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Coolest Digital Camera Concept Ever

This awesome digital camera concept turns your photographs into a stamp in a matter of minutes. The Stampy Digital Camera was designed by Jinhee Kim, who had the brilliant idea of turning your camera into a refreshing digital printing device by adding stamp technology into the camera body. What an awesome idea, here’s how it works:

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The Don’ts (and Dos) of Google Change

Google recently “Binged” itself out with the addition of a background image feature, which leads one to believe that Google may be conforming to match competitors. However, there are several avenues which – if they were to follow – would only take away from it’s simplicity and efficacy. Too, though, there are a couple which I wouldn’t mind seeing Google adopt.

Don’t: Display Popular or Trending searches

Honestly? Is it necessary that I know what the top 10 most useless searches of the day are? Pat F*%#ing Benatar? We already have suggested searches when we type even one single letter into the search bar, do we really need encouragement and recommendations before we even begin to contemplate searching? Seeing the most popular current searches simply serves as a stark reminder of the apathetic simple-mindedness of our culture.

Don’t: Advertise on the search page

Be it a subtle plug as the one pictured above or the more obvious and typical advertisements seen on several other engines, it just isn’t visually appealing. For whatever reason, advertisements on the front page suggest that the engine has an external agenda influenced by advertisers which will have an affect on my results. While I’m aware that Google’s result page’s are full of sponsored results and advertisements, advertising on the front page produces an odd sense of dishonesty.

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Genious Idea: Solar Camera Strap

Here’s a neat idea that’s good for photographers and good for the environment. It’s a solar-powered camera strap, so while you’re shooting, your camera charges using only the Sun’s rays. The solar panels built into the strap convert the solar energy into stored power for your camera so you can shoot longer and charge less. Of course that means you’ll also be in the Sun the whole time which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it.

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Science Historian Cracks the ‘Plato code’

A science historian at The University of Manchester has cracked “The Plato Code” – the long disputed secret messages hidden in the great philosopher’s writings.

Plato was the Einstein of Greece’s Golden Age and his work founded Western culture and science. Dr Jay Kennedy‘s findings are set to revolutionise the history of the origins of Western thought.

Dr Kennedy, whose findings are published in the leading US journal Apeiron, reveals that Plato used a regular pattern of symbols, inherited from the ancient followers of Pythagoras, to give his books a musical structure. A century earlier, Pythagoras had declared that the planets and stars made an inaudible music, a ‘harmony of the spheres’. Plato imitated this hidden music in his books.

The hidden codes show that Plato anticipated the Scientific Revolution 2,000 years before Isaac Newton, discovering its most important idea – the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics. The decoded messages also open up a surprising way to unite science and religion. The awe and beauty we feel in nature, Plato says, shows that it is divine; discovering the scientific order of nature is getting closer to God. This could transform today’s culture wars between science and religion.

“Plato’s books played a major role in founding Western culture but they are mysterious and end in riddles,” Dr Kennedy, at Manchester’s Faculty of Life Sciences explains.

“In antiquity, many of his followers said the books contained hidden layers of meaning and secret codes, but this was rejected by modern scholars.

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First Ever Solar-Powered Blimp to Cross English Channel

Built by et Sol’r, the world’s first ever solar-powered blimp is set to cross the English Channel in under an hour. The vessel, made of nylon and polyethylene aluminum, is 72 feet long and 18 feet wide. The blimp is fitted with semi-flexible solar cells capable of generating upwards of 2.4 kilowatts which is enough to push it at 25 miles per hour. You’ll also notice the ship’s two large propellers which will help elevate and guide the vessel.

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Sweden to House Europes Largest Wind Farm

Sweden’s Markbygden wind farm is set to have over 1,000 wind turbines erected by 2022, that’s 1,101 wind turbines to be exact. The project would make this wind farm the largest in Europe. Svevind, the company behind the project, estimates that when it is finished, the wind farm will be able to generate the same amount of electricity as two nuclear reactors.

Probably one of the pioneering reasons this project is to be completed in Sweden is the availability of a 500 square kilometer uninhabited plot of land. Though this project could generate such a large amount of renewable energy and bring jobs and money to the country, it, like all other large scale building projects has been met with some community disapproval.

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Ontario Government Takes on Solar Manufacturing Project

In order to carry out its launch of commercial activities, the province of Ontario has pledged a $1.86 million investment in a Toronto-based company. Morgan Solar Inc has developed a unique photovoltaic panel that is unparalleled in its sunlight-concentrating capacity. With the funding they’ll receive from the government, they’ll begin manufacturing their panels for the consumer market.

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Print a Skull and Crossbones on your Toast

Ok, so, maybe you’re not exactly printing here, but by pressing this mold into your bread before you throw it in the toaster, you’ll make an impression that when toasted will come to life, almost as if it were printed. Neat eh?

You can pick up these molds at Thinkgeek!

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