“Francis Tsai is a concept artist who has worked for companies like Rockstar, EA and Eidos. Sadly, as we told you last month, Tsai was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2010, and the condition has slowly taken away his ability to draw.
First he lost the use of his hands, so he learned to draw with his feet; when that was taken away, he promised to learn how to rig up a computer so he could draw with his eyes. Well, Francis’ sister emailed us today to let us know these experiments have been a success.
The pictures you’re seeing here were drawn by Francis using only his eyeballs. Using Tobii’s “eye-gazing” technology, plugged into drawing programs Sketchup and GIMP, Tsai has been able to create these four images using nothing but the motion of his eyeballs. I’m at a loss for words.
Using sound waves to levitate individual droplets of solutions containing pharmaceutical drugs and drying them in mid-air. Why do this? This is useful because most of the drugs on the market are either amorphous or crystalline and the crystalline form doesn’t get absorbed by the body. So levitating the solution allows the drug to be made into an amorphous state (by evaporation) because if it were to touch any surface it would simply crystallize. They call this “containerless processing”.
The frequencies used are just above the audible range at about 22 kilohertz and when the two speakers are aligned they create two sets of sound waves, perfectly interfering with each other creating a phenomenon known as a standing wave. This allows the objects to levitate in areas within the waves known as nodes as the acoustic pressure is enough to cancel the force of gravity.
BILL NYE IS RAISING MONEY ON KICKSTARTER TO MAKE AN IPAD GAME THAT WILL TEACH SCIENCE TO KIDS
(If they raise at least $165,000, they’ll also port it to Android!)
Welp I’m definitely throwing 20 bucks on it this week. And why aren’t you reblogging this?
Omg I hope they get enough to port to Droid!
i think it’s a universal truth that everyone in our generation takes pluto’s losing its planetary status as a personal offense
Scientists successfully generate gasoline out of thin air
Breakthrough technology takes carbon, hydrogen and oxygen from CO2 and water in the air to create methanol and then converts it into gasoline.
We’ll never hear about this again. And we may never hear from those scientists again.
Big Oil’s gonna be piiiiiiiiissed
Somebody go put these folks in the witness protection program before they get hits put on them by ExxonMobil
just in time for me to get my first whip
If all our blogs mysteriously poof off the face of tumblr, I think we know why…
The dehydration of sugar in sulfuric acid, science motherfuckers.
Mmmm, a nice steaming cup of-HOLY FUCK.
Fact: On my way to work yesterday I was wondering how long it would be before they did this.
So now we don’t even need men to have kids.
we don’t even need men to have kids
Two things that just happened:
I just had an image of feminists killing off all men and raising a flag on top of the highest peek of the Earth claiming this to be a woman’s planet. Keeping men in cages for pleasure or just killing them all off.
and the second thing was
I cried a little. Yes, I loathe children. But… I the thought of possibly having a child with my future wife that is ours and ours alone… I’m in tears.
WE DID IT
WE NO LONGER NEED MEN
activate the plan yall
This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it’s the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover.
Someone make a series called “Skypunch”, posthaste.
Minimal Posters - Muslims Scientists Who Changed The World
A man who has never been able to see color before is now able to perceive it thanks to a device that lets him listen to colors.
Artist Neil Harbisson suffers from a visual condition called achromatopsia or total color blindness. Harbisson can only see things in shades of grey. So, he partnered with some computer scientists at the in 2003, who created an “electronic eye” for him.
The device - which Harbisson wears on his head - detects the color frequency of the item that is passed in front of it, turns it into a sound frequency and passes the information to a chip installed at the back of Harbisson’s head. He then is able to hear the color through bone conduction, or sound waves that are created as they pass through the bones of the skull to the inner ear.
“I’ve been hearing color for eight years since 2004 so I find it completely normal to hear color all the time,” he explained during his TED Talk in June. “At the start, I had to memorize the names you give for each color, so I had to memorize the notes, but after some time this information became a perception. I didn’t have to think about the notes, and after some time this perception became a feeling.”
Now, the artist can go to an art gallery - which he compared to listening to a concert - and hear the paintings. He also enjoys walking in supermarkets, which he likened to going to a nightclub.
“It’s just full of different melodies,” he said excitedly.
Instead of dressing in a way that looks good, he said he now dresses in a way that sounds good. At the TED talk, he wore a multi-colored outfit that sounds like C major to him.
He also now has the ability to translate songs and speeches into colors using their sound frequencies. Justin Bieber’s “Baby” (see below) is full of bubble gum pinks and neon yellows.
“That’s when I began to feel like a cyborg,” he said. “It’s when I started to feel the cybernetic device was no longer a device, it had become a part of my body, an extension of my senses.”
Okay, that’s just cool. Induced synaesthesia! I would think being in a very colorful room would be dizzying, but I guess he likes it, so that’s good. :D
I’m not at all surprised that people like both MLK and Hitler’s speeches until they figure out which is which: charismatic speakers are charismatic for a reason.
Nanoparticle Completely Eradicates Hepatitis C Virus
Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) have developed a nanoparticle that has shown 100 percent effectiveness in eradicating the hepatitis C virus in laboratory testing.
The design revisions were:
- Strategic cut-outs shape to fit fingers in such a way that it is easy to bend them and not disrupt the bandage.
- An intelligent dressing material allows you to regularly check wounds from the outside, without upsetting the healing process.“According to research, the when an infection of a wound is detected, the pH value is between 6.5 and 8.5. AmoeBAND’s indicator cross turns purple, alerting the user needs to change it immediately.”
- Since the bandage material used exudes a leather-like feel, availability in different skin-tones helps it blend in, without overly highlighting the injury.
- The packaging has been redesigned to a matchbox style and includes Braille instructions.
Hat tip to designers Tay Pek-Khai, Hsu Hao-Ming, Tsai Cheng-Yu, Chen Kuei-Yuan, Chen Yi-Ting, Lai Jen-Hao, Ho Chia-Ying, Chen Ying-shan, Weng Yu-Ching and Chung Kuo-Ting
A tip from your favorite nurse
(that’d be me)
Always have eggs in your fridge
You just never know when someone will split their head open
Or cut their finger while cooking
And so on
See that membrane there?
While the blood is gushing - hold pressure and crack open an egg
Peel that there membrane off and put it on the wound (continue holding pressure)
The membrane will harden and keep the wound closed until you can get to the ER for stitches
If you even need them that is
Nature: 1, Band aids: 0