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Ryan Johnson18,123Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-14 11:49:16496215
Webtasarim Gardentr104Web design #seo #circle #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google  #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing   #circl2014-11-07 10:04:23485000
Francesco Zambelli527#circlesharing   #circleshare   #topengagers   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   a very good circle is being built... to be included you have to1) share this circle2) +1 to this post3) comment it.2013-11-07 19:36:45198117
Social Media Revolution637All Science! #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #circle 2013-08-20 16:03:51189035
Social Media Revolution592Science #circleshare   #sharedcircles  2013-08-10 21:42:081890113
Science é Ciencia0We've been shared by +Science on Google+: A Public Database among other 246 interesting pages related to Science that you can follow here on Google+ adding this circle.Thank you! :D #science   #circles   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles  2013-07-24 10:00:53247001
Lucas Appelmann12,923For quite some time I haven't shared circles. I now will, exclusively on g+, by presenting the world my "Favorite International Users" circle. It only consists of about 100 people - and most of you will already have a good amount of them in your own circles. So why am I posting this, then?The reason is that these people are highly relevant for my g+ experience and viewing the stream for this circle it contained all the posts that I found important in my main stream. So this is why. #circleshare  +Social Circles +CircleHub +CIRCLES on Google+ +The Best Circles on Google+ +How Do You Get More Followers On Google+ 2013-06-19 10:13:4110717311
Science on Google+60,330Science Pages- All DisciplinesView pages categorized by discipline: http://goo.gl/WCohTLinks to shared science circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Active profiles and pages will be included in the next shared circle.Science on Google+ community: http://goo.gl/mTTxX#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2013-03-17 13:29:4424071916
Jason Mayes17,602SO I have been carefully creating this circle over the past 2 years. My best tech / creative pages on Google+ not from any generic SUL - hand picked by yours truly. Enjoy!2013-03-14 09:57:012906516
Drake Forester4,055Mark's CircleMark has put together a good circle of profiles to follow. Expand your circles.... add and share this circle. You won't be sorry. 2013-02-21 15:24:15450305
Science on Google+32,183Science Pages- All DisciplinesView pages categorized by discipline: http://goo.gl/WCohTLinks to shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBAdd your science page to next circle: http://goo.gl/yEg7MScience on Google+ community: http://goo.gl/mTTxX #scienceeveryday  #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2013-02-08 02:05:592341310
Lucas Appelmann10,529I'm sharing my alltime favorite international users circle. It's not big, it might contain lots of people you already have in your own circles, it might annoy you to have another circle share in your stream.It's my personal selection of users that have enriched my g+ stream in the past year. YMMV.+Social Circles +Circles +Circle Me Up !!! +Pimp Your Circles +CIRCLES on Google+ +The Best Circles on Google+ +How Do You Get More Followers On Google+2013-01-28 10:58:2510319413
Full Circle27,993495 Interactive Brand Pages Only (Google+ Pages Only) 1.4.13If you have or know of a brand page to be included, comment below.If you manage a Google+ Page adding these brands is a great way to expand your circles. There will be NO error adding this circle to a Google+ Page.#brandpages      #brandcircles      #circleshare      #circleshare   #circlesharing      #circles      #businesspages     #sharedpubliccircles      #sharedcircles      #sharingiscaring     #fullcircleshare   #pagescircle  2013-01-04 20:06:4649517623
Circle Plus10,513Circle Plus, Circle Update - Pages OnlyCircle Plus#addcircle #sharedcircles #googleplus #googlepluscircles #circleplus #sharecircle #googleplusmembers #plusmembers #page #circles    #circlesharing    #circleshare    #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharingcircle   #BestSharedCircle #publiccircles #circlecount2012-12-21 12:15:5116721016
matt vovakiss6,543Maximum SHARE! #2 #revision 2Another group of #random people from my #circles . An #experimental #top #circleshare for #everyone to #enjoy . Please add and #share . #topcircles #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharepubliccircle #bestsharedcircle #marketing #socialnetworks #reshare  2012-12-17 14:50:50500162021
Science on Google+13,921Ultimate Science Page CircleSpice up your stream with this nice set of Science Pages!Join the Science on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/uhJCNApplied and Mathematical Sciences: http://goo.gl/l0prdNatural Sciences: http://goo.gl/t8ljmSocial Sciences and Communication: http://goo.gl/vqyNSAdd your Profile/Page to Science on Google+: A Public Database If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that Profiles also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles .#scienceeveryday   #science   #publiccircles   #sharedcircles2012-12-16 17:10:4039321917
matt vovakiss6,543Maximum SHARE! #2I grabbed 499 #random #people from my #circles , bundled them up into a big ol' #circleshare . Please add and #reshare . #circleshare #circlesharing #circles #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharepubliccircle  2012-12-15 18:14:00500214
Full Circle22,841499 Interactive Brand Pages Only (Google+ Pages Only) 12.11.12If you have or know of a brand page to be included, comment below.If you manage a Google+ Page adding these brands is a great way to expand your circles. There will be NO error adding this circle to a Google+ Page.#brandpages      #brandcircles      #circleshare      #circleshare   #circlesharing      #circles      #businesspages     #sharedpubliccircles      #sharedcircles      #sharingiscaring     #fullcircleshare  2012-12-11 21:41:3049910312
Andrey Mashnich34,403Here is my top engager's circle ! #followfriday #Circles #Public #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #QSC #querosercirculado   #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness   #awesomepeople #awesomecircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce #awesomeness #awesomepeople #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles #awesomesauce #круг #SecretSanta   #círculo   #サークル   #cercle   #دائرة   #HappyBirthdayKim #Christmas2012 #FirstWorldProblems Apple #TheHobbit2012-11-28 20:40:424995315
Full Circle18,337410 Interactive Brand Pages Only (Google+ Pages Only) 11.28.12If you have or know of a brand page to be included, comment below.If you manage a Google+ Page adding these brands is a great way to expand your circles. There will be NO error adding this circle to a Google+ Page.#brandpages     #brandcircles     #circleshare     #circleshare   #circlesharing     #circles     #businesspages     #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles     #sharingiscaring     #fullcircleshare  2012-11-28 14:14:2341012721
Circle Plus8,907Circle Plus, Circle Update - Pages+Circle Plus#addcircle #sharedcircles #googleplus #googlepluscircles #circleplus #sharecircle #googleplusmembers #plusmembers #page #circles    #circlesharing    #circleshare    #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharingcircle   #BestSharedCircle #publiccircles #circlecount2012-11-28 12:17:281662118
Full Circle17,765394 Interactive Brand Pages Only (Google+ Pages Only) 11.25.12If you have or know of a brand page to be included, comment at either post linked below:If you manage a Google+ Page adding these brands is a great way to expand your circles. There will be NO error adding this circle to a Google+ Page.#brandpages     #brandcircles     #circleshare     #circleshare   #circlesharing     #circles     #businesspages     #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles     #sharingiscaring     #fullcircleshare  2012-11-26 01:17:543945713
Science on Google+12,997Ultimate Science Page Circle 11.20Spice up your stream with this set of Science Pages! Did we miss your science page? Read below.Add your Profile/Page to Science on Google+: A Public Database If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that Profiles also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#scienceeveryday   #science   #publiccircles   #sharedcircles2012-11-20 19:05:1839031112
Science on Google+12,836Ultimate Science Page Circle 11.10Spice up your stream with this set of Science Pages! Nine pages were added this week (see below if you would like to add your science page to the circle).Add your Profile/Page to Science on Google+: A Public Database If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that Profiles also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#scienceeveryday  #science  #publiccircles  #sharedcircles  2012-11-10 13:37:5338201223
Science on Google+12,642Ultimate Science Page CircleSpice up your stream by adding this really nice set of Science Pages! Add your Profile/Page to +Science on Google+: A Public Database If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that Profiles also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles  2012-11-04 00:18:5037321930
Max Million7,766One In A MillionAdd this #wonderful and #amazing collection of people that I have had the pleasure of interacting with and getting to know during my time with Google+. I have also included a few Google+ pages that I follow.All profiles and pages should be active as of 10-26-2012 [With the exception of any that I missed].I will be sharing one other circle of my own this afternoon.You've been included in this circle if you've been notified. #CircleShare #OneInAMillion #MaxMillion  2012-10-26 23:27:4487311026
Full Circle9,514382 Interactive Brand Pages Only (Google+ Pages Only) Circle  10.18.12No errors when adding this circle to any Google+ Brand Page. A great way to grow your circles. Share and add this circle to as many brand pages as you would like.If you have a brand page you would like to include please mention it in a comment below or simply add +Full Circle   to your brand page circles.#brandpages     #brandcircles     #circleshare     #circleshare   #circlesharing     #circles     #businesspages     #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles     #fullcircleshare  2012-10-18 15:42:393829215
Lucas Appelmann3,539I've been in a few shared circles lately; I ought to give something back. These are my absolute favorites. If anybody feels they ought to be in here feel free to complain - maybe you're buried in one of my other circles.2012-10-16 09:03:51991209
Science on Google+11,818Science Page Circle - 10.9.12This is a really nice set of Science Pages!  Approximately 200 pages are in +Science on Google+: A Public Database (see http://goo.gl/WCohT for a categorized list), and we circled 157 Science Pages in the last two days!!! Check out the new pages by adding this circle and don't forget to share it with your friends!If you received a direct notification about this circle and would like to be added to future circles, please fill out this form: http://goo.gl/yEg7M. Thanks in advance! #scienceeveryday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles  2012-10-10 01:01:2036524650
Science on Google+11,317Science Pages- All DisciplinesView pages in this circle: http://goo.gl/WCohTView all shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-09-30 12:55:041990917
Neoh Y S0If I'm in your (supposedly) "Science" circle, read on:I see some complains that we sometimes mix cats and dogs in the science stream. Let me clarify this: I do share cats and dogs (among others), though not aggressively. I used to build a science circle and only share scientific stuff exclusively into that circle. If I don't circle you, you will not see any of these posts. I realized sharing science stuff into a closed circle like this is detrimental to the spread of scientific knowledge.That said, I found that people are most responsive to my non-scientific (you call cats and dogs, I call that tummy-tickling) posts. Conclusion? Statistically speaking, humorous posts are generally more pleasurable to read, even for the scientifically-inclined. DuhLike +Fraser Cain said, you should take some time to manage this circle. To put it bluntly, just delete the people you don't like to see. No hard feelings. No one is perfect. Google plus is an organic place to grow your own awesome streams. Personally, I am happy here as long as I don't have to be flooded with endless daily rants like other social network.If you are determined to accept only science streams and nothing else, here is my alternative circle for you: a list of science pages, with some plus minus by myself. You won't see cats and dogs from this circle. Enjoy!2012-09-18 17:36:22173301
Science on Google+9,821Science Pages- All DisciplinesView pages in this circle: http://goo.gl/WCohTView all shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-09-16 15:43:301944511
Science on Google+9,289Science Pages- All DisciplinesThis is a really nice set of Science Pages (see http://goo.gl/WCohT for a categorized list). Help spread the love of Science by sharing this circle with your friends.If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles  2012-09-08 14:08:4719364760
Hek Waves775In August, it was about one year I started my „Hek Waves“ stream on G+. In the meantime, I had the opportunity to “circle up” with a considerable group of people sharing interesting, amazing, sometimes critical and – if it’s needed – also a bit odd and jolting content. But – and that’s the point – it has always been a valuable, friendly, enlightening and engaging contribution to my personal G+ stream. Therefore, I think, that the first G+ anniversary is a good opportunity to say thanks to some of the top influencers of my stream and the best way to say Thank You on G+ is sharing carefully selected circles to the public. So, let me start with a first ”Thank You Circle”:This circle contains a first selection of people sharing social, political or environmental content on G+. It’s a pretty colorfull circle, so it doen’t address a single social direction or opinion. But it always contains people with a valuable point of view. And that’s, what makes G+ so unique. #ThankYouCircle   #reshare   #sharingiscaring   +Shared Circles on G+ BTW: Special thanks to +Susanne Ramharter  and +Andrew Hartwell  for the foundations to this circle.2012-09-02 12:33:1513724521
Science on Google+9,156General Science PagesView pages in this circle: http://goo.gl/VlyJPView all shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-09-02 12:06:02550613
Circle Plus4,284Circle update: [Page Circle]+Circle Plus #addcircle #sharedcircles #googleplus #googlepluscircles #circleplus #sharecircle #googleplusmembers #plusmembers #page #circles    #circlesharing    #circleshare    #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharingcircle   #BestSharedCircle2012-09-01 15:54:44167130
Ishrath Qadir4,436Circle update: [General Page Circle]+Ishrath Qadir #addcircle #sharedcircles #googleplus #googlepluscircles #circleplus #sharecircle #googleplusmembers #plusmembers #page #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare   #publiccircles  #publicsharedcircles  #sharingcircle  #BestSharedCircle #ishrathqadir #qadir #page #pagecircle #generalpagecircle2012-09-01 06:04:57137201
Science on Google+8,950General Science PagesView pages in this circle: http://goo.gl/VlyJPView all shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles  2012-08-26 11:54:12550410
NOD3x491Our first 500 people following us... :)Thanks for your continued support, feedback, discussions and banter.We're sharing this a little thank you - if you're seeing this in your stream, then we can strongly recommend checking these people out and adding them to your circles.They are from all over the world, post on various subject matter and know how to have a good laugh...Plus, they're all great engagers :) #sharedcircles   #fridaycircles  2012-08-17 17:59:5950026537
Science on Google+8,449General Science PagesView pages in this circle: http://goo.gl/VlyJPView all shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-08-16 00:00:1654064
Alessandro Mencarini698My Following circle, after some cleanup, is neat enough to be shared :)You'll find lots of diverse people and Pages in here. Tech, comedy, politics, random stuff. Add and enjoy it!2012-08-15 21:26:02100308
Shaun Whelden5,005My Top 10% of FollowersI just reached 5000 followers today!  Every time I hit a thousand marker, I celebrate by sharing a circle of my top 1% of followers.  Since 5000 is such a significant marker, I've decided to share not just one.... but three circles!  I will be sharing my top 10% of followers, my top 1% of followers and my top 0.1% of followers.To minimize butthurtedness, and maximize time efficiency, I am letting Google+ choose these circles for me.  My procedure is this:On a computer (because you can't manage circles on a mobile device), I go to Circles.  Then I click the "Have you in circles" button towards the top.  I sort the results by relevance.  Then I go through and remove a handful of people that are personal friends of mine who joined G+ a long time ago and never bothered to log in again.Something weird that I noticed:  the people towards the top of the list after I sorted it by relevance did not change from one sort to the next.  But people lower down on the list changed dramatically from one second to the next.  Very strange.  Also, for some weird reason, a brand page +Famous Footwear that I just added yesterday, and which just added me back today, is in my top 500.  One of my best friends, +Leonard Harris, did not make the top 500 list even though we regularly interact on each others' posts.  So the algorithm that Google uses to determine relevance is somewhat perplexing.  I mean, a lot of the people on this list clearly belong here..... but some are a total mystery.  And some people who should have made the list did not.Lastly, please note that my Top 500 Followers is a different list from my To 500 People I'm Following.  Think about it.  The lists are similar, but not identical.  This list is my Top 500 Followers as of today (8/14/2012) #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #circles  #circle2012-08-15 00:01:3650113210
Full Circle3,966347 Interactive Brand Pages Only (Google+ Pages Only) Circle #2 8.12.12No errors when adding this circle to any Google+ Page. Share and add this circle to as many brand pages as you would like.If you have a brand page you would like to include please mention it in a comment below or simply add +Full Circle  to your brand page circles.#brandpages   #brandcircles   #circleshare   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #businesspages   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #fullcircleshare  2012-08-13 03:01:27347853
Steven Roose8,175+Max Huijgen's Big Technology circle+Vincent Buyssens, you asked for a good #tech  circle, now here you are. +Max Huijgen shared it a few months ago and it's the only circle I added but didn't remove a single person from!2012-08-12 12:44:135007928
NOD3x380We know it's not #FollowFriday  but as another milestone is reached - we wanted to say thank you to our 1st 400 followers.We really appreciate all your feedback and support.If you're looking for a great bunch of people to engage with - please add these to your circles.Lee & the NOD3x Crewhttp://nod3x.com #sharedcircles   #CircleShare   #ThankYou  2012-08-02 10:52:5840019330
Circle Plus3,318Circle Plus update: [Pages Circle]+Circle Plus #addcircle #sharedcircles #googleplus #googlepluscircles #circleplus #sharecircle #googleplusmembers #plusmembers #page #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare   #publiccircles  #publicsharedcircles  #sharingcircle  #BestSharedCircle2012-07-28 11:19:27170000
NOD3x309I didn't think we'd be doing another circle share this week after reaching 200 followers on Tuesday - but here's our first 300 (323 actual) followers.Thanks very much for your continued support and feedback.NOD3x Crew2012-07-27 13:32:5532232328
Alexander Becker10,021As part of a pattern-analyzing experiment, and to examine the origins of "relevance," I am sharing my Top 99 circleSome observations —Robert Scoble is in my top 99, for no apparent reasons other than I circled him. "Relevance" does seem to come for people or pages I never interacted with apart from leaving the occasional +1. Also, mentioning someone repeatedly seems to increase relevance, for me, e.g. +Project Glass . Interestingly, mentioning without even having visited the Project Glass page is enough to make it relevant for me. While this makes sense, since I've written about it repeatedly, I can see a strong vector to game relevance this way.+Moritz Tolxdorff  and +Amanda Blain  deserve the credit for this endeavour —Want to create your own?► Click circles on the tab on the right► Make sure relevance is selected (default)► Select the top 99 users. (Drag a box around them)► Drag the whole group to "drop here to create new circle"► The new circle will open up. Make sure its 99 and adjust it if needed► Share it and use the hashtag #top99  and #sharedcircles   #top99   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  +Shared Circles on G+    +Nothing but Circles   +Public Circles   +CircleCount  +Full Circle If you got notified you are one of the 99 :-)2012-07-26 08:30:569934029
Max Huijgen27,907A mystery shrouded in an enigma: My Top 99 circle These are the 99 users who are on top of my relevance list and I considered myself quite relevant to myself so I overruled Google there :)Many of these folks are engaging with me through posts or comments, but it´s still a surprise circle. Some people have a magic link thanks to Google´s relevancy algorithm which is a mystery shrouded in an enigma. If anyone has a clue what determines relevancy I would like to know.It´s clear that it´s something like ´interaction * no. of followers as I rarely comment on +Robert Scoble and vice versa. Most of the others are completely understandable, but then again some names are missing..I have removed some people who I know mostly through work related email or don´t post in English and added instead the profiles next in line. Want to create your own?► Click circles on the tab on the right► Make sure relevance is selected (default)► Select the top 99 users. (Drag a box around them)► Drag the whole group to "drop here to create new circle"► The new circle will open up. Make sure its 99 and adjust it if needed► Share it and use the hashtag #top99  and #sharedcircles  #top99   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  +Shared Circles on G+  +Nothing but Circles  +Public Circles  +Full Circle  +CircleCount  If you got notified you are one of the 99.2012-07-25 23:37:0699109644
Max Huijgen27,436Join and share the European startups circle: let´s organize on G+!As the founder of +EuroTech I appeal to you to join, import and spread this circle.EuroTech wants to cover your stories as it´s our mission to get Europe on the tech map and the startup climate is dear to us. This is the third share now, which has been scrutinized and only contains people who are active on G+. Please share this if you are interested in the European startup world. Ask people and companies who want to join this circle to comment on this post. If we get to know each other we can network much more efficiently so let´s use G+ to the best and grow this circle. If it´s full we will just create a second circle. No set criteria to be in: if you are involved in an European startup just say so. If you know people who should be in, mention them to get them to respond. If you have a page on G+, fine as well. Make a description of your startup: a few lines will suffice with your main activity and the country you are based. We can use this to fine tune future circles per region or activity. Don´t forget to do so even if you are already in this circle. If you already responded on the first call you don´t need to repeat the information. Other interesting posts for European entrepreneurs:Your choice for most innovative city in Europe as a start-up?https://plus.google.com/u/0/112352920206354603958/posts/9EnhQR8HjaGA conference guide for startups: which tips do you have?https://plus.google.com/u/0/112352920206354603958/posts/cHAnR3BZ5AfCan Berlin Be The Next Silicon Valley? Should It Be? Or can we make out with crowd financing in Europe?https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/Np37FNUmMRXand of course part 1 of this circle sharing project:There is more than Silicon Valley: meet the European startups circle!https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/ce74fn6X5oJPlease share this to get as many startups as possible on board and mention people you think should react here!2012-07-19 08:05:12136271528

