Ultrafast heating of water – This pot boils faster than you can watch it

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Scientists from the Hamburg Center for Free-Electron Laser Science have devised a novel way to boil water in less than a trillionth of a second. The theoretical concept, which has not yet been demonstrated in practice, could heat a small amount of water by as much as 600 degrees Celsius in just half a picosecond (a trillionth of a second). That is much less than the proverbial blink of an eye: one picosecond is to a second what one second is to almost 32 millennia. This would make the technique the fastest water-heating method on earth.

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Better first response medical care during catastrophes

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When large-scale emergencies occur, it often takes far too long before victims receive the care their injuries demand. Now a new electronic system has been designed to support helpers during the initial assessment of victims and to speed up patient care.

The eTriage system will locate casualties and transmit their vital signs such as pulse, res- piratory rate, and blood oxygen to emergency response control centers in real time.

eTriage consists of several elements. Instead of using paper tags, first responders put color-coded armbands made of light, bendy plastic on casualties. These triage armbands are the cornerstone of the system and comprise a GPS sensor, an RFID chip, and a net- work component for communication with the data network. Unharmed people receive only an armband with GPS sensor, whereas unstable and severely injured victims have sensors attached to their bodies that transmit vital signs to the emergency response control center. The armband functions as an interface and network node. The data can be transmitted via a ZigBee – a slow but far-ranging and economical radio network – but also via WLAN or the cellular network.

Rescuers see at a glance where the majority of severely injured casualties are located. They can decide immediately which hospitals victims should be taken to, whether on-site care is sufficient or whether heli- copters should be requested. “With our eTriage system, a severely injured person categorized as red is reported within no more than 30 seconds and can be evacuated immediately. With the conventional paper tag method, it often takes up to 30 minutes before the victim is evacuated,” says Elmasllari.

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Fully functional loudspeaker is 3-D printed

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Cornell researchers have 3-D printed a working loudspeaker, seamlessly integrating the plastic, conductive and magnetic parts, and ready for use almost as soon as it comes out of the printer.


It’s an achievement that 3-D printing evangelists feel will soon be the norm; rather than assembling consumer products from parts and components, complete functioning products could be fabricated at once, on demand.

It’s not the first time a consumer electronic device was printed in Lipson’s lab. Back in 2009, Malone and former lab member Matthew Alonso printed a working replica of the Vail Register, the famous antique telegraph receiver and recorder that Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail used to send the first Morse code telegraph in 1844.

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This Computer Program Can Spot Hipsters

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This Computer Program Can Spot Hipsters. Are you a biker, goth, raver, or hipster? Anew algorithm can tell 50% of the time, just from looking at your photos.


Fashion is a powerful tool. Within a split second, a person’s glasses, jeans, and haircut can communicate quite a bit about them–everything from age to socioeconomic status to connectedness to trends. Now, courtesy of scientists at the University of California, computers are getting a similar ability. Researchers there are developing a new algorithm that can distinguish someone’s urban tribe–whether he or she is a “biker, country, goth, heavy metal, hip hop, hipster, raver and surfer”–just by looking at a photos. And it’s accurate about 50% of the time. (Whereas a chance guess would only be right about 10% of the time.)

The software program keys in on personal details, like haircuts, hair color, makeup, jewelry, and tattoos, as well as colors and textures. It also takes this analysis a step further, by not only studying the key subject, but also every person photographed in any given scene. Each person essentially represents another datapoint about you.

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Putting a seal of security on the Internet of Services

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Book a flight online, perform an internet banking transaction or make an appointment with your doctor and, in the not-too-distant future, the ‘Internet of Services’ (IoS) will come into play.


IoS is a vision of the future internet in which information, data and software applications – and the tools to develop them – are always accessible, whether locally stored on your own device, in the cloud, or arriving in real time from sensors. Whereas traditional software applications are designed largely to be used in isolation, IoS brings down the barriers, thereby lowering costs and stimulating innovation.

IoS services can be designed and implemented by producers, deployed by providers, aggregated by intermediaries and used by consumers. Anybody who wants to develop applications can use the resources in the Internet of Services to develop them, with little upfront investment and the possibility to build upon other people’s efforts.

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10 trends that will shape consumer mindset and behavior in 2014 | JWT Intelligence

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In this year’s report, we see how consumers are both welcoming and resisting technology’s growing omnipresence in our lives. For many, technology serves as a gateway to opportunity and an enabler of hyper-efficient lifestyles, but those who are most immersed are starting to question its effect on their lives and their privacy. One result is that more people are trying to find a balance and lead more mindful, in-the-moment lives. 

Our forecast also puts a spotlight on the growth of immersive experiences; the accelerating shift to a visual vocabulary; the new appeal of imperfection; and the rise of telepathic technology, which will enable brands to better understand minds and moods and react in a very personalized way.

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