Joseph Coyle, Canadian, filed for the invention of an egg carton nearly one hundred years ago. Although he was not the first to tackle the safe egg transportation problem, his carton design, patents US1269394 and CA181662 in 1918, was one of the most successful. Later in the 1950s, British designer H G Bennett created the design we see on supermarket shelves made of cardboard, molded paper pulp or plastic, and with an individual space for each egg to sit. However, just recently, the Hungarian design student Eva Valicsek, came come up with a novel replacement that may become the egg carton of the future. I accidentally used a rubber band that was sitting on my table - then realized that I found the perfect solution.
Everyday we read, we hear, about breakthrough advances in cancer therapies, but this one seems to be unique. US researchers have revealed the identity of molecules on the surface of cancer cells which allow the body's immune system to identify and destroy them. Scientists have actually discovered the molecular mechanisms that will inform the development of the next generation of therapies. Researchers are happy about the discovery. For them, the finding is "big, big news" for immunotherapy researchers says Cancer Research UK's Dr Quezada.
Maybe you enthusiastically keep clean your cell phone glass, and you meticulously clean the earphones, but is this enough to keep bugs and bacteria away from the smartphone? Remember you also place the phone in your pockets/purse; but are those bags and pockets clean as your phone? By the way, talking about pockets, pocket lint is not friendly to your smartphone, it is: the # 1 cause of failure for charging ports and headphone jacks. And what about placing the smartphone in the cup holder of your car? Remember there you also place beers, juices, snacks, food leftovers, etc. Hence, keep in mind that in the cup holders tiny mites crawl in through the headphone jack or charging port and curl up for a nap.
Do we only use only 10% of our grey matter as some neuroscientists say? Maybe there are also many other senses providing us with information from the world around us. Human echolocation is little-known sense that works by a person emitting a clicking sound with the tongue and listening for how it rebounds off the immediate bodies. A wonderful example of echolocation used by humans is the Team Bat in the USA– led by Daniel Kisch, who use echo-location to go mountain biking. This ability depends on the traditional sense of hearing, but the perceptual experience and function is more akin to vision. You don’t need to be blind to try it; even sighted people can learn to “see in the dark” using echo-location. For these reasons, some consider it a separate sense.
When we learn about the behavior of plants and trees should we be surprised and amazed about the plant world or should we be astonished about our ignorance? Plants do create their own silent network in parallel with our communications network including their own internet. It seems that plants aren't just sitting there quietly growing. By linking to the fungal network they can help out their neighbors by sharing nutrients and information. However, similar to the human internet, the fungal internet has a dark side like our own internet. It happens that plants need to compete with their neighbors for scarce resources like water and light. In that day-and-night eternal battle, chemicals are released to harm their rivals. Animals exploit and use for their benefit the fungal internet. Some plants produce compounds to attract friendly bacteria and fungi to their roots, but these signals can be picked up by insects and worms looking for tasty roots to eat.
Gilbert Legrand, who was born in Paris, is a freelance illustrator who gives us an incredible lesson about the hidden side of everyday objects. Somehow, and unexpectedly Legrand awaits to reveal us another world we appreciate very little. This artist illustrator shakes us and lifts us the underfoot comfort carpet we use to see the things around us in only one way. Gilbert Legrand gives some lessons to the analytical mind and challenges them to see science in more than one way. How could Legrand illustrate the atoms, or illustrate the theory of relativity or quantum mechanics?
Chinese culture is different from all other world cultures, as all other cultures are different from ours. Shopping is one of those everyday activities where people show those differences. Therefore, opening stores in other countries must adapt their marketing strategies to those cultures. For example, in China rice is sold in giant, open vats, and foods are mostly kept in the open instead of being packaged. Why? Check out the photos.
This is a very old question that predates to the ancient Greek philosophers. How can something emerge from the nothingness? How can the void "exist"? Maybe for the pre-Newtonian physics the question may appear absurd, but not anymore. In the light of modern quantum and relativity physics the answer to the question of the existence of the Universe can be surprising. Yes, the Cosmos may have sprung out of nothing at all, because in quantum physics, if something is not forbidden, it necessarily happens.
If you think that there is no more innovation space for the venerable desktop computer you have to read this. HP has unveiled a new concept in desktop PCs; a desktop computer with a 3D scanner integrated to it and at the same time substituting the old keyboard for a touch-enabled writing-drawing-and working mat. Forbes says: If Da Vinci Had A Desktop, It Would Be HP's Sprout while PC World writes: HP’s Sprout is a double touchscreen PC that makes the virtual feel far more real.
In to make some near-future predictions we need to have a fair amount of reliable information; we need to have a really big amount of data collected from different sources. We know that in the past some science fiction writers "predicted" future technologies like the submarine, helicopters, etc. but the World Wide Web was not yet invented. Now, predictions are not based on the imagination of fertile writers: now predictions are based on big data from big networks spanning all of our planet.
How much do you think you are being watched? Do you think that if there are no cameras around nobody is watching you? But what about your cell phone, what about your bank accounts? Where do you think your online chats are gone? Governments, spy agencies, screening offices --even your friends-- can store a lot of information about you, your assets, your family. But the worst part is that stored information can virtually last forever. Chris Baraniuk has an interesting story about stealth surveillance in his article Surveillance: The hidden ways you’re tracked.
Solar generation is a widely used alternative of renewable power. However, a new report from the European Union says its economic impact is unacceptably costly, and believe it or not, far worse than wind and even hydroelectric power. That's what an MIT article stands for in their MIT Technology Review website titled: Why Solar Is Much More Costly Than Wind or Hydro. Read the article in this link and download the PDF European Union Report Subsidies and costs of EU energy: An interim report.