Interactive Tattoo

From smartphones to Google Glass, this past decade has brought a wave of new technology and technological advances, and in the next five years, those advances are expected to go beneath the surface — literally.

The next big thing in wearable technology may be a tattoo implanted in the skin, according to Fast Company.

The folks at NewDealDesign, the San Francisco-based design company behind the Fitbit Force wellness watch, drafted a mock-up of the tattoo for Fast Company’s Wearables Week.

They called it ‘Project Underskin.’  read more

Preprogrammed Robotic Democrats

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

Rush Limbaugh has been on national radio for 26 years. Every once in a while he’ll get the question, “How long do you plan to do this?,” to which he consistently replies, “Until everyone agrees with me.”

Well, that’s a grand goal, albeit a bit lofty, and we who are regular listeners know he says it in jest but also to “tweak the left”, as he enjoys doing regularly.

Obviously that goal is unachievable. Reasonably, everyone knows there’s no way any one person can agree with another 100% of the time. Not even a sports teams biggest fan or musician’s or actor’s most sycophantic groupie would agree with everything their team or idol does or says.

And that’s what a debate host pointed out the other evening. The Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor reported on a debate between incumbent Senate Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and her challenger, Republican Scott Brown. read more

Iron Man Prosthetic

It is a unique solution to boost a child with a prosthetic limb’s confidence.

A 3D printing enthusiast has build an ‘Iron Man’ hand he hopes to develop in a prosthetic for children.

The low cost arm can be cheaply printed on any 3D printer, and its inventor has offered to help children to want one print their own.

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The Iron Man hand is designed to be worn by a child, and will allow them to grip objects – and use it’s features such as a laser and a ‘thruster’  read more

Buckle Up for Housing Bubble Part Deux

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

It’s déjà vu all over again! Reports are coming in that the federal government is once again relaxing the rules regarding mortgages. The new rules being adopted by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the quasi-government mortgage insurers, decreased the down payment requirements from 5% to 3%.

Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency said, “Through these revised guidelines, we believe that the enterprises will be able to responsibly serve a targeted segment of credit worthy borrowers with lower down payment mortgages by taking into account compensating factors. It is yet another much-needed piece to the broader access-to-credit puzzle.”

You may have noticed that Watt used the code words, “targeted segment”, which of course means minorities.

So who is Mel Watt? Well back in January, IBD warned us all of who he is. They wrote: “We warned that Watts swearing in as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency would mark the start of the next housing bubble. We pointed out the Congressional Black Caucus former head has a soft spot for those who can’t afford homes and that as a Democrat lawmaker he pressed Freddie to lend even to ‘welfare recipients’ in his district.”

In other words, Mel Watt is a Social Justice Racialist. read more

Puppy Sized Spider

Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.

“When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing,” said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.

A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider. read more

The Ebola Czar Makes Perfect Sense

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

Since last Friday the right has been all a Twitter (literally) over Obama’s choice for Ebola Czar. Many are asking, how could he do such a thing – appointing a political operative – one who has no medical background at all?

Talk Radio, the blogosphere, Fox news were/are all appalled at the choice of a non-physician or other medical expert to head the new layer of red tape just created.

Yes, a new Czar is what we need, because apparently the other umpteen government departments that are already supposed to deal with medical, health and disease issues can’t or won’t do the job and evidently no department in government has the common sense to coordinate with another on its own. Some Czar has to be appointed to tell them to.

So the right is livid and confused over the choice, while those on the left are either defending Obama’s choice or are silent. My guess is the ones who are silent are either running for reelection or didn’t get the talking points memo, or both.

One who did get the memo, or probably wrote it, is Media Matters. In typical leftist fashion Media Matters didn’t defend the new Czar Ron Klain, but walked the typical path of change the topic through “Gotcha Politics” and “Moral Relativism”. read more

Dark Matter Discovery

There have been plenty of ‘false dawns’ when it comes to dark matter, with a ‘discovery’ seemingly announced every few months.

But this latest announcement has understandably gripped scientists with excitement – because it might just be our first ever direct detection of the elusive particles.

Researchers have spotted a type of particle believed to make up dark matter coming from the sun towards Earth – and it may indicate that dark matter is produced in the cores of stars like our own.

University of Leicester scientists may have directly observed dark matter. At Earth's magnetic field they spotted a signal that could only be explained by axions - a type of dark matter particle - coming from the sun (shown in the illustration) and being converted into photons in Earth's magnetic field

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