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A Shipping Container Costs About $2,000. What These 15 People Did With That Is Beyond Epic [trueactivist.com]

All you need is around $2000 to begin building one of these epic homes – made from recycled shipping containers! Check out some of these amazing creations!

A luxury home doesn’t always necessarily mean thousands of square footage, towering great rooms and gilded toilets. Take these homes for example: to begin building one of these epic houses, all you need is $2,000. That $2,000 will buy you a shipping container. What you do with that shipping container… well, that’s completely up to you. Some creative people have found a way to transform this rudimentary “room” with metal siding into luxury housing that blows us away. These homes are epic.

via A Shipping Container Costs About $2,000. What These 15 People Did With That Is Beyond Epic | True Activist.

Map reveals how the entire world could be connected using a global underground network [impactlab.net]

Such a project would need an almost unlimited budget and time to create tunnels long enough to cross the Atlantic, he added.

Super high-speed vehicles would also need to be developed in order to make a trip beneath the ocean comparable to taking a flight.

And then there are tectonic plates and enormous underwater mountain ranges to consider.

Mr Benaim said: ‘The idea of tunnelling under the ocean is probably not feasible because of the depth of abysses and tectonic plate boundaries. I suppose you could go round Greenland and the Arctic [to connect Europe with America].

His suggested solution to the Atlantic problem is quite simple, however.

‘Why should we imagine this map and network as an underground?’ he said.

He explained that a pneumatic tube similar to the grand plans for a 760mph (1,223km/h) ‘hyperloop’ in California might be more feasible.

via Map reveals how the entire world could be connected using a global underground network | Impact Lab.

Greed and the Wright Brothers [NYTimes.com]

Greed and the Wright Brothers - NYTimes.com

The Wright brothers’ critical insight was the importance of “lateral stability” — that is, wingtip-to-wingtip stability — to flight. And their great innovation was something they called “wing warping,” in which they used a series of pulleys that caused the wingtips on one side of the airplane to go up when the wingtips on the other side were pulled down. That allowed the Wrights’ airplane to make banked turns and to correct itself when it flew into a gust of wind.

But when the Wrights applied for a patent, they didn’t seek one that just covered wing warping; their patent covered any means to achieve lateral stability. There is no question what the Wrights sought: nothing less than a monopoly on the airplane business — every airplane ever manufactured, they believed, owed them a royalty

via Greed and the Wright Brothers – NYTimes.com.

A New Breed of Wearables Will Give You Data You Can Actually Use [Wired.com]

Motion capture isn’t new, of course. The Wii and Kinect first introduced the technology on a mass scale in our living rooms. But the Kinect and Wii work by using larger sensors spaced out in a room — infrared projectors, cameras, accelerometers and IR detection, all feeding back to a base unit where the heavy data processing takes place. Some of today’s wearables are capable of performing motion capture and data crunching on par with the Wii — and even bettering it in some cases — but in a form factor smaller than a credit card.

via A New Breed of Wearables Will Give You Data You Can Actually Use | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.

Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions [CNN.com]

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Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions - CNN.com

CNN) — An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right?

Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. Then think of how much ink would be needed.

OK, so that may have been a first for you, but it came naturally to 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money at his Pittsburgh-area middle school.

It all started as a science fair project. As a neophyte sixth-grader at Dorseyville Middle School, Suvir noticed he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school.

via Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions – CNN.com.

How a Student Used Lego to Build the Ultimate Resume [mashable.com]

In the job hunt, you need to build a strong résumé.

Leah Bowman used Lego to construct the ultimate first impression on her search. Lego played a large part in Bowman’s childhood growing up Danish, so she was inspired to use the Lego Digital Designer to create a brick version of herself.

via How a Student Used Lego to Build the Ultimate Resume.

French Polymath Henri Poincaré on How Creativity Works [Brain Pickings]

… Poincaré observes a process profoundly applicable not only to mathematics, but to just about any creative discipline:

I wanted to represent these functions by the quotient of two series; this idea was perfectly conscious and deliberate; the analogy with elliptic functions guided me. I asked myself what properties these series must have if they existed, and succeeded without difficulty in forming the series I have called thetafuchsian.

Just at this time, I left Caen, where I was living, to go on a geologic excursion under the auspices of the School of Mines. The incidents of the travel made me forget my mathematical work. Having reached Coutances, we entered an omnibus to go some place or other. At the moment when I put my foot on the step, the idea came to me, without anything in my former thoughts seeming to have paved the way for it, that the transformations I had used to define the Fuchsian functions were identical with those of non-Euclidian geometry. I did not verify the idea; I should not have had time, as, upon taking my seat in the omnibus, I went on with a conversation already commenced, but I felt a perfect certainty. On my return to Caen, for conscience’ sake, I verified the result at my leisure.

via French Polymath Henri Poincaré on How Creativity Works | Brain Pickings.

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be a Young Person With a Big Idea | Inc.com

So-called rapid-prototyping equipment is used to produce working models of new designs. Formerly available only to big companies with access to sophisticated manufacturing facilities, rapid-prototyping technology can now be accessed inexpensively at communal manufacturing facilities like Tech Shop, which we visited in Pittsburgh. Tech Shop isn’t your dad’s workshop. Rather, it’s a sleek and tactile industrial arcade populated by young tinkerers who seem to have recently traded in their skateboards for 3-D printers and band saws. In short, this technology has democratized the design and prototyping process.

via There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be a Young Person With a Big Idea | Inc.com.

Entrepreneurship Lessons For The Academic-Minded : NPR

 

 

“If we look at the core strength of the United States over a long period of time, it’s great universities, it’s funded research — and it’s what comes out of that commercially that employs people and creates great businesses,” Feiber says. “So that’s the long-term strategic opportunity for us as a country.”

The number of startups likely to emerge from this group of students is small, but Stanford’s Steve Blank predicts the course will change how these researchers think. He sits in the back of the room, he says, and smiles because he’s planted something that will never disappear.

«Si nous regardons la principale force des Etats-Unis sur une longue période de temps, c’est de grandes universités, sa recherche qui est sponsorisée - et c’est ce qui sort de ceci, d’un point de vue commercial, qui emploie des personnes et crée les grands commerces», dit Feiber. «Alors c’est l’occasion stratégique à long terme pour nou sen tant que pays.

Le nombre de startups susceptibles d’émerger de ce groupe d’étudiants est faible, mais Steve Blanck de Stanford prédit que le cours va changer la façon dont ces chercheurs pensent. Il s’assoit à l’arrière de la salle, dit-il, et sourit parce qu’il a implanté quelque chose qui ne disparaîtra jamais.

via Entrepreneurship Lessons For The Academic-Minded : NPR.

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