Carnivorous plant inspires new super-slippery material

Who doesn’t like carnivorous plants? They eat pesky bugs, they look like something out of Flash Gordon, and now it turns out that one of them has inspired a new type of liquid-repellent surface. The inspirational flora is the pitcher plant, which is shaped like - well, like a water pitcher, or perhaps a wide-end-up trumpet. When insects step onto its slippery inner surface, they lose their footing and fall down into a pool of collected rainwater in its base, where they are digested. Scientists from Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have copied the structure of that inner surface and come up with a material that resists not only most liquids, but also ice and bacteria, and it does so under a wide range of conditions.

The secret of the pitcher plant’s surface lies in the fact that it does take in a small amount of water, which it keeps in a thin layer on the very outside. In the same way that car tires can hydroplane on an only slightly-wet road, this layer of liquid keeps the oil on insect feet from making secure contact with the plant’s actual surface.

The SEAS researchers copied this concept, by infusing an unnamed nanostructured porous material with a lubricating fluid. The resulting technology is known as SLIPS, which stands for Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces.

Previous experiments with liquid-repellent surfaces have replicated the surface of the lotus leaf, the microtextured surface of which creates a cushion of air that causes water to bead up. According to SEAS, however, man-made versions of this surface don’t perform well with organic or complex liquids, they’re expensive to create, they don’t stand up to physical damage or extreme conditions, and the liquid droplets tend to soak in instead of rolling away.

On the other hand, besides shrugging off the previously-mentioned substances, SLIPS is said to be inexpensive, self-healing, and able to work in high pressure environments, humid conditions, and freezing temperatures. Possible applications include self-cleaning windows, anti-fouling coatings for ships’ hulls, ice- and graffiti-resistant products, and low-friction linings for pipelines and medical tubing.

SEAS is presently in the process of seeking a patent for the technology.

The research was published yesterday in the journal Nature.

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Meet Paul, The Clumsy Robo-Artist

Playing on TV’s of the future…smell-o-vision?

An electrical current is sent through the lead wires to heat an aqueous solution. The heat builds pressure, causing a tiny hole in an elastomer to open, releasing the odor, which is measured by the detector.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/cutting-edge/#ixzz1QNoEAJRt

This is Pretty Cool

We’ve gotten used to touch screens always being flat. Get ready for that to change. Silicon Valley start-up Tactus Technology has designed a touch screen that grows 3D buttons and knobs where and when you want them.

Smartphones, tablets, game consoles, and kiosks equipped with the technology would sprout physical controls like QWERTY keyboards and knobs on demand. The controls would recede into the touch screen surface after they’ve served their purpose.

3D controls are often easier to maneuver than today’s flat touch-screen controls, as you can use them without looking. Getting the best of both worlds means marrying physical controls’ higher accuracy and ease of use with touch screens’ elegance, simplicity, and dynamic nature. The physical cues are especially important for people who can’t see well or who have trouble with fine hand movements. They also make it easier to control your cell phone when it’s in your pocket.

The trick to making a morphing touch screen useful is fitting it in a smartphone. The Tactus design calls for sandwiching a fluid between touch-screen layers and pushing the fluid around with a series of tiny valves. The top layer is flexible, so pushing the fluid to one part of the screen raises the surface there.



Read more: http://news.cnet.com/cutting-edge/#ixzz1PozI9Viz

Best Apps Guide

NEWS, INFORMATION and BOOKS

 

FLUENT NEWS
IPAD/IPHONE, FREE

"Late-breaking news headlines from a diversity of sources, from Fox News to Al Jazeera and everything in between. In-depth opinion pieces and analysis by publications such as The Economist make great reading and you can download the content when you are online and read it offline at your leisure." - Christine Satchell

 

MAKE USE OF 
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE, FREE

"The best place to find out anything to do with technology, and the many ways in which we attempt to engage with it. A quick visit is almost impossible, though, as one is instantly distracted by the ‘cool websites’ and how-to features." CS

 

POCKET WEATHER AU
IPAD/IPHONE, $2.49

Yes, the iPhone does come with an inbuilt weather app, but it fails miserably in the detail stakes. This sources weather info directly from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and includes the latest synoptic charts, rain radars and national satellite pictures. One for all those weather geeks out there, with an ultra-slick design, too.

