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27Oct

Test your eye sight

via Woosk

by Vetle 0 comments Category: People, Science
4Oct

That can’t be, can it?

via BitsAndPieces

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Science
14Aug

What’s knowledge anyway?

via Woosk

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Science
17May

Which red line is longer?

imagesred-line-perception

via BitsAndPieces

by Vetle 2 comments Category: Science
29Apr

European airspace rebooted

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25Apr

Mind-boggling NASA images and video of the sun

I’m not religious, but I believe in Earth. Still, for Earth to have “believers”, Earth needs to have inhabitants (or colonists elsewhere, but that’s not something to consider, at least not yet). So Earth (or the concept of “Earth” as a pseudo deity) needs an intelligent lifeform, like Man (or the concept dies). And to sustain a lifeform on Earth, or form life, as we know it, we need light. The source of light would therefore become the source of life, and probably the closest thing I get to define as a god.

So if you ask me how I imagine the face of God, here it is:

Image: NASA

Image: NASA

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Image: NASA

More fantastic images at NationalGeographic.

Oh, oh, oh! There’s even a video!
Warning: if you’re as easily awed as I, this will blow your mind and make you feel very, very insignificant indeed.

via Geekologie

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Science
22Mar

Pie vs cake: a scientific approach

Over at hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com an attempt is made to determine what’s generally the better: pie or cake. Although I disagree with their findings, I found the science report funny and interesting. Read the full report here.

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Thanks, @taotad!

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Humour, Science
11Feb

Lightning reveals its power in slow motion

Hit this link for more awesome videos of lightnings in slow motion.

Thanks, Ronin @ Kybernesis!

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Science
25Jan

Concept Nokia cellphone runs on Coke

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23-year old Chinese designer Daizi Zheng has come up with a rather intriguing idea. What she’s presenting is a cellphone powered by carbohydrates! Utilising enzymes as a catalyst, the “green Nokia” would draw energy from liquid form sugar, like Coca Cola (though any brand soda, even sugar water, would do the trick). The technology is already available: back in 2007, Sony presented their bio-battery which works the exact same way.

From Daizi Zheng’s website: This is a client project aimed at designing an eco-friendly phone for Nokia. As a result of my research, I discovered that conventional phone batteries are: expensive, harmful to the environment and difficult to dispose of. In addition, the conventional battery manufacturing process consumes many valuable resources. The concept is based on the idea to create a pollution free environment by using bio-batteries as an alternative to conventional batteries. A bio-battery is an ecologically friendly, energy supply system which uses enzymes as a catalyst to generate electricity from carbohydrates (currently sugar). In order to use the bio-battery as a power source for the phone all that is required is a small supply of a sugary drink. Once the battery dies only oxygen and water remains. Bio-batteries are fully biodegradable and have, on a single charge, a potential life-span three to four times longer than conventional lithium batteries. Meanwhile, bio-batteries are a whole new way of looking at batteries and afternoon tea.coke-powered-mobile-phone_04_3cuV9_17621coke-powered-mobile-phone_01_yoUCr_17621

via Dezeen

by Vetle 1 comment Category: Science
25Jan

Dreaming of Miapolis

miami-miapolis_02_goaib_17621With the Burj Khalifa (previously known as the Burj Dubai) rising 828 meters in the air as the tallest building on Earth, it stands as a challenge to every new tower planned. I’ve seen a good few plans for taller towers, but the prospect of Miapolis is one of the more interesting. Sure, it looks monstrous, but it’s American after all. It would demand hovercars though.

Plans drawn by architectural design firm Kobi Karp, the Miapolis is to be a 975 meter high tower, built on Watson Island in the port of of Miami (hence the name). If realised, the giant set of tweezers will hold an amusement park, an observatory, a good few restaurants, shops,  apartments, offices and a 792-room hotel. What, no spaceport? I blame the financial crisis.

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via TheDesignBlog

by Vetle 1 comment Category: Art, Science
25Jan

Colour picker pen

This is kind of cool, although I’m not sure I see the use for it. Place the top side of the pen against any object, press the scan button, and the pen automatically mixes its three RGB colours to give you the colour you scanned. Or something close in range at least.
The colour given would depend a great deal on lighting, and although you’d get a blue colour pointing at something blue, I think it could be more useful if it came with a colour chart that the pen was calibrated to. Of course, now you could argue that it would be easier with a menu system inside the pen, saving you from carrying the chart around, but… Argh. It’s a nice idea. Clever and cool.

Even if it looks like a pregnancy test.

