Grow Your Own Building Materials

The bricks are made from sand, hydrogel ... and Synechococcus cyanobacteria
The bricks are made from sand, hydrogel … and Synechococcus cyanobacteria
CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science

We’ve already heard about experimental self-healing concrete, that can repair cracks within itself. Now, scientists have gone a step further, utilizing bacteria to create building materials that can be grown on-site – and that regenerate when broken. read more

At the Vegas Gun Show

from the Federalist:

15 Awesome Things I Saw At The Massive U.S. Gun Show Only Insiders Can Attend

15 Awesome Things I Saw At The Massive U.S. Gun Show Only Insiders Can Attend

Two days surrounded by guns, ammunition, Navy SEALs, military dogs, tactical gear, camouflage, and American flags restored my faith in America.

More than 65,000 people gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada this week for the nation’s largest annual gun industry convention, SHOT Show 2020. Organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), SHOT Show brings together the world’s best in shooting sports, law enforcement, hunting, and armed forces to share their products and businesses, but more importantly, to shoot the globe’s latest and greatest firearms in the Nevada desert. read more

World’s Fastest Spinning Object

Using a high-powered laser, researchers at Purdue University have made a microscopic "dumbbell" the fastest spinning object ever created
Using a high-powered laser, researchers at Purdue University have made a microscopic “dumbbell” the fastest spinning object ever created
Purdue University/Vincent Walter

Back in July 2018, researchers at Purdue University created the world’s fastest-spinning object, which whipped around at 60 billion rpm – and now that seems like the teacup ride at Disneyland. The same team has now broken its own record using the same technique, creating a new nano-scale rotor that spins five times faster. read more

Weapon Wednesday – That’s a Big Laser!

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U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Dawson Roth
  • USS Little Rock will receive a laser weapon during an upcoming deployment.
  • The new laser is five times more powerful than the first laser, deployed five years ago.
  • The laser is probably strong enough to seriously damage small vehicles but is dependent on atmospheric conditions. read more

Super-Human Cells Deliver Drugs

Researchers have developed a technique that allows red blood cells to be filled with drug molecules and then returned to a body to home in on a specific location
Researchers have developed a technique that allows red blood cells to be filled with drug molecules and then returned to a body to home in on a specific location

Researchers from McMaster University have developed what they are calling “super-human red blood cells.” The technique they’ve developed loads normal red blood cells with synthetic drug molecules to create a powerful hybrid cell designed to deliver drugs to targeted locations in the body. read more

Touch-Sensing Artificial Skin

Researcher Binbin Ying stretches a piece of the AISkin
Researcher Binbin Ying stretches a piece of the AISkin
Daria Perevezentsev

Medicine, soft robotics and wearable electronics are just a few of the fields that could benefit from a new hydrogel that’s applied to the body. The transparent material can sense when it’s being touched, bent, heated, or otherwise manipulated.

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Think You’ve been Eating Organic? Think Again

Who’s heard this? “You really should eat organic. It’s much healthier and better for the planet.”

Sure it is.

But maybe it isn’t, and maybe you don’t really even know what you’re eating.

As many know, I am a full blown skeptic of the “organic” lifestyle. I personally think it’s a crock. But hey, if that’s the way you want to live, and waste your hard-earned money, knock yourself out.

But are you really? Are you heading home from Whole Foods, with an electric car filled with life saving organics, or did you just throw you cash away on a scam.

That is the question. And here may be the answer.

from the Kansas City Star:

Missouri charmer led double life, masterminded one of the biggest frauds in farm history

To be “certified organic” farmers in the U.S. must follow rules spelled out in the USDA National Organic Program.

CHILLICOTHE, MISSOURI:

Like all the best con artists, Randy Constant was a charmer, hard not to like.

Big hearted. Good listener. You’d never have guessed that the father of three, grandfather of five was a liar, cheat and serial philanderer who masterminded one of the biggest and longest-running frauds in the history of American agriculture.

“He was a wonderful person,” an old friend said. “He just had that other side to him.” read more

Mini Particle Accelerator

Magnified 25,000 times, this image shows the structure of the channel in Stanford's new particle accelerator-on-a-chip
Magnified 25,000 times, this image shows the structure of the channel in Stanford’s new particle accelerator-on-a-chip
Neil Sapra

Particle accelerators could be incredibly useful for medicine – if they weren’t so huge. The SLAC accelerator, for example, is almost 2 mi (3.2 km) long, while CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) runs for a stunning 16.7 mi (27 km). Now, scientists at Stanford have managed to shrink the tech down to fit on a computer chip, which could lead to more precise cancer radiation therapies. read more

Weapon Wednesday: Effective Underwater Bullets

The narrow corridor of air the CAV-X bullets create for themselves through supercavitation is the secret to how they go through water so easily
The narrow corridor of air the CAV-X bullets create for themselves through supercavitation is the secret to how they go through water so easily
DSG

Regular bullets decelerate so quickly in water that they only make it a few feet, which is why diving into a conveniently located pool or waterway when under fire from assassins can be such a good idea.
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Want to Know how Fat you Really Are?

Each Bello scan takes just three seconds
Each Bello scan takes just three seconds
Bello

Although many people routinely pinch their belly in order to see how fat they’re getting, that’s really only a measure of their subcutaneous “under the skin” fat. The Bello device goes deeper, using light to measure visceral fat. read more