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2012-12-11 16:40:39 (23 comments, 6 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Stopping Climate Change With A Stratospheric Shield?
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

British Matthew Watson and his team think they have found a solution to stop climate change. They would like to construct a stratospheric shield to pump 100,000 tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere every year – at a construction cost of $24 million, and an operating cost of $10 million per year.

The idea consists of rubber hoses attached to weather balloons, rising 20 kilometers into the atmosphere. Through these hoses, the team could pump reflective aerosols directly into the stratosphere, deflecting incoming solar radiation and thus cooling the planet. They were planning a 1/20th scale test involving sending a helium balloon up one kilometer carrying a water-filled hose – which would simulate the weight of an aerosol-filled hose rising 20 kilometers – but this experimentwas c... more »

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2012-12-13 11:40:05 (5 comments, 29 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Algae Lamps
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Shamengo pioneer Pierre Calleja has invented a light powered by algae that absorbs CO2 in the air at the rate of 1 ton per year. The microalgae streetlamp has the potential to provide significantly cleaner air in urban areas and revolutionize the cityscape. With the figures provided, roughly every five of these lights in use would counter the CO2 emissions of one car based on average mileage. 

For the last 20 years, Calleja has focused his attentions on species of mixotropic algae, versatile little buggers that generate electricity not only from the preferred source of most plant life – sunlight – but also by absorbing CO2: “the lamps are composed of a tube containing microalgae, as well as a battery… during the day, the batteries are charged via photosynthesis of the algae, using both solar power and CO2.” Thismeans that... more »

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2012-12-19 07:51:49 (1 comments, 18 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Fast DNA Origami Opens Way For Nanoscale Machines
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Until now, biotechnologists have only been able to make simple forms out of DNA, like tubes, boxes, and triangles. In addition, the process has been laborious and time-consuming. A new study indicates that DNA strands can be coaxed to fold into shapes in a matter of minutes.

The waiting time has been cut down to minutes by Hendrik Dietz, a biophysicist at the Technical University in Munich, Germany, and his colleagues. Until now, scientists had to assemble the shape by heating the DNA and allowing it to cool over a week. Dietz and his colleagues strained the DNA with fluorescent dye and watched what happened as it cooled and folded.

By stopping the reaction at different states, they checked on how far the folding and sticking had gone. They discovered something... more »

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2012-12-19 07:51:49 (1 comments, 18 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Fast DNA Origami Opens Way For Nanoscale Machines
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Until now, biotechnologists have only been able to make simple forms out of DNA, like tubes, boxes, and triangles. In addition, the process has been laborious and time-consuming. A new study indicates that DNA strands can be coaxed to fold into shapes in a matter of minutes.

The waiting time has been cut down to minutes by Hendrik Dietz, a biophysicist at the Technical University in Munich, Germany, and his colleagues. Until now, scientists had to assemble the shape by heating the DNA and allowing it to cool over a week. Dietz and his colleagues strained the DNA with fluorescent dye and watched what happened as it cooled and folded.

By stopping the reaction at different states, they checked on how far the folding and sticking had gone. They discovered something... more »

Fast DNA Origami Opens Way For Nanoscale Machines
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Until now, biotechnologists have only been able to make simple forms out of DNA, like tubes, boxes, and triangles. In addition, the process has been laborious and time-consuming. A new study indicates that DNA strands can be coaxed to fold into shapes in a matter of minutes.

The waiting time has been cut down to minutes by Hendrik Dietz, a biophysicist at the Technical University in Munich, Germany, and his colleagues. Until now, scientists had to assemble the shape by heating the DNA and allowing it to cool over a week. Dietz and his colleagues strained the DNA with fluorescent dye and watched what happened as it cooled and folded.

By stopping the reaction at different states, they checked on how far the folding and sticking had gone. They discovered something striking: “It turns out that almost for the entire temperature range, nothing happens,” says Dietz. But when a crucial temperature is reached, the whole structure forms instantly.

Dietz analysed the folding of 19 different DNA shapes, including cylindrical, brick-like and cog-like objects. Each shape folded in a specific narrow temperature range somewhere between 45°C and 60°C. After the temperatures were attributed to specific shapes, the scientists subjected the unfolded DNA reaction mixtures to these temperatures for just a few minutes to see whether they would fold into the desired shape. They did and the scientists obtained a high yield.

DNA-origami experts are excited at the prospect of speeding up their work. “It makes our lives a lot easier,” says William Shih, who works in the field at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, and previous co-worker of Professor Dietz.

Dietz hopes that he will be able to use his findings to build a computer model to predict how to make other DNA objects. He noticed that certain traits of the shapes that he made were correlated with the temperature at which they folded – for example, shapes that used longer binding strands folded at higher temperatures. Dietz’s goal is to design nanostructures with optimal folding temperatures close to 37°C, the temperature at which mammalian cell cultures are grown, so that DNA machines could one day be used in biological settings.

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2012-12-18 14:19:32 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Solar Power From Windows: The EPFL Convention Center
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

The EPFL’s Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland is going to be the first public building to install stained glass solar power generating windows. These windows are powered by Grätzel cells, a type of dye-sensitized solar cell co-invented by EPFL’s Michael Grätzel in 1988.

The Convention Center was initially planning to use shaded glass blinds on its western facade, but decided to replace those blinds with power-generating ones instead. The installment will include 1500 artful red- and orange-shaded 35x50cm modules over a surface of 300m², built by the Swiss solar cell manufacturer Solaronix, which acquired the rights to the Grätzel cell in 1994. Not only will the colored cells look catchy, but they serve two important purposes: (1) to reduce solar radiation and thusregulat... more »

Solar Power From Windows: The EPFL Convention Center
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

The EPFL’s Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland is going to be the first public building to install stained glass solar power generating windows. These windows are powered by Grätzel cells, a type of dye-sensitized solar cell co-invented by EPFL’s Michael Grätzel in 1988.

The Convention Center was initially planning to use shaded glass blinds on its western facade, but decided to replace those blinds with power-generating ones instead. The installment will include 1500 artful red- and orange-shaded 35x50cm modules over a surface of 300m², built by the Swiss solar cell manufacturer Solaronix, which acquired the rights to the Grätzel cell in 1994. Not only will the colored cells look catchy, but they serve two important purposes: (1) to reduce solar radiation and thus regulate the temperature inside the building, and (2) to produce renewable energy. With an expected energy output of 8,000 kWh per year, the installment should contribute only a small part of the building’s actual energy requirements. But it certainly is going to be the most artistic power generator in the building.

Grätzel cells contain two glass electrode planes separated by 20-40 µm, between which photosynthesis takes place. Each electrode is coated with a transparent, conductive layer, such as a 0.5 µm-thick coating of fluorine-doped tin oxide. The anode typically is then coated with a 10 µm nanoporous titanium dioxide layer, on top of which is a thin, light-sensitive dye. The anode is coated with a catalysing layer, such as platinum. The remaining space between the two electrodes is filled with a redoxelectrolyte – such as a solution comprised of iodine and potassiumiodide. But unlike plant photosynthesis, the Grätzel cell doesn’t operate in the visible spectrum. It absorbs light from the UV Spectrum at around 3.2 eV, i.e. a wavelength under 400nm. This creates a valuable advantage: the cells not only generate energy and let visible light through, but also protect underlying structures from UV radiation.

The cells are not completely new – you may recognize the technology from a previous iOS Backlight Keyboard, where Grätzel cells recaptured part of the emitted backlight energy. But it certainly is exciting to see them in a larger scale installation.

Picture: Solar wall prototype made by Hevron (Courtételle, Switzerland) using Solaronix (Aubonne, Switzerland) dye-sensitized cells. © Hevron.
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2012-12-17 12:28:23 (1 comments, 13 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

SSCAI: AI Bots Face Off In StarCraft Competition
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

At Comenius University in Bratislava, 52 student-created Bots are facing off for 1176 games in a round-robin of 15 minute long, 1-on-1 rounds of StarCraft. The games will be run one at a time, and streamed live for all StarCraft fans to watch. The winner will take home 1000€ – or as much as last-minute Sponsors put into the prize pool, and the top bots will advance to the BWAPI ladder, where they will constantly be facing other Bots around the world.

It seems, though, that the results to date aren’t too promising for this year’s competitors: the leading spot on the board is from a non-student, with a average score of 2.86, belonging to a Zerg AI by Marian Devecka.

What’s behind a bot?
The bots are coded in either C++ or Java. But that’s not theinteresting... more »

SSCAI: AI Bots Face Off In StarCraft Competition
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

At Comenius University in Bratislava, 52 student-created Bots are facing off for 1176 games in a round-robin of 15 minute long, 1-on-1 rounds of StarCraft. The games will be run one at a time, and streamed live for all StarCraft fans to watch. The winner will take home 1000€ – or as much as last-minute Sponsors put into the prize pool, and the top bots will advance to the BWAPI ladder, where they will constantly be facing other Bots around the world.

It seems, though, that the results to date aren’t too promising for this year’s competitors: the leading spot on the board is from a non-student, with a average score of 2.86, belonging to a Zerg AI by Marian Devecka.

What’s behind a bot?
The bots are coded in either C++ or Java. But that’s not the interesting part: the interesting part is how the bots learn, and how they react, to the unfolding gameplay. Strategy may be based on human experience and psychological guesses; more interesting would be a learning network or algorithm behind the bot. A successful bot requires several elements, typically:

1. Data Mining: in order to guess what strategy the bot’s opponent will take, data mining – including training classification and regression models – needs to take place to help anticipate responses and actions from the other player, and adjust development strategy accordingly.

2. State estimation: to estimate what the opponent is up to at any particular time in the game, based on available information.

3. Goal formulation: to be able to formulate goals using a case-based system encompassing the state estimation, data mining, and reactive planning information, phrased in such a way that the AI engine is able to execute a strategy towards the goal.

4. Feedback loop for learning and for adaptive planning: Formulated goals need to be adjusted, or strategy changed, depending on how the opponent reacts. This could be done by using a goal-driven conceptual model to select and model strategy execution.

As you may realize, creating a competitive AI is no trivial feat – despite all the fun which gaming appears to be. 

Good luck to all competitors!

Watch the games live at: www.sscaitournament.com
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Algae Lamps
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Shamengo pioneer Pierre Calleja has invented a light powered by algae that absorbs CO2 in the air at the rate of 1 ton per year. The microalgae streetlamp has the potential to provide significantly cleaner air in urban areas and revolutionize the cityscape. With the figures provided, roughly every five of these lights in use would counter the CO2 emissions of one car based on average mileage. 

