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G.E.’s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on 1 Disc

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General Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs.

The storage advance, which G.E. is announcing on Monday, is just a laboratory success at this stage. The new technology must be made to work in products that can be mass-produced at affordable prices.

But optical storage experts and industry analysts who were told of the development said it held the promise of being a big step forward in digital storage with a wide range of potential uses in commercial, scientific and consumer markets.

“This could be the next generation of low-cost storage,” said Richard Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm.

The promising work by the G.E. researchers is in the field of holographic storage. Holography is an optical process that stores not only three-dimensional images like the ones placed on many credit cards for security purposes, but the 1’s and 0’s of digital data as well.

The data is encoded in light patterns that are stored in light-sensitive material. The holograms act like microscopic mirrors that refract light patterns when a laser shines on them, and so each hologram’s recorded data can then be retrieved and deciphered.

Holographic storage has the potential to pack data far more densely than conventional optical technology, used in DVDs and the newer, high-capacity Blu-ray discs, in which information is stored as a pattern of marks across the surface of a disc. The potential of holographic technology has long been known. The first research papers were published in the early 1960s.

Many advances have been made over the years in the materials science, optics and applied physics needed to make holographic storage a practical, cost-effective technology. And this year, InPhase Technologies, a spinoff of Bell Labs of Alcatel-Lucent, plans to introduce a holographic storage system, using $18,000 machines and expensive discs, for specialized markets like video production and storing medical images.

To date, holographic storage has not been on a path to mainstream use. The G.E. development, however, could be that pioneering step, according to analysts and experts. The G.E. researchers have used a different approach than past efforts. It relies on smaller, less complex holograms — a technique called microholographic storage.

A crucial challenge for the team, which has been working on this project since 2003, has been to find the materials and techniques so that smaller holograms reflect enough light for their data patterns to be detected and retrieved.

The recent breakthrough by the team, working at the G.E. lab in Niskayuna, N.Y., north of Albany, was a 200-fold increase in the reflective power of their holograms, putting them at the bottom range of light reflections readable by current Blu-ray machines.

Source:  NY Times

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SAVE YOUR HOME WITH BARRICADE FIRE RETARDANT GEL

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The Wildfire Threat The threat of wildfire is a major concern to more and more homeowners as construction of homes moves into the Wildland Urban Interface. Periods of drought are frightening times for residents of suburban and rural areas across the country.

For those of us who live near natural areas of brush or forest the dry seasons are especially hazardous. Experts advise us to plan firewise landscapes of widely spaced plantings (at least a 30 foot radius of ” Green Zone” around the house), keeping dry combustible plant debris cleaned up, and maintaining low, well-watered ground covers and lawns.

But there is a further step we can take to stop wildfire from destroying our property.

Keep Barricade Fire Gel on hand! Click here to view and order products now.

Barricade Fire Gel has saved thousands of homes in the United States and abroad, earning the gratitude of property owners globally.

Barricade is now available to homeowners who can apply the water/gel coating on their own property in front of an approaching wildfire, before retreating to a safe area. When mixed with water at the end of a garden hose, super absorbent polymers in the gel concentrate trap water molecules and suspend them in millions of tiny “bubblets.” Sprayed onto the flammable surfaces of roofs, windows, eaves and walls of a house, vehicles, or propane tanks, a “wet blanket” wrap of Barricade can be applied up to days (with rehydration) before an approaching wildfire. Homeowners can evacuate safely, and firefighting resources can be focused on the wildfire rather than on the already protected structures. Barricade can be washed off with plain water after the fire danger has passed.

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SAVE YOUR HOME WITH BARRICADE FIRE GEL
The Wildfire Threat The threat of wildfire is a major concern to more and more homeowners as construction of homes moves into the Wildland Urban Interface. Periods of drought are frightening times for residents of suburban and rural areas across the country.

Flames surrounded our home! Flames cont
A neighbor’s home burns to the ground (right),
while the flames were stopped by the Barricade firebreak around my home (left)!

For those of us who live near natural areas of brush or forest the dry seasons are especially hazardous. Experts advise us to plan firewise landscapes of widely spaced plantings (at least a 30 foot radius of ” Green Zone” around the house), keeping dry combustible plant debris cleaned up, and maintaining low, well-watered ground covers and lawns.

But there is a further step we can take to stop wildfire from destroying our property.

Keep Barricade Fire Gel on hand! Click here to view and order products now.Barricade Fire Gel has saved thousands of homes in the United States and abroad, earning the gratitude of property owners globally.

