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Could Blue Origin Beat SpaceX?

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Blue Origin is the private space flight company founded by Amazon CEO and current richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos.

Through their New Shepard and New Glenn projects, they are working toward the goal of having millions of people living and working in space.

This Skin Patch Can Power A Radio For 2 Days Using Your Own Sweat

Researchers have created a new skin patch that has powered a radio for two days using only human sweat. The Biofuel Skin Patch uses the sweat to provide its power – meaning it could be used to charge up devices like phones in the near future.




“If you were out for a run, you would be able to power a mobile device,” said Joseph Wang from the University of California, San Diego.

His research team at the university have been working on the technology. The biofuel patch is a few centimeters wide and sticks directly on the skin.

skin patch

It works by using enzymes that act like the metals inside regular batteries, which are then powered up by feeding off the lactic acid found in sweat.

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10 People Who Died From Incredibly Minor Injuries | Random Thursday

From slipping on an orange peel to using too much deodorant, these are cases of people who died from incredibly minor injuries.

10 Death from Hamster Spit

Goro Ito, from Japan, Died after his pet hamster named Aiko bit him. The autopsy showed that he had died after reacting to a protein in the hamster’s saliva that brought about a case of anaphylaxis

9 Death from Peacock Scratch

On March 30, 1997, Vichai Thongto from Thailand was feeding the family’s four peacocks when one clawed at his head. He soon began suffering headaches and fell into a coma. A hospital scan showed a blood clot on his brain due to the peacock’s scratch. He died the next day.

8 Death from Deodorant

Jonathan Capewell from Oldham England was obsessed with smelling fresh and would cover his entire body with deodorant at least twice a day. He died July 20th, 1998 from a heart attack after the deodorant gasses built up in his body over months of repeatedly spraying himself in his unventilated bathroom.

7 Death from Manners

Tycho Brahe, a Danish nobleman and astronomer, died October 24, 1601 from bladder complications after attending a banquet where he refused to use the restroom knowing that it was impolite to leave before the meal was done. After the banquet Tycho no longer was able to urinate, and 10 days later he died. It is reported that he wrote his own epitaph, stating “He lived like a sage and died like a fool.”

6 Death by Dessert

Adolf Frederick, the King of Sweden, ate himself to death in 1771 after having a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, cabbage soup, smoked herring, champagne, and 14 servings of his favorite dessert, Selma (Bread dipped in a bowl of hot milk) He is known by Swedish children as “The King that Ate Himself to Death”
I wonder if Tycho Brahe was at that meal because that would have taken a while…

5 Death by Laughter

On 24th of March 1975, Alex Mitchell passed away after watching the “Kung Fu Kapers” episode of The Goodies. Reportedly, due to the TV episode, Mitchell laughed continuously for 25 minutes, and finally fell dead on the sofa from heart failure. His widow later sent a thank you letter to The Goodies for making Mitchell’s final moments of life so pleasant.

4 Death by Fastball

At the top of the 5th inning, Ray “Chappie” Chapman, shortstop for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, was hit by a submarine ball thrown by Carl Mays. The Baseball hit Chapman in the temple. Chapman collapsed and died August 17, 1920, about 12 hours later. He remains the only baseball player killed by a pitched ball.

3 Death from Frustration

Jack Daniel, yes, THE Jack Daniel, died of blood poisoning the originated in his toe. One early morning in 1911, Jack daniel kicked his office safe in anger, because he couldn’t remember the combination to open it. That anger and a powerful kick to the safe resulted in an infection in his toe and ultimately his death. His last words were, “One last drink, please.”

2 Death by Tongue

Allan Pinkerton, the founder of the famous Pinkerton detective agency, died in Chicago in 1884 after he slipped on the pavement and severely bit down on his tongue. Due to the bit, his tongue became infected with gangrene, which resulted in his untimely death.

1 Death by Irony

Bobby Leach was one of the greatest dare devils to ever live. He would regularly perform death defying stunts and was only the second person in history to go over the side of the Niagara Falls in a barrel. One day, however, while walking down a quiet street in New Zealand, Leach slipped on an orange peel, broke his leg, and died due to complications that he developed afterwards.

This New Synthetic Tongue Can Be The Best Whisky Taster

Folks at Germany’s Heidelberg University and the Netherlands’ University of Groningen developed a “synthetic tongue” that uses 22 different fluorescent dyes to accurately distinguish between different whiskies.

When the tongue comes into contact with a whisky, it’s able to determine its “flavor profile” based on the subtle changes in brightness exhibited by the dyes.

In a test, the tongue was able to recognize the brand, origin, blending state, age, and taste of 33 whiskies. No word on whether it exhibited slurred speech.