For the last 20 years, Calleja has focused his attentions on species of mixotropic algae, versatile little buggers that generate electricity not only from the preferred source of most plant life – sunlight – but also by absorbing CO2: “the lamps are composed of a tube containing microalgae, as well as a battery… during the day, the batteries are charged via photosynthesis of the algae, using both solar power and CO2.” Thismeans that... more »

Algae Lamps
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Shamengo pioneer Pierre Calleja has invented a light powered by algae that absorbs CO2 in the air at the rate of 1 ton per year. The microalgae streetlamp has the potential to provide significantly cleaner air in urban areas and revolutionize the cityscape. With the figures provided, roughly every five of these lights in use would counter the CO2 emissions of one car based on average mileage. 

For the last 20 years, Calleja has focused his attentions on species of mixotropic algae, versatile little buggers that generate electricity not only from the preferred source of most plant life – sunlight – but also by absorbing CO2: “the lamps are composed of a tube containing microalgae, as well as a battery… during the day, the batteries are charged via photosynthesis of the algae, using both solar power and CO2.” This means that Calleja’s microalgae not only suck those pesky carbon molecules from the air, they also convert them into a ready source of energy to power his street lamps. The lamps, for their part, contain a murky mix of the greenish algae and a growth medium (water).

Remarking that car exhaust accounts for around 25% of global CO2 emissions, Calleja suggests that the Microalgae Lamps will address two social problems at once: “absorbing an estimated ton of emissions per year,  the lamps represent a viable electricity-free lighting solution even for locations where there is no or little natural light, such as underground parking garages – at night, the stored power is used for lighting.”

This project is part of the Shamengo program, a french program aiming at present 1000 pioneers who make the world better. A team of journalists, engineers and computer scientists brings together people involved in all aspects of building a more just society and a better way of life. Originating in the words ‘shaman’, ‘men’, and ‘go’, Shamengo acts as an intermediary between humankind and nature and encourages us to change our relationship to the world. This collection of video portraits includes pioneers in green technology and social entrepreneurship as well as artists, scientists, and therapists–anyone for whom happiness and personal fulfilment are measured by more than money, power, and the values of consumer society.

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2012-12-12 12:53:20 (5 comments, 29 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Team Uses Fractal Geometry To Build Lighter Structures
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

A team made up of members from several European universities has published a paper in the Physical Review Letters describing a technique they’ve developed for using fractal geometry to build structures that maintain their strength despite weighing significantly less. 

Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope, Yong Mao and Robert Farr  have developed a theoretical framework that assesses the advantages of hierarchical structures in general. They began with a hollow tube as their “generation-0” element and varied the diameter and thickness to obtain the strongest tube with the least amount of material. To assess the strength, the team considered different ways that a tube could fail when squeezed along its length, such as bowing out like an archery bow (Euler buckling) or crumpling up alongits axi... more »

Team Uses Fractal Geometry To Build Lighter Structures
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

A team made up of members from several European universities has published a paper in the Physical Review Letters describing a technique they’ve developed for using fractal geometry to build structures that maintain their strength despite weighing significantly less. 

Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope, Yong Mao and Robert Farr  have developed a theoretical framework that assesses the advantages of hierarchical structures in general. They began with a hollow tube as their “generation-0” element and varied the diameter and thickness to obtain the strongest tube with the least amount of material. To assess the strength, the team considered different ways that a tube could fail when squeezed along its length, such as bowing out like an archery bow (Euler buckling) or crumpling up along its axis (Koiter buckling). As an initial check, their calculations showed that a chair leg made of a hollow steel tube can be nearly 10 times lighter than an equally strong solid rod.

In the first step of their analysis of hierarchical structures, they looked at a larger-scale beam made of a triangular framework of generation-0 tubes, which they call “generation-1.” A generation-2 structure would be one made up of generation-1 struts assembled into a larger triangular frame. Theoretically, the process can be repeated as many times as is desired or is possible, depending on scale. The calculations showed that the more hierarchical levels one adds (up to about generation-3), the less material is needed to support a given load.

As an example the researchers suggest that a solar sail made with a solid metal 100 meter beam could be made to be 10,000 times lighter if a generation-3 beam were used instead. In other regimes, however, the weight savings of fractal designs may be smaller. For example, spongy, or “trabecular,” bone only provides about a 10 percent reduction in weight, but apparently that was enough for evolution to prefer it.

Still, to be useful for engineers, the weight savings need to outweigh the cost and complication of fabrication on multiple levels. Moreover, hierarchical structures are more sensitive to mechanical imperfections. A small error in the fabrication process can be catastrophic when there’s no “extra” material around – to shoulder the added stress. The group is currently studying ways to incorporate error tolerance into their models. “The work is certainly important and timely considering the current interest in development of lightweight multifunctional materials,” says Ashkan Vaziri of Northeastern University in Boston.

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2012-12-11 16:40:39 (23 comments, 6 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Stopping Climate Change With A Stratospheric Shield?
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

British Matthew Watson and his team think they have found a solution to stop climate change. They would like to construct a stratospheric shield to pump 100,000 tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere every year – at a construction cost of $24 million, and an operating cost of $10 million per year.

The idea consists of rubber hoses attached to weather balloons, rising 20 kilometers into the atmosphere. Through these hoses, the team could pump reflective aerosols directly into the stratosphere, deflecting incoming solar radiation and thus cooling the planet. They were planning a 1/20th scale test involving sending a helium balloon up one kilometer carrying a water-filled hose – which would simulate the weight of an aerosol-filled hose rising 20 kilometers – but this experimentwas c... more »

Stopping Climate Change With A Stratospheric Shield?
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

British Matthew Watson and his team think they have found a solution to stop climate change. They would like to construct a stratospheric shield to pump 100,000 tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere every year – at a construction cost of $24 million, and an operating cost of $10 million per year.

The idea consists of rubber hoses attached to weather balloons, rising 20 kilometers into the atmosphere. Through these hoses, the team could pump reflective aerosols directly into the stratosphere, deflecting incoming solar radiation and thus cooling the planet. They were planning a 1/20th scale test involving sending a helium balloon up one kilometer carrying a water-filled hose – which would simulate the weight of an aerosol-filled hose rising 20 kilometers – but this experiment was called off, although they are still proceeding with lab-based experiments of the initial idea.

How likely are large-scale geoengineering projects to proceed?
The United Nations have had two conventions concluding that geoengineering projects should not be allowed to proceed. But implementing such regulation seems close to impossible: Dr. Watson’s project still received public funding, and other projects have attracted little to no negative response from public officials. 

Among those experiments are:
– large-scale aerosol spraying over UK
– iron dust dumping: IronExII created a 10,000 square kilometer algae bloom, reviving fish stocks, and binding an estimated megaton of CO2

Given the lack of public policy surrounding geoengineering, but significant public funding support and lack of public administration criticism, chances are high that entrepreneurs continue with geoengineering project – caution be damned.

Good? Bad? Desperate measures? Insanity?

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2012-12-10 13:45:21 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Dry Your Hands At The Sink
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Dyson has come up with a new, concept way to wash and dry your hands without leaving the sink.

How it works
Their patent application features a modified faucet with infrared sensors below the faucet, as you may expect, to automatically turn on the water when you wash your hands. When you are done, simply move your hands upwards – one hand on each side of the faucet – where jets of air emerging from nozzles on both sides of the faucet remove the remaining water from your hands.

The importance of drying your hands
According to Rob Green, a Dyson engineer, “Drying hands is just as important as washing them: damp hands can spread up to 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands. The best way to ensure hands are dry is for facilities managers to provide a drying method that isfast ... more »

Dry Your Hands At The Sink
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Dyson has come up with a new, concept way to wash and dry your hands without leaving the sink.

How it works
Their patent application features a modified faucet with infrared sensors below the faucet, as you may expect, to automatically turn on the water when you wash your hands. When you are done, simply move your hands upwards – one hand on each side of the faucet – where jets of air emerging from nozzles on both sides of the faucet remove the remaining water from your hands.

The importance of drying your hands
According to Rob Green, a Dyson engineer, “Drying hands is just as important as washing them: damp hands can spread up to 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands. The best way to ensure hands are dry is for facilities managers to provide a drying method that is fast and hygienic.” Many facilities managers will concur that the best way to encourage people to dry their hands is by putting hand dryers (or paper towels) next to the sink – the closer the better. And what could be closer than directly at the sink itself?

High-speed hand dryers
Dyson already has a sensational hand dryer on the market: the Dyson Airblade. It is capable of drying your hands within 10 to 12 seconds – possible by introducing air knives into consumer hand drying technology. Air knives are high-intensity, thin sheets of airflow used to separate materials in industry. In the Dyson Airblade, this same technology is used to scrape water off of hands – without the need to heat up the air, thus saving energy over conventional hot-air dryers. The air knife sheets operate at a 400 mph airflow, and are powered by a 88,000 rpm digital motor. To put that into perspective, that motor is turning five times faster than a motor in an F1 racecar.

Will we ever see this on the market?
Although it is not clear if Dyson will be creating a product out of the patent at this time, or if air knives will be incorporated into a such product, the idea certainly is appealing. This has the potential to create more sanitary, environmentally-friendly restrooms of the future.

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2012-12-06 13:09:45 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Keret House
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Three years have passed since the first presentation of a slightly impossible artistic concept during WolaArt festival in 2009. Now Keret House proves to be a possible venture. 

Everything seemed to stand in its way: the space’s narrowness, the infrastructure, law, and money. But since its creators were persistent and devoted to the vision, they’ve managed to convince and persuade other people: neighbors, authorities, administrators, sponsors and builders. Today the house, or rather an art installation of some 14m2 stands between two buildings at Żelazna St. in Warsaw.

In the crack between the buildings on 22 Chłodna St. and 74 Żelazna St., the Etgar Keret House designed by Jakub Szczęsny is the narrowest house in Warsaw, its interior measures a tight 133 centimeters in the widest spot.
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The Keret House
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Three years have passed since the first presentation of a slightly impossible artistic concept during WolaArt festival in 2009. Now Keret House proves to be a possible venture. 

Everything seemed to stand in its way: the space’s narrowness, the infrastructure, law, and money. But since its creators were persistent and devoted to the vision, they’ve managed to convince and persuade other people: neighbors, authorities, administrators, sponsors and builders. Today the house, or rather an art installation of some 14m2 stands between two buildings at Żelazna St. in Warsaw.

In the crack between the buildings on 22 Chłodna St. and 74 Żelazna St., the Etgar Keret House designed by Jakub Szczęsny is the narrowest house in Warsaw, its interior measures a tight 133 centimeters in the widest spot.

The house will be a workplace, an hermitage created for an outstanding Isreali writer, Etgar Keret. Besides, it will also fulfill a function of a studio for invited guests – young creators and intellectuals from all over the world. The residence program will take place during the next four years. Two types of visits by artists of various fields will be realized: from literature, film to visual arts. The first will be of expert nature – and shall consist of short visits of the most genius artists together with lectures and presentations. The second type of visit will be the studio visit. In 20 days, young artists chosen in a competition, will familiarize themselves with Warsaw’s cultural and social life. This is a unique way of stimulating the cultural production of the capital and a chance of opening the city to new creative energy.

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2012-12-05 11:18:42 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

A New Type Of Matter
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Shortly after the Big Bang, the universe was made out of a hot, radioactive soup. This soup contained a type of matter called color-glass condensate – which the Large Hadron Collider may have recreated.

Color-glass condensate
Two years ago, Raju Venugopalan and Kevin Dusling from Brookhaven National Laboratory theorized that proton-proton collisions could produce a wave of gluons in a liquid-like state – the kind of state that looks like a solid but behaves like a liquid, as glass does. Based on this state property, this state has been dubbed color-glass condensate. At normal energy levels, protons consist of three quarks. At higher energy levels, the protons gain an accompanying cluster of gluons, whose wave functions can be correlated with each other in an entangled state. The entanglement allowsthe... more »

A New Type Of Matter
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Shortly after the Big Bang, the universe was made out of a hot, radioactive soup. This soup contained a type of matter called color-glass condensate – which the Large Hadron Collider may have recreated.

Color-glass condensate
Two years ago, Raju Venugopalan and Kevin Dusling from Brookhaven National Laboratory theorized that proton-proton collisions could produce a wave of gluons in a liquid-like state – the kind of state that looks like a solid but behaves like a liquid, as glass does. Based on this state property, this state has been dubbed color-glass condensate. At normal energy levels, protons consist of three quarks. At higher energy levels, the protons gain an accompanying cluster of gluons, whose wave functions can be correlated with each other in an entangled state. The entanglement allows the particles to share information – such as flight path direction.

LHC Experimental evidence
In lead-proton collisions, some pairs of particles flew away from each other even though their respective directions correlated. That surprised the scientists, who didn't expect this – lead-proton collision data is typically used as baseline data with which they compare experimental data, an surprises in baseline data suggests something interesting taking place. The closest explanation at the moment seems to be the color-glass condensate theory, supported in proton-proton collision tests two years ago. Additional heavy ion collisions are planned to verify the existence of the color-glass condensate and further confirm theoretical expectations.

Where color-glass condensate existed in the universe
Color-glass condensate is theorized to be a universal form of matter that describes the properties of all high-energy, strongly interacting particles. It could be an explanation for many unsolved problems such as how particles are produced out of energy, and how matter itself is distributed between the created particles.

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Picture: Two sheets of Colored Glass after their collision. The fast gluons in the sheets have not yet fragmented, but have become dusted with color electric and color magnetic charge. This produces longitudinal electric and magnetic fields, shown in the figure. (www.bnl.gov)
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Be ready, LeWeb Paris is coming up on December 4th, 5th, and 6th!
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Leaders and influencers who shape the future of the Internet gather at LeWeb. On stage, industry leaders and visionaries. In the audience, a perfect mix of entrepreneurs, large companies, influencers, VCs and journalists.

The LeWeb'12 theme is THE INTERNET OF THINGS. iThings, data everywhere, M2M, connected objects, Web 3.0, are not just buzzwords touting the next big thing. It is said that the “Internet of Things” (IoT) will likely be one of the most important technological advances of this century. By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. This hyperconnected world is fueling the creation of an IoT that will bring devices, systems and people closer together. It’s about a melding of the physical world and the virtualworld... more »

Be ready, LeWeb Paris is coming up on December 4th, 5th, and 6th!
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Leaders and influencers who shape the future of the Internet gather at LeWeb. On stage, industry leaders and visionaries. In the audience, a perfect mix of entrepreneurs, large companies, influencers, VCs and journalists.

The LeWeb'12 theme is THE INTERNET OF THINGS. iThings, data everywhere, M2M, connected objects, Web 3.0, are not just buzzwords touting the next big thing. It is said that the “Internet of Things” (IoT) will likely be one of the most important technological advances of this century. By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. This hyperconnected world is fueling the creation of an IoT that will bring devices, systems and people closer together. It’s about a melding of the physical world and the virtual world.

The LeWeb program will explore the IoT from all angles. We will see the hottest new technologies, learn how entrepreneurs are adapting and talk to industry visionaries about whether or not they think this next version of the Internet is truly the second Renaissance.

LeWeb will again have a digital business track with world experts from digital brands and be the center of innovation with 16 startups that will compete on the startup stage. 

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2012-12-03 08:11:39 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

PRotos X400, The Largest Commercial 3D Printer
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

German RepRap has just launched their new PRotos X400 at the Euromold trade fair in Frankfurt – the largest 3D printer currently on the market.

As the company name suggests, their printer is built on the open source RepRap 3D printing solution. It is also a highly customizable solution, providing maximum access to mechanical components following a modular design and thus allowing custom components to be added to the printing process. With the size and resolution currently available, 3D printing has created not just a way to replicate objects cheaply,  but also a way to create more intricate sculpted structures than is possible with conventional machinery. 

The PRotos X400 has an overall dimension of 65 x 65 x 70 cm (W/D/H), weighs about 35 kg and is assembled on a stablealu... more »

PRotos X400, The Largest Commercial 3D Printer
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

German RepRap has just launched their new PRotos X400 at the Euromold trade fair in Frankfurt – the largest 3D printer currently on the market.

