All posts by Patrick Allred

Life is simply amazing.

Teen Creates Fusion

Now I’m no avid scientist myself, but I find it incredible that a 17 year old High School student can build a nuclear fusion reactor in his basement.  And amazingly enough, the thing actually works.

 Teen Nuclear Fusion Reactor

After 2 years of scrounging parts and over a 1000 hours in research, Thiago Olsen finished construction of what he calls “The Fusor” (pictured above).  While this is not a scientific breakthrough, it does show the dedication and spirit of a young scientist in the making.  With this accomplishment out of the way at such a young age, who knows what he will be able to accomplish in the future?  Keep an eye on this one, folks.  I can almost guarantee we’ll be hearing more about this young man in the future.

[Found via Detroit Free Press]

Retrocausality a thing of the Future….or is it the Past?

University of Washington physicist John Cramer is experimenting with splitting photons in such a way that he hopes to find evidence of a photon going backward in time.   “It probably won’t work,” he says.

Photon Splitting Lasers

“But even if it doesn’t work, we should be able to learn something new about quantum mechanics by trying it.”

Time travel?  Well, it may not be theoretically possible, but I’ve got to give this guy kudos for “Fluxing his Capacitor”!  I, for one, will look out for this scientist’s future work.

[Found via The Seattle PI]

The Bionic Man Remembered

While covering the Iraq war, BBC producer Stuart Hughes lost his leg. His new prosthetic foot is so advanced, it may even allow amputee soldiers back into battle. A few weeks ago, he became one of the first people in the UK to be fitted with the world’s first “intelligent” prosthetic foot.

Bionic Foot

Some researchers believe the current generation of bionic limbs is just the beginning. They are working towards the day when man and machine are seamlessly integrated.

Regardless of the good intentions this technology implies, I can’t help but think how “Cyborgs” would effect our society.  I would be interested in hearing your opinion!

[Found via BBC News]

Wireless Energy Transfer?

Ipod down to its last few minutes of power?  Laptop die during your latest Battlefield 2142 clan match?  These things will soon be a thing of the past, claims Marin Soljacic of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Soljacic and his colleagues propose introducing a short gap in a metal loop and attaching two small disks at each end. When electrified, such an object has a natural, or resonant, frequency that results from current flowing back and forth along the loop from one disk to the other.  More here.

Energy Transfer Discs

“The results are strongly encouraging but the real test of the thing will be experiments, which we are working on now.”

I know I could find a handful of uses for this technology right now.  If it does come to light, it will certainly revolutionize portable device usage.  Time will tell!

[Found via Scientific American]

The Air Guitar Lives

Research Scientists in Australia have developed a high tech shirt that creates sounds depending on the wearer’s movement.  Using this shirt thats hooked up to sensors and computers, it allows the user to mimic the classic air guitar stance and use one hand to set chords, while the other creates music with a plucking motion.

Air Guitar Shirt

Now how cool is that?!?  I could have used this thing when I was a teenager in highschool and trying to impress the girls!

[Found via Guardian Unlimited]

James Bond is God

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Yes, you heard it from me.  Ever since writer Ian Fleming created James Bond in 1952, every man’s dream has been to step into those superspy’s shoes and take out some bad guys, or foil some evil plot.  Through the cinematic history of Bond films, the character has stayed the same, even though several actors have played the part.

Now you can relive those dreams and watch the famous intros to those movies.  These intros are legendary in that many a singer have made their fame with the association of the movies.

Go!  Watch!  And remember…..

[Found via Cityoffilms.com]

Flat Light Bulbs!

CeeLite has developed a nifty new light emitting panel that with minimal AC application, will light up large volume area.

 CeeLite Light Panel

CeeLite even claims that their panels consume less energy per light hour, and produce more candle power than current incandescent, neon and florescent lighting.

Now I don’t know about you folks, but I find this incredibly cool.  With literally limitless applications for this technology, it won’t be too long before we see this as a common domestic light source.

[Found via Sci Fi Tech]

Dominate The World!

Check out this new, entirely web-based Risk clone.  No downloads necessary!  This game is well designed, and executed with a style all it’s own.

 Grand Strategy

You play at your own pace, with games lasting anywhere from minutes to weeks!  It only takes moments to learn the interface, and is very user friendly. 

Join the struggle to conquer the world by wresting your enemies countries from their grasp, and stomping them into submission!

[Found via LinkSwarm]

Ten Greatest Lego Creations

Working off of Andy’s earlier Halloween Lego submission, I came across this article on OddPeak about the ten best Lego creations they’ve come across.

 Legos

Being a past Lego enthusiast myself, I find these creations very intuitave and enlightening.  Most of the constructions use or depict current technology, and are most impressive; considering they are built from what are mostly considered children’s toys!

Makes me wish I still had all my Legos from my childhood…

[found via OddPeak]

City of Heroes: Issue 8 on Test Server

 

NCSoft announced today Issue 8 for City of Heroes and City City of Heroesof Villains is now available on their Test Server for subscribers. To Protect and Serve features Safeguard missions, Police Band missions similar to the newspaper missions of the villains from Issue 7, Pocket D Arenas where heroes and villains can battle each other, a new, reborn Faultline which has become a city zone, and for both heroes and villains a Veterans Rewards Program, which retroactively rewards players for their past active playing time.

More info about Issue 8

How to access the Test Server