Wednesday Cool Links: Dragon Fly, Prince...

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April 10, 2013

Weeee, its Wednesday again. And that means time to stare at internet more! While in other parts of the world (or so we are told) things are growing, springing and budding, here we are, with overcast greyness and last year's stuff (grass - as a best case scenario) poking from underneath the dirty snow. So not to waste our time on staring at such unsightly things, check out our links:

Robotic Dragon Fly
Festo does it again. If you haven't seen their Bionic creations, this is just the tip of the iceberg!
Graphene aerogel is world’s lightest material
Freeze dry some single-layer carbon atoms, and you got a graphene aerogel! This experimental substance developed by the Chinese researchers is lighter than air.
Prince Rupert’s Drop: The Curious Properties of a Molten Glass Blob Dropped in Cold Water
It's a drop! Of molten glass! That will do things that glass is not supposed to do, for example not break when hit with a hammer, or literally shatter in an explosive chain reaction. Check out the video at the end for more scientific explanation.
Hacker sends this through the mail to record a video of the process
Wanna know what the package sees during its travels through the mail system? Ruben van der Vleuten threw together a clever mix of components including the camera, motion sensor, controller circuit and a battery.
Kindle weather and recycling display
A e-ink display is hacked to fetch the weather information from internet, and remind of the recycling day. Extra points for the cherry wood hardware!

This is all for today, and now I wanna go make one of those e-ink displays, so that the internet could tell me what to do next, weather an' all.


February 25, 2002
2002 LANL Workshop in the works...

Word from up the pipe at the Los Alamos National Laboratories is that the 10th Annual BEAM workshop is slated to happen May 2-4, 2002 at the Betty Ehart Center in Los Alamos, New Mexico (same place as the 1999 workshop). Thanks to Joe Vigil (of LANL) who spearheaded the initiative after Paul Argo (the […]

December 12, 2006
New SCC3733a-MSE Solarcell

What's so special about the new SCC3733a-MSE? Two things: It's machine-assembled with new high-quality Russian solar cells (the best commercial cells we've tested yet) It comes with a Miller Solarengine circuit pre-etched on the rear of the solarcell! We have only a limited number of these cells presently, so if you're looking for the absolutely […]

May 6, 2011
Maker Faire Arduino Workshop, LoL Shield...

Psst. Hey. You. I have a secret. A secret we want everyone to know about. But only the people going to the San Fransisco Maker Faire. The word 'free' is a pretty good word, right? Let's throw 'Arduino' in there too. We may be onto something here... How about 'workshop', just for good measure? Those […]

December 14, 2021
Solarbotics / Active-Tech Holiday Hours ...

Looking forward to a bit of recharge time after the holiday rush! While being in that mindset, here's our holiday schedule for both Solarbotics and the Active-Tech Calgary Storefront: December 24th - 9:30-1:30pm December 25th - Closed (HO HO HO!) December 26th - Closed (Whooboy... leftovers and toys!) December 27th - Closed (Moar leftovers... and […]

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