As the company name suggests, their printer is built on the open source RepRap 3D printing solution. It is also a highly customizable solution, providing maximum access to mechanical components following a modular design and thus allowing custom components to be added to the printing process. With the size and resolution currently available, 3D printing has created not just a way to replicate objects cheaply,  but also a way to create more intricate sculpted structures than is possible with conventional machinery. 

The PRotos X400 has an overall dimension of 65 x 65 x 70 cm (W/D/H), weighs about 35 kg and is assembled on a stable aluminium frame. A housing and a substructure are available as an option. Additionally, the printer can be equipped with a deformation-free ceramics heated bed.

This improved RepRap combines the advantages of the OpenSource technology with a performance and a quality “Made in Germany”. A layer thickness up to 0.1mm and a printing space of 400 x 400 x 350mm, allow the printing of precise models with a volume up to about 56 liter. Thereby, the PRotos X400 reaches a printing speed as far as 15 cubic millimeters per second, depending on the used material, the resolution and the complexity of the respective printing object. The Direct-Drive-Extruder (1,75mm or 3mm), which is already included as standard, allowing the addition of a second extruder for printing separate support material or two different materials or colors. The filament spools are accommodated nicely in the housing of the printer.

The PRotos X400 kit will be introduced for a price of 1589,00 € excl. VAT, valid for orders at Euromold or online two weeks after, until Dec. 15, 2012.

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2012-11-29 13:37:39 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

How Ogilvy Recrutes Software Pirates
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Today's young web designers need to buy very expensive application suites in order to create. So they are tempted to download these suites on illegal pirate websites. To prevent them from not only becoming criminals but also wasting their creativity in the numbness of unemployment, Ogilvy Brussels uploaded a file supposed to be the wanted application suite. For free. But when the web designers downloaded it, they didn’t found the new suite. They found a much stronger offer: a job opportunity at Ogilvy...

Ogilvy Group Belgium creates award-winning public policy and corporate sector communications, advertising, public relations, social media and digital communications for a mix of institutional and major brand clients.

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How Ogilvy Recrutes Software Pirates
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Today's young web designers need to buy very expensive application suites in order to create. So they are tempted to download these suites on illegal pirate websites. To prevent them from not only becoming criminals but also wasting their creativity in the numbness of unemployment, Ogilvy Brussels uploaded a file supposed to be the wanted application suite. For free. But when the web designers downloaded it, they didn’t found the new suite. They found a much stronger offer: a job opportunity at Ogilvy...

Ogilvy Group Belgium creates award-winning public policy and corporate sector communications, advertising, public relations, social media and digital communications for a mix of institutional and major brand clients.

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2012-11-28 11:39:50 (7 comments, 22 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Big Slap From The German Gov For The ITU
by +Alexander Becker, +EuroTech; Germany

The International Telecommunication Union plans to extend its influence and control of the Internet. Some members, including Russia and Iran, try to push for online surveillance, censorship, and taxation.

From a position paper [1] of the German ministry of economy, it emerges that the government rejects a regulation of the Internet by the ITU decisively.

In the first two weeks of December, the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) holds a summit in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which is curiously one of the more tightly regulated and controlled countries to access the Internet from. The specialized United Nations agency sets global standards for telephone connections with current rules being from 1988, since then, the Internet has changed the global... more »

Big Slap From The German Gov For The ITU
by +Alexander Becker, +EuroTech; Germany

The International Telecommunication Union plans to extend its influence and control of the Internet. Some members, including Russia and Iran, try to push for online surveillance, censorship, and taxation.

From a position paper [1] of the German ministry of economy, it emerges that the government rejects a regulation of the Internet by the ITU decisively.

In the first two weeks of December, the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) holds a summit in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which is curiously one of the more tightly regulated and controlled countries to access the Internet from. The specialized United Nations agency sets global standards for telephone connections with current rules being from 1988, since then, the Internet has changed the global communication.

At the summit, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) the question is whether the ITU should also take care of future regulations of the Internet by revising the general principles for the provision and operation of international telecommunications services to the public through International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). An important regulatory area of the ITRs are the rules — which have the character of an international treaty — for accounting international telephone traffic between operators. So far, the Internet is managed by a wireless network of more or less independent bodies, without much direct influence by national governments. By contrast, in the ITU, nation states set the tone and meetings are held behind closed doors.

According to the paper, during the negotiations within the framework of the WCIT, the federal German government holds that —

• A regulation of the Internet is considered not an object to the ITRs and it should also not be in the future.

Regulations in the future ITRs should be restricted, for public policy reasons, to general principles and not impose binding corporate rules.

• There is no need to integrate the administration and coordination of critical Internet resources — be it for awarding IP addresses, or managing domain names — in the ITU and thus into the UN system.

• The government rejects efforts to have ITRs deal with Internet crime, questions about Internet content, net neutrality, or the taxation of telecommunications services.

In short: No. On all counts.

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[1] http://www.bmwi.de/BMWi/Redaktion/PDF/W/haltung-der-bundesregierung-zur-world-conference-on-international-telecommunications,property=pdf,bereich=bmwi2012,sprache=de,rwb=true.pdf

More:
Leaked documents: www.wcitleaks.org
Campaign against the ITU: www.whatistheitu.org
More background and discussion: +Serendicritique 
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2012-11-27 12:46:53 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Cocoon 1, A Very Special Place Of Retreat
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Micasa Lab, the laboratory in Zürich that also created the iRock presented previously by +EuroTech, is starting out with products that explore modern living in different ways. The interesting aspect of space, not having enough space, or just the wrong kind of space. This, in combination with the increasing need for privacy and tranquility paved the way for Cocoon 1.

The Cocoon 1 is a completely transparent ball, measuring 180 cm in diameter.  It is spacious enough to create a room, but not so large that it will not fit into one. Its uses are infinite: it can be a place to relax, sleep, work, cook or simply a storage space. 

This new type of furniture transcends the border between object and space and challenges how we perceive furniture. By adding different modules, thefu... more »

Cocoon 1, A Very Special Place Of Retreat
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Micasa Lab, the laboratory in Zürich that also created the iRock presented previously by +EuroTech, is starting out with products that explore modern living in different ways. The interesting aspect of space, not having enough space, or just the wrong kind of space. This, in combination with the increasing need for privacy and tranquility paved the way for Cocoon 1.

The Cocoon 1 is a completely transparent ball, measuring 180 cm in diameter.  It is spacious enough to create a room, but not so large that it will not fit into one. Its uses are infinite: it can be a place to relax, sleep, work, cook or simply a storage space. 

This new type of furniture transcends the border between object and space and challenges how we perceive furniture. By adding different modules, the functions of the Cocoon 1 can be changed, for example adding sleeping modules or storage modules. The variety of modules and therefore functions is vast, there are even modules designed to enable basic cooking inside the Cocoon 1. Batteries not only allow the stove to operate, but also power Wi-Fi and the media module.The Cocoon 1 comes with a set of attachments offering a variety of placing – be it on the floor, elevated or attached to the ceiling.

Every Cocoon 1 comes with three basic modules: the Foundation 360 and two Pillow 90 modules. These basic modules can be combined or replaced with other modules for customization. On top of The Foundation 360, the Pillow 90 can be combined with the Storage 45, Storage 90, or Storage 180. The pillows come as 45, 90, or 180. For outdoor use, The Kitchen 90 and the Water 90 can be installed. The Kitchen 90 comes with a power pack which has enough power for 40 hours of light or 20 hours of light and 30 minutes of cooking. The Water 90 needs to be combined with Foundation 360 which has a pipe for outflow. Both the Storage 90 and the Storage 180 can also be fitted with the Power Pack. The Cocoon 1 can also function on water by adding a Foundation Pb (a lead weight built into the standard foundation), which keeps it straight on water.
The innovative product magically connects aesthetics and function. Its insularity provides protection and seclusion. At the same time, its translucency enables us to let our thoughts wander whilst simultaneously allowing us to join in with life “outside.”

These personal sanctuaries are planned to be first sold in fall 2013, for an estimated price of 2990 dollars.

Website: www.cocoonlife.ch
Previous article on iRock: plus.google.com/u/0/118292867302583509179/posts/RGNKUnCk74v
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2012-11-26 12:31:58 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

How Long-Term Memories Are Created
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Have you ever wondered how long-term memory works? The hippocampus is responsible for transferring short-term memory to long-term memory during deep dreamless sleep, and Nikos Logothetis’ team at the Max Planck Institute has developed an explanation of how exactly this is done.

How memories are created
The hippocampus is one of the most ancient and most primitive brain structures. It is responsible for the long-term retention of information, and this is performed in two steps. First, during the encoding phase, it binds neocortical representations into local memory traces. Then, during sleep, the new traces are reactivated in both the hippocampus and the cortex. This strengthens cortico-cortical connections, which reinforce the memory pattern. But: How do these memory patterns travel fromt... more »

How Long-Term Memories Are Created
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Have you ever wondered how long-term memory works? The hippocampus is responsible for transferring short-term memory to long-term memory during deep dreamless sleep, and Nikos Logothetis’ team at the Max Planck Institute has developed an explanation of how exactly this is done.

How memories are created
The hippocampus is one of the most ancient and most primitive brain structures. It is responsible for the long-term retention of information, and this is performed in two steps. First, during the encoding phase, it binds neocortical representations into local memory traces. Then, during sleep, the new traces are reactivated in both the hippocampus and the cortex. This strengthens cortico-cortical connections, which reinforce the memory pattern. But: How do these memory patterns travel from the hippocampus to the cortex?

According to Logothetis’ team, the hippocampus creates rapid oscillations, known as ripples. The ripples occur primarily during deep sleep, and are responsible for activating the cortex, while simultaneously causing extensive activity suppression in other brain structures that could interfere with the ripple transmissions.

The experimental technology
In order to observe the ripples, Logothetis’ team have developed and used a new methodology for neural profiling in order to analyse the situation, called neural event-triggered functional magnetic resonance imaging (NET-fMRI). It involves multiple-contact electrodes implanted in the brain, combined with non-invasive functional magnetic resonance imaging, to map out widespread networks of neurons as they are activated by local, structure-specific neural events. They applied this technique to monkeys, who were then given various learning tasks while their brain activity was recorded using NET-fRMI under anesthetized and natural sleep conditions.

Picture: Laszlo Seress' preparation of a human hippocampus alongside a sea horse.
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2012-11-23 11:07:00 (1 comments, 19 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The Backenger: Urban Bag To Revolutionize Your Daily Walk
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Listening to urban walkers and watching them get around enabled the Newfeel product development team to come up with the Backenger, a mixture between the comfort of the backpack and the appeal of the messenger bag. 

Developed in partnership with the component brand Strenfit, the Backenger challenges current codes and provides an innovative multi-object carrying solution. The trick? In one simple movement, the shoulder bag strap transforms it instantly into a backpack and vice versa. You don’t even have to stop walking! 

The Backenger is an innovative, comfortable and ingenious product: heat-shaped foam back, non-slip shoulder pad, wide adjustable strap, bottle holder, Oyster card holder, and many zipped compartments including one to protect a laptop up to15.... more »

The Backenger: Urban Bag To Revolutionize Your Daily Walk
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Listening to urban walkers and watching them get around enabled the Newfeel product development team to come up with the Backenger, a mixture between the comfort of the backpack and the appeal of the messenger bag. 

Developed in partnership with the component brand Strenfit, the Backenger challenges current codes and provides an innovative multi-object carrying solution. The trick? In one simple movement, the shoulder bag strap transforms it instantly into a backpack and vice versa. You don’t even have to stop walking! 

The Backenger is an innovative, comfortable and ingenious product: heat-shaped foam back, non-slip shoulder pad, wide adjustable strap, bottle holder, Oyster card holder, and many zipped compartments including one to protect a laptop up to 15.4".

On November 15th, 2012, the Backenger was awarded the Gold 2012 Oxylane innovation prize. Newfeel is the urban walking brand of the group Oxylane which controls the whole product development chain from research to sale, including design, production and logistics — available in March 2013 in Decathlon stores.

Backpack or shoulder bag? Practical or aesthetic?

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2012-11-22 13:14:02 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Russia To Seek Nationalized Control Of The Internet
by +Francois Demers, +EuroTech; Ukraine

From the leaked proposal:

“Member States shall have the sovereign right to manage the Internet within their national territory, as well as to manage national Internet domain names.”

“Member States shall have equal rights in the international allocation of Internet addressing and identification resources.”

As a politician, just say NO or you may never rule your country again.

Governments may feel threatened by a free and open Internet.

I understand that with territorial integrity becoming increasingly difficult to define; foreign relationships happening at the individual level without policy; currencies becoming virtual and private, what is to be the role of the sovereign?

The answer is not in a stepbackwar... more »

Russia To Seek Nationalized Control Of The Internet
by +Francois Demers, +EuroTech; Ukraine

From the leaked proposal:

“Member States shall have the sovereign right to manage the Internet within their national territory, as well as to manage national Internet domain names.”

“Member States shall have equal rights in the international allocation of Internet addressing and identification resources.”

As a politician, just say NO or you may never rule your country again.

Governments may feel threatened by a free and open Internet.

I understand that with territorial integrity becoming increasingly difficult to define; foreign relationships happening at the individual level without policy; currencies becoming virtual and private, what is to be the role of the sovereign?

The answer is not in a step backwards or “more of the same.” A simple historical review of the printing press, the telegraph, and television will show that evolution in telecommunications inexorably changed the profession of the politician.

There is no better or worse world awaiting us on the Internet anymore than there was on movable type. However, there is a very real risk for governments, and their people, if the Internet becomes regulated by a bureaucratic institution: paralysis.

For governments that would embrace the idea of a United Nations organisation, such as the ITU, having regulating powers over the Internet:

This would put you at the mercy of countries having veto powers in the UN.

• It would skew the fiscal benefits of the Internet heavily towards the countries with the highest GDPs.

• It would allow large foreign powers and voting blocks to have considerable influence over your domestic policy. “Considerable” in this context means: much more than the IMF, the UN Security Council, the WTO, and the General Assembly put together.

In your own interest, as a politician, an elected official, a legislator, an autocrat, a de-facto government, ask yourself: Should we allow this to happen?

More:
Online petition via Google: www.google.com/intl/en/takeaction/
Leaked document from upcoming treaty negotiations reveals Russia wants transfer of authority over Net to national governments. The UN’s increasingly shrill denials are ringing ever more hollow:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57551442-38/russia-demands-broad-un-role-in-net-governance-leak-reveals/
Why we currently have to trade-off in favor of ICANN: +Serendicritique by +Alexander Becker 

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2012-11-21 14:10:17 (1 comments, 12 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

ZenRobotics Recycler
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

The ZenRobotics Recycler will revolutionize the way recycling works – and help solve the global waste crisis that is getting out of hand.

This robotic waste sorting system was built with off the shelf industrial robotics components. The robotic recycler is designed for commercial and industrial waste, municipal solid waste, and construction waste.

Using multiple sensor inputs to identify items and raw materials, the system utilizes machine learning techniques to separate raw materials from waste. Possible sensors include Visible spectrum cameras, NIR, 3D laser scanners, haptic sensors, and transillumination. These sensors allow for a diverse and accurate analysis of waste.

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ZenRobotics Recycler
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

The ZenRobotics Recycler will revolutionize the way recycling works – and help solve the global waste crisis that is getting out of hand.

This robotic waste sorting system was built with off the shelf industrial robotics components. The robotic recycler is designed for commercial and industrial waste, municipal solid waste, and construction waste.

