Monthly Archives: May 2014

Brain decoding: Reading minds

Neu­ro­sci­en­tists are start­ing to deci­pher what a per­son is see­ing, remem­ber­ing and even dream­ing just by look­ing at their brain activ­i­ty. They call it brain decod­ing.

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The Drinkable Book

A team of sci­en­tists and engi­neers from carnegie mel­lon and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia have devel­oped ‘the drink­able book’, a life sav­ing tool that fil­ters water and teach­es prop­er san­i­ta­tion and hygiene to those in the devel­op­ing world. Designed by New York-based typog­ra­ph­er Bri­an Gart­side for non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion Water Is Life, each book is print­ed on tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced fil­ter paper capa­ble of elim­i­nat­ing dead­ly water­borne dis­eases, as it is coat­ed with sil­ver nanopar­ti­cles, whose ions active­ly kill dis­eases like cholera, typhoid and E.coli.


Lytro Illum light field camera

Lytro’s approach to pho­tog­ra­phy is to cap­ture as much data from the field of light as pos­si­ble — instead of focussing on one par­tic­u­lar set­up to cap­ture the moment. The mul­ti-dimen­sion­al image is cap­tured with an array of micro-lens­es. This wealth of data then gets trans­lat­ed to an inter­ac­tive ‘image-scape’ where you can rede­fine the focus freely, as many times you want.