The Clacton Spear is the tip of a 450,000-year-old fire-hardened spear discovered in England.It has long been believed that the practice of heating a pointed spear tip in the fire was a way of making it sharper and harder.So they harvested 20 rods from local hazel trees and spent weeks abusing them inside machines of very precise, codified destruction.First, each rod was divided in half.Then they tested each rod for hardness, as well as how each responded to bending and sharp impacts.What they discovered was that the fired wood was indeed slightly harder, but it was also significantly weaker.
The dark, murky waters of the loch to my left, and the yellow spring grass and moss almost mirror the car s colors, reflecting the sculpted carbon fiber door sills, and exclusive Solis yellow paint of the 675LT Spider and Coupe.That s very likely a good thing, because as I depress the throttle speed comes on impossibly quick, the undulating country asphalt that leads into the right-hander up the road is almost immediately under the wheels and a quick steer to keep us in our lane proves effortless, the chassis quietly composed, unfazed during turn in.But what s actually going on is this: McLaren s ProActive Chassis Control is using two systems in one piece of hardware.Steering is so precise, that you forget in a way that you are actually, physically steering.It feels more like mind control is bending the road to your whims, or at least pointing the car to exactly where you want to go.Normally, when a grin this large is on my face, the wheel has an Italian prancing horse, or bull on it.
Neil Gaiman s American Gods for $2.99, for instance.It s an opt-in proposition, and isn t limited to the Kindle; users have their choice of outside e-book retailers, from Google Play to Apple to Barnes and Noble, and even Kobo.Unless you were in a book club, you were likely deprived of discussing your latest read.According to Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler, one of the platform s biggest book clubs focuses specifically on male-male erotica.Sharing a well-lit photo of a sandwich on Insta doesn t say much except whether you prefer white or wheat; posting about our reading choices allows people to see the worlds we conjure up in our quiet moments.So, in the interest of transparency: According to my Goodreads profile, I followed the reality-star memoir Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva with Claudia Rankine s poetry powerhouse Citizen and Virginia Woolf s gender-bending Orlando.
Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%00:00The ScenePlayMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00FullscreenNeed TextNo compatible source was found for this video.Advertisement 0:30"Bulletproof", you say?Ars accepts Nonda's challengeshareplaysaveI am a skip button.WHOOPS!The standout feature, Nonda PR says, is the set of Kevlar reinforcements that run through the cable s core, strengthening it and in theory preventing it from tearing or breaking on repeated bending.The marketing song and dance about the "Kevlar" cable and the whole "What does our cable have in common with bulletproof vests?"One magazine of twenty 5.7x28mm rounds was sufficient to disassociate it into component bits.
Darren Ansell, University of Central LancashireIf you have ever travelled on an aeroplane, the chances are you have experienced some form of turbulence.The Indonesian incident caught on cameraIn fact, aircraft are engineered to take a remarkable amount of stresses and strains, and a huge safety margin is built into the designs so that even very severe turbulence will not exceed the design limits of the aircraft.The flexing and bending of a wing in flight is intended by design, and a very rigid wing would break much more easily.If there are no obstacles in the way of an incoming wave it will flow nicely, but if it hits a sea wall, say, it will break up and you can see the disruption to the wave.One method that is often used for analysing aircraft accidents is called the Swiss cheese model .The Swiss cheese model made simpleIn the model, slices of Swiss cheese are stacked up, and each slice represents a defence that is put in place to prevent an accident happening.
Samsung might finally make good its boast a couple of years ago to revolutionize the mobile device industry with flexible, bendable screens.A Chinese company by the name of Moxi "mou-she" , however, might beat Samsung to the punch by launching its own bendable smartphone as early as late 2016.One part of the formula that would make that possible has more or less been solved.The company will most likely use an e-paper display, which is more conducive to bending and twisting.Moxi plans to sell it for 5,000 yuan, which is around $760, which almost reaches the iPhone 6s' 5,288 yuan price tag.Considering the bendable smartphone is unlikely to sport high-end specs in that price tier, you will really be paying for the novelty and the bragging rights to the first commercial bendable smartphone.
While fingerprint scanners were starting to become commonplace in smartphones, few laptops, and even fewer desktops, sported such sensors.With Acer's latest Windows 10 laptops, however, Microsoft is starting to put the focus on our fingers, advertising the ability securely and quickly log into those notebooks using only your finger.Like the Switch One 10, the V 10 model also performs multiple tasks in different forms, combining bending and detachable styles of 2-in-1 laptops.Available colors include Pearl White, Shale Black, Coral Red, Peacock Blue, and Navy Blue.Last but definitely not the least in any way is the new TravelMate P Series, made up of the 14-inch TravelMate P249 and the 15.6-inch TravelMate P259, both with Full HD backlit LED displays.It makes up for this by sporting solid hardware inside, like Intel's 6th gen Core processors and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics chip.