 

STANZA
IPAD/IPHONE, FREE

A good-looking, easy-to-use e-reader much like Amazon’s Kindle app, except that Stanza isn’t affiliated with a dedicated e-book store. It’s the most customisable e-reader app out there, and offers both free (Dickens, Freud or Fitzgerald, anyone?) and paid books from a variety of different stores.

 

IBOOKS
IPAD/IPHONE, FREE

Like Stanza, this allows you to download books to your iPhone or iPad. Titles are stored on a bookshelf, so you can peruse your very own virtual library.

 

ABC IVIEW
IPAD, FREE

"Owners of iPads have learnt to put up with the inconvenience of not being able to view videos made in the Flash format. Thankfully, that’s changing as more publishers deliver their offerings in iPad-friendly formats. ABC iView was one of the first and is still one of the best, with a range of catch-up TV and other back-catalogue shows all up for grabs." Stephen Hutcheon

 

FLUD
IPAD/IPHONE, FREE

A sophisticated news reader, Flud is able to learn what you regularly read online and provide customised content whenever you log on. Just select an article from one of the many personalised news feeds on offer.

 

IMDB
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE, FREE

You know the score: IMDb is a behemoth collection of film, TV and celeb info. But the app also lets you search show times near you, watch trailers, browse photo galleries and share movie info. We especially love the Best Picture winners list.

 

EVERPAPER
ANDROID, FREE

It’s the Instapaper client for Android phones and works in the same way, allowing you to cut and curate all the stories you find online.

TRAVEL AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

 

THE THOUSANDS CITY GUIDE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Hipsters rejoice! You can seek out the cool crowd across the country with these guides to the trendiest places in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

 

ART GUIDE AUSTRALIA
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Pick a location and this app tells you what exhibitions are on near you, as well as giving an alphabetical list of artists exhibiting each month and galleries in your state.

 

NAVFREE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"You can’t complain about a free GPS navigation app. It’s not perfect, but it has a lot of the same features that the paid apps have and is easy to use." - Andrew Fergusson

 

TRAPSTER
ANDROID/BLACKBERRY/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/NOKIA, FREE

Users submit speed traps, cameras and hazards to the app, alerting Trapster users in the area. A bit more high tech than flashing your headlights at oncoming cars.

 

GOOGLE PLACES
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"This map-based app lets you check out restaurants, shops and pubs with review snippets. Nice way to explore a new city, or get supplies in a hurry." - Katie Cincotta

 

GOOGLE EARTH
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"This is a product I’ve enjoyed from its very first days when it was just a free PC download. That so much geospatial detail can be at your fingertips blows me away. Google have done a great job ‘app-ifying’ the desktop program." -Stephen Hutcheon

 

WIKIHOOD
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Just like a tour guide, only far less irritating, this app pinpoints your geographic location and combines it with Wikipedia facts to show you important sites, historic events that took place nearby, famous folk linked to the area and other bits of fascinating trivia.

 

AROUNDME
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Like Google Places, with this you discover the points of interests around you, from museums to the nearest post office. Useful for both out-of-towners and busy locals.

 

KAYAK
ANDROID/BLACKBERRY/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/NOKIA, FREE

"Useful for booking last-minute travel on the run. Just watch out for the horrendous global-roaming charges." CS

 

TRIPADVISOR
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/NOKIA/WINDOWS PHONE, FREE

"The pocket version of travel bible TriPadvisor, with access to user reviews of hotels, restaurants and tours. Like a recommendation from a friend on steroids." KC

 

GOOGLE TRANSLATE
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Translate words and phrases from more than 50 languages, most allowing you to speak the phrase for the translation. Que fácil!

