September 2, 2014

Kuro Cube Refrigerator Deodorizer

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"A Kuro Cube can remain active up to five years by exposing it to sunlight occasionally so it can dry out thoroughly and thus regain its ability to absorb odors."

"Also effective at purifying the air of other small spaces such as closets, drawers, even a car."

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$25.

September 2, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kuro Cube Refrigerator Deodorizer

Kurocubemain

"A Kuro Cube can remain active up to five years by exposing it to sunlight occasionally so it can dry out thoroughly and thus regain its ability to absorb odors."

"Also effective at purifying the air of other small spaces such as closets, drawers, even a car."

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$25.

September 2, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wearable Chair

"The current Chairless Chair prototype weighs 4.4 pounds. Users can walk, even run, normally with the unit tied on. But... the final version will be even lighter."

[via Smithsonian.com]

September 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ultra-portable bike lights

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From the website:

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Made up of two small magnetic lights.

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Easy to attach to any bike, the two small lights — 1 red and 1 white — switch on with just a click and are guaranteed to stay securely in place even on the bumpiest street.

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You can select a steady beam or a slow or fast flashing light by simply clicking the light on the bike.

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When you reach your destination, remove the lights, join them together, and slip them in your pocket ready for your next outing.

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$49 (bike not included).

September 2, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 1, 2014

16th century French cypher machine in the shape of a book

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"With the coat of arms of Henri II."

[via 0x4e71 and Bruce Sterling]

September 1, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Expert: Bone Folder

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Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools review follows.

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"Bone folders" made of real bone are classic, but I prefer a plastic one.

The one I use for making crisp folds in origami, for bookmaking, folding cards, and paper construction is molded to the hand for extended ergonomic use.

It slides super easy with no trace on paper.

Sharp point, makes a really crisp fold.

Lasts forever.

Inexpensive.

If you work with paper, you'll want one of these.

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$6.82.

September 1, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Eat more eggs

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In the past 66 years the price of eggs has doubled while fresh vegetables now cost about 20 times their price in 1948.

[via Vizual Statistix]

September 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Electrical tape with integrated end finder

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Sublime.

From the website:

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We love this black electrical tape because it has a spiraling double line in gray that runs along it so you can always see where the end is without running your thumbnail around it six times.

3/4" wide, 66 feet long.

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Three rolls for $3.75.

September 1, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

August 31, 2014

Self-Folding Robot

Below, the opening two paragraphs of Kenneth Chang's August 7 New York Times story.

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An intricately cut sheet lies flat and motionless on a table. Then Samuel Felton, a graduate student at Harvard, connects the batteries, sending electricity coursing through, heating it. The sheet lurches to life, the pieces bending and folding into place. The transformation completes in four minutes, and the sheet, now a four-limbed robot, scurries away at more than two inches a second.

The creation, reported Thursday in the journal Science, is the first robot that can fold itself and start working without any intervention from the operator.

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More (from the Harvard lab) here.

August 31, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Teflon-Coated White Scissors

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Hemispherical handles, 8-1/2" long.

$6.50.

August 31, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Blue Lobster is 1 in 2 million

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From USA Today : 

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A rare sight made landfall in a lobsterman's trap Saturday [August 23, 2014].

Jay LaPlante with the Miss Meghan's Lobster Catch company caught a blue lobster around 10:45 a.m. ET off Pine Point, about 10 miles southwest of Portland, Maine.

LaPlante and his 14-year-old daughter, Meghan, were hauling traps when she discovered the 2-pound cerulean crustacean, the first time they've ever caught a blue lobster.

The find is like winning the lottery: Oceanographers estimate that only 1 in 2 million lobsters is blue, according to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.

The coloration comes from a genetic defect that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein. Every other lobster is a dark green or brown.

Meghan named the lobster Skyler and said he will avoid the dinner plate. She is donating Skyler to the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, about 30 miles northeast of Portland.

Skyler won't be alone, according to aquarium staff. He will join three other blue lobsters and an orange one in their tank.

August 31, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Transparent Flame-Proof Glass Pot

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Tempered flame-proof borosilicate glass.

Eight quart capacity.

Dishwasher-safe.

$200.

[via The Green Head]

August 31, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 30, 2014

Experts' Expert: Digital Photo Storage by Personality Type

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Stephanie Rosenbloom, in a July 22 New York Times "The Getaway" feature, described the pros and cons of nine services dedicated to storing digital photos.

She was kind enough to subdivide people who might wish to use these sites as follows:

• The Perfectionist

• The Fun-Lover

• The Social Butterfly

• The Professional

• The Videographer

• The Essentialist

[Times graphic up top by Giacomo Gambineri]

August 30, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Calculator with Integrated Ruler

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Excellent idea.

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From the website:

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This little silver plastic basic-function calculator measures 3-1/4" x 5-1/2" with a clear plastic ruler that folds down on both sides.

Open it and it looks oddly like a communications satellite.

The ruler is millimeters/centimeters only, up to 320mm or 32cm.

But it's still a lovely straight-edge, or a gift for a Canadian friend.

Runs on a single replaceable button-cell battery, included.

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Two for $3.95.

August 30, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Why doesn't honey spoil?

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[via Compound Interest]

August 30, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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