Museum 3D Reprints Fragile Pieces to Give Visitors a More Hands-on Experience

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In order to make fragile museum objects more accessible so visitors can interact with them and learn more about them, designer Maaike Roozenburg created the ‘Smart Replicas‘ project. The aim is to examine how 3D prototyping can be used to replicate historical items and how augmented reality can be used to enrich them with information. They are presented in small glass cabinets with tiny pieces of card giving a visitor minimal information. It is such a pity because these objects were not made to be shown in a museum, but to be used.

Read the full article at psfk.

Just geeky

Diamonds Popular w/ Defense Department

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From Fox Business News:

Diamonds were in demand this Valentine’s Day for romantic reasons, but the U.S. military is interested in the synthetic version of this gem all year round for entirely different use.

While American defense companies may not be in the jewelry business, defense sector giants like Raytheon are certainly exploring the potential of this quintessential gem for defense applications.

Laboratory-grown diamonds, when combined with semiconductor gallium nitride, have very promising potential to be an essential component to next generation radar, communications and electronic warfare systems. Research suggests that it is possible to get more power and see farther with diamonds- making them a potent defense asset.

www.wpdiamonds.com

Science

Cool Custom Mini-Engine Projects

I stumbled on a couple of cool custom built engine videos and now i have a strong desire to build my own, now i just need to mine some back issues of Popular Mechanics to find a worthy project :)

Flame Gulping Engine based on a 1950 PopSci article:

Flame-Licker Engine Powered Automobile:

Tiny Jet Engine:

 

Murmelmotor “Kalle” Stirling Bengs Modellbau:

Gadgets / Devices, Just geeky

Dung Beetle Uses The Milky Way For Navigation, First Animal To Do So

Dung Beetle Navigating by Milky Way

Researchers have known for a while that dung beetles use the sun, the moon or other light source to navigate. Once the beetle acquires a dung ball from the poop pile they want to get away with their “loot” asap to prevent the competition taking it away. And they use a light source to help ensure they navigate in a straight line to prevent circling back to the original poop source and run into the competition.

Researchers from Wits University placed the beetles in a planetarium and clearly observed behavior showing the beetle can use the milky way’s band of light as an alternate light source when all other good sources are not available.

Read this fascinating article over at PlanetSave for the full details.

Science

Great Find on ETSY – LoneCatStudios

I stumbled on a very good artist on ETSY with some geeky prints and paintings. Check out the LoneCatStudios shop on ETSY.

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