 

FOURSQUARE
ANDROID/BLACKBERRY/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/ NOKIA/WINDOWS PHONE, FREE

The ultimate way to keep up to date with what’s going on around you. Stalk your friends, get insider tips and earn points and rewards for discovering new places.

 

MOTIONX GPS
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $3.99

GPS for outdoorsy types, this offers four elements of navigation from street, topography, marine and cycle maps. One person, Martin Edström, has used it to log his journey through the Himalayas as part of the Saving Mount Everest Project, but it’s also useful in far less ambitious endeavours.

HEALTH and FITNESS

 

CALORIE COUNTER PRO
ANDROID/BLACKBERRY/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $4.99

Key in your target weight and get a daily calorie limit, which users can monitor using a database of more than 300,000 foods and an inbuilt barcode scanner for unknown foods. Also includes a pedometer and daily analysis of your food diary.

 

NIKE+ GPS
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"A great app for the serious runner. There are a stack of cool screens and visuals, all driven by the data you create when you go out for a run. You can map your runs, brag to your friends and family and set goals and targets." SH

 

INSTANT HEART RATE
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $1.19

Get an accurate heart-rate reading by putting the tip of your index finger on the smartphone’s camera. If you don’t have a phone with a flash, you need to be somewhere well lit for it to work.

 

COUCH TO 5K
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $3.99

"I have to admit that I’m the non-runner in the family, but I’m hearing lots of good things about this app. The perfect plan to get someone who is exercise-averse off their butt, out of the house and onto the mean streets. The settings, social-networking links and the integration with your music collection are all designed to swing even the most recalcitrant jogger into action." SH

COMMUNICATION

 

POSTINO
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/WINDOWS PHONE, FREE

"This app is the perfect blend of analogue meets digital. You can take a photo from your smartphone, then send a physical postcard of that photo straight to your grandma in England." AF

 

VIBER
IPHONE, FREE

An iPhone app that lets you make free phone calls to other iPhone users who have Viber installed. “A good alternative to Skype that seems to integrate better with the way people use their phones. It utilises your contacts list to tell you who else is using it and also receives calls when the app isn’t active.” AF

 

DRAGON DICTATION
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

A surprisingly accurate talk-to-type tool that records your spoken words as text, then sends them via email or text, or copies them to your clipboard. Leaves you with no excuse for texting while driving.

 

BUMP
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"Bump two phones together and you can pass on contact details, photos, music and apps. Great if you’ve run out of business cards." - KC

 

WI-FI FINDER
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Whether in the nearest Macca’s, cafe or bookstore, this searches and finds public free and paid Wi-Fi hot spots near you, anywhere in the world. Can filter by venue types and providers.

 

AIR SHARING
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $3.99

Turns your iPhone into a wireless, external hard drive that you can connect to your email, website or home computer. If you’re greedy for even more space, you can pay $8.99 for the Pro version.

 

TOUCH MOUSE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Lets you use your iPhone as a wireless touch pad, mouse or keyboard with your computer, so you don’t have to get up from the couch to write that pesky email. It does require you to download and install the app on your PC as well, but that’s relatively simple.

 

TUNEIN RADIO PRO
ANDROID/BLACKBERRY/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $1.19

Uses live streaming to bring you more than 40,000 radio stations from all around the world, which can be recorded, paused and rewound. Search station by genre, language or location.

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

SILENT FILM DIRECTOR
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $1.19

Channelling your inner Charlie Chaplin has never been so much fun, or so easy. Choose effects including sepia, ’60s home video and ’20s movie to shoot footage that you can then edit, slow down, and add soundtracks and title cards to.

 

CROSS PROCESS
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $2.49

"Provides glorious filters to your images by emulating the look of cross-processed film, turning out photographs with a luxurious, retro or black-and-white effect." CS

 

HIPSTAMATIC
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $2.49

"As great as phone cameras are, they are still phone cameras. So photo-effects apps have taken off in a big way, and I reckon this is still one of the best. It has a nice analogue touch of choosing the film and flash types you want to use." -AF

 

FOTOPEDIA HERITAGE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Explore the world without leaving your bedroom. Pick a location on Fotopedia’s map and browse a selection of pics from the app’s database of more than 25,000 photos of UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as links to information about each destination. Users can also upload their own photos.

