After thousands of years spent manipulating wood, humans are still inventing new and exciting ways of working with the versatile material. Here are two recently discovered techniques that bring new meaning to the process of woodworking.
Dutch scientists have created the world’s smallest hard disk by developing a new rewritable storage technology capable of writing information atom by atom.
The 500TB/inch2 disk is the work of a team led by Sander Otte at the Technical University of Delft and it can pack up to three times more data than current flash and hard disk memory offerings.
Looking at the impressive speaker lineup of this year’s
d2 Conferences in Vienna, one notices a great diversity of styles and approaches to architectural visualization. Among the most distinct voices is Alex Hogrefe, whose engagement with architectural representation and design seems to combine an architect’s sensibility in conceptual thinking, an appreciation of different tools for representing buildings and a technical mastery of 3D rendering.
He has cofounded visualization studio
Design Distill but also keeps a personal website where he muses on various types of architectural representation and design, all merged into a choreography of exploded axonometries, rendered sections, plans, diagrams and perspectives.
If you’re lucky enough to live in
a quiet, remote place, that might be a simple question to answer. But for most urban dwellers, escaping the cacophony of car horns, constructive noise, and human chatter is a major undertaking and a rare event.
But should we all make the effort to
escape our noisy world and get some peace and quiet a bit more often?
That’s the subject of an
utterly fascinating recent Nautilus piece by Daniel A. Gross(hat tip to the excellent Science of Us blog for pointing it out) that delves deeply into the latest research on the effect of silence on the human brain. We tend to think of silence as an absence, a lack of noise, rather than a positive condition, but according to this science, silence isn’t just not bad for your brain, but actively good.