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solar powered phone charger.

I NEED this! My charing cords are about to break. No wires = happiness!

Connections of axons (or nerve fibers) between the sections of the brain look more like a “chess board” than a “ball” or a “plate of spaghetti”, claims a recent study, which did a detailed imaging of the brain wiring. Using the latest techniques of recording the flow of water molecules in the brain, scientists revealed a simple and almost geometric architecture of the nerve fiber net, which has been nominated “the most complex thing in the known universe.”

Nylon airhouses from Life magazine, November 1957.

Gamepad T-Shirt. "To open the secret entrance to the cave, try left-left-up-left-down-down-right-left then a-y-y-x-b-a and then hold the d-pad down while clicking y-y-b-b. Press start twice, and you will get in."

Brain Waves and Meditation Forget about crystals and candles, and about sitting and breathing in awkward ways. Meditation research explores how the brain works when we refrain from concentration, rumination and intentional thinking. Electrical brain waves suggest that mental activity during meditation is wakeful and relaxed.

If you’re our loyal reader you should remember amazing eco concept of Vincent Callebaut – Lilypad. But Vincent continues to pump out amazing concepts of futuristic eco systems. This time inspired by the organic form of coral he has created utopian eco villages for for 1,000 Haitian families affected in 2010 by an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale. This village is called “Coral Reef”. Built upon seismic piers off the coast of the mainland, the prefabricated,...

Gunther von Hagens, acid-corrosion cast of the arteries of the adult human hand

[][][] Lilypad ecopolis Architect Vincent Callebaut designed Lilypads to be self-sufficient floating cities that can each accommodate up to 50,000 climate change refugees. Inspired by the shape of Victoria water lilies, these eco-cities would be made of polyester fibers and built around a central lagoon, and they would feature three mountains and marinas — dedicated to work, shopping and entertainment. Aquaculture farms and suspended gardens would be located below the water line, and the cities would run completely on renewable energy. Callebaut plans for his Lilypad concept to become a reality in 2100.

[][][] The creators of the Water-Scraper believe that the effects of climate change mean it’s “only a natural progression that we will populate the seas someday,” so they designed this livable, sustainable structure for humans to occupy. The Water-Scraper uses wave, wind and solar power, and its bioluminescent tentacles provide sea fauna a place to live while collecting energy through kinetic movements. This floating structure even generates its own food through farming, aquaculture and hydroponics. A small forest is nestled on the top of the Water-Scraper, along with wind turbines, a garden and livestock, and the living areas are located just below sea level where natural light is best.

New device hacks into blind people’s visual cortex to let them "see." This Sensory Substitution Device uses the camera to gather visual data and then uses a rather nifty computer algorithm to translates this data into sound. With a little practice, blind users can identify complex objects, and even read words. The invention is the invention of Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Dr. Amir Amedi, who you can see modeling the device in the picture up top. Amedi says that with only a relatively brief period of training, users can learn how to interpret a ton of information the "soundscapes" created by the computer algorithm, including the nature of complex everyday objects, the location and posture of people in a room, and even written letters and words. What makes this particularly cool is that the sounds being created actually activate the ohterwise dormant visual cortices of congenitally blind people. Previous research had indicated that the visual cortex organizes data into two parallel pathways. The ventral occipito-temporal pathway, called the "what" pathway, deals with form, identity, and color, while the dorsal occipito-parietal pathway, or the "where/how" pathway, focuses on object location and coordinates visual data with motor function. MRI scans revealed that blind people using this device activated these pathways just as people with normal vision would, indicating the proper functioning of the visual cortex doesn't actually require any visual information. In a statement, Amedi argued that this means that "The brain is not a sensory machine, although it often looks like one; it is a task machine." This is one of a few recent studies that have suggested that actual visual, auditory, or tactile data aren't necessary for the brain to interpret what is going on around it. The various pathways of the brain seem to stand ready to interpret data, even if the corresponding sensory organs or receptors don't actually work. It seems, as far as the visual cortex concerned, no experience is required.