Using multiple sensor inputs to identify items and raw materials, the system utilizes machine learning techniques to separate raw materials from waste. Possible sensors include Visible spectrum cameras, NIR, 3D laser scanners, haptic sensors, and transillumination. These sensors allow for a diverse and accurate analysis of waste.

Unlike any other sorting method, the recycler can perform multiple simultaneous sorting tasks. For example, contaminant removal may include the separation of unwanted materials like electronics, PVC, and minerals from the resulting burnable fraction.

In September, ZenRobotics Ltd., a Finnish high-tech company specializing in robotic recycling technology founded in 2007, announced it is raising €13 million from Invus, an international equity investor with evergreen capital. The funding allows ZenRobotics to grow and to commercialize its ZenRobotics Recycler product on a global scale.

Interested? They are hiring, so let’s join the robotic revolution!

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2012-11-20 13:46:14 (2 comments, 12 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Mine Kafon: A Cheap Minesweeper
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Meet Mine Kafon, a $40 wind-powered mine sweeping device created by Massoud Hassani as part of his thesis at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

The structure is made of 70 bamboo legs with biodegradable plastic ‘feet’ arranged in a tumbleweed-like structure. In the middle is it’s sole electronic component, a GPS system used to track detonated mine locations. When deployed in a minefield, it rolls about carried by the wind until it hits and detonates a mine. The deminer has already been strength-tested and approved, and Hassani plans on launching a Kickstarter project to begin commercializing it next week. With professional mine removal costs running around $1200 per mine, the potential of this device is huge.

The Motivation behind Mine Kafon
The story behind Mine Kafon is equallycompe... more »

Mine Kafon: A Cheap Minesweeper
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Meet Mine Kafon, a $40 wind-powered mine sweeping device created by Massoud Hassani as part of his thesis at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

The structure is made of 70 bamboo legs with biodegradable plastic ‘feet’ arranged in a tumbleweed-like structure. In the middle is it’s sole electronic component, a GPS system used to track detonated mine locations. When deployed in a minefield, it rolls about carried by the wind until it hits and detonates a mine. The deminer has already been strength-tested and approved, and Hassani plans on launching a Kickstarter project to begin commercializing it next week. With professional mine removal costs running around $1200 per mine, the potential of this device is huge.

The Motivation behind Mine Kafon
The story behind Mine Kafon is equally compelling: it is motivated by childhood memories of smaller, wind-carried toys landing in the minefields. In the words of its creator:

“I grew up in Qasaba, Kabul. My family moved there when I was 5, and at the time there were several wars going on. My brother Mahmud and I we played every day on the fields surrounded with the highest mountains in our neighbourhood.

“When we were young we learned to make our own toys. One of my favourites was a small rolling object that was wind-powered. We used to race against the other kids on the fields around our neighbourhood. There was always a strong wind waving towards the mountains. While we were racing against each other, our toys rolled too fast and too far. Mostly they landed in areas where we couldn’t go rescue them because of landmines. I still remember those toys I’d made that we lost and watching them just beyond where we could go.

“Almost 20 years later, I went back to Qasaba and made those toys again. That was my graduation project for the Design Academy Eindhoven (2011). I remade one, making it 20 times bigger as well as heaver and stronger. Powered by the wind, it’s meant for the same areas which were (and still are) full of mines.

“Now if it rolls over a mine, the toy, now a Mine Kafon, will destroy itself and the landmine in the same time. Made from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, the Mine Kafon also has a GPS chip integrated in it. You can follow its movement on the website and see were it went, where are the safest paths to walk on and how many land mines are destroyed in that area. On paper, Afghanistan is said to have 10 million land mines. In truth there are far, far more. Every destroyed land mine means a saved life and every life counts.”

Mine Kafon on Tour
Want to see this device in person? Gallery Slott in Paris will be hosting an exhibit dedicated to Mine Kafon in February 2013, after which the exhibit will head onwards to the MOMA in New York in March 2013.

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2012-11-16 10:33:49 (2 comments, 13 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

More Power: Breakthrough In Long-Distance Power Transmissions
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

ABB is set to change the face of intercontinental power grids. The Swiss energy company has solved a century-old electrical engineering puzzle crucial in building large-scale, long-distance green energy transmission networks: How to build a circuit breaker for high-voltage direct current (HVDC).

How it works
A typical circuit breaker involves a single switch on a single power line. ABB’s solution, however, is a hybrid circuit breaker – it combines a mechanical breaker an electronic element. This combination results in a circuit breaker with low losses, and a fast reaction time. This happens in three stages:
1. A small electronic breaker opens, diverting power to an alternate pathway with less resistance.
2. A mechanical breaker opens, cutting off thealt... more »

More Power: Breakthrough In Long-Distance Power Transmissions
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

ABB is set to change the face of intercontinental power grids. The Swiss energy company has solved a century-old electrical engineering puzzle crucial in building large-scale, long-distance green energy transmission networks: How to build a circuit breaker for high-voltage direct current (HVDC).

How it works
A typical circuit breaker involves a single switch on a single power line. ABB’s solution, however, is a hybrid circuit breaker – it combines a mechanical breaker an electronic element. This combination results in a circuit breaker with low losses, and a fast reaction time. This happens in three stages:
1. A small electronic breaker opens, diverting power to an alternate pathway with less resistance.
2. A mechanical breaker opens, cutting off the alternate pathway.
3. The main power electronic breaker opens, cutting off the main pathway as well.

The new hybrid circuit breaker’s response time: 5 ms. That’s 30 times faster than you can blink your eye, and 5 times faster than the 23-25 ms reaction time for 1200 kV SF6 high voltage AC circuit breakers (HVCB), the most powerful HVCBs currently on the market. The new hybrid DC breaker is also more powerful, capable of disconnecting a large power plant supplying 2 million average Europeans from the energy grid.

Significance
There are a few reasons why this circuit breaker is so important. Firstly, cutting unstable or overloaded power suppliers is critical in ensuring the stability of interconnected power grids, which could otherwise trigger a domino-style collapse of international power grids. Secondly, high voltage AC lines suffer higher transmission losses (around 10% of energy is lost as heat) than high voltage DC power lines, allowing for more efficient transmission of higher quantities of power over longer distances. Finally, renewable energy typically generates DC power, which must be converted to AC for transmission over traditional infrastructure, resulting in additional energy losses.

As Joe Hogan, ABB’s CEO, puts it, “ABB has written a new chapter in the history of electrical engineering. This historical breakthrough will make it possible to build the grid of the future. Overlay DC grids will be able to interconnect countries and continents, balance loads and reinforce the existing AC transmission networks.”

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2012-11-15 13:04:48 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Beam Me Up To The ISS!
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Thomas Scheidl at the Austrian Academy of Sciences has proposed what we’re all dreaming about: teleporting to an orbiting spacecraft. More specifically, he wants to beam photons up to the International Space Station, orbiting some 400 km above Earth’s surface, with a very economical idea.

The proposal
The proposed plan would create entangled photons on the ground, and send one of the entangled photons up to a camera mounted in the cupola on board the ISS – a viewing area with windows pointing towards earth. The camera would contain a photon sensor that watches for photons fired from their quantum physics labs in Austria and in the Canary Islands. The alternative, producing entangled photons in space, would require the hardware used in entangled photon production to be certified, and that’s acostly ... more »

Beam Me Up To The ISS!
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Thomas Scheidl at the Austrian Academy of Sciences has proposed what we’re all dreaming about: teleporting to an orbiting spacecraft. More specifically, he wants to beam photons up to the International Space Station, orbiting some 400 km above Earth’s surface, with a very economical idea.

The proposal
The proposed plan would create entangled photons on the ground, and send one of the entangled photons up to a camera mounted in the cupola on board the ISS – a viewing area with windows pointing towards earth. The camera would contain a photon sensor that watches for photons fired from their quantum physics labs in Austria and in the Canary Islands. The alternative, producing entangled photons in space, would require the hardware used in entangled photon production to be certified, and that’s a costly endeavor. Calculating that the ISS should pass over their labs seven or eight times per month, creating a 20-second window each time to send entangled photons up to the ISS, Scheidl’s team figures that they can get a supply of entangled photons up to the ISS relatively cheaply.

Project goals beyond beaming information up to space
Once the entangled photons are on board the ISS, the door to the quantum link is open: the researchers will be able to beam information up to the ISS, thanks to the entangled photons. If successful, the project would create a method of sending perfectly secure messages around the world via satellite – encrypted by technology stronger than any conventional computing encryption we have today. And we’ll be one step closer towards communicating via a “quantum Internet,” with all the benefits of quantum data processing to optimize how we currently analyze big data today.

Not quite Star Trek style teleportation – but at least we’re moving towards teleportation over Star Trek distances.

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2012-11-14 10:55:03 (2 comments, 26 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

EUPL: A New Class Of Open Source Licensing
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

With the European Union Public License (EUPL), the European Commission has created a new type of open source license. It is a copyleft compatible license and unlike other open source licenses, it establishes a wide cross-compatibility basis, while securing many of the basic concerns expressed by the open source movement. It also, as its name suggests, specifically targets the European community, featuring official translations into all EU member state languages and juristic text compatible with all EU member states.

When analysing the plethora of already available licences, the EC discovered that there was no license meeting three important criteria in Europe:
1. The license should have equal legal value in many languages,
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EUPL: A New Class Of Open Source Licensing
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

With the European Union Public License (EUPL), the European Commission has created a new type of open source license. It is a copyleft compatible license and unlike other open source licenses, it establishes a wide cross-compatibility basis, while securing many of the basic concerns expressed by the open source movement. It also, as its name suggests, specifically targets the European community, featuring official translations into all EU member state languages and juristic text compatible with all EU member states.

When analysing the plethora of already available licences, the EC discovered that there was no license meeting three important criteria in Europe:
1. The license should have equal legal value in many languages,
2. The terminology regarding intellectual property rights must be conforming with European law, and
3. Limitations of liability and warranty have to be precisely defined in order to be valid in all member states, and not merely “to the extent allowed by the law” as most US-targeted licenses state.

Compatibility
The license itself is written in neutral terms to allow broad usage. The EUPL is compatible with most licenses such as the LGPL, Apache, BSD, or MIT license, and includes compatibility clause for additional popular open source licenses which do not completely meet the licensing language terms, such as the GPL. Its unique compatibility provisions create a new category of F/OSS license – the “copyleft compatible” license. This differs from the already established “strong copyleft” (e.g. GPL), “weak copyleft” (e.g. LGPL), or “without copyleft” categories. You can view the complete compatibility matrix here: http://joinup.ec.europa.eu/software/page/eupl/eupl-compatible-open-source-licences

European focus
Examples of particular EU-specific language include specifying the court of law for disputes to be within Europe – the distributor, if European, or Brussels, in case of a non-European licensee. The license is already in use by a handful of EU projects – and the Commission hopes to see adoption of this license increase. What is at any rate admirable is their investment in a legal basis in the open source area, rather than waiting for the open source community to initiate an appropriate licence.

Given the unique legal foundation which the EUPL provides in an EU-compatible F/OSS licence alternative, would you consider it a serious alternative to other open source licences?

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2012-11-12 11:09:42 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Implanting a Pressure Sensor Inside People’s Heads
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Researchers at the Fraunhofer institute have created a tiny pressure sensor that can be implanted into people’s heads in order to measure the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid, and draws its power from an external device that also reads the sensor. This is important because increases in pressure can lead to dementia and could destroy the brain. 

The sudden increase of cerebral pressure in certain people remains a mystery, but the consequences are well known: blood circulation is disrupted and after a while, parts of the brain may die off, similar to what occurs in a stroke. Experts estimate that up to ten percent of all cases of dementia in Europe can be attributed to rising blood pressure in the brain. 

Still, making the diagnosis is tough. Nowadays, a probe isinsert... more »

Implanting a Pressure Sensor Inside People’s Heads
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Researchers at the Fraunhofer institute have created a tiny pressure sensor that can be implanted into people’s heads in order to measure the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid, and draws its power from an external device that also reads the sensor. This is important because increases in pressure can lead to dementia and could destroy the brain. 

The sudden increase of cerebral pressure in certain people remains a mystery, but the consequences are well known: blood circulation is disrupted and after a while, parts of the brain may die off, similar to what occurs in a stroke. Experts estimate that up to ten percent of all cases of dementia in Europe can be attributed to rising blood pressure in the brain. 

Still, making the diagnosis is tough. Nowadays, a probe is inserted that goes from the outside through the skullcap to the brain. The cable keeps the patient connected to the measuring apparatus. Since cerebral pressure fluctuates, it takes extensive measurements in order to reach a definitive diagnosis of this disease. Patients therefore have to stay in hospital, typically for several days, and sometimes even weeks.

For some time now, medical device engineers have been working on an intracranial pressure probe that operates without cables. But all the previous prototypes of long term implants suffered the same drawback: Their casing – which previously had been produced primarily from biologically accepted synthetics – allows moisture to penetrate, which destroys the sensor in just a few days – or even hours. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT in St. Ingbert (Germany) have now developed a small sensor that really stays waterproof. 

They gave up the idea of encasing a sensor with synthetic materials and made the casing from high-grade metal. From the outside, the probe resembles a thick button cell battery. It is only about one centimeter high, two centimeters wide and in the future, should get even smaller. Resting on its inside is a pressure sensor made of silicon, similar to those sensors used today in automobiles, to handle the demanding measurement tasks.

“The cover of the tiny metal container is made from a pliable metal membrane that reacts to pressure changes in the brain,” as project manager Dr. Thomas Velten, manager of the department of biomedical microsystems at IBMT, describes the unique aspects of the system. This pressure is transmitted to the silicon chip on the inside. The measurement value is transmitted to the measuring device outside the body through a radio impulse. 

The sensor is read from the outside within seconds. It operates without batteries, since it is activated by the reading device. Thus, the patient can wear it for several months, or even a number of years, without requiring additional surgery. 

During the Medica trade fair which takes place in Düsseldorf from November 14 to 17, 2012, researchers from IBMT will demonstrate the sensor using a glass model head at the Fraunhofer joint exhibition stand in Hall 10, stand F05. “We will demonstrate the new kind of intracranial pressure sensor from the medical device technology industry, and seek to discuss it with other device manufacturers.”

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2012-11-08 13:35:04 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

ELI: The World’s Most Powerful Laser
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany
 
Put lasers and particle accelerators together, and you get some very powerful lasers. Powerful lasers have important applications in engineering, nuclear pharmacology, oncology, and x-ray and gamma-ray imaging. And revolutionizing those fields is what the ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) project aims to accomplish.

290 million Euros in funding has been approved for the construction of the first of four sites in the ELI project, located in Prague, Czech Republic, and scheduled for completion in 2015. The other three pillars are in Szeged in Hungary, and Magurele in Romania, and a final location to be selected by the end of this year, the total costs will exceed 700 million.

ELI-Beamlines Facility. Location: Prague
This facility will focus on providing ultra-short energeticpa... more »

ELI: The World’s Most Powerful Laser
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany
 
Put lasers and particle accelerators together, and you get some very powerful lasers. Powerful lasers have important applications in engineering, nuclear pharmacology, oncology, and x-ray and gamma-ray imaging. And revolutionizing those fields is what the ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) project aims to accomplish.

290 million Euros in funding has been approved for the construction of the first of four sites in the ELI project, located in Prague, Czech Republic, and scheduled for completion in 2015. The other three pillars are in Szeged in Hungary, and Magurele in Romania, and a final location to be selected by the end of this year, the total costs will exceed 700 million.

ELI-Beamlines Facility. Location: Prague
This facility will focus on providing ultra-short energetic particle (10 GeV) and radiation (up to few MeV) beams produced from compact laser plasma accelerators to users.

