bikes. Company founder and designer Brian Russell has several patents and more pending for his dream project, the Energy Return Wheel (ERW). In addition to not having to worry about punctures, he says people will find that ERW can deliver better efficiency.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-11-airless-wheels-mountain-bikes-ditch.html#jCp
Airless cycle tyres !!!
Airless wheels for mountain bikes may ditch patches and pumps
Google Maps Trekker Camera
The Google Maps folks debut their amazing “Trekker” camera in the Grand Canyon. #coolestjobever
On its first official outing, the Street View team is using the Trekker—a wearable backpack with a camera system on top—to traverse the Grand Canyon and capture 360-degree images of one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes on the planet.
This week, photos are being gathered from portions of the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, including the ridge, the famous Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, and more. These panoramic views will soon be live on Google Maps, giving everyone from real-life visitors to armchair travelers the opportunity to marvel at this beautiful, majestic site from the comfort of their computers or mobile devices.
Ikea is setting itself up as a role model for sustainable business by announcing it will invest €1.5 billion in solar and wind power to ensure it is totally self-sufficient by 2020.
When the furniture company was founded its motto was to do things as cheaply and efficiently as possible (and of course, to create designs with simplistic Swedish style intact). Twenty-five years on and it now has outlets in 41 countries. Engineering a sustainable model, whereby the company can continue to keep costs low for both the consumer and the firm rather than competing with rising energy prices, is the logical next step.
Speaking to Reuters, the company’s chief executive Mikael Ohlsson said the move was sure to drive innovation in the industry and beyond. The “People and Planet Positive” campaign will see the €1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) spent on building on Ikea’s existing solar and wind farms to deliver 70 percent of the global firm’s energy by 2015, with total self-sufficiency slated for 2020. The target seems achievable, considering the 342,000 solar panels on its outlets and factories already generate 27 percent of its total energy. Add to that the fact that Ikea has wind farms in six countries across Europe and the fact that, since 2009, it has already invested half of that €1.5 billion figure, and it looks like the long-term strategy has been in the works for some time.
That strategy also includes planting as many trees as it uses in its furniture production by 2020, buying half its wood supply from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests, selling energy efficient products like induction cookers, using LED lights across the company (which, it says, will cut emissions equal to those produced by the Netherlands), ensuring its other bought-in products are sustainable and helping supply clean water to the areas its factories are based.
Ikea to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes by 2020
Punishing kids the social way
These are some very forward parents. I think they’re my new heroes.
A pair of Wisconsin parents took a decidedly modern approach toward punishing their daughter when she misbehaved recently: They confiscated her phone and used it to take several photos of themselves doing silly faces, which they subsequently uploaded to her Facebook page.
The best, worst parents ever.
Words cannot express how much we want to bounce across the Seine on a trampoline bridge.
This. Would. Be. Fun.
He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.
Some advice from Jeff Bezos by Jason Fried of 37signals (via bijan)
A reason that this blog is called Strong Opinions is in part the well-known saying “strong opinions, weakly held” popularized by Bob Sutton. It has been an important lesson ever since and the inspiration I draw from in writing this blog.
Unmonday Ceramic Speaker
The Unmonday Ceramic Speaker is an independent Airplay speaker, which features a patented hexagonal ceramic enclosure that delivers sound through electronicss that have no visible parts. The uniqueness in the design is not only its wireless feature, but its integrated motion sensor which determines the speaker’s position. This sensor allows two things: assignment to one of five Dolby Surround sound channels upon rotation of the device, while eliminating any moving parts or hardware buttons that the user has to press.
Autonomous Suitcase: The Perfect Travel Buddy
Hop, the robot suitcase, is the brainchild of enterprising Spanish inventor, Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, who, in addition to inventing new-age robo-luggage, has served up the perfect platform for other inventors to jump aboard to develop enhancements for Hop.
The potential add-ons for the robotic suitcase seem limitless: a future add-on might ask the suitcase to nip off to fetch a cup of coffee or to hail a taxi or to do whatever else that makes an airport wait easier or more constructive.
The robotic suitcase follows its owner by tracing Bluetooth signals from a Smartphone. Gonzalez placed three sensors in the luggage that receive signals from the Smartphone and has also planted a microprocessor to drive the two caterpillar tracks which power the suitcase.
Hop website: The same microcontroller operates a caterpillar system based on compressed air, which follows the user at a constant distance.
The bags can be programmed to follow one to another or controlled jointly by the staff that handles baggage at airports or transit stations.
If a suitcase can move by itself, besides facilitating the lives of a large number of travelers, families, or even disabled people, it could also impact baggage-moving conveyor belts, carts or most any sort of external conveyance.
If the signal from the phone is lost, the suitcase will lock itself and send a vibrating alert to the user’s phone.
Perpetual Calendar No.1
This perpetual calendar requires no batteries, looks better next to your bedside table than a noisy iPhone and is basically the grown man version of the Nickelodeon alarm clock we all grew up with. A.K.A. – everyone is going to be jealous.
The full video of Felix Baumgartner’s video – max speed > 1100 kmph