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But why develop a whisky-tasting synthetic tongue, since it’s never going to appreciate whisky in the way that we can?

“Fake whiskies are always annoying customers,” Professor Dr. Andreas Herrmann of the University of Groningen continued. “But there is no convenient and accurate method in the market to detect counterfeiting rapidly and without expensive equipment. We are thus thinking about tailoring our artificial tongue to address this problem.”

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Light Up Your Day With These LED Flashlight With The Size Of A Match

MBI Matchbox

Over at Tokyo-based MBI Matchbook they created the world’s tiniest LED flashlights that look very much like real matches – they are small enough to always keep them in your pocket or a wallet in case of emergency.

8 miniature flashlights housed in a convenient matchbook style holder are waterproof and fully submersible, meaning they’ll work just fine even if you dive with them in a pool.



If you aren’t a fan of a red LED tint, you can also opt for a white or a green one. Each of the flashlights has a run time of approximately 8 hours, so if you go out camping, they’ll be your best buddies for about 64 hours in total.

The tiny flashlight uses a lithium tube type battery, which has 3mm in diameter and is approximately 20mm long. At the bottom of the battery there is a 3mmx3mm neodymium magnet, coated with a plastic-rubber sheath to ensure additional protection.

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The Recovery Of Our Ozone Layer Could Be Delayed For 30 Years!

The restoration of the globe’s protective shield of ozone will be delayed by decades if fast-rising emissions of a chemical used in paint stripper are not curbed, new research has revealed.

Atmospheric levels of the chemical have doubled in the last decade and its use is not restricted by the Montreal protocol that successfully outlawed the CFCs mainly responsible for the ozone hole.

The ozone-destroying chemical is called dichloromethane and is also used as an industrial solvent, an aerosol spray propellant and a blowing agent for polyurethane foams.




Little is known about where it is leaking from or why emissions have risen so rapidly. The loss of ozone was discovered in the 1980s and is greatest over Antarctica.

But Ryan Hossaini, at Lancaster University in the UK and who led the new work, said: “It is important to remember that ozone depletion is a global phenomenon, and that while the peak depletion occurred over a decade ago, it is a persistent environmental problem and the track to recovery is expected to be a long and bumpy one.”

“Ozone shields us from harmful levels of UV radiation that would otherwise be detrimental to human, animal and plant health,” he said.

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The chemical was not included in the 1987 Montreal protocol because it breaks down relatively quickly in the atmosphere, usually within six months, and had not therefore been expected to build up. In contrast, CFCs persist for decades or even centuries.

But the short lifespan of dichloromethane does mean that action to cut its emissions would have rapid benefits. “If policies were put in place to limit its production, then this gas could be flushed out of the atmosphere relatively quickly,” said Hossaini.

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This New Frog Species Is So Transparent You Can See Its Internal Organs

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Scientists have recently discovered an incredible new species of Glass frog that has, quite literally, has nothing to hide.

Can be found in the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador. The newly-found Glass Frogs were discovered by ecologist and biologist Juan M. Guayasimin and his team.




“I work with frogs every day and this is one of the most beautiful species I have ever seen,” says Juan Guayasamin, of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in Ecuador.

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This Smart Doll That Runs On A AI Chip Can Read Your Child’s Emotion

 

AI Doll

BOFFINS have created a creepy doll fitted with an AI chip that scans kids’ faces to read their emotions and become their best pal. The lifelike doll can recognize eight emotions including surprise and happiness, and adjusts how it behaves accordingly.

It runs on an AI chip and carries out emotion recognition through facial-recognition technology, via a camera hidden in the doll’s mouth, rather than the internet.




Project leader Oscar Deniz at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Ciudad Real, Spain, said: “In the near future, we will see a myriad of eyes everywhere that will not just be watching us, but trying to help us.”

The doll has been designed to address privacy concerns raised after it emerged similar smart dolls were transmitting information online.

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This Is A Bio Inspired 3D Printed Spider Octopod Robot

T8 robot

The T8 octopod robot is modeled after a real tarantula, and the way it moves is startlingly realistic an effect that’s amplified by its high-resolution 3D-printed shell, which conceals the robotics inside

Each T8 moves with the help of 26 Hitec HS-35HD servo motors. Three in each leg and two to move the body and is pre-programmed using Robugtix’s Bigfoot Inverse Kinematics Engine, which handles the calculations for factors like trajectory planning and gait and motor control.




All the operator has to do is press buttons on the controller, which communicates with the robot via an XBee radio module.

It’s an impressively spooky little critter, though. Check it out in the video below.

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