A graphic breakdown of the plot of Memento. The breathtaking complexity is only matched by its beautiful simplicity.
Automated building in its infancy! A swarm of tiny helicopters will build a brick structure in Orleans next month.
I’ve always loved Geiger’s art, to see it made in real life is amazing.
I made this musical chair over my last semester at university to act as a fun and functional hall stand. Materials: Vic Ash, Red Gum, Brass and Nickel Wound Strings.
Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller’s Sonic Arboretum (MCA Chicago)
A collection of horned speakers, made from compressed recycled newsprint and dryer lint, created by sculptor and instrument-maker Ian Schneller and composer/violinist Andrew Bird, are installed in the MCA’s atrium to create a unique sound garden. Bird records the initial compositions on-site at the MCA and sends musical information to different groups of horns via multiple loops.
Sound garden? Sign us up.
Mimicking the brain, in silicon (via MIT News)
New computer chip models how neurons communicate with each other at synapses:
For decades, scientists have dreamed of building computer systems that could replicate the human brain’s talent for learning new tasks.
MIT researchers have now taken a major step toward that goal by designing a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to new information. This phenomenon, known as plasticity, is believed to underlie many brain functions, including learning and memory.
With about 400 transistors, the silicon chip can simulate the activity of a single brain synapse — a connection between two neurons that allows information to flow from one to the other. The researchers anticipate this chip will help neuroscientists learn much more about how the brain works, and could also be used in neural prosthetic devices such as artificial retinas, says Chi-Sang Poon, a principal research scientist in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.