ELI-Attosecond Facility. Location: Szeged
This facility will be dedicated to extremely fast dynamics by taking snap-shots in the attosecond scale (a billionth of a billionth of second) of the electron dynamics in atoms, molecules, plasmas and solids. It will also pursue research in ultrahigh intensity laser area.

ELI-Nuclear Physics Facility. Location: Magurele
This facility will focus on laser-based nuclear physics. For this purpose, an intense gamma-ray source is foreseen by coupling a high-energy particle accelerator to a high-power laser.

ELI-Mother-of-all-Lasers. Location: Unknown
The highest intensity facility location will be decided in 2012. The laser power will reach the 200 PW or 100 000 times the power of the world electric grid. It will depend, among other things, on the laser technology development and validation. It could be built on one of the existing three sites or in a new country. With the possibility of going into the ultra-relativistic regime, ELI will afford new investigations in particle physics, nuclear physics, gravitational physics, nonlinear field theory, ultrahigh-pressure physics, astrophysics and cosmology (generating intensities exceeding 10²³ W/cm²). It will offer a new paradigm in high energy physics.

Why ELI?
The ELI facility locations are chosen not just to further research in high-energy light fields, but also to facilitate knowledge transfer to the eastern European nations as physics minds flock to these facilities. And with smart researchers, there is hope that some practical applications out of the new, expensive infrastructure arise: research on cancer treatment, for example, or more accurate x-ray imaging. 

Website: www.extreme-light-infrastructure.eu
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Gene Therapy: Now Commercially Available In Europe
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

The European Commission has given the go to a Dutch company, UniQure, to commercially sell their gene therapy treatment, Glybera, in all EU member states – making it the first gene therapy treatment commercially available in Europe.

What is Glybera?
Scientifically known as alipogene tiparvovec, Glybera treats lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD). This rare inherited disease occurs literally in one in a million people, which prevents people from being able to break down particular fats due to an error in the protein called lipoprotein lipase (LPL). The result is a buildup of fats in the blood, causing abdominal pain and life-threatening pancreatic inflammation. Other than undergoing gene therapy, the only way of dealing with the condition is by maintaining a very low-fatd... more »

Gene Therapy: Now Commercially Available In Europe
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

The European Commission has given the go to a Dutch company, UniQure, to commercially sell their gene therapy treatment, Glybera, in all EU member states – making it the first gene therapy treatment commercially available in Europe.

What is Glybera?
Scientifically known as alipogene tiparvovec, Glybera treats lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD). This rare inherited disease occurs literally in one in a million people, which prevents people from being able to break down particular fats due to an error in the protein called lipoprotein lipase (LPL). The result is a buildup of fats in the blood, causing abdominal pain and life-threatening pancreatic inflammation. Other than undergoing gene therapy, the only way of dealing with the condition is by maintaining a very low-fat diet.

Glybera treats this disorder by introducing a normal, healthy LPL gene into the body, so that it can produce functional LPL protein. The healthy LPL gene is packaged in an adeno-associated virus which targets muscle cells (serotype 1). The virus invades the muscle cells and inserts its healthy DNA payload, allowing the altered cells to produce LPL. Muscles are targeted in particular, because they are normally the most important tissue contributing towards healthy LPL production. Glybera is administered via a one-time series of small intramuscular injections in the legs, and treatment is effective within a few months.

Is it safe?
Three interventional clinical studies involving 27 patients have been conducted, and in all studies, the therapy was well tolerated with no material safety concerns. In nearly all patients, improvement in blood fat concentration levels was reduced between 3 and 12 weeks of treatment. 

The European Medicines Agency recommended in 2012 that the therapy be made available for the most severely ill patients. This was followed by a marketing approval, meaning it can be commercially sold in the EU. According to UniQure, Glybera will be sold starting next year. They are planning to seek regulatory approval in the USA and Canada as well.

The road ahead
Jorn Aldag, UniQure's CEO, can be proud of their new product: “The final approval of Glybera from the European Commission marks a major step forward in making gene therapies available not only for lipoprotein lipase deficiency, but also for a large number of rare diseases with a very high unmet medical need.”

It has been a long and bumpy road for gene therapy, and doubtlessly it will still be a bumpy road ahead: the field often receives bad press, having inadvertently introduced Leukemia into several patients in a side effect on an unrelated gene therapy attempt, and in one case killing a US teenager. For this reason, the regulatory standards continue to remain high, and a first approval indicates that the technology is finally ripe enough for the general public.

Europe is finally ready for gene therapy, but are you?

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2012-11-06 12:04:53 (2 comments, 16 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Teleportation Across Ocean Waters
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

The University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Science are the new record holders in quantum teleportation distances: they have teleported a photon over 143 kilometers, breaking the record set by the former Chinese teleportation team. But what makes this teleportation so special is the underlying communication technology, which is fundamentally different from the fiber-optic approach of the Chinese experiment: they used wireless communication and attenuation to transmit signals through the atmosphere under less-than-optimal conditions.

The experiment
The team has successfully teleported photos between two Canary Islands, La Palma and Tenerife. This was no relaxing vacation experiment: They had to overcome a significant challenge to accomplish this feat. The photons had to be sent... more »

Teleportation Across Ocean Waters
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

The University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Science are the new record holders in quantum teleportation distances: they have teleported a photon over 143 kilometers, breaking the record set by the former Chinese teleportation team. But what makes this teleportation so special is the underlying communication technology, which is fundamentally different from the fiber-optic approach of the Chinese experiment: they used wireless communication and attenuation to transmit signals through the atmosphere under less-than-optimal conditions.

The experiment
The team has successfully teleported photos between two Canary Islands, La Palma and Tenerife. This was no relaxing vacation experiment: They had to overcome a significant challenge to accomplish this feat. The photons had to be sent through the turbulent atmosphere. Optical fibers were not an alternative, as signal loss would be too severe for distances over 143 km.

They sent two data sets from one island to the other, namely information about the quantum states, and the same information in conventional form. The data is then combined with a battery of synchronization algorithms, and the result used to recreate the quantum state. Xiao-song Ma explained the technical details behind the innovation in their solution: “An important step for our successful teleportation was a method known as ‘active feed-forward’, which we have used for the first time in a long-distance experiment. It helped us to double the transfer rate.” On the receiver end, the signals are combined on using a frequency-uncorellated polarization-entangled photon pair source, ultra-low-noise single-photon detectors and entanglement-assisted clock synchronization. 

Next steps
The next step is to use low-orbital satellites – which fly between 200 and 1200 km above Earth’s surface – to transport signals. Rupert Ursin explains, “Our latest results are very encouraging with a view to future experiments in which we either exchange signals between Earth and satellites or send messages from one satellite to another. On the way through the atmosphere from La Palma to Tenerife, our signals have been attenuated by a factor of roughly one thousand. Nevertheless, we managed to perform a quantum teleportation experiment. In satellite-based experiments, the distances to be travelled are longer, but the signal will have to pass through less atmosphere. We have now created a sound basis for such experiments.”

And after that? They want to teleport across the world. Anton Zeilinger elaborates, “The next step is satellite-based quantum teleportation, which should enable quantum communication on a global scale... The goal is to launch a ‘quantum satellite mission’.” Welcome to the future: one with a global quantum Internet.

Security in the quantum Internet
A worldwide information network enhanced with quantum technology means that quantum mechanics must play a key role in secure message exchange. Cracking conventional cyphers with quantum technology is trivial: you have more or less unlimited parallelisation possibilities within each single computation, meaning that cracking a typical secure key can be done with very little effort. To defeat a hacker equipped with a quantum computer, you need more difficult cryptography algorithms specially designed for a quantum computer.

Forget the beaming, Scotty – give me a secure Internet connection instead!

Further reading
Official press release: http://medienportal.univie.ac.at/presse/aktuelle-pressemeldungen/detailansicht/artikel/quantum-physics-at-a-distance/
Full article: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v489/n7415/full/nature11472.html
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2012-11-05 13:15:18 (2 comments, 23 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Help Protect Open And Free Software
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

The Document Foundation is a charitable foundation under German law, founded on February 17th, 2012. Its objective, as defined in the statutes, is to nurture and develop office software that is free to use by everyone. The foundation furthers a sustainable, independent and meritocratic community which develops free, libre, and open source software based on open standards through international collaboration.

They are driven by thousands of volunteers as well as paid contributors worldwide, and with joint forces, provide the best free office suite, LibreOffice, which is available in over 110 languages, for any major platform.

According to its values of openness, transparency and meritocracy, the foundation has made their budget as well as their financial reports public. Achieving the mission... more »

Help Protect Open And Free Software
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

The Document Foundation is a charitable foundation under German law, founded on February 17th, 2012. Its objective, as defined in the statutes, is to nurture and develop office software that is free to use by everyone. The foundation furthers a sustainable, independent and meritocratic community which develops free, libre, and open source software based on open standards through international collaboration.

They are driven by thousands of volunteers as well as paid contributors worldwide, and with joint forces, provide the best free office suite, LibreOffice, which is available in over 110 languages, for any major platform.

According to its values of openness, transparency and meritocracy, the foundation has made their budget as well as their financial reports public. Achieving the mission of the Document Foundation costs money. Servers and infrastructure need to be provided and maintained, domain names and trademarks need to be registered and taken care of, plus there is an ongoing demand for travel funding of members, and participation in events.

Donations to the Document Foundation are tax-deductible in several countries. Please refer to your local tax office for details. 

Please donate to the Document Foundation: www.documentfoundation.org
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iRock, The Worlds First Power-Generating iPad Rocking Chair
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

MICASA LAB, in Zurich, is developing a technology that uses the moves of your rocking chair to generate power. The iRock is an updated version of the traditional rocking chair. It's a self sufficient iPad dock and sound station, making that rocking motion... worthwhile. 

The chair itself is inspired by traditional rocking chairs and is designed it to resemble the classic, proven design of old rocking chairs. It is handcrafted out of Swedish pine wood and comes in 5 different colors.

What they have added to the design is a generator that transforms the movement into power. In addition, the iRock is equipped with an iPad stand and a set of build in speakers in the back rest. 

The amount of technical gadgets we have learned to depend on has increasedd... more »

iRock, The Worlds First Power-Generating iPad Rocking Chair
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

MICASA LAB, in Zurich, is developing a technology that uses the moves of your rocking chair to generate power. The iRock is an updated version of the traditional rocking chair. It's a self sufficient iPad dock and sound station, making that rocking motion... worthwhile. 

The chair itself is inspired by traditional rocking chairs and is designed it to resemble the classic, proven design of old rocking chairs. It is handcrafted out of Swedish pine wood and comes in 5 different colors.

What they have added to the design is a generator that transforms the movement into power. In addition, the iRock is equipped with an iPad stand and a set of build in speakers in the back rest. 

The amount of technical gadgets we have learned to depend on has increased dramatically in the last couple of years. The iRock is a product that explores how furniture can interact with technology and actually support the power for this technology. Movement is energy and to collect as much of this energy as possible is one of the future challenges. The laws of physics dictates how movement and friction constantly create vasts amount of energy that in most cases is lost. iRock is an attempt to collect some of this energy and put it to real use. If you use iRock for 60 minutes, you can recharge an iPad 3 to 35%. The iRock can also be used to recharge any other Apple device. 

The iRock is announced for 2013, at a price of 1300 euros. Ready to rock?

Website: www.irocknow.ch
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Happy Halloween!
by +Alexander Becker, +EuroTech; Germany

Trick-or-treat this night with the European all saints crew +Max Huijgen, +Sophie Wrobel, +Kellya Clanzig, and +Alexander Becker...

Good haunting.

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Happy Halloween!
by +Alexander Becker, +EuroTech; Germany

Trick-or-treat this night with the European all saints crew +Max Huijgen, +Sophie Wrobel, +Kellya Clanzig, and +Alexander Becker...

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2012-10-30 14:44:23 (2 comments, 16 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

A Circuit Diagram Of The Mouse Brain
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute are in the process of constructing a complete circuit diagram of a mouse brain by using an electron microscope to perform serial block scanning of neural tissue to image slices layer by layer at 80nm resolution. With this, the resolution at which the brain tissue can be examined is so high that the fine extensions of almost every single neuron are visible.

In 2004, scientists working with Prof. Dr. Winfried Denk developed a new method that enabled them to do just this: “serial block-face” scanning electron microscopy. To examine tissue using this method, it must be fixed, stained and embedded in synthetic material. This works for small pieces of tissue, but up to now it was not possible for tissue of large size. Now whole mouse brains can be used, withsca... more »

A Circuit Diagram Of The Mouse Brain
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute are in the process of constructing a complete circuit diagram of a mouse brain by using an electron microscope to perform serial block scanning of neural tissue to image slices layer by layer at 80nm resolution. With this, the resolution at which the brain tissue can be examined is so high that the fine extensions of almost every single neuron are visible.

In 2004, scientists working with Prof. Dr. Winfried Denk developed a new method that enabled them to do just this: “serial block-face” scanning electron microscopy. To examine tissue using this method, it must be fixed, stained and embedded in synthetic material. This works for small pieces of tissue, but up to now it was not possible for tissue of large size. Now whole mouse brains can be used, with scanning, slicing the brain, and stitching the images together all being automated.

Block-face microscopy involves inserting an entire piece of tissue in the microscope and scanning the surface. Only then is a thin section cut, and the layer below is scanned. This makes it easy to combine the data on the computer.

In an initial analysis of the method, the scientists followed the axons of 50 randomly selected neurons and marked them by hand. The axons can be clearly reconstructed using the process. “However, it would take far too long to trace all of the neurons in this way as a mouse brain consists of around 75 million neurons,” says Denk. Therefore, the image evaluation must be automated. “Our images have sufficient resolution and contrast to follow all myelinated axons. If we manage to scan an entire brain in the years to come, this should provide a major incentive for computer scientists to develop the necessary analysis methods.”

A detailed map of the connections in the brain will make a major contribution to the clarification of neuronal functions. “Every theory on brain function is based on an idea of the corresponding information paths in the brain. It is very important that we find out about the connections between the nodes so that we can distinguish between different models of brain function,” explains Denk.

More: www.mpg.de/6595170/mouse-brain-diagram
Picture: Scanning electron microscopic mosaic of a coronal blockface through a whole mouse brain acquired at 80 nanometer pixel size. © MPI f. Medical Research
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2012-10-29 12:01:54 (2 comments, 10 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Dense, Spacious Living Quarters: The Menuires Ski Resort
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

How do you fit eight beds, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a living and a dining room into 55m² with a spacy, comfy feel – without touching the building’s structure? If you think that challenge is beyond you, take a look at what the h2o architects pulled off at the Menuires ski resort in France, dubbed “the refuge.”

The building was constructed in 1964, and contains a highly compartmentalized structure. The architects decided to attack the space maximization problem by reversing the traditional building perspective: instead of trying to fit furniture into the apartment, make the apartment fit into the furniture. And there you have it: beds and sofas appear to be ‘cut into’ curved walls and overlap each other in various places. A reading corner brings light from the windowto the kitch... more »

Dense, Spacious Living Quarters: The Menuires Ski Resort
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

How do you fit eight beds, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a living and a dining room into 55m² with a spacy, comfy feel – without touching the building’s structure? If you think that challenge is beyond you, take a look at what the h2o architects pulled off at the Menuires ski resort in France, dubbed “the refuge.”

The building was constructed in 1964, and contains a highly compartmentalized structure. The architects decided to attack the space maximization problem by reversing the traditional building perspective: instead of trying to fit furniture into the apartment, make the apartment fit into the furniture. And there you have it: beds and sofas appear to be ‘cut into’ curved walls and overlap each other in various places. A reading corner brings light from the window to the kitchen, and opens up to a fantastic mountain view. Secondary system private beds are arranged with curtains surrounding them – wrapped around the central support wall.

