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+ - New Study Shows Feasibility of 19-Year-Old's Ocean Cleanup Array->

Submitted by almda
almda (2687089) writes "One year ago 19-year-old Boyan Slat unveiled an Ocean Cleanup Array that he claimed could clean 7 million tons of plastic from the world's oceans. The design went viral and received it's share of criticism — however a newly released one-year feasibility study shows that the array would indeed work as planned. Slat claims that a single array could remove half the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 10 years."
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+ - Sexy Bras Made From Coffee->

Submitted by fangmcgee
fangmcgee (1716754) writes "Underwear drawer in need of a pick-me-up? Sloggi wants you to wake up and smell the coffee. The skivvy-maker, a subsidiary of lingerie juggernaut Triumph International, has launched a new line of bras and briefs made with recycled coffee grounds. "Love Cafe," which the brand recently feted at fashion "flash mobs" in Singapore and Malaysia, is its fourth to boast sustainable credentials, following collaborations with the World Land Trust in previous years."
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+ - David Cata Embroiders Portraits of Loved Ones Into Palms of His Hands->

Submitted by fangmcgee
fangmcgee (1716754) writes "Love is pain, and Spanish artist David Cata knows that feeling better than most. Not content to carry snapshots of his nearest and dearest around in his wallet, the 21-year-old has chosen to embroider their likenesses into the palms of his hands. Cata creates each portrait by gingerly piercing the top layer of his skin with a needle, then drawing a length of colored floss through to create a stitch. The entire process takes four hours to complete, after which Cata picks the threads from his hand to reveal the barest outline of each face—and surprisingly little blood. Others may wince at his technique, but Cata says the pain is only superficial and "no boundary.""
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+ - 3D-Printed Lingerie at Victoria's Annual Secret Fashion Show->

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fangmcgee (1716754) writes "American model Lindsay Ellingson turned heads Tuesday night when she hoofed down the Victoria's Secret runway in a shimmering filigree costume created through the magic of three-dimensional printing. Designed by architect Bradley Rothenberg, and brought to life by New York City 3D-printing firm Shapeways, the ensemble comprised hundreds of interlocking nylon "snowflakes" that moved like fabric (in the case of the corset and bustle) or stood rigidly in the form of angel wings."
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+ - Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Walgreens-> 4

Submitted by kkleiner
kkleiner (1468647) writes "With the cost of healthcare services increasing, it's welcome news that a recent deal between Walgreens and Theranos will bring rapid, accurate, low-cost blood testing to the local pharmacy. A pinprick of blood from a finger is enough to run any number of a la carte diagnostic tests with results in four hours or less. The automation of blood testing in one convenient machine may mean that the demand for clinical technicians may decline, but the benefits of making blood analysis more accessible to everyone is enormous."
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+ - The Happy Accident That Resulted in Doctor Who's Iconic Striped Scarf->

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fangmcgee (1716754) writes "If it wasn’t for a case of crossed wires, one of Doctor Who’s most iconic accoutrements might never have been. We’re talking, of course, about the Fourth Doctor’s impossibly long—and woefully impractical—striped scarf, which he claimed he received from one Madame Nostradamus. The real-life provenance of the garment, though a mite less fanciful, is equally intriguing. Commissioned by BBC costume designer James Acheson in 1974 for Tom Baker’s portrayal of the fictional Timelord, the scarf was designed to finish off the freshly regenerated Doctor’s “bohemian look,” modeled after that of a fin-de-siècle student in Paris. The final 12-foot product, however, was a happy accident."
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+ - 17th Century Icelandic Magicians Used to Make "Necropants" Out of Dead People->

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fangmcgee (1716754) writes "Strandagaldur, The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft is home to what is possibly the oldest-known intact pair of “necropants,” made from a dead man’s skin sometime in the 17th century. The ghoulish trouser, known as nábrók in the native tongue, was believed to bring good luck and wealth to the sorcerer who wore them. The only catch? You needed the permission of a living man before you could pry his flesh off upon his passing. Such pacts between practitioners of the occult were all the rage in Iceland’s pre-industrial past, according to legend."
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+ - Biodegradable "Garments for the Grave" Let You Enter the Afterlife in Style->

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fangmcgee (1716754) writes "Forget paper-pulp coffins, human-ash pencils, and "memorial diamonds"— Pia Interlandi's "Garments for the Grave" are how you shuffle off the mortal coil in eco-friendly style. The Australian designer and self-styled "death-wear facilitator" created developed the bespoke label after she struggled to dress her grandfather's body in a suit for burial. Interlandi realized that the clothes we wear in life are ill-designed for death. (The deceased have little use for zippers or buttons, for instance, or even shoes for that matter.) Neither do decomposing need the staying power of synthetic fabrics."
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+ - MakerBot Unveils 3D-Printed Dress Derived From Biodegradable "Flexible Filament"-> 1

Submitted by fangmcgee
fangmcgee (1716754) writes "Here's a name you didn't expect to find on the New York Fashion Week docket: MakerBot. Better known for producing consumer-grade three-dimensional printers that squirt layers of molten plastic in place of ink, the Brooklyn startup challenged designer Francis Bitonti to create a dress using its experimental "Flexible Filament," a biodegradable, plant-based fiber that remains pliable after it's extruded from the machine. "MakerBot Flexible Filament is different than traditional 3D-printing filaments that are solid and stiff after extrusion," says Bre Pettis, MakerBot’s CEO. "With its flexibility and suppleness, this could revolutionize 3D printing.”"
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+ - The NSA's next move: silencing university professors?-> 2

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "From the Guardian:

A Johns Hopkins computer science professor blogs on the NSA and is asked to take it down.

A professor in the computer science department at Johns Hopkins, a leading American university, had written a post on his blog, hosted on the university's servers, focused on his area of expertise, which is cryptography. The post was highly critical of the government, specifically the National Security Agency, whose reckless behavior in attacking online security astonished him.

On Monday, he gets a note from the acting dean of the engineering school asking him to take the post down and stop using the NSA logo as clip art in his posts. The email also informs him that if he resists he will need a lawyer.

Why would an academic dean cave under pressure and send the takedown request without careful review, which would have easily discovered, for example, that the classified documents to which the blog post linked were widely available in the public domain?"

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+ - Spider Silk Turned Into Electrical Wire Lead To 'Green' Electronics

Submitted by ewolfson
ewolfson (2876545) writes "Florida State University scientists have crafted microscopic wires out of spider silk that can conduct electricity.

The goal is to create new electronics that are as tough as they are eco-friendly. Spider silk is supposedly as strong as steel and as "impenetrable as Kevlar" — but now it can also conduct electricity. To give the spider silk this effect, the scientists coated each silk thread with carbon nanotubes.

The results are super strong conductors that are also fully biodegradable."

+ - Ancient Egyptians Made Iron Jewelry From Pieces of Meteorite, Archaeologists Say->

Submitted by fangmcgee
fangmcgee (1716754) writes "Researchers at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at University College London have found that a collection of ancient jewelry is out of this world. The 5,000-year-old Egyptian beads, previously thought to be made from iron from Earth have been found to be made from hammered pieces of meteorite. Strung together with gold, gemstones, and other minerals, the beads pre-date iron smelting, showcasing the metalworking mastery of fourth millennium B.C. Egyptians."
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