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Designer: Jinsun Park

via BitsAndPieces

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Art, Science
21Jan

The universe is huge, poster reveals, makes you feel small

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See the full poster (very cool) here.

via Woosk

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Science
18Jan

The Yike Bike. Cool, but expensive.

yikebikeThe New Zealander invention YikeBike promises easy movement and freedom for a mere (?) €3500-3900. Sure, it looks cool, and if it’s half as comfortable as it looks, it could very well be a nice little something for the environmentally aware man or woman. It’s not meant for off-road driving, so it’s probably better suited for use in the busy city life.

via BitsAndPieces

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Science
17Jan

Who will win? ’59 Bel Air and ’09 Malibu goes head on

via Geekologie

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Science
3Jan

How we spotted the enemy coming before we had the radar

The enemy always keeps coming. That’s part of what being an enemy is about; they come, and we really don’t want them to. Or it’s us doing the coming and them doing the not-wanting-us-to-come-ing. Either way enemies are always unwanted, and so we’ve devised ways of alerting the people upon hostile invasion.
To begin with, we shouted. Then, we shouted louder, as this proved more effective. Then, cupping our hands, banging on drums, smoke singals, lighting fires on mountaintops, all that. With the radio invented, we soon heard the booming radiograph alarm signal telling us a distress message is about to be transmitted and would you please turn your radio on right away and pay attention because the government is about to tell you something bloody important. This is still the best solution we’ve got, but as with all forms of alarm, its effect depends on it being well ahead of the danger it’s announcing. So we had to come up with ways for being ahead of time, and this is where it gets interesting. Before the radar, would you know, we used fancy hearing aids!
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, please visit WebUrbanist.com or DamnInteresting.com for more insight.

Professor Mayers Topophone

A.M.Mayer's patent from 1879. Image via Michael Leong.

Radar OReilly. Image via DarkRoastedBlend

Radar O'Reilly. Image via DarkRoastedBlend

Acoustic Locator - Czechoslovakia circa 1920

Acoustic Locator - Czechoslovakia circa 1920

Two-horn aircraft locator, Washington D.C., 1921

Two-horn aircraft locator, Washington D.C., 1921

Japanese emperor Hirohito inspecting his hearing aid. Impressive.

Japanese emperor Hirohito inspecting his hearing aid. Impressive.

Photo: David Barrington

Concrete sound mirror at Dungeness, England. Photo: David Barrington

http://weburbanist.com/2009/12/27/sound-mirrors-before-radar-hearing-was-believing/
by Vetle 0 comments Category: Science
1Jan

Schrödinger’s lolcat

Happy new year!

After a refreshing christmas holiday I am back online, more or less alive and gently kicking.
I’ll open the new year with a lolcat I made. Yes, I find them silly, and employing lolcats to look smart doesn’t help much, does it?

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Humour, Science
18Dec

Tape measure trick

via Bitsandpieces.us

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Science
16Dec

The Copenhagen Wheel

Photo: SENSEable City Lab, MIT

Photo: SENSEable City Lab, MIT

Yesterday, at the COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen, MIT students presented the Copenhagen Wheel, a hybrid smart wheel that harnesses your kinetic energy created when braking and stores the energy in the wheel for later use. The wheel can communicate with your smart phone, which may tell you how fast you’re going, where you’re going and when you’re likely to get there. Having the smart phone mounted on the handlebars, you can lock or unlock your bike, change gears and select how much the motor should assist you. The Copenhagen Wheel also monitors pollution levels, and this information can be shared online, making for a map showing you and your fellow citizens where to go to avoid pollution and traffic congestion.

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Computers, Science
15Dec

The Face Transformer

In my blog article “My clone looks nothing like me“, I present the thought of having your own look-alike somewhere in the world.
Today, I found this marvellous Face Transformer created and hosted by the
University of St. Andrews
in Scotland.

Here, using the transformer script, my friend Sigurd has been given west-asian, afro-caribean  and east-asian features, suggesting what his look-alike looks like:

Photo: Vetle Skatvoldsmyr

Photo: Vetle Skatvoldsmyr

The Face Transformer also has options to show how you might have looked like as a baby, child or teenager, and how you might look like as an old man (or woman). Also, you can feminise your features, see yourself as a Botticelli painting or even mix fifty percent chimp DNA into the gene pool. Good fun.

Resizing your photo aforehand to 640×480 is recommended, as large images will load slowly in the script (standard webcam size should be fine).

by Vetle 0 comments Category: Computers, Friends, Science
13Dec

My clone looks nothing like me

Yesterday, my friend Richard from London told me he saw someone over there that looked a bit like me. It got me thinking.

The idea of having a twin is strange. Of course, with 7 billion people in the world, chances are there’s someone out there who resembles you so much that people could be fooled, should you bring your twin to your hometown. That is, before your twin starts talking, laughing, moving, gesturing, all those other things that makes you you to other people. But at a certain distance, in a certain light, standing upright without moving or talking, you probably should be able to fool your own parents (or HE would fool your parents, rather). Somewhere out there is a man (or a very ugly woman) who looks pretty much like me.

Today, I came across http://facialprofiler.com, which is an ad campaign for Coca Cola Zero (they want us to believe it’s standard Cola’s twin – utter nonsense of course, tastes nothing like it). At the site, your picture is taken via webcam, pictures on Facebook or pictures from your harddrive and then compared to other people’s faces in their database. And then you’re waiting in excitement as “People ahead of you in the queue” gets matched – and their match actually looks like them! If you try this procedure a few times though, you’ll see the “people ahead of you in queue” are the same people every time, so that’s just something they’ve put in there to have you believe this thing works.
Well, does it work? You be the judge:

First try

First try. Using photo from harddrive.

Second try.

Second try. Adding a smile as parameter.

by Vetle 1 comment Category: Computers, Science

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