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Human Brain-to-Brain Interface

Scientist controls colleague's hand in first human brain-to-brain interface University of Washington researcher Rajesh Rao sends a brain signal to Andrea Stocco via the Internet, causing Stocco's right hand to move on a keyboard. by   August 27, 2013 12:09 PM PDT

University of Washington researcher Rajesh Rao, left, plays a computer game with his mind, while across campus, researcher Andrea Stocco wears a magnetic stimulation coil over the left motor cortex region of his brain. (Credit: University of Washington) The telepathic cyborg lives, sort of. University of Washington scientists Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco claim that they are the first to demonstrate human brain-to-brain communication. Rao sent a signal into a Stocco's brain via the Internet that caused him to move his right hand. Brain-to-brain communication has previously been demonstrated between rats and from humans to rats. "The experiment is a proof in concept. We have tech to reverse engineer th…

3D Printing Van Goghs

Fuji is Using 3D Printing and Scanning to Create Near-Flawless Van Gogh ReplicasDL Cade · Aug 30, 2013

For those art enthusiasts who just don’t have the millions of dollars required to purchase their own original Van Gogh painting, Fujifilm has a solution for you. After seven years of development, the company’s “Reliefography” 3D scanning and printing technique is ready to create near-flawless replicas of great works of art, which will be available to the public for tens of thousands instead of tens of millions.

This new technique — a combination of 3D scanning, digital imaging and printing technologies — was created by Fujifilm Belgium. And now that it’s ready to be put to use, Fuji Europe has partnered up with the Van Gogh Museum to show just how amazing Reliefography is.
The process is so detailed that Fuji can only create 3 replicas per day, but the “Relievos” the technique spits out are accurate down to the brush strokes on the front and the torn labels, stamps and handwriting on…

Micro-Location iBeacons

Why Micro-Location iBeacons May Be Apple's Biggest New Feature For iOS 7
With all of the “color commentary” about the next iPhones, and the equally off-color criticisms of the design of iOS 7, we may have missed a really important new feature. Thanks to a really detailed discussion by Daniel Eran Dilger atAppleInsider, we can now see the full implications of the iBeacons ranging and micro-location capabilities included in iOS 7. iBeacons is an implementation of the Bluetooth LowEnergy (BLE) profile which enables very precise micro-location triggers for events in iOS 7 apps. Already an industry is mobilizing to create hardware and software services to take advantage of these new geofencing capabilities. Estimote, a Polish company with an outpost in Mountain View, California, that just graduated from Y Combinator is about to ship it’s first beacons (3 for $99). It’s co-founder, Jakub Krzych, talks about creating “an OS for the physical world.” And Roximity iBeacons has a $10 a mont…

Randa Salutes Bow Tie Day

Randa Salutes August 28th National Bow Tie Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (August 28, 2013) – The neckwear business has been on the rise, according to MRketplace, the website that covers the menswear fashion industry, up to about $800 million this year from $677 million in 2008. Bloomberg Magazine puts the market at $850 million for 2013. Conservatively that is an increase of nearly 20 percent, and if Bloomberg is right, perhaps upwards of 25 percent in five years; healthy growth to say the least.

If neckwear is the star in the menswear business, then the bow tie is the same in the neckwear business. Representing 7 percent of total neckwear sales, up from 4 percent last year, the bow tie is a rising star.  Brooks Brothers, a natural at selling bow ties, reported a 60 percent sales increase in 2012, amounting to what a divisional merchandise manager for men’s furnishings said was 10 percent of total neckwear unit sales. Bow ties, says MRketplace, are one of the four elements dri…

Pan Am Economy Class

Late 1960s:
Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747

Makeup Kiosks

Benefit Is Launching Makeup Kiosks…
In Airports by Candace Bryan | 1:28 pm, August 24th, 2013 Top Eyelash Growth 2013Warning - We Tried Everything. Here's The #1 Product We These days, airport security can get pretty intense, so if you’re smart you probably arrive much, much earlier than your flight, “just in case.” As wise as that is, the extra hour or so you have to spend waiting for your flight can get pretty boring, especially if you’ve already all your September issues. Shopping would be a great way to kill time, but most airport stores consist primarily of touristy knick-knacks and overpriced scarves. Now, though, makeup brand Benefit (who already made headlines this week with their raunchy video ad) is launching a line of airport kiosks, so you can while away the hours buying things you’ll actually use. The “Glam Up and Away” carts will sell Benefit’s 30 most popular products (like their ma…

75 Best Dressed Men of All Time

Catalyst to Innovation

"Space around me where my soul can breathe"
Great line from the song Solitude is Bliss.  a 2010 hit from Aussi psychedelic rock band Tame Impala.  This song slowly entered my head as I started reading the below NY Times article.  I had to turn the volume down so I could finish reading, this is a serious topic after all. and now I'm thinking maybe reading is a catalyst to music?   In this Opinions post, Please fill the comments section.
OPINIONThe Rise of the New Groupthink

Good Writing vs. Talented Writing

Good Writing vs. Talented Writingby
“Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind — vividly, forcefully — that good writing, which stops with clarity and logic, doesn’t.” The secrets of good writing have been debated again and again and again. But “good writing” might, after all, be the wrong ideal to aim for. In About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews (public library), celebrated author and literary critic Samuel Delany — who, for a fascinating fact let, penned the controversial 1972 “women’s liberation” issue of Wonder Woman — synthesizes his most valuable insights from thirty-five years of teaching creative writing, a fine addition to beloved writers’ advice on writing. One of his key observations is the crucial difference between “good writing” and “talented writing,” the former being largely the product of technique (and we know from H.P. Lovecraft tha…