Existing approaches are limited by material requirements and, in the case of 3D writing, slow printing speeds.Recently, a research team at Harvard University developed a new method to rapidly 3D print free-standing, highly conductive, ductile metallic wires.The new printing system in action.Lewis Lab/Wyss Institute at Harvard UniversityThey also managed to print curved features.Modulating the local laser intensity during silver ink printing allowed them to create patterns of low- to high-resistance wiring.In tests, they printed a series of 500 µm silver segments with graded resistivity in line with a conductive silver wire.Additionally, cyclic bending tests were performed on 20 µm substrates printed with silver wires.
Fear not, traveler, there is a way to stake your claim and keep what s yours.You can always ask them politely to share, but you may not feel like being diplomatic.If you find yourself fighting an uphill battle, Andrew Medal at Entrepreneur suggests a devious little trick to secure the armrest once and for all:...the trick if you are facing early defeat is to be the first person to recline your chair.This reclined angle will allow you to supersede any arm position said opponent may have had early on, and allow you to claim victory.Give a smile, start reclining, and ease your arms onto the armrest.8 Rule-Bending Travel Hacks That Help You Fly Like a Boss Entrepreneur
Russian social media users are up in arms over the removal of an account parodying President Vladimir Putin, as well as many others, such as: @SovietSergey, an account that mocks Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.Me: Vladimir Vladimirovich PutinCustoms: Occupation?Me: No, this time i'm just here for 2 days— Darth Putin @DarthPutinKGB May 27, 2016The accounts were pulled yesterday but appear to have made their way back to Twitter around five hours ago.Currently, according to the terms of service, parody accounts are acceptable as long as it s clear that the account is intended to parody a person rather than attempt to trick Twitter users into believing it s actually them.Russia isn t exactly known for its sense of humor, so the question is worth asking if Twitter is bending under pressure from the ex-Soviet state.Of course, for how long, and why they were removed in the first place are questions that remain unanswered.
The list includes top Android device makers like Samsung and HTC, but also many top Chinese handset makers, with the OnePlus 3 being the last such clone.Customers expect to see these form factors in stores.On the iPhone 6, we had problems with bending, camera issues and faulty 128GB memory modules, to name just a few of the early problems with the device.Let s also not forget that Apple recently acknowledged that its iPhone is too expensive.A laptop is a laptop.iPhone 7 RumorsA photo that leaked recently gave us what is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7.
Blade Runner 1982 , a sci-fi noir film directed by Ridley Scott, based on Philip K. Dick's Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep 1962 Takedown notices for copyrighted content happen all the time, partly because computers can work out when a video is stolen.Warner Bros. recently issued a DMCA takedown notice for a video on Vimeo containing Blade Runner footage.In fact, it was a mind-bending reconstruction of the movie, created entirely be an artificial intelligence, as first reported by Vox.Broad basically fed an artificial neural network – a computer-based replica of the human brain – footage of the movie.It then resequenced the new frames to match the order of the film, with horrifying results.After all, the movie is based on Philip K. Dick s sci-fi novel Do Android s Dream of Electric Sheep?, which is all about artificial intelligence becoming so advanced that humans struggle to tell androids apart from the general population.
In his writings, naturalist and intrepid explorer Alexander von Humboldt recounted how natives in Venezuela used horses to lure and trap electric eels.According to Kenneth Catania, a biologist and neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University, electric eels can be up to eight feet long, weigh as much as 20 kilos, and can deliver up to 600 volts of electricity to stun and kill their prey—five times the power of a standard electrical socket.So they went to the South American village of Rastro de Abaso in Veneuela and enlisted the help of natives there in obtaining live specimens.Electric eels like to burrow down deep into the slime of marshes and shallow waters, making them difficult to catch using typical fishing techniques.He placed electric eels in a small aquarium and submerged a conductive rod and metal plate.Sure enough, the eels leapt up as the plate entered the water, bending their necks to maintain contact with it as they released high-voltage pulses.
Netflix has been keen to stress its new global focus since it launched into more than 100 new countries in January.That approach is not just about being available worldwide, it includes programming that is localized to international audiences too and, along that trail, Netflix just announced plans for its first original series from India.The first Indian production will be Sacred Games, a 2006 best-seller from Vikram Chandra focused on India s criminal underworld.Netflix said the title will be shot in India and produced in collaboration with local firm Phantom Films.Over the last few years, I ve watched with great excitement and pleasure as Netflix has transformed narrative television with its ground-breaking, genre-bending shows, Chandra said.We are delighted to partner with creative powerhouse, Phantom Films, to bring Vikram Chandra s epic novel to life with the best Indian and global film talent available today, added Erik Barmack, who is vice president of international original series at Netflix.