The interior is constructed out of birch plywood, and American walnut is used for the curved wall – leading to a unique, playful scheme fitting for an alpine resort, and providing a lot of fun in their novel approach to closed, dense living quarters. The renovations have completed this year, costing a total of 75,000€ – and the resort owner is now ready to welcome this winter season’s ski guests.

More information: http://www.h2oarchitectes.com/projet/1/h2oarchitectes_architecture/h2oarchitectes_logements/h2o_architectes_appartement_le_refuge_les_menuires.html
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2012-10-26 10:47:49 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The Convenient Bank Combicard For Your Wallet
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Monte Paschi’s latest bank card lineup presents a solution that convenience shoppers will love: an all-in-one bank card for credit card, debit card, cash card, and online transaction generator combined into one integrated piece of plastic.

Features:
• Credit card (Mastercard) functionality, including magnetic stripe, card number, and signature strip
• Debit card (Maestro) functionality, including electronic chip and card number
• NFC chip for contact-free payment
• Integrated TAN generator for online purchases

One secure step backwards?
Perhaps the most striking “feature” about this card is its integrated Transaction Number (TAN) generator. Online shoppers across Europe are no stranger to the TAN generation, which involves usinga physical de... more »

The Convenient Bank Combicard For Your Wallet
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Monte Paschi’s latest bank card lineup presents a solution that convenience shoppers will love: an all-in-one bank card for credit card, debit card, cash card, and online transaction generator combined into one integrated piece of plastic.

Features:
• Credit card (Mastercard) functionality, including magnetic stripe, card number, and signature strip
• Debit card (Maestro) functionality, including electronic chip and card number
• NFC chip for contact-free payment
• Integrated TAN generator for online purchases

One secure step backwards?
Perhaps the most striking “feature” about this card is its integrated Transaction Number (TAN) generator. Online shoppers across Europe are no stranger to the TAN generation, which involves using a physical device to generate a unique transaction number based on some details from the transaction, date/time, and a key located on the physical hardware. That combination provides for additional security, and additional consumer annoyance.

The Combicard provides that magic number from a push button – without the need to enter transactional data. While that still requires a physical device and not just a memorized passphrase, there is no transaction-specific data involved in the TAN generation, and as such we’re back to the security level of indexed TANs (iTANS), in which consumers selected a TAN from a printed out sheet of paper with a long list of TANs on it. The problem there, of course, is that an evil party could, with sufficient computing power and stolen knowledge, compute the TAN list – but a transaction-specific data seed, the window in which the TAN is valid would be too small for a hacker to compute and use the TAN.

Convenience vs. security
We can probably expect the general population welcoming this new line of cards: consumers want convenience. And most people don’t understand the security mechanism, and therefore also not how, or why, the new card could be somewhat less secure.

Website: www.montepaschi.be/en/PaschiCombo.html
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2012-10-25 11:54:29 (5 comments, 11 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Tribler 6.0 Is Out!
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Tribler is a social community originating at the Delft University of Technology, facilitating file sharing through a peer-to-peer (P2P) network. The Tribler client has been around for more than half a decade already, and during that time it has been developed into the only truly decentralized BitTorrent client out there.

The name Tribler stems from the word Tribe, referring to the usage of social networks in this P2P client. The first version of Tribler was a small enhancement on ABC (Yet Another BitTorrent Client).

Tribler 6.0 is the killer tool, it is in any case what promises Dr. Johan Pouwelse, who manages the project from the side of Dave: “The goal is to provide all users download speeds that can be found on private BitTorrent communities.”

Tribler already offers features that do notrea... more »

Tribler 6.0 Is Out!
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Tribler is a social community originating at the Delft University of Technology, facilitating file sharing through a peer-to-peer (P2P) network. The Tribler client has been around for more than half a decade already, and during that time it has been developed into the only truly decentralized BitTorrent client out there.

The name Tribler stems from the word Tribe, referring to the usage of social networks in this P2P client. The first version of Tribler was a small enhancement on ABC (Yet Another BitTorrent Client).

Tribler 6.0 is the killer tool, it is in any case what promises Dr. Johan Pouwelse, who manages the project from the side of Dave: “The goal is to provide all users download speeds that can be found on private BitTorrent communities.”

Tribler already offers features that do not really exist with BitTorrent, such as suggestions for new downloads and streaming while content is being downloaded. Thanks to this last update, the version 6.0 of Tribler gets the software into another dimension, making downloads anonymously, and with a quality of service equivalent to BitTorrent.

In technical detail, Tribler 6.0 attempts to use computers that will act as a proxy between users. A method that could provide real security for Internet users who are still trying to download illegally, despite the closure of services such as MegaUpload.

Website: www.tribler.org
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2012-10-24 11:21:57 (9 comments, 17 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Security Alert: Many Android Apps Leak Passwords And Credit Card Data
by +Alexander Becker, +EuroTech; Germany

Security researchers at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the Philipps University of Marburg in Germany have released the results [1] of a study that indicate a number of popular Android apps are subject to serious security flaws based on inadequate use of SSL.

The numbers
The analysis of the 13,500 most popular free apps from the Google Play Market has shown that 1,074 apps contain code vulnerable to Man-In-The-Middle Attacks (MITM) targeting flaws in SSL implementations. These 1,074 apps represent 17.0% of the apps that contain HTTPS URLs. To evaluate the real threat the potential vulnerabilities, the researchers manually mounted MITM attacks against 100 selected apps from that set, connected to a WiFi access point with a MITM SSL proxy. The... more »

Security Alert: Many Android Apps Leak Passwords And Credit Card Data
by +Alexander Becker, +EuroTech; Germany

Security researchers at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the Philipps University of Marburg in Germany have released the results [1] of a study that indicate a number of popular Android apps are subject to serious security flaws based on inadequate use of SSL.

The numbers
The analysis of the 13,500 most popular free apps from the Google Play Market has shown that 1,074 apps contain code vulnerable to Man-In-The-Middle Attacks (MITM) targeting flaws in SSL implementations. These 1,074 apps represent 17.0% of the apps that contain HTTPS URLs. To evaluate the real threat the potential vulnerabilities, the researchers manually mounted MITM attacks against 100 selected apps from that set, connected to a WiFi access point with a MITM SSL proxy. The attack vectors were an SSL proxy, either with a self-signed certificate or with one that was signed by a trusted CA, but for an unrelated hostname. Of the 100 apps selected for the manual audit, 41 apps proved to have exploitable vulnerabilities.

What’s at stake?
The attacks were able to return bank account information, payment credentials for PayPal, American Express, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Live ID, and others. Furthermore, Facebook, email and cloud storage credentials and messages were leaked, access to IP cameras was gained, and control channels for apps and remote servers could be subverted. The cumulative number of installs of apps in the test set of 100 apps with confirmed vulnerabilities against MITM attacks is between 39.5 and 185 million users, according to Google’s Play Market.

How?
The researchers succesfully manipulated virus signatures downloaded via the automatic update functionality of an anti-virus app to neutralize the protection or even to remove arbitrary apps, including the anti-virus program itself. It was possible to remotely inject and execute code in an app created by a vulnerable app-building framework.

What to do?
As a stop-gap measure, the team is going to offer the “MalloDroid” tool, that was written and used to detect the vulnerabilities, as a Web app. This will allow interested users to perform checks on apps before they install them.

The paper recommends that OS and app developers enforce certificate checking, use HTTPS everywhere and improve permissions and policies, as well as simple visual feedback regarding the security status of a given transaction.

And my iPhone?
The study was conducted among Android apps, using a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but app security issues are likely to pop up on other platforms, as well.

Note
[1] http://www2.dcsec.uni-hannover.de/files/android/p50-fahl.pdf

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2012-10-23 19:13:50 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Amending EU budget for Europe's students, scientists, NGOs', businesses and regions

The EC has adopted today an amending budget to enable it to meet its legal obligations towards beneficiaries of EU funds.

The highest amounts though are requested for Europe's regions under cohesion policy and rural development: around EUR 8.3 billion supplementary payments. All these projects improve the lives of EU citizens by giving them better skills, better job prospects or by creating transport and energy infrastructures.

The Erasmus programme needs an additional EUR 90 million and is at risk of having to substantially reduce the number of places offered to students or to cut their level of grants; this will obviously hit students from disadvantaged backgrounds the hardest.

For research programmes the Commission needs an extra EUR 423 million partly in... more »

The Commission has adopted today an Amending budget for Europe's students, scientists, NGOs', businesses and regions. The Commission estimates that an extra 9.0 billion is needed to cover the incoming bills and respect contractual and legal obligations, mainly in areas essential for growth and jobs in Europe like #Erasmus or researches programs.  The President of the #European Commission José Manuel #Barroso stated: "This is not about the Commission asking for more money but about Member States honouring the commitments they have made: to provide uninterrupted funding to students under the Erasmus programme or to poorer regions through the Cohesion Funds. These payments are essential to revive growth and create jobs throughout the #EU."

More information here: http://bit.ly/QS0pxl

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The EC has adopted today an amending budget to enable it to meet its legal obligations towards beneficiaries of EU funds.

The highest amounts though are requested for Europe's regions under cohesion policy and rural development: around EUR 8.3 billion supplementary payments. All these projects improve the lives of EU citizens by giving them better skills, better job prospects or by creating transport and energy infrastructures.

The Erasmus programme needs an additional EUR 90 million and is at risk of having to substantially reduce the number of places offered to students or to cut their level of grants; this will obviously hit students from disadvantaged backgrounds the hardest.

For research programmes the Commission needs an extra EUR 423 million partly in order to pay in time and avoid interests on delayed payments. Other part of this additional funding is to cover pre-financing payments on projects for which agreements have already been signed. Not respecting the deadlines would mean postponing the start of projects essential for Europe´s future competitiveness in the globalised world.

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2012-10-22 12:40:35 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Metal-Organic Frameworks For Extremely Large Surface Areas
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Metal-Organic Frameworks (“MOFs”) are among the most exciting, high profile developments in nanotechnology to emerge over the past decade. They have broad industrial applications because of two key attributes: their extremely large surface-areas and the flexibility with which their structures can be varied. Professor Stuart James in Queen’s School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering has patented a novel technique for the synthesis of MOFs, allowing affordable, large-scale deployment of these groundbreaking materials.

MOFs are crystalline, sponge-like materials composed of two components: metal ions and organic molecules known as linkers. The choice of metal and linker has significant effects on the structure and properties of the particular MOF.

MOFs have thehighe... more »

Metal-Organic Frameworks For Extremely Large Surface Areas
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Metal-Organic Frameworks (“MOFs”) are among the most exciting, high profile developments in nanotechnology to emerge over the past decade. They have broad industrial applications because of two key attributes: their extremely large surface-areas and the flexibility with which their structures can be varied. Professor Stuart James in Queen’s School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering has patented a novel technique for the synthesis of MOFs, allowing affordable, large-scale deployment of these groundbreaking materials.

MOFs are crystalline, sponge-like materials composed of two components: metal ions and organic molecules known as linkers. The choice of metal and linker has significant effects on the structure and properties of the particular MOF.

MOFs have the highest surface-areas of any known materials. One gram of MOF material (about the size of a pea) can have a surface area of up to forty tennis courts. They also have very low bulk volumes – most of the material is free-space, making them extremely light. This incredibly high surface area means that MOFs are very good at storing gases. There are an abundance of sites where gas molecules can adsorb (“stick”) to the material. MOFs are therefore ideally suited to high-density storage of a range of gases, including methane and hydrogen.

A major barrier to the uptake of MOFs has been the inability to manufacture these materials on an industrial scale in a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way. Current manufacturing techniques are energy intensive and require large quantities of solvents. MOF Technologies, created through Queen’s spin-out arm QUBIS, has developed a novel technique for the synthesis of MOFs, which is environmentally friendly, rapid and highly scalable, allowing cost-effective deployment of these revolutionary materials on a large scale. Their patented technology for the first time allows the synthesis of MOFs using very little or no solvents and on greatly reduced timescales, by making use of “mechanochemistry.” The MOF material is produced in a matter of minutes, in a powder form ready for applications, without further treatment.

The CEO of MOF Technologies, Tom Robinson said about this innovation: “The potential for this technology is huge. Academia has known for some time about the incredible properties of MOFs and hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent on their development, in labs around the world. We can now manufacture these materials in a scalable and environmentally-friendly way, unlocking their potential to transform the transport, gas storage and medical industries in the years to come.”

MOF Technologies is also hoping to exploit opportunities in global carbon capture, hazardous gas storage, natural gas processing and hydrocarbon separations.

Frank Bryan, interim CEO of QUBIS added: “QUBIS was delighted to partner with NetScientific in the creation of our latest Queen’s University spin-out.  We exist to support acclaimed Queen’s academics, like Professor James, in commercialising their cutting edge research and we are confident this will be the latest in a long line of successes. It was therefore particularly rewarding to see MOF Technologies win this year’s NISP Connect £25K Award which recognised the company as having the greatest potential for commercial success.”

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2012-10-19 10:38:28 (4 comments, 15 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Vegitecture: Barcelona’s Vertical 8-Story Skyfarming Garden
by +Alexander Becker, +EuroTech; Germany

Imagine a giant steel tree that provides oxygen, filters the air, shades the neighboring building and provide a home for nearly a dozen bird species — even with nesting boxes — as well as, for geckos and bats.

The city of Barcelona asked Architect Juli Capella to design this vertical garden to cover a nearly 70-foot-high windowless wall. Instead of creating a typical living wall that simply covered the existing surface with plants, Capella constructed a piece of architecture (or vegitecture) that acts like any conventional building, complete with a door, stairs and floors. But unlike any other building, it has plants for walls.

This type of vegitecture, like any other living wall, is expensive to build explains Montserrat Prado Barrabés, an architect withInstit... more »

Vegitecture: Barcelona’s Vertical 8-Story Skyfarming Garden
by +Alexander Becker, +EuroTech; Germany

Imagine a giant steel tree that provides oxygen, filters the air, shades the neighboring building and provide a home for nearly a dozen bird species — even with nesting boxes — as well as, for geckos and bats.

The city of Barcelona asked Architect Juli Capella to design this vertical garden to cover a nearly 70-foot-high windowless wall. Instead of creating a typical living wall that simply covered the existing surface with plants, Capella constructed a piece of architecture (or vegitecture) that acts like any conventional building, complete with a door, stairs and floors. But unlike any other building, it has plants for walls.

This type of vegitecture, like any other living wall, is expensive to build explains Montserrat Prado Barrabés, an architect with Institut del Paisatge Urbà (The city’s “Institute of Urban Landscape and Quality of Life” that commissioned the project), but relatively cheap to maintain.

In contrast to similar vertical gardens that require a crane to fertilize or replace plants, gardeners simply climb the stairs and keep the vertical garden in an ever-green state aided by a pulley-system and swappable planter boxes. A drip irrigation system keeps water use low and upkeep at a minimum.

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2012-10-17 11:38:31 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Dyson Tangle-free Turbine Tool
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Today, it’s science for housewives happiness: Dyson solved the problem of hairs ending up getting trapped by the brushes around the turbine, that reduces the suction capacity of the vacuum cleaner, or even worse, totally stops and breaks it.

The new component is the only turbine tool that doesn’t tangle. It releases more hair straight into the bin than any other mini turbine tool, avoiding the problem of having to scrape off and cut away at hair around the brush bars. This new Dyson problem solver is listed at £45.00, as it is currently only available in United Kingdom (and North America).

The designers took a second look at traditional vacuum brushes, unsatisfied by the way the tools too easily ball up fibers on carpets and upholstery. Instead of a horizontal spinning brush, Dyson’saccess... more »

Dyson Tangle-free Turbine Tool
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

Today, it’s science for housewives happiness: Dyson solved the problem of hairs ending up getting trapped by the brushes around the turbine, that reduces the suction capacity of the vacuum cleaner, or even worse, totally stops and breaks it.