Barricade is now available to homeowners who can apply the water/gel coating on their own property in front of an approaching wildfire, before retreating to a safe area. When mixed with water at the end of a garden hose, super absorbent polymers in the gel concentrate trap water molecules and suspend them in millions of tiny “bubblets.” Sprayed onto the flammable surfaces of roofs, windows, eaves and walls of a house, vehicles, or propane tanks, a “wet blanket” wrap of Barricade can be applied up to days (with rehydration) before an approaching wildfire. Homeowners can evacuate safely, and firefighting resources can be focused on the wildfire rather than on the already protected structures. Barricade can be washed off with plain water after the fire danger has passed.

One Homeowner’s true life experience with Barricade®
My son spotted the smoke. Winds of 40 mph were gusting in every direction. We raced home. By the time we pulled into the driveway, the flames were already licking the top of the hillside above our home.

Burning BuildingI quickly broke out the Barricade, and I will tell you the truth, my hands were shaking. My fifteen year old son and I were able to get the gallon jugs attached to garden hoses and began to spray down the home. I started on the propane tank, while my son hit the side of the house nearest the flames. While I was spraying the tank, I heard two explosions in rapid succession to the west of us. One neighbor’s propane tank had blown and a car’s gasoline tank had exploded. Those two homes were lost to the flames.

It took about 30 minutes for the two of us to get the home covered. The Barricade coated all sides of the house, including the windows and the eaves. My son got our pets into the Jeep, which he drove to a safe location across the street.

Then the winds shifted. The flames came racing in, driven by 45 mph gusts. I attached three garden hoses together and went out into the brush that surrounds our house. It’s mainly sage brush and cheat grass, and the flames were moving fast.

Thick smoke made it hard to breath. I laid a line of Barricade down in a trench I had dug the previous year to divert rain and snow runoff away from the back of the house.

The winds continued to blow and the fierce brush fire exploded down the hillside. When it reached the line of Barricade— it stopped cold! The winds fanned the flames to the west of us and over past the neighbors’ homes but the fire never made it past the Barricade gel I had laid down in the dried-out brush.

Our whole family breathed a sigh of relief. The flames had come within 50 feet of our home! The photos I took afterward show the dramatic power of the Barricade to stop the flames. I don’t believe I’ve ever had so clear a demonstration of the effectiveness of the technology behind a product. Nor a more timely one!

Barricade Home Fire Defense System
A garden hose is quickly connected to the nozzle attached to the container of Barricade concentrate.The Barricade Home Fire Defense System comes complete with everything you will need to apply Barricade Fire Blocking Gel to your home with a regular garden hose. Simply follow the instructions and coat eaves, walls, windows, roofs,surrounding landscape, and even vehicles. Barricade can be applied many hours before a fire approaches allowing you and your family to retreat to a safe place until the threat passes. If necessary, the Barricade protective coating can be maintained for several days by simply re-misting with water.

The Complete Barricade Home Fire Defense System comes with eductor nozzle, pickup tube, quick connect, (4) 1 gallon containers of Barricade Fire Blocking Gel, and instruction video.Message on a home saved by Barricade.

“Barricade saved our home .Everyone, including experienced firefighters, who has seen our house is amazed. There was no damage to the house at all – even the vinyl eaves were protected. It was as if the house had been sealed in a wet blanket, keeping it from burning and keeping the smoke and heat out.”

New! Bucket Applicator for Garden Hose

Now the homeowner has the option of using a 4-gallon bucket of Barricade with this new eductor nozzle. Simply attach it to a standard garden hose and put the pick-up tube into the bucket.

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DakotaFire Fire Retardant Gel – Protect homes from burning with Gel

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DakotaFire Systems’ patent-pending pressurized gel delivery systems are the first to provide uniform and consistent coverage of flame retardant gel even under extreme conditions.

New firetrucks outfitted with DakotaFire’s pressurized gel delivery systems are available. A quick and economical alternative is to add gel capability to an existing truck. The system can be retrofitted to a firetruck’s existing water supply or mounted to a pickup truck’s receiver hitch. Convenient, portable units offering unsurpassed pressure and reach are also available.

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The Next Big Step in Running Shoes – New Technology To Absorb Shock

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The On Running Shoe is meant to combat the problems created by over-soft shoes that make your support muscles degrade.

Running shoes now feature all manner of crazy shock-absorption systems. But the industry’s dirty little secret: All that padding might not be good for you. A new shoe being released in February attempts to solve that problem, and has just won an ISPO Brand New award, a German laurel that recognizes the year’s most innovative sports products.

According to the inventors of the On Running Shoe, the problem with modern running shoes is that when you hit the ground on a big cushy sole, you don’t have a solid surface to push off from with your next step. As a result, some of your support muscles atrophy, due to lack of use–and that leaves you prone to injury.

The On, by contrast, has a sole that collapses on impact, offering cushioning. But teeth in the shock absorbers–which are shaped like a piece of rigatoni–lock when fully compressed.