In his writings, naturalist and intrepid explorer Alexander von Humboldt recounted how natives in Venezuela used horses to lure and trap electric eels.According to Kenneth Catania, a biologist and neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University, electric eels can be up to eight feet long, weigh as much as 20 kilos, and can deliver up to 600 volts of electricity to stun and kill their prey—five times the power of a standard electrical socket.So they went to the South American village of Rastro de Abaso in Veneuela and enlisted the help of natives there in obtaining live specimens.Electric eels like to burrow down deep into the slime of marshes and shallow waters, making them difficult to catch using typical fishing techniques.He placed electric eels in a small aquarium and submerged a conductive rod and metal plate.Sure enough, the eels leapt up as the plate entered the water, bending their necks to maintain contact with it as they released high-voltage pulses.
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Humans are soft, easily bruised creatures, and robots are, well, not so soft.In relation to other soft actuators, that is.The system works using vacuum-actuated muscle-inspired pneumatic structures, VAMPs for short.The use of VAMPs eliminates that concern, though, allowing the actuators to safely contract under vacuum, causing a robot s limbs or other structural parts to move.According to the researchers, this internal honeycomb structure can itself be adjusted and tweaked as needed to cause the actuators to move in specific ways, such as bending.The system differs over some alternative vacuum-based actuators, though, because it can still function after suffering relatively small amounts of damage.
Remember the early days of the smartphone business when we were all excited at the prospect of carrying around increasingly powerful pocket computers?Who knew that in a few short years we d all turn into giant baby people who would complain about having to make a choice between their features like it was the worst thing that happened ever?…this year, things are changing more than I d like them to, assuming rumors are accurate.Time for it to have an affair and buy a boat.He s not saying Apple is Hitler, however the inherent fascism of forcing someone to choose between two very nice smartphones is pretty obvious.But this passive/aggressive reality bending isn t it.
Case in point: the Armadillo Vault, a self-supporting pavilion comprising 399 limestone slabs and spanning 52 feet, curving and bending around the columns of a 13th-century Venice building at this year s Architecture Biennale.Because its limestone blocks form a series of conjoined arches—a classic form that turns compression into strength—it stands with only a minimalist system of tension ties that helps balance the structure at the ground level.Then they built a wooden form inside the pavilion and laid the stones in place atop it—two-inch thick pieces at the top, and five-inch thick pieces near the bottom.Block says a football team could dance on top of it— an American football team, he clarifies.Walking inside, visitors can look up and see the forces acting on the blocks etched into the ceiling, a visual representation of the physics that the Armadillo Vault relies on and proof that the flowing, sinuous forms of buildings from architects like Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry don t need complex steel substructures.Block says design tools like RhinoVAULT could let them build the same elaborate structures with far less material.
The first is described as being like a "cosmetic compact", which is likely to be a modern interpretation of a flip-phone.It is said that at least one, but possibly both of the phones could be on show at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in February, before going on sale soon afterwards.The products could be a "game changer" if Samsung finds a way to make them user-friendly and with interfaces making the most of the bending screens, says Lee Seung Woo, an analyst at IBK Securities Co in Seoul.According to the site – which has a strong track record when it comes to Samsung leaks – the device, currently being referred to as the Samsung Galaxy X, will be a fully folding smartphone which makes use of a completely flexible 4K OLED display with a diamond PenTile sub-pixel arrangement, and it could be available at some point next year.Unlike these early entries though, it's said that the Samsung phone will fold in half "easily", completely clamming into itself like a wallet.Phablet style phones with six inch displays would suddenly become a lot more portable and much easier to have on your person during the day.
YouTube personality Meghan McCarthy showed off the flexible smartphone during during Lenovo's Tech World conference Thursday, taking a pretty standard-looking smartphone and bending it around her wrist like a slap bracelet.She then proceeded to take a tablet and bend it right in half to show how a tablet could also be comfortably used to take a phone call with bendable technology.Lenovo SVP and CTO Peter Hortensius told the audience that the technology not only has a bendable screen, but also bendable hardware components like motherboards and batteries.SEE ALSO: The first flexible smartphone may be released in China this year, but it'll cost youLenovo did not announce any names or potential release dates for its new flexible electronics, although Hortensius mentioned that McCarthy should be careful with them because "they cost a little bit more than your average phone or tablet right now."More information about Lenovo's flexible smartphone and tablet may come out later during the conference.Lenovo's announcement comes just a couple days after Samsung showed off and announced its own bendable smartphones, which will likely be available in early 2017.
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