Visual prosthetic patent issued And our last word in business today is a big number: eight million. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number eight million yesterday. It went to Second Sight Medical Products for an invention the company says enhances visual perception for a certain kind of blindness. RENEE MONTAGNE, host: The product is called … Read more

Flexible computers, paper thin

In Praise of Typewriters photo essay

From Life Magazine.

Study shows we use internet as transactive memory

Abstract:  The advent of the Internet, with sophisticated algorithmic search engines, has made accessing information as easy as lifting a finger. No longer do we have to make costly efforts to find the things we want. We can “Google” the old classmate, find articles online, or look up the actor who was on the tip … Read more


A really interesting project by Ji Soo Han, posted on BLDGBLOG. The “Situationist Drawing Device” is a backpack-sized mechanism for recording the experience of landscape. Designed by Ji Soo Han and Paul Ornsby, and operating by way of mirrors, the Device “records a journey taken in an altered state of perception through drawing.” It is an “intermediary … Read more

Anatomy of a Computer Virus

An infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code. This was produced for Australian TV program HungryBeast on Australia’s ABC1 Direction and Motion Graphics: Patrick Clair Written by: Scott Mitchell


Computer to Read Minds They’re already predicting, mathematically, what you’ll want to watch, what you’ll want to wear, and who you’ll want to vote for. Obviously, the next step is for computers to read your mind—and that’s just what they’re working toward at Tufts University in Boston. Your computer won’t be picking up details about … Read more

Behind the Scenes: A Glimpse to the Archives of the Future

A preservation view of the U.S. Geological Survey Record Group, including multiple file formats organized in diverse arrangements, show, in coded colors, the different preservation risk levels of the files. read article here

Some other interesting research

Nighttime Lights Clarify Economic Activity The use of nighttime lights visible on earth from outer space is one of the more innovative ways to measure social and economic activity in countries that have little or no reliable data collection programs.   Neuroimaging Chinese Social Cognition Sook-Lei Liew writes about the opportunity to conduct research examining … Read more

10 Profound Innovations Ahead

10. Read people’s minds 9. Travel the world in 90 mins 8. Create perfect artificial Limb 7. Know it all device 6. Regenerate the body 5. Protect important crops from temperature changes, drought condition, and insects 4. Eliminate waste 3. Control global climate 2. Energy efficiency through the sun 1. Hack the brain Read the … Read more