 

PHOTOGENE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $3.99/$2.49

There are so many reasons to love the iPhone, but the inbuilt camera just isn’t one of them. PhotoGene lets you crop, adjust and add fun effects to less-than-snazzy snaps, either ones from your library or taken using the app’s inbuilt camera.

 

360 PANORAMA
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $1.19

"Microsoft’s Photosynth app was the first one to market with its free 360-degree photo app, but 360 Panorama does a better job of it. The photos are like for like, but 360’s capture-and-display method is far superior. All you have to do is rotate your iPhone in a circle and the software stitches the images together for you." -SH

 

PHOTO BOOTH CLASSIC
PLUS IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $2.49

Lets you re-create vintage black-and-white or colour photo-booth strips. All you have to do is push the shoot button and decide which silly faces to pull.

LIFESTYLE

 

JOTNOT
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $0.99

A document scanner that is far superior to taking a photo. It allows you to process images in batches to create a black-and-white PDF and send back-up scans to your computer from iTunes. It can be used for anything from keeping a copy of a magazine recipe to committing corporate espionage (not that we’re advocating that, of course).

 

WIKI HOW
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/NOKIA, FREE

"Provides information about a cross-section of situations that will be more relevant to some users than others. If you are concerned with knowing what to do when ‘you are about to collide with a moose or deer’, ‘need to control a spooked camel’, or ‘deal with police at a party’, this app is for you." -CS

 

ICOOKING LITTLE CHEFS
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $1.99

"They already know how to use your iPhone better than you do; now teach them to cook." -CS

 

EPICURIOUS
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"My one big beef with this beautiful recipe/cooking app is that it all comes in non-metric measurements. The addition of a setting to turn pounds into kilos and pints into millilitres would make what is already a great app into an awesome one. Beautiful photos, easy-to-follow instructions and intuitive navigation. All you need is a spatter-proof cover for your iPad." -SH

 

EYETV
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $5.99

"There is one big catch to this app - you also have to have the tuner stick that is made by the same company, Elgato. Once that’s in place you can turn your iPad or iPhone into a second (or third, or fourth) TV screen. The app can literally channel free-to-air TV from your Mac to your i-device. It even works over 3G." -SH

 

WIKIPEDIA MOBILE
ANDROID/BLACKBERRY/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/NOKIA, FREE

There are different versions of this app depending on the device, but one thing remains the same across all platforms: users can settle arguments faster than ever.

 

SHOP STYLE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Saves so much time by aggregating shopping content into one portal. Tailors searches to your sizing and nabs you the best bargains by comparing prices from loads of websites.

 

YOOX.COM
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"A gorgeous app for browsing and buying the coolest international fashion brands right from your mobile. The app itself is as luxurious as the brands it sells and the front-and-back garment perspective gives you a good idea of what your item of clothing will look like on you, once you have bought it." -CS

 

RED LASER
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"Quite a nifty little app that allows you to scan the barcode of items and tell you the price of them. Useful for when you come across something in store and you want to see if it’s cheaper online." -AF

 

ITUNES REMOTE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"I’m sure some people use this app to control their music. A much more fun way to use it, however, is to mess with your work colleagues’ volume when their headphones are on." -AF

 

DISCOVR MUSIC
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $1.19

"This Australian-made music app gives beautiful interactive visualisations of musicians and their connections. It presents users with a wealth of information about artists and bands, and links through to their songs on YouTube. You can spend hours dragging, poking and playing with the bubbles - all of it driven by some smart-alec algorithm quietly crunching data in the background." -SH

 

CRACKLE
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"Just launched by Sony, this free app features ad-supported movies, TV series and made-for-web ‘mobisodes’. It’s a promising start but it’s not [online US video service] Hulu. If you missed Mo, Larry and Curly in The Three Stooges the first time around, here’s your chance to catch up. And the movie catalogue seems to be mostly drawn from offerings from the ’70s." -SH

 

THE SMH GOOD FOOD GUIDE 2011
IPAD/IPHONE/ IPOD TOUCH, $4.99

Carrying The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide in your iPhone is pretty convenient and it allows you to book straight from the review.

 

TED 
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/NOKIA/WINDOWS PHONE, FREE

Organisation TED (Technology, Education and Design) have made it their mission to spread innovative ideas with inspiring talks from some of the world’s greatest thinkers. The TED app lets users watch the talks in any location. Now that’s innovative.

SPORT

 

FOOTY LITE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

If you can’t get to the game or sneak out to the nearest TV, keep up with the latest AFL round with regular hits of the latest news, statistics and live score updates. It has great player profiles, too - if you are at the game, you can compare the relative heights and weights of the battling full-forwards.

 

NRL LIVE SCORES LEAGUE NOW
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

The NRL footy tipster’s friend. Find out the latest injuries, weather conditions and betting odds, not to mention up-to-the-minute score updates.

 

LIVESCORE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

When you’re in the wrong hemisphere, this app is vital for score updates from overseas football games. Also includes tennis, hockey and basketball live-score updates.

 

RUGBY HEAVEN SUPER RUGBY
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

It’s hard to keep up with how many teams are in the Super Rugby competition these days, let alone everything else. Rugby Heaven’s Super Rugby app keeps rugby fans organised with their team’s latest statistics, news, player profiles, fixtures and results.

 

ICRICKET
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

One of the most popular cricket apps for the iPhone. Not only do you get score updates, news and statistics, users can play Fantasy Cricket on the latest version.

UTILITIES

 

IHANDY LEVEL
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Don’t you hate it when you can’t find your spirit level? It’s one of five tools in the iHandy Carpenter Toolkit, so now you can deal with those annoying, crooked paintings any time.

 

COMPASS
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/NOKIA, $1.19

"A nifty geo-app that displays and moves like a real compass. Comes in handy for real-estate copywriting when I need to list orientation for a house like ‘north-facing natural light on the deck’." -KC

 

CONSUME
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"Initially, it’s a pain to plug in all your account numbers and PINs, but then you can keep track of your usage and spending on everything from your mobile and home phone bills, to your broadband data usage and frequent flyer points via the graphs." -KC

 

BUDGET
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $1.19

A way of mending those darned holes in your pockets. Key in income and expenses - via categories

including entertainment, clothing, gas and rent - and graphs show where you’re forking out most.

 

SOUNDHOUND
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/NOKIA, FREE

Identify songs in as little as four seconds or simply say or type in the name of an artist to get instant access to their catalogue. Compared to Shazam, SoundHound really goes that extra mile in finding lyrics and YouTube videos of songs. Users can pay $6.99 for the advertisement-free version.

 

FIND MY IPHONE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Left your phone at the pub? Write it a “please return to owner” message remotely and it will pop up on the display screen. Know it’s in the house somewhere but just can’t find it? Access the online map from your home computer to see exactly where it is, then command it to play a sound. Know it’s been stolen? Set PINs and wipe the phone remotely. Dropped it in the toilet? Sorry, can’t help you there.

 

SNARL TRAFFIC
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

Locates you on a map (provided you’re in Victoria, NSW or Queensland), then marks nearby traffic incidents, helping you to avoid gridlock and road rage. Tap camera icons to view of-the-moment traffic photos of selected streets.

JUST FOR FUN

 

TYPE WHILE WALKING
IPHONE, $1.19

This is the app that every busy city worker needs. Users can SMS and send emails while their device’s camera keeps an eye on what’s coming up - walk and text, accident-free.

 

SLEEP MACHINE
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, $2.49

"Who needs sleeping pills when you can drift off to sleep to sounds such as ‘Beach: waves lapping on the shore’, or ‘Waterfall: Hawaii’? ‘Rain with distant thunder’ is very effective at muffling the sound of someone snoring." -CS

 

SOUNDS OF ACTION
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

As the name suggests, this creates the best sounds from action movies - from bar fights to kung fu fighting. Pointless, but wild.

 

HANDWRITING MAIL
FREE IPAD, FREE

When a text message just isn’t enough, HandWriting Mail Free lets you use your finger to quickly jot down personal handwritten notes or pretty pictures, before shooting them off to friends (or, indeed, foes) via email, Facebook or Twitter.

 

HEYTELL
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

A walkie talkie for adults. Just press the “speak” button and send an instant voice message to any contacts who also have the app. For $2.49, you can buy a voice changer that makes you sound like a creepy robot, or a pitch-perfect singer.

 

ANGRY BIRDS
ANDROID/IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/NOKIA, $1.19

(the only game we are including, just because.)

"It is just a really easy way to kill a few minutes here and there (usually while waiting for the train). Yes, it is addictive and mindless, but that is why it appeals to me." -CB

 

EMOJI FREE!
IPAD/IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH, FREE

"Gives you a range of symbols and icons to add to your text messages, for example: happy, smiley faces, skiers, hot dogs and cocktails. Once you install this app there is pretty much an icon for every situation." -CS

 

GOOGLE SKY MAP
ANDROID, FREE

Stargazing for the 21st century. Point your camera to the night sky and this app will identify the stars, planets and constellations.



Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/top-100-apps—the-definitive-guide-20110620-1gax4.html#ixzz1Pox3v3Wk

Worlds First Successful All Solar Flight.

Last week, the world spent 10.7 million hours playing with Les Paul’s doodle

The GOOGLE homepage doodle posted last week honouring guitar legend Les Paul has cost the world $268 million, despite only setting the internet giant back a mere $15,000, Extreme Tech says.

Extreme Tech says the amount covers 10.7 million man-hours in lost productivity, assuming the average Google user earns $25 an hour.

"During the two days that the Les Paul doodle was online, those 740 million visitors, according to analytics from RescueTime, spent 26 seconds more on the Google home page than normal," it said.

"740 million times 26 seconds is 5,344,444 hours - and over two days, that’s a total of almost 10.7 million man hours spent playing with the Les Paul Google Doodle.

"Assuming the average Google user earns $25/hour, the doodle cost companies around the world $268 million in lost productivity," it said.

"It’s impossible to predict exactly how many kilowatt hours were used by the Les Paul guitar, but if we posit that the doodle draws 5 watts, and the average visitor spent 26 seconds playing with the doodle, then each visit used 0.000035 kilowatt hours (kWh).

"Over two days, with 1480 million visitors, that’s 51,800 kWh. At 10c per kWh, that’s a grand total of $5180," the site said.

It said Google would have paid a developer to create the Les Paul guitar but this would amount to just “a few hundred dollars”.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Les Paul doodle, Google have given it a permanent home here.

Source: news.com.au 

Airbus Future Flight Concept

With a see-through cabin, the aircraft of the future won’t be for nervous flyers.

The company’s vision offers a revolution in air travel

Plane manufacturer Airbus has looked 40 years into the future and unveiled concept designs for the aircraft of 2050.


Design firm Hassell’s Melbourne team has unveiled futuristic designs for high-speed train travel in Australia.


Who’s Dying In The Iraq War, In Pixels

This simple pixel diagram displays the human death toll of the Iraq war. Blue pixels are “friendly” deaths (US and coalition forces), green ones are “host” deaths (Iraqi government), grey are “enemy” deaths (insurgents) and orange, well, those are civilians.

It’s interesting to see how the distribution of the causalities changed in the diagram on the right, which shows the deaths as they occurred chronologically, but the one on the left, with the deaths grouped together by category, is even more powerful. As Kamel Makhloufi, the diagram’s designer points out, “Just remember that host nation + civilian + enemies = mostly Iraqis.”

The data was culled from the documents recently published by WikiLeaks.