That certainly looks a whole lot more comfortable and a lot less embarrassing than running barefoot–or worse, running in the Vibram Five Fingers, a sort of padded sock that’s become the rage among barefoot runners. (I’ve spotted three people in my neighborhood sporting these. That’s bougie Brooklyn for you. The shoes are also apparently all over San Francisco, natch.)

The On Running Shoe is expected to cost about $150, and the final design will be unveiled when it comes to market, two months from now.

Source:  Fast Company

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Steward Advanced Materials Thiol-SAMMS: The Toxin Terminator

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This simple-looking white powder can get mercury-contaminated water 100 times as clean as any other method, for about half the cost. Each grain is actually a carefully engineered molecular sponge designed to absorb more than half its weight in mercury.

The product of more than 15 years of research, Thiol-SAMMS is made of silica molecules assembled into a spongelike pattern of holes, packing the surface area of a football field into just one teaspoon. Sulfur atoms, which can bind poisonous mercury, coat each of the minuscule holes. When the powder meets a tainted liquid, mercury seeps inside and bonds with the sulfur to instantly form a stable powder safe for landfills—the first time anyone’s been able to send mercury waste to the dump without an expensive separate step to neutralize the toxin.

SAMMS has successfully cleaned wastewater in a variety of settings, including a coal plant, an offshore oil rig and a chemical manufacturer. Four treatment tanks, each with a 10-pound load of the product, can treat about a million gallons of water. Soon SAMMS cartridges might help clean up lakes, streams and sewers. Thiol-SAMMS can also recover precious metals such as copper and gold, and researchers are now switching out the sulfur for other atoms so that it could mop up radioactive waste.
$50–$750/pound; sammsadsorbents.com

Source:  Popsci

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HeadBlade Sport brings headshaving to a whole new level

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HeadBlade Sport brings headshaving to a whole new level. Modeled after the hugely popular Limited Edition S4 (3,000 units made/sold for $75) the HeadBlade Sport comes standard with wheels AND triple blade technology. Put this thing on your rock and let it roll. Make sure to purchase one of our Triple Blade Acc. Kits to keep your HeadBlade Sport in competition mode! PRICE: $15.00

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Keychain GPS Find Your Way Back To Your Car GPS – Great For Hikers Too

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Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car at the mall or airport? Have you ever lost your way when hiking or biking or traveling in a foreign place. IDC Design Corporation offers a first of its kind Ecco™, the Personal Pocket GPS Locator, used for returning to an exact location. This hi-tech, rechargeable, reverse navigation system is lightweight, low-cost, accurate, and the size of a key fob.

Never Get Lost Again!

Small & Easy to Use GPS System

  • Innovative use of the latest GPS technology
  • Great for finding your way back in any situation
  • Simple to use, just lock, go & return
  • Displays arrow, direction, & distance
  • Store up to 3 locations[car, home, hotel, etc]
  • Peace of mind, perfect for seniors, adults, and children

Features

  • Tracks up to 32 satellites within 60 seconds
  • Tracking distance up to 9999 miles
  • Locks in up to three locations
  • Rechargeable battery USB connection at home, computer, or in your car
  • Highly sensitive GPS receiver provides faster acquisition times and improved tracking capabilities
  • Built in electronic compass that provides bearing information while you’re standing still, always pointing you in the general direction
  • Display directional arrow, direction and distance counts down as you move closer to your saved location and counts up as you move farther away
  • The smallest GPS system, sleek, stylish that can slide in your pocket or purse with ease

Source:  Design Corp

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Customized Band Aid Strip Short or Long

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Customized Band Aid

With kids at home you do have to keep an assortment of shapes and sizes of band aid at home. More often than not, I use it for the placebo effect; a strip plaster round the superficial cut on the finger works better than any medicine, cuddling or kisses. The Long and Short Plaster does away with the need of stocking up assorted sizes and works like a tape dispenser. Cut out the right size and use it.

Designers: Miyeon Kim & Hoyoung Lee

Source:  Yanko Design

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Airtrax – Omni directional high tech wheels can move sideways and backward at the same time

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Airtrax make a range of warehouse vehicles that use a unique, omni-directional wheel. Controlled via a joystick instead of a wheel-and-pedals, the Airtrax system allowing the vehicles to move forwards/backwards, side-to-side or rotate within their own length.  Watch Video

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YAKKAY safety stylish bike helmet

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YAKKAY develops, produces and markets high quality products to people who appreciate safety and style.

YAKKAY’s unique concept for bicycle helmets is the first where safety requirements and style are united and equally valued.

YAKKAY’s products are developed on the basis of our insight into contemporary people’s specific wishes and issues. This insight is transformed into obvious and beautifully designed solutions. The solutions are YAKKAY’s products.

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