Super Waterproof?

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“This phenomenon occurs because Crockett and her colleague Dan Maynes have created a sloped channel that is super-hydrophobic, or a surface that is extremely difficult to wet. In layman’s terms, it’s the most extreme form of water proof. Engineers like Crockett and Maynes have spent decades studying super-hydrophobic surfaces because of the plethora of real-life applications. And while some of this research has resulted in commercial products that keep shoes dry or prevent oil from building up on bolts, the duo of BYU professors are uncovering characteristics aimed at large-scale solutions for society.” w/ photos + video

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4D Printing Could Change Everything

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“The name for his concept, Tibbits admits, was a bit lighthearted at first. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tibbits and researchers from the firms Stratasys and Autodesk Inc were trying to come up with a way of describing the objects they were creating on 3D printers—objects that not only could be printed, but thanks to geometric code, could also later change shape and transform on their own. The name stuck, and now the process they developed—which turns code into “smart objects” that can self-assemble or change shape when confronted with a change in its environment—could very well pop up in a number of industries, from construction to athletic wear.” w/ photos + video

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World’s Biggest Dinosaur Discovered

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A farmer in Chubut, Argentina made an incredible dinosaur discovery about three years ago. While working out in his fields, he stumbled across some fossilized dinosaur remains. Paleontologists from the nearby Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio excavated the area and found about 150 incredibly well-preserved bones from seven individuals of a species that is likely the largest to ever walk the Earth. The remains come from a newly-described species of titanosaur, which are large herbivorous sauropods. It lived in the late Mesozoic about 95 million years ago.” w/ photos

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A Breathalyzer That Can Diagnose Cancer

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If a fingerprint can tell someone who you are, a “breathprint” could reveal how you’re doing. That’s according to Raed Dweik, the doctor who runs the pulmonary vascular program at the Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute. For the past two decades, Dweik has been studying the molecular patterns in breath that can reveal what’s happening inside the body. In the same way that a pocket of air above the water level in a closed container carries signature molecules that reflect the composition of that water, our breath is directly linked to what’s happening in our blood.” w/ photos

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Eye Love!

“Someone got love in their eyes!” — cOlleDgeEjuKated

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Turkey’s Underground City

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Derinkuyu is the most famous of them all because of its size and depth – it extends 60 meters into the ground and could accommodate 20,000 inhabitants. This ancient city dates back to the 7th century BC. The early inhabitants of the underground city, built it to save themselves from invasions and war. Ingenuity presented them with an opportunity to build a livable area where they can go unnoticed and where they can protect their possessions.” w/ photos

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Microrobots Working Together?

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A closer look makes it clear that these busy critters are in fact man-made. Wong-Foy, a senior research engineer at SRI, has built an army of magnetically steered workers to test the idea that ‘microrobot’ could be a better way to assemble electronics components, or to build other small structures. Wong-Foy’s robotic workers have already proved capable of building towers 30 centimeters (two feet) long from carbon rods, and other platforms able to support a kilogram of weight.” w/ photos

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This Software Can Virtually Age A Baby 80 Years

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“The explanation of the University of Washington project pretty quickly saps the fun out of the project, by pointing out that they’re not trying to disrupt ‘In20years.com’ but rather trying to work faster and more accurately than the forensics artists who aid police looking for missing children. Currently, the most often-used software requires the subject be at least 6 years old in order to work. The University of Washington’s software can visualize what a one-year-old will look like when he or she turns 80.” w/ photos + video

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Creating Fuel From Seawater?

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US experts and Navy brass jointly announced a ‘game-changer’ process that extracts carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas from seawater to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuel to power ships and jet aircraft. The technology means that within 10 years U.S. Navy ships will be able to make their own fuel from seawater thereby doing away with the fuel supply chain and allowing ships to cross oceans and return to ports without need of refueling, according to an AFP report.” w/ photos + video

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