A new kind of glass could create nex-gen OLEDs and solar cells

August 25, 2015 by  
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Representative solar cell For a long time, one of the key defining factors of glasses has been their molecular randomness; but when a team at the University of Chicago , led by Professor Juan de Pablo, were analyzing a glass that they had grown in their lab they saw unusual peaks in “what should have been featureless optical data.” Initially they thought the peaks the result of an error in their calculations, but instead the team found that the particular technique they had used to make the glass had enabled them to control the organization of the molecules. It might sound like a small thing, but the capacity to tune the orientation of molecules in glass, which improves the density and thermal stability of the material, could be a breakthrough to improving organic electronic devices, such as LEDs and solar cells. Read the rest of A new kind of glass could create nex-gen OLEDs and solar cells

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Transglass Recycled Glass Tableware by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden

November 11, 2014 by  
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Tranglass is one of our favorite recycled-design projects of all time. Contradicting the old notion that recycling in design equals handicrafts made from buttons and popsicle sticks, the Transglass project  proves once and for all that the efficient reuse of waste materials can go hand in hand with haute design. Designers Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden have created a gorgeous line of tableware from recycled wine and beer bottles from the restaurant industry. Tumblers, vases, and carafes are all fashioned through collecting, cleaning and re-cutting old glassware into new shapes. Read the rest of Transglass Recycled Glass Tableware by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Emma Woffenden , glass , glasses , Guatemalana recycled glass , jug , jugs , recycled glass , recycled glass dishes , recycled glass tableware , recycled glass vase , tableware , Tord Boontje , Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden , Transglass , vase , vases

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Christian Boer Designs New Font Especially for Dyslexics

November 11, 2014 by  
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For the roughly 10 percent of the world’s population who have dyslexia, reading can be a real chore. Standard fonts are deliberately made to look alike — the ‘b’ flips around as a ‘d’ and ‘n’ becomes ‘u’ — in an effort to keep them neat and aesthetically pleasing. But it is exactly this that makes it so hard for dyslexics to distinguish between different letters, since they are prone to flip words, mirror them, or rotate them in their minds. As a graphic designer who also grapples with dyslexia, Christian Boer designed a new font called Dyslexie that addresses these design issues, and one publisher has already published 40 books using it. Read the rest of Christian Boer Designs New Font Especially for Dyslexics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christian Boer , Design for Health , dutch design , dyslexia , dyslexics , Dyslexie , font for dyslexics , Istanbul Design Biennial , typeface design

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High-Tech Glasses Help Surgeons Visualize and Target Clustered Cancer Cells

February 12, 2014 by  
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A wearable technology so new it still doesn’t have an official name could allow for more precise cancer-removal surgeries in the future. Cancer is a terrifying diagnosis, but thanks to advanced surgical technologies, chances of remission after tumor removal are getting better every year. Unfortunately, cancer cells are notoriously difficult to see, even under high-powered magnification. Without a guaranteed way to distinguish cancerous cells from healthy cells, surgeons are often forced to remove neighboring tissues. Now, a new type of eyewear developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis could put an end to this intrusive procedure. The specialized glasses help surgeons to “see” cancer cells, and in the future, could reduce the need for additional surgical procedures and subsequent stress on patients, as well as time and expense. Read the rest of High-Tech Glasses Help Surgeons Visualize and Target Clustered Cancer Cells Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cancer cells , cancer-fighting technology , cancer-spotting glasses , eyewear , high-tech glasses , surgical glasses , visualize cancer cells , Washington University School of Medicine , wearable technology        

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Stuart Haygarth’s Opulent Chandeliers Are Made Entirely from Recycled Objects

January 21, 2014 by  
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Designer Stuart Haygarth creates dazzling functional art entirely from upcycled, discarded objects. For the past decade Haygarth has collaged toys, auto parts, and even eye glass parts into luxurious light fixtures that add new significance to overlooked objects. Read the rest of Stuart Haygarth’s Opulent Chandeliers Are Made Entirely from Recycled Objects Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carpenter’s workshop gallery , Chandelier , eyeglass lens , glasses , green lighting , recycled , Stuart Haygarth , upcycled        

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The OrCam is a “Google Glass”- Like Device That Aids the Visually Impaired

September 15, 2013 by  
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Thanks to a company based in Israel, the visually impaired now have a means to become more independent. The OrCam is a device that can be mounted on a pair of glasses and point out objects, people, or products. After the camera identifies a form, it uses bone conduction to inform the user as to what they are seeing. The gadget can even recognize faces, allowing the wearer to see a friend from a distance. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bone conduction , camera , glasses , Google Glass , Israel , orcam , visually impaired        

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Warby Parker to Help Google Make “Glass” More Stylish

February 23, 2013 by  
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Google  is reportedly working with trendy eyeglass company  Warby Parker  to design “more-fashionable frames” for its  “Glass” headset , according to anonymous sources quoted by the  New York Times  this week. Warby Parker was founded two years ago, and the company made its mark by introducing a “one for one” business model (for every pair of frames purchased, Warby Parker donates another to someone in need). For its part, it looks like Google is aiming to make Glass a status accessory. The device made its  New York Fashion Week  debut in September when models wore colored versions at  Diane von Furstenberg’s runway show . READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: glasses , Google augmented reality glasses , Google Glass , Google Glass Project , Google technology , high-tech glasses , prototype device , warby parker

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6 Incredibly Disgusting Additives Found in Everyday Foods

February 23, 2013 by  
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The recent scandal over horse meat found in “beef” products in the UK has sent a wave of disgust and panic through the country and beyond — while last year’s uncovering of the true ingredients in pink slime caused some in the US to reconsider their meat-eating habits. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gross ingredients in our everyday foods. From crushed insects , to shellac and a substance derived from an unsettling part of beaver anatomy, there are many disgusting—and commonly used—food additives out there. Read on to learn more about six of the most surprising and gross ingredients in your food . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal products , cochineal , disgusting additives , disgusting ingredients , food additives , food ingredients , genetic modification , GMOs , gross additives , gross ingredients , horse meat , pink slime , unlabeled food ingredients

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Adjustable Liquid-Filled Lenses Provide Vision to the Developing World

July 14, 2010 by  
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Today over 1 billion people around the world need — but lack — access to eyeglasses.

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Coming Soon: Cheap, Thin, Energy-Efficient Night Vision Glasses

April 29, 2010 by  
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Have you ever wished that your car windshield or cell phone camera could pierce through the night and turn darkness into day? Then get ready: researchers at the University of Florida have figured out a way to create ultra lightweight, thin, and inexpensive night vision devices that use minimal amounts of electricity

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