This blog is for anything I find interesting. I have many interests: chemistry, math, philosophy, poetry, libertarianism, etc. I have some hero's who I hope to find on tumblr more often who include: Buckminster Fuller, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Carl Jung, Marshall Mcluhan, Kurt Godel, John Muir and more. Any questions about anything, just ask.
The link below is to my other blog, it's less serious, and is for posting things that wouldn't fit on this one. It's more of an indulgence blog, so check it out.
http://weltanshauung.tumblr.com/

Seasteading Institute Goal

The Seasteading Institute wishes to enable the creation of ocean city-states in order to advance humanity through innovative startup governments. We believe that competition in government will lead to better government for the whole planet. Governments are ultimately the stewards of institutions, which are more or less the “rules of the game.” Looking around the world, it is easy to see that some countries have better rules than others. Good or bad, however, rules can become entrenched in the absence of competition from new market entrants. Currently no new governments can peacefully enter the “governance market,” but with seasteading, experimentation with new rules is possible.

http://www.seasteading.org/

sexhaver:

rasputin:

Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer. 

Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range. 

Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.

breathe into the BEE ORB to reveal your fate

Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor was a German mathematician, best known as the inventor of set theory, which has become a fundamental theory in mathematics. Cantor established the importance of one-to-one correspondence between the members of two sets, defined infinite and well-ordered sets, and proved that the real numbers are “more numerous” than the natural numbers. In fact, Cantor’s method of proof of this theorem implies the existence of an “infinity of infinities”. He defined the cardinal and ordinal numbers and their arithmetic. Cantor’s work is of great philosophical interest, a fact of which he was well aware
image from:
http://www.mathematicianspictures.com/Mathematicians/Cantor.htm
They have a lot of cool Math pics.

Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor was a German mathematician, best known as the inventor of set theory, which has become a fundamental theory in mathematics. Cantor established the importance of one-to-one correspondence between the members of two sets, defined infinite and well-ordered sets, and proved that the real numbers are “more numerous” than the natural numbers. In fact, Cantor’s method of proof of this theorem implies the existence of an “infinity of infinities”. He defined the cardinal and ordinal numbers and their arithmetic. Cantor’s work is of great philosophical interest, a fact of which he was well aware

image from:

http://www.mathematicianspictures.com/Mathematicians/Cantor.htm

They have a lot of cool Math pics.

You’ve probably heard of safety testing for food products or agriculture, but how about marijuana? Not far from Silicon Valley, a new cottage industry is forming to make cannabis safer for people with weak immune systems through forensic testing.

"It’s very important because every other industry has some component of quality control testing, has regulations, has standards," says lab director Josh Wurzer of SC Labs in Capitola, California. "I think a lot of people are getting to the point where they’re saying, ‘Give us some sort of guidance.’"

An important fact about SC Labs customers is that they step up to have their products tested without any government agencies forcing them to do so. Why? Promising customers safety may make good business sense.

"We have several hundred clients across the state and these are dispensary owners or growers who do it voluntarily. And it’s amazing to see the people who are voluntarily coming to us, paying a lot of money to have us test their medicine, some of which doesn’t pass, just to ensure that the patients that they serve are as safe as possible," says Wurzer.

Monday, December 9, 2013

prostheticknowledge:

Tangible Augmented Reality Action Figure

Articulate figurine frame featuring many AR code points can alter poses of virtual models, put together by Alcyone - video link below (in Japanese):

Link

thebrainscoop:

More images of bones that were 3D printed from a CT scanned cheetah (photos of that process here).

Anthropologist and conservationist JP Brown modeled and rendered this skeletal for an upcoming exhibition about biomechanics, opening in March. This will be incorporated with an exterior model, the end result revealing a partial skeleton. Museums utilizing new technology in this way means we can share our research outside of our walls without having to worry about obtaining permits for protected species remains, or risk damaging permanent collections items. 

And, you know, it’s a printed cheetah.

reckon:
William S. Burroughs: The Book of Breeething (1974/1975)
A short essay on Egyptian hieroglyphics, Hassan i Sabbah, The Curse of King Tut and state-coups.
With illustrations by Robert F. Gale.
First published as The Book of Breething, OU Henri Chopin, Ingatestone, Essex, UK, 1974 (in 50 copies)
Publisher Blue Wind Press, Berkeley, 1975 (in 250 copies) An Overdrive Book ISBN 0912652276 76 pages
Download (PDF 96 MB)Download (Alt link)
Via monoskop.org

reckon:

William S. Burroughs: The Book of Breeething (1974/1975)

A short essay on Egyptian hieroglyphics, Hassan i Sabbah, The Curse of King Tut and state-coups.

With illustrations by Robert F. Gale.

