A step toward optical computing

One + one = zero: coupled lasers turn each other off

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03:06 May 1, 2012

 

Researchers have designed coupled lasers that act as general-purpose optical logic gates

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A left-brained camera? NYT

 

This Camera Doesn’t Take Pictures. It Describes Them.

| April 25, 2012, 6:49 pm 2 Comments

Photos via Matt Richardson 
The Descriptive Camera prints explanations, not photos.
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Innovega's dual-focus eyewear to make augmented reality battlefield-ready

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05:27 April 19, 2012

 

Innovega's dual-focus contact lenses allow the wearer to focus near and far at the same ti...

Innovega's dual-focus contact lenses allow the wearer to focus near and far at the same time

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Finally! The button I've been looking for!

Don't delay; click here. You'll be glad you did.

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Engadget: Power from snails

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not the ipad 3--but very cool

Here's a concept video, not from Apple.
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Can $35 Raspberry Pi computer teach kids to program?

Somehow, I don't think so. There are lots of much more attractive programming environments around that are accessible to kids through schools and libraries. I don't see any great benefits to this approach. But I'd love to be wrong! :-) JO

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MIT Technology Review: DIY Biotech in your bedroom

Do-it-yourself: Cathal Garvey, 26, poses in the biology laboratory he created in his mother's spare bedroom. 
Deirdre Brennan

In a spare bedroom of his family's house in County Cork, Ireland, Cathal Garvey is repeating the feats that led to the dawn of the biotechnology age. He's growing bacteria. He's adding DNA. He's seeing what happens.

"To transform bacteria was once a huge deal, a new method," he explains. "Today, you can do it with Epsom salt and an over-the-counter brand of laxatives."

Garvey, who is 26, dropped out of a PhD program at a big cancer lab two years ago. Instead of giving up on science, however, he started doing it on his own, spending $4,000 to equip a laboratory in his parent's house. As a member of the "do-it-yourself" biology movement, Garvey takes inspiration from the early days of hobby computers, when garage tinkerers spawned companies like Apple and the rest of the PC industry. The idea now is that anyone—not only big-budget academic labs or large companies—should be able to practice biotechnology. More

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DIY book scanner

Amazing what people can do on their own!

Get more info here.

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Gravity-defying fluids!

Go here for some more explanation.
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