The new component is the only turbine tool that doesn’t tangle. It releases more hair straight into the bin than any other mini turbine tool, avoiding the problem of having to scrape off and cut away at hair around the brush bars. This new Dyson problem solver is listed at £45.00, as it is currently only available in United Kingdom (and North America).

The designers took a second look at traditional vacuum brushes, unsatisfied by the way the tools too easily ball up fibers on carpets and upholstery. Instead of a horizontal spinning brush, Dyson’s accessory uses a more vertical axis of movement. The device features two flexible counter-rotating heads with built-in brushes that prevent hair-clogging and send hair into the vacuum bin. Moreover, it comes with an additional ‘mesh filter’ in order to prevent dust from hindering the cleaning performance of the turbine. 

Also, the designers noted how brush bars of conventional turbine tools are rigid and lose contact with uneven surfaces. The brushes on the new Dyson tool are flexible and can bend to maintain contact across uneven surfaces. The heads are ideally located for the brushes to reach the front and side of the turbine allowing it draw in hair & dust particles from 360 degrees in towards the tool, allowing it to get stuck right into the edges and corners of flooring & stairs etc. 

According to reports, the tool debut is a result of more than 50 engineers, 187 prototypes, and four years of work.

Dyson Ltd is a British technology company, founded in 1993 by James Dyson, which designs and manufactures vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, bladeless fans and heaters. The company prides itself on engineering products which work in different and better ways than their predecessors.

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2012-10-16 13:41:54 (19 comments, 6 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

CNIL vs. Google: EU Data Privacy Outrage
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

On March 1, Google changed their privacy policy and terms of service to allow product-specific privacy policies to be generalized and to unify data usage across their services. The European Data Protection ePrivacy Working Party wasn’t pleased, and asked the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) to investigate. CNIL, then, sent two questionnaires to Google on March 19 and May 22, which Google responded to. Now, CNIL has finally completed their investigation, and isn’t pleased with Google at all.

The findings
In a nutshell, the investigation determined that:
1. Google didn’t adequately inform users on how their data is being processed.
2. The new privacy policy allows Google to combine data – which requires an appropriate legal ground thatis compati... more »

CNIL vs. Google: EU Data Privacy Outrage
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

On March 1, Google changed their privacy policy and terms of service to allow product-specific privacy policies to be generalized and to unify data usage across their services. The European Data Protection ePrivacy Working Party wasn’t pleased, and asked the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) to investigate. CNIL, then, sent two questionnaires to Google on March 19 and May 22, which Google responded to. Now, CNIL has finally completed their investigation, and isn’t pleased with Google at all.

The findings
In a nutshell, the investigation determined that:
1. Google didn’t adequately inform users on how their data is being processed.
2. The new privacy policy allows Google to combine data – which requires an appropriate legal ground that is compatible with the purpose for which the data was collected. This is not the case for data that has been unified passively through introduction of the new policy.
3. Google failed to provide retention periods for the personal data it processes. 

Google’s homework
CNIL is now requesting a response from Google indicating how, and how soon, Google will update its privacy policy and practices to match their recommendations. Their recommendations are:

1. Google should disclose and detail how it processes personal data. In particular:
• There should be three levels of privacy notices, including in-product privacy notices, current privacy policy, and product-specific information;
• Develop interactive presentations that allow users to navigate easily through the policies; 
• Provide precise information about data that have a significant impact on 
users (location, credit card data, unique device identifiers, telephony, biometrics)
• Adapt information to mobile users;
• Ensure that passive users are appropriately informed.

2. Google should clarify what combination of data would imply. In particular:
• Simplify opt-out mechanisms for authenticated and non-authenticated users, and make 
them available in one place; 
• Differentiate the purposes of the combination of data with appropriate tools; 
• Collect explicit consent for the combination of data for certain purposes;
• Offer the possibility for authenticated users to control in which service they are logged 
in; 
• Limit the combination of data for passive users;
• Implement Article 5(3) of the European ePrivacy Directive;
• Extend to all countries the process designed for Google Analytics in Germany. 

What does that mean for you?
The letter is not as harsh as rumors in the past few days would have liked us to believe: Google is not going to be fined billions by the EU, nor is it going to be forced to roll back their privacy policy. But Google will have to be more clear on what they are doing with user data, and how they are doing that – and of course, every other tech company wanting to capture the European market can be expected to follow suit. 

And for the end user? Nothing much has changed, other than some huffing and puffing, but you can expect sometime soon:
• some interactive videos explaining what the computing giant does with your data, with particular focus on sensitive data,
• decent mobile sites, and
• an annoying ‘please click on agree to continue’ message at some point for continuing to use Google services.

CNIL’s letter:
http://www.cnil.fr/fileadmin/documents/en/20121016-letter_google-article_29-FINAL.pdf
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2012-10-15 06:55:30 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Breaking The Sound Barrier In Free Fall
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Felix Baumgartner, the 43-year-old Austrian base-jumper renowned for his impressive jump stunts, jumped out of a 39 km high weather balloon yesterday. He survived, and set the world record for the highest parachute jump, being the first human to break the sound barrier without vehicle assistance, and – while not the longest free fall time, then at least the longest distance covered in free fall.

At that altitude – more than twice as high as commercial airliners fly – air pressure is less than 2% of what it is at sea level. Getting up there is a challenge: Baumgartner’s special weather balloon needed next to zero wind in order to get his pressurized capsule up that high. As you might expect, breathing is close to impossible, and so Felix will be on a pure oxygen supply. Also, above 19 km,beyond ... more »

Breaking The Sound Barrier In Free Fall
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Felix Baumgartner, the 43-year-old Austrian base-jumper renowned for his impressive jump stunts, jumped out of a 39 km high weather balloon yesterday. He survived, and set the world record for the highest parachute jump, being the first human to break the sound barrier without vehicle assistance, and – while not the longest free fall time, then at least the longest distance covered in free fall.

At that altitude – more than twice as high as commercial airliners fly – air pressure is less than 2% of what it is at sea level. Getting up there is a challenge: Baumgartner’s special weather balloon needed next to zero wind in order to get his pressurized capsule up that high. As you might expect, breathing is close to impossible, and so Felix will be on a pure oxygen supply. Also, above 19 km, beyond the “Armstrong barrier,” exposed human tissue begins to swell, and body fluids such as saliva or fluid in the eyes starts to boil. This necessitates a full-pressure suit: Felix Baumgartner will be testing a next-generation full-pressure spacesuit on his jump.

His jump has also struggled to get the necessary financial backing and is estimated to cost about 50 million euro. Thanks to his sponsor  +redbull, however, Felix has secured enough funds to make the jump. Red Bull is hoping to learn something from the jump, too: Dr. Jon Clark, the medical director on the Red Bull Stratos project, is particularly interested in what happens to the human body in a supersonic airflow – which Baumgartner, according to his first interview after the jump, didn’t even notice. This information will help in designing escape systems allowing humans to exit vehicles at high speed from a high altitude – such as spacecraft launches or descents gone wrong.

What happens when a person breaks the sound barrier?
No one really knows. But Felix found out through first hand experience and now the data is to be analyzed. But there are some guesses:

“Because we're breaking Mach above any significant air density, the pressure wave should be pretty negligible. But he could see something more significant when he comes out, but again he’s likely to come out at about 92,000 feet [28 km],” says project director Art Thompson. “We're figuring he’ll be in Mach for 20-22 seconds.”

What we know at this point is that Baumgartner did break the sound barrier, with additional details to come in once the hype settles.

The record for the longest free fall remains with retired USAF colonel Joe Kittinger, who set it in 1960 and sat in the mission control center to monitor Baumgartner’s jump and hold his hand via radio.

Congratulations, Felix, on your monumental jump!

More info at: www.redbullstratos.com
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2012-10-12 09:30:53 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Who Says Carbon Dioxide Is Bad — You Can Even Use It For Cleaning
by +Alexander Becker, +EuroTech; Germany

In server components, hard disks, or clock mechanisms, the smallest impurities can lead to malfunctions and short circuits; in optical components such as lenses, they impair quality because they scatter light; in threaded holes, they cause mechanical failure. The phenomena of progressive miniaturization and ever more complex components are presenting the manufacturers of cleaning technologies and tools with big challenges. Now, cleaning with carbon dioxide (CO2) has proven itself an effective means of removing extremely fine dirt particles.

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Who Says Carbon Dioxide Is Bad — You Can Even Use It For Cleaning
by +Alexander Becker, +EuroTech; Germany

In server components, hard disks, or clock mechanisms, the smallest impurities can lead to malfunctions and short circuits; in optical components such as lenses, they impair quality because they scatter light; in threaded holes, they cause mechanical failure. The phenomena of progressive miniaturization and ever more complex components are presenting the manufacturers of cleaning technologies and tools with big challenges. Now, cleaning with carbon dioxide (CO2) has proven itself an effective means of removing extremely fine dirt particles.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA developed a tool capable of completely removing processing residues from areas inside components that are difficult to clean, for example blind holes and boreholes. The tool was developed in the DeepClean collaborative project, where IPA researchers successfully combined different CO2 cleaning techniques in a single cleaning step: degreasing with supercritical CO2 and removing particles with CO2 snow crystals. “At a pressure from 74 bar upward and a temperature of 31 degrees Celsius, carbon dioxide changes into a new state, becoming supercritical. In this state, it absorbs foreign matter such as oils and greases,” explains IPA engineer Dr. Markus Rochowicz. Fitting the tool over the borehole hermetically seals the inside of the component. Then it is rinsed and degreased with supercritical CO2. When the cleaning tool is opened in the second stage of the process, CO2 snow is produced, and this removes particles from the component. The force of the CO2 snow crystals generated in the nozzle of the cleaning tool is so great that even the tiniest particles can be efficiently removed without damaging the cleaned surfaces. As the CO2 changes back from a solid to a gaseous state immediately after the cleaning, i.e. the snow crystals evaporate, the cleaned component stays completely dry – an advantage with moisture-sensitive materials.

The compact size of the cleaning nozzles not only means that the tool is suitable for manually cleaning components, it can also be integrated into very tight spaces in fully-automated assembly procedures – for example in the auto industry, where it can be used to remove residues from the hydraulic system, the ABS, or the distribution block during the production process. The innovative tool also has benefits for other sectors: in medical engineering, for instance, where it can be used to clean endoscopes, cannulae, and the bases of dental implants. “The exhibit should also interest manufacturers from the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, optical goods, and aerospace sectors,” anticipates Rochowicz. The system will be available to companies for industrial cleaning tests in the IPA’s highly specialized CO2 cleaning and analysis laboratories. The European Space Agency (ESA) has already used the laboratory infrastructure to look into ways of ensuring the absolute cleanliness of components for future missions to Mars.

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2012-10-11 11:23:23 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Compare What's Hot Across Languages

The fine people from +CircleCount did it again, and continue to make Google+ work ever better. Check out the very useful feature to view your native language (or any other for that matter) slice of "What's Hot," even if you happen to explore the international/english language version on Google+ itself.

Happy exploring!

What's hot in your language
http://www.circlecount.com/explore/

Maybe you know already the What's hot section on CircleCount where you can filter by country.
+Jaana Nyström has introduced this page here: https://plus.google.com/107742059751171695340/posts/QxXE8Swmvd4

Now we have added a language filter.

Some examples:
► Arabic
http://www.circlecount.com/explore/?language=arabic

► English
http://www.circlecount.com/explore/?language=english

► German
http://www.circlecount.com/explore/?language=german

► Italian
http://www.circlecount.com/explore/?language=italian

► Norwegian
http://www.circlecount.com/explore/?language=norwegian

► Spanish
http://www.circlecount.com/explore/?language=spanish

► Russian
http://www.circlecount.com/explore/?language=russian


Thanks to +Abe Pectol for the discussion in the post of +Sophie Wrobel (http://goo.gl/tZscA)!
That made us search for a library we can use. The results are not 100% correct, but it's a good start ;)

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The fine people from +CircleCount did it again, and continue to make Google+ work ever better. Check out the very useful feature to view your native language (or any other for that matter) slice of "What's Hot," even if you happen to explore the international/english language version on Google+ itself.

Happy exploring!

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2012-10-09 09:20:40 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Improve Your Google+ Hangouts With The Hangout Toolbox
Interview with +Moritz Tolxdorff and +Martin Thielecke 
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Yesterday at 18:00 CET, Moritz Tolxdorff and Martin Thielecke unveiled their new Hangout Toolbox – a meta-app, combining the best of several hangout apps for improving the Google+ Hangout experience, into one convenient toolkit.

Q: Who are you, and what motivated your involvement / cooperation on this project?
Moritz Tolxdorff: I am a system administrator for UNIX systems in a data center. I am 28 years old and live in Essen, Germany. Since Google released the Hangout API I started to develop applications for Hangouts. My main motivation is to build useful tools for Hangout users to increase their Hangout experience. I also add fun apps like my latest one, Meme Face. It all started with the idea of havingLow... more »

Improve Your Google+ Hangouts With The Hangout Toolbox
Interview with +Moritz Tolxdorff and +Martin Thielecke 
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Yesterday at 18:00 CET, Moritz Tolxdorff and Martin Thielecke unveiled their new Hangout Toolbox – a meta-app, combining the best of several hangout apps for improving the Google+ Hangout experience, into one convenient toolkit.

Q: Who are you, and what motivated your involvement / cooperation on this project?
Moritz Tolxdorff: I am a system administrator for UNIX systems in a data center. I am 28 years old and live in Essen, Germany. Since Google released the Hangout API I started to develop applications for Hangouts. My main motivation is to build useful tools for Hangout users to increase their Hangout experience. I also add fun apps like my latest one, Meme Face. It all started with the idea of having Lower Third in Hangouts and this app became very popular. While Martin and I were hanging out, we figured out that we should work on projects together.
Martin Thielecke: I'm a web developer (Python, PHP, JavaScript etc.) and CEO of version zwei GmbH in Wedel, Germany (near Hamburg) and I'm new to the Hangout API stuff. During a Hangout last Friday, I started coding a Hangout App and decided to add some features I missed.

Q: What was the main motivation behind the app?
Martin Thielecke: There were many Hangout apps that I couldn't use simultaneously and I thought about developing them again. For the simple reason that they were already done, I asked Moritz to to complement each other and I think the app is great now.
Moritz Tolxdorff: I heard a lot of users complaining that they are not able to run two apps at the same time. That prevented users from loading Lower Third and Volume Control for example. Since Google doesn't support multiple apps at the same time I had to find a solution on my own. That why I decided to work together with Martin on this new Hangout Toolbox which combines all apps into one big app.

Q: What are the key features you are including in the launch?
The app provides access to all our other Hangout apps plus some new stuff. It contains: 
– Lower Third
– Volume Control
– De-Face (aka Meme Face)
– Soundboard
– Anonymous

You can control each app individually and simultaneously. This was a highly requested feature, and is now finally available to the public.

Q: Which features do you have on the roadmap for the future?
We will definitely work on other apps that we will build into this toolbox. Besides minor improvements to existing features we will work on completely new sub-apps. We always listen to ideas and requests from users and decide if those requests are able to build. There are no detailed plans yet for upcoming features, but we will add more stuff in the future.

Q: Where do you see it going – is this a tactical project, or is this something that you hope to commercialize?
Moritz Tolxdorff: As I said before, my Lower Third app became very popular and I just wanted to give users the flexibility to use all my apps at the same time. I think this will get very useful for a lot of Hangouters. Depending on the promotional work and support I can get from Google it might get as successful as Lower Third on its own. It was just the next step of app development and was kinda obvious. The demand for such a meta app was there. I will keep my apps free, because I like to build stuff for this amazing Google+ community. I do have a donