Gorgeous vintage map of the Moscow metro, 1980. Pair with Transit Maps of the World.
I LOVEs me my maps!
Artificial heart ready for human trials.
French company CARMAT have announced that their artificial heart is scheduled to be implanted into patients in four medical centers around the world. The device completely replaces the patient’s original heart.
The artificial heart consists of two cavities, mimicking the organ’s ventricles, which are separated by a moving membrane that’s hydraulically powered via a special actioning fluid. This membrane reproduces the action of the ventricular wall during contractions, creating blood flow in and out of the device. The system is works in conjunctions with sensors and a microcontroller that continuously adjust the activity of the prosthesis to match the needs of the patient.
(Source: medgadget.com, via emergentfutures)
I love this multi-level tree house
optionMONSTER Holdings, Inc. Wins 2013 ITA “Outstanding Technology Development” CityLIGHTS Award -
optionMONSTER Holdings, Inc., the parent of tradeMONSTER, the online brokerage industry’s leader in user experience, has been honored with a 2013 Illinois Technology Association (ITA) CityLIGHTS Award in the “Outstanding Technology Development” category. The venerable award goes to the ”company or organization that utilizes or developed a technology tool, process or service that accelerated growth.”
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Tierra del Fuego.
The Greatest Grid: How Manhattan's Famous Street Map Came to Be -
The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan 1811-2011, based on the current exhibition of the same name at the Museum of the City of New York, tells the story of the city’s right angles. The Commissioner’s Plan of 1811, the map and surveying scheme that set the blocks at 200 by 800 feet all the way up the length of the island, was an audacious gamble on growth. From 1790 to 1810, the population of New York had tripled, and the commissioners predicted that by 1860, New York would have almost the same population as Paris, then home to half a million people. (They were wrong, of course — New York would top nearly 800,000 by then.) The Commissioner’s Plan of 1811, by John Randel, Jr. (Courtesy of the New York City Municipal Archives)
Gorgeous 1660 map depicting New York’s humble start. Next, the story of how Manhattan got its famous grid.
Also see Mapping Manhattan, hand-drawn personal memory maps by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Yoko Ono, Malcolm Gladwell, and 72 other New Yorkers.
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The Coolest and Most Terrifying Biomimetic Robots -
Building a better bot sometimes means looking outside the shop for inspiration. Borrowing from the characteristics and abilities of insects, birds, fish and mammals, scientists and engineers have designed robots that can swim, jump, snuggle, and steal books.
I am fascinated by the robo-ants!!!
What Is Nothing? A Mind-Bending Debate about the Universe -
Every year, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, of which Asimov had been a tenacious supporter, hosts the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, inviting some of the greatest minds of our time to discuss monumental unanswered questions at the frontier of science. The 2013 installment explored the existence of nothing in a mind-bending conversation between science journalist Jim Holt, who has previously pondered why the world exists, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, who has explored the science of “something” and “nothing,” Princeton astrophysics professor J. Richard Gott, NYU journalism professor Charles Seife, and Stanford physicist Eve Silverstein, moderated by none other than Neil deGrasse Tyson. The wide-ranging conversation spans such subjects as quantum mechanics, space-time, black holes, and string theory.
Morris Graves, The Circle Void, 1970