Monday, March 29, 2010

The dark side of the iPad

Apple's iPad, soon to be released to the public, may be seen as the latest new toy everyone would love to play with at this moment. But, as the Kindle from Amazon, it paves the way to the definitive move away from the printed reading -a decaying business- and into the digital era for books, newspapers, magazines, etc.
If you consider for a second that this may make Apple one of the biggest channels of distribution for written content, as it happened with music with iTunes, you may start to see how a company that arbitrary decides what gets published or not could be not so great. If they are already pushing (or threatening?..) magazines to change their format if they want to get on the iPad, what would stop them from arbitrary (Steve Jobs way..) influencing tomorrow what news is distributed or what political books are included or not..
Many say that famous old add featuring Apple as a force for freedom against big brother has now very little to do with the current ways of the company..

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Curing aging

Longer life expectancy comes along with more aging related diseases. Extending quality of life and reaching for immortality is a dream that has been around since humans became aware of their own mortality.
Nobody sees death as a good thing. All adults start, eventually, to experience and suffer the effects of aging. But a frontal direct approach to finding "a cure" is not even consider as an option by most scientist that simply see this as an impossible task, or not as an actual problem (or resolvable problem).
But science is advancing at an increasing speed in this field, and although significant results have arguably not been reached yet, many things seem more possible now than ever before.
With this in mind, a gathering of great minds has been put together to accomplish just that, a full frontal attack on the problem with a team of interdisciplinary experts. Following the example of what was done to reach the goal of creating the first atomic bomb in project Manhattan.
The Manhattan Beach Project is the name of this new project, and the results from it are already very exciting.
See for example this presentation where a new technology that can turn back the clock of aging on individual cells is explained:

More information:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Printing buildings

Turn the printer on. Click the print button. And you have a house.
Yeah, right.. I would say. We are not accustom to seeing 3d printers, nor any kind of printer that can't be placed over your desktop.
Well, this guy seems to think that is not such a crazy idea. Take a look at some of the pictures of his printer and you'll immediately see what I mean...

3d printing technology has great potential. From allowing astronauts to build safe buildings with little work, to empowering on demand on site fabrication of goods. And this is just an example of the things that could come out of it.

More about the artist:

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Z-day main event to be broadcast live from New York

Find it on the z-day page:

Or watch the live stream (around an hour to go before it starts) from right here:

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Artificial photosynthesis to produce hydrogen

"The dream of filling your car's fuel tank with tap water" has probably been mentioned enough to become a cliche.. But this tech could, supposedly, produce hydrogen from water using a catalyst and sun light in a very cheap way.

As with many other promising technologies, we will have to wait and see if it pans out: