September 30th, 2011 | brainjuice
- ‘Darker-than-black’ metamaterial could lead to more efficient solar cells
"(PhysOrg.com) — If typical black paint absorbs about 85% of incoming light, then a newly designed metamaterial that absorbs up to 99% of incoming light may be considered “darker than black." By taking advantage of the unique light-scattering properties of metamaterials, researchers have discovered that a hyperbolic metamaterial with a corrugated surface can have a very low reflectance, which could make it promising for high-efficiency solar cells, photodetectors, and radar stealth technology."
(tags:tech solar energy materials )
- The washable wearable antenna
"This wearable antenna is able to send a signal to satellites using the Cospas-Sarsat worldwide search and rescue satellite system. It is made from highly flexible, lightweight material that is robust against water exposure and moist conditions, and resistant to wear and tear."
(tags:tech rescue comms )
- Simon Faithfull Escape Vehicles
"“Like all works in the Escape Vehicles series no.1  and no.2  are tinged with the melancholy of failure. "
(tags:art space )
- Daniel Gray – Blog – On digital comics
"Which raises the question: does the comics industry actually need comics any more? "
(tags:comics digital+comics )
- Blawan & Pariah launch new label…
"Blawan and Pariah, two UK producers who constantly push the boundaries of techno and bass music have started a new label series called ’Works The Long Nights’."
- Fireball – a prototype 500g throwable sensor “grenade” from Intel allows fire… -
"Fireball – a prototype 500g throwable sensor “grenade” from Intel allows firemen to monitor temperature and levels of specific gases (ammonia, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide). The data is sent to a server in the fire engine, then sent back to the firefighters via smartphones or other devices."
(tags:tech rescue sensors )
- Water supersaturation in the Martian atmosphere discovered
"Extremely high levels of supersaturation were found on Mars, up to 10 times greater than those found on Earth. Clearly, there is much more water vapour in the upper Martian atmosphere than anyone ever imagined."
- After the Deluge: Alex Lukas at the Guerrero Gallery
"Rising from the muck, much like the urban wastelands of JG Ballard’s novels, Alex Lukas’ remnant landscapes present viewers with a future vision of our ruined present. These works on paper hover into one’s vision, offering fleeting memories of great cities, lost and then rediscovered. Cities or their fragments are inundated with water, scrub, marsh, and creeping vegetation. Older industrial ruins are covered with graffiti—signs of life without the existence of people or other animals. These scenes of a world, after an unnamed disaster, skirt the line between aestheticizing decay and asking revealing questions of meaning, memory, and mortality that arise when gazing at ruins."
(tags:cities sf art )
- BBC News – Rocket launches Chinese space lab
"A rocket carrying China's first space laboratory, Tiangong-1, has launched from the north of the country. Tiangong means "heavenly palace" in Chinese."
- SpaceX says ‘reusable rocket’ could help colonize Mars
"The US company SpaceX is working on the first-ever reusable rocket to launch to space and back, with the goal of one day helping humans colonize Mars, founder Elon Musk said Thursday."
(tags:space probably+not+but+still )