Photo/videographers Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill hiked for more than 200 miles, carrying upward of 70 pounds each of camera equipment, through the rugged and otherworldly landscape of Yosemite National Park. Over the course of a combined 45 days, the pair set up and captured time-lapse video of the stars, of frozen waterfalls and craggy mountains, of ancient stones and deep chasms.
Only big enough for a bunk bed surrounded by wire walls, these minuscule dwellings aren’t a project in urban microhousing. They’re the result of poor workers trying to find a place to live in the city’s booming real estate market.
Amazing and sad that free people live in these small spaces.
MASERATI ALFIERI is still a concept, but it seems pretty plausible and – worth the wait.
The most famous and luxurious tourist destination on the west coast of Bali - W RETREAT BALI
Just moved near they top of the bucket list. #SPGpointsherewecome
One of my philosophy professors lectured wildly about love once, yelling: “When you’re in love with someone, that person is the lighthouse of your universe.” (I scrawled it inside Science and Poetry in pencil—lighthouse of your universe—as if I would ever forget that phrase.) He was a delightful caricature of his position. I could swear he literally tore his hair out while howling at us. He went on, “Nothing means as much without that person.” One of the men in the class repeated, incredulous, half-laughing, “So you’re saying you can’t enjoy, like, a vacation, without someone if you’re really in love with them?” “Of course not.” the professor replied. “Not completely. You recognize beauty, but beauty means less if they don’t witness it with you. Beauty is less. You see something sublime and your first thought is that they should be there with you. It’s not as good without them. They illuminate. They make everything more.
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Carbon Solar Watch Wants You To Stop Wasting Those Rays
Short battery life is one of the biggest complaints for wearable technology. But the truth of the matter is that running out of juice too early in the day is a problem with all tech including smartphones.
What’s ironic is that we are walking around with an endless supply of solar energy which could be used to keep all of our electronics going for a lot longer than the typical 4-6 hour day.
This is where a new wearable called Carbon comes in. Carbon looks like a wristwatch but without any numbers or arms. That’s because the display is a high tech monocrystalline solar cell meant to harvest solar energy and use this to power mobile devices on the go.
After two years in research and development, Energy Bionics, the company behind Carbon, is getting ready for their Kickstarter campaign which is expected to go live in January/February of this year.
Energy Bionics told us that Carbon is expected to sell for around $110 USD and will ship as early as Summer of 2014. The team is optimizing the energy harvesting circuitry and completing/testing the programming.
Carbon will sport a stainless steel case and offer black, blue, green and red accents. The device is expected be dust and waterproof, making it ok to hike or walk in the rain but you wont’ be able to go swimming with it.
Carbon will come with a wide variety of mini cables for charging that support anything from an iPhone to an Android device. They are considering creating a key ring adaptor or connector so you can charge your phone on the go.
The first version of Carbon will concentrate solely on energy harvesting, energy storage and charging. But Energy Bionics told us that they are looking to include additional functionality in future models such as an OLED time/energy display depending on customer feedback.
UPDATE: We asked Energy Bionics to give us some information around charging times for Carbon.
According to the company, Carbon’s current 650 mAh Li Ion battery should be fully charged in 6-8 hours using both indoor and outdoor light. It will then have the capacity to charge your smartphone by no more than 50% (obviously taking in account different battery types for different devices).
Also interesting to note that Carbon is designed with an output of 1 Amp, 5 Volts and 5 Watts which will allow a wide range of USB devices to be charged or powered including Google Glass.
Risotto moves gracefully with the seasons. Nothing says spring like a risotto made with fava beans, tiny green peas and herbs, perhaps with a handful of asparagus tips for good measure. Summer risotto? Ripe tomatoes, zucchini and…
Ada Lovelace (via IBNLive)
Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an opportunity to celebrate pioneering women in science, technology, engineering, and math. Who is Ada Lovelace, you ask? Well, just the person who wrote the first computer program, way back in the 1800s, before many women even had the right to vote. The awful thing is — not much progress has been made since then in supporting women in STEM fields.
That’s why Ada Lovelace day exists. Say the founders of the holiday:
It’s difficult to name the women excelling in STEM because they are all but invisible…Despite evidence that girls do well in such subjects at school, few go on to study them at university and even fewer then get jobs in these fields.
But female STEM superstars do exist. To celebrate them, two female scientists, Maia Weinstock and Anne Fausto-Sterling, are organizing a Wikipedia edit-a-thon today to help correct the imbalance between the number of male scientists and number of female scientists covered on Wikipedia. Join in if you have time!
And, of course, we have a few of our own superstars to celebrate today. Below, 7 talks from women who are expanding our scientific horizons:
When Larissa Oliveira arrived in Peru to study a new species of fur seal, she discovered that it was already threatened by the loss of its primary food source due to overfishing and the effects of climate change. She shares her story of taking action to convince governments and communities that the the little-known anchovita fish — and the creatures who depend on it — are worth saving. (Spanish, with English subtitles).
Flowers are astoundingly manipulative, and need to be if they are to defend themselves against predators, find food and reproduce. Heather Whitney sheds light on the invisible tactics flowers use to exploit their pollinators.
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