$70 DIY acoustic tractor beam moves objects with sound

January 13, 2017 by  
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Tractor beams may soon be no longer fictional tools under the command of starship captains, as a team of researchers at the UK’s University of Bristol has managed to create a simple tractor beam out of easily obtainable parts. Check out the video above to learn how you can build your own for just over $70. https://youtu.be/6YV0lou4L4c According to the University of Bristol , the concept for this tractor beam is much simpler than a recent sonic tractor beam that uses sound waves to trap and manipulate tiny objects. According to the recent paper published in Applied Physics Letters, this tractor beam design uses just one electric signal and a passive wave modulator. As the University of Bristol notes: “The passive wave modulator is a type of acoustic lens that can alter the transmitted or reflected waves. The research team’s passive wave modulator can be made in various different ways. In one example it’s a collection of tubes with different lengths and in another it’s a carefully contoured surface. In both cases it can be 3D-printed using an off–the-shelf printer. Using a single waveform a static tractor beam can be created. If two waveforms are used then up and down manipulation of objects can be achieved.” Related: This revolutionary new paper battery is powered by bacteria According to research assistant and lead author of the paper, Asier Marzo, “The technique can generate an acoustic tractor beam using only a single electrical signal, this will reduce the cost and complexity of tractor beams making them a more affordable technology for manipulating and analyzing levitated samples. With our new research now everyone can have an acoustic tractor beam.” The device is so simple, the university has released a YouTube video showing people how they can build their own tractor beam at home for just over $70. That’s a far cry from previous tractor beam technologies, which required phased arrays of more than 50 sound channels, with each made up of a signal generator and an amplifier. Via University of Bristol Video and image via University of Bristol , YouTube

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George Lucas selects Los Angeles to host $1 billion art museum

January 13, 2017 by  
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Apparently, the force is much stronger in Los Angeles than it is in San Francisco. Star Wars creator and beloved filmmaker George Lucas recently announced he has chosen the City of Angels as the location for the $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art . Although the project is very much in the beginning phases, Lucas has tapped Chinese architectural firm Mad Architects to lead the design, which, at first glance, looks like it will be a futuristic design surrounded by acres of sprawling green space . The much-anticipated museum will be located in L.A.’s Exposition Park, holding court along side the California Science Center , Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California African-American Museum. It will also be adjacent to the director’s alma mater, the University of Southern California. Related: Quirky Pinocchio-themed museum looks like it came out of Geppetto’s workshop As far as the content of the museum goes, the one-of-a-kind collections will be divided into three categories, namely narrative art, the art of cinema and digital art. The exhibitions will include everything from fine art and popular art to illustrations and comics, and of course, props and storyboards from the director’s iconic movies. According to Lucas, the museum will revolve not only around the art itself, but the idea of creating something new and unique, no matter what medium, “The whole point of this museum is to stimulate the imagination…to open eyes to the possibilities of creating art.” + Lucas Museum of Narrative Art + MAD Architects Via Forbes Images via Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

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Hyperloop One opens the world’s first Hyperloop factory

August 2, 2016 by  
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Two Hyperloop companies are dueling it out to see who will be the first to build the futuristic high-speed transportation concept, and one company just took a major stride ahead. Hyperloop One , formerly Hyperloop Technologies, just opened their Hyperloop One Metalworks factory in North Las Vegas, Nevada . It’s the first Hyperloop factory to open, and is about as big as two football fields. At Hyperloop One Metalworks, engineers, welders, machinists, and technicians will work on pieces for the Devloop, Hyperloop One’s full-system prototype. The massive factory houses fancy new equipment, prompting the company to refer to Metalworks as ” a maker playground .” The company will be creating many new jobs at the factory, where workers will use tools like “Flow waterjet cutters.” The factory also includes a “state-of-the-art metrology room” where Hyperloop components and materials can be measured. Related: Hyperloop One hits 116 mph in 1.1 seconds on first public test run According to Hyperloop One, they are the “only company in the world building a complete system right now.” Huge steel tubes outside their industrial factory hint at what they are building inside. In a company blog post co-founder Josh Giegel said, “The facility is essential as we continue testing and is an incredible asset as we continue on the path towards making Hyperloop a reality. The equipment housed at Metalworks gives us the flexibility and freedom to build rapidly and develop the Hyperloop in real-time.” The company believes having their own factory will allow them to research ways to slash the costs of delivering the technology . The company had another big success in May, earlier this year; they ran a ” full-scale test ” that saw their test sled hit 116 miles per hour in a mere 1.1 seconds. If all goes well as Hyperloop One builds Devloop, testing of the revolutionary prototype could occur as early as next year. + Hyperloop One Images via Hyperloop One Facebook

