Archives for November 14, 2013

Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt

“If you want to know where this leads, check out what’s happening in Canada, where I live. The Conservative government of Stephen Harper has done such an effective job of gagging scientists and shutting down critical research projects that, in July 2012, a couple thousand scientists and supporters held a mock-funeral on Parliament Hill in […]

Accidental Discovery More Practical than Superconductivity

Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the performance of devices like computer chips. WSU doctoral student Marianne Tarun chanced upon the […]

What if Our Hair Dryers and Blenders Worked Like Open Source Code?

Tseng deconstructed 50 common household gadgets and realized that you could recreate all of them with five basic modules. Have you ever looked at your hair dryer and wondered if it could make a killer latte? Or if your desk lamp could double as a projector in a pinch? Probably not, but design student Weilun […]