First published as The Book of Breething, OU Henri Chopin, Ingatestone, Essex, UK, 1974 (in 50 copies)

Publisher Blue Wind Press, Berkeley, 1975 (in 250 copies)
An Overdrive Book
ISBN 0912652276
76 pages

Download (PDF 96 MB)
Download (Alt link)

Via monoskop.org

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Major biological discovery...inside the Chernobyl reactor??

wizzlbang:

wizzlbang:

The abandoned town of Pripyat, the Chernobyl reactor in the background. There has been an exciting new biological discovery inside the tomb of the Chernobyl reactor. Like out of some B-grade sci fi…

First the Bacteria feeding on our plastic pollution, now this.
Nature is adapting to our presence on this planet, at this rate things that prey exclusively on us might start popping up…

No guys, you don’t understand
They found a collection of fungi thriving inside the Chernobyl plant which uses radiation as a food sorce, using melanin the same way plants use chlorophyl

That is the tightest fucking shit

reckon:

Stranger Visions: DNA Collected from Found Objects Used to Create 3D Portraits

You’re walking down a street in Brooklyn, gnawing on a piece of gum that’s past the point of flavorful.. In a hurry, you spit it on the ground without a second thought and continue about your day. Hours later, a mysterious woman arrives, surreptitiously collecting the sticky gum from the sidewalk and dropping it into a clear plastic bag which she then carefully labels. Flash forward a month later: you’re walking through an art gallery, and there, mounted on the wall, is a familiar face staring back at you. Astonishingly (or terrifyingly), it’s a 3D print of your face generated from the DNA you left behind on that random piece of gum that now appears in a petri dish just below the portrait. A few years ago this would have seemed like science fiction, the stuff of films like Gattaca, but to information artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, it’s how she makes her artwork here in 2013.

They say inspiration can strike anywhere. For Dewey-Hagborg, it happened in a therapy session. While staring at a framed print on the wall, she fixated on a tiny crack in the glass into which a small hair had become lodged. As her mind wandered, she imagined who this seemingly insignificant hair belonged to, and, more specifically, what they might look like. After that day, she became keenly aware of the genetic trail left by every person in their daily life, and began to question what physical characteristics could be identified through the DNA left behind on a piece of gum or cigarette butt.

Stranger Visions is the result of her fascinating, if slightly disconcerting, line of questioning and experimentation: 3D printed portraits based on DNA samples taken from objects found on the streets of Brooklyn. Dewey-Hagborg worked with a DIY biology lab called Genspace, where she met a number of biologists who taught her everything she now knows about molecular biology and DNA.

Interview with the artist

The resulting portraits are bizarre approximations of anonymous people who unknowingly left their genetic material on a random city street. So how accurate are the faces created from this genetic experiment? The artist likes to say they have a “family resemblance” and no, unlike the scenario depicted above, a person has never recognized themselves in any of her exhibitions. Yet. There are some things such as age which are virtually impossible to determine from DNA alone, so Dewey-Hagborg casts each portrait as if the person were around 25 years old.

http://deweyhagborg.com/

More at Colossal

thisistheverge:
Build your own cellphone for $200
David Mellis, one of the minds behind the Arduino platform, has released the blueprints to a cellphone that, with time and patience, anyone can build. Mellis used the readily available Arduino GSM Shield, which lets Arduino-based machines access the web over cellular networks, as the basis for his project, but greatly expanded upon the component’s hardware and software, adding support for a display, buttons, speaker, microphone, and a full interface. The result is a basic cellphone that can make and receive calls, text messages, store names and numbers, and display the time. 

thisistheverge:

Build your own cellphone for $200

David Mellis, one of the minds behind the Arduino platform, has released the blueprints to a cellphone that, with time and patience, anyone can build. Mellis used the readily available Arduino GSM Shield, which lets Arduino-based machines access the web over cellular networks, as the basis for his project, but greatly expanded upon the component’s hardware and software, adding support for a display, buttons, speaker, microphone, and a full interface. The result is a basic cellphone that can make and receive calls, text messages, store names and numbers, and display the time. 

prostheticknowledge:

Higgs Boson 3D

Simple interactive 3D diagram of the Higgs Boson rendered in WebGL, by Leander Herzog.

Try it out for yourself here

UPDATE: Leander Herzog has a Tumblr here

yearoftheglitch:

DIGITAL ART YOU CAN WRAP YOURSELF IN

Feeling a bit chilly these days as winter sets in? Cozy up with your eReader or mobile device and wrap yourself in a warm knit or woven throw designed from digital binaries, hallucinating/dreaming digital cameras, and other electronic oddities.

Winter discount codes will help you stay warm for less:

2013WINTER10 for 10% off all orders

2013WINTER50 for $50 off orders over $250

Order here: http://glitchtextiles.com

 
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