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Scientists discover a way to “unboil” eggs – and it could make cancer treatments more affordable

January 30, 2015 by  
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Scientists have found a way to unboil an egg – and the discovery could lead to cost reductions in cancer treatments , food production advancements and other areas of research . The process, developed by University of California and Australian chemists, can turn a hard boiled egg white back into liquid form. And while that might seem like just a cool trick, it’s really a fun way to show the revolutionary process the chemists have developed that can ‘untangle’ protein molecules. Read the rest of Scientists discover a way to “unboil” eggs – and it could make cancer treatments more affordable Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cancer drugs , cancer treatments , egg unboiling process , protein unraveling , protein untangling , scientists unboil an egg , uc irvine chemists , unboiled egg

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Looking for a beer made from actual human piss? Urine luck.

January 30, 2015 by  
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In 2001 the hipsters of Portland planted the seed for a fascination with PBR that quickly spread nation-wide. So what state could be better qualified to provide us with a beer made from actual human urine? While it won’t be hitting the market anytime soon — due to regulations and all — Clean Water Services has asked the Oregon Brew Crew to turn their high-purity, drinkable sewage water into a refreshing craft beer. Read the rest of Looking for a beer made from actual human piss? Urine luck. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beer , clean water services , drinking water , Drought , high purity water , home brew , homebrew , Oregon , public health , recycled water , safe water , waste water , wastewater , water treatment , West Coast

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Brooklyn Company Raises $10M to Grow Cow-Free Leather

July 6, 2014 by  
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Those who are vegan or simply wishing to live a cruelty-free life may soon be able to add leather products back into their fashion consumption. Not real leather made from the hides of animals, of course, but a laboratory-grown substitute that just might fool even the most discriminating leather aficionado. Modern Meadows , a Brooklyn-based company, recently raised $10 million to grow faux leather from animal skin cells obtained through pain-free biopsies. Follow the link below to learn more about the revolutionary technique. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bioengineered leather , cruelty-free leather , laboratory leather , modern meadow , Modern Meadow cow-free leather , Modern Meadow leather , vegan leather

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The AquaDesigner Living Fountain Provides a Beautiful Way to Grow Food at Home Year-Round

February 12, 2014 by  
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For gardeners looking to grow their own food year-round without worrying about the harsh winter weather, aquaponics is the way of the future. With $2.5 billion spent nationwide on U.S. food gardens and a $21 billion return on investment, the incentive to implement this revolutionary system combining raising fish and plants symbiotically is met with growing interest and passion. Aquaponics is quickly becoming popular throughout the U.S., and if you’ve been hankering to try your hand at aquaponics, but don’t know where to start, you might want to check out the Aquaponic Source . This cool company is about to release a brand new series of aquaponic systems, including their Ambiance AquaDesigner Living Fountain, a beautiful and functional piece of decor that can be used for growing both indoors and outdoors! Read the rest of The AquaDesigner Living Fountain Provides a Beautiful Way to Grow Food at Home Year-Round Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquaponic source , aquaponic system , aquaponics , aquaponics gardening , diy aquaponics , The AquaDesigner Living Fountain        

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Biomimicry’s Debt to Ray Anderson

August 15, 2011 by  
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Among the many achievements that Ray Anderson earned in his revolutionary career, one of the most often-overlooked is his pioneering use of biomimicry in product design.

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Why Sustainability Reporting Is Revolutionary

May 12, 2011 by  
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Insight into why corporate sustainability reporting foments change, by the winner of the 2011 Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting.          

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Navigating the New Global Energy Management Standard

May 12, 2011 by  
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A new global standard for energy management systems goes on the books this year. What will it mean for your company? A recent GreenBiz.com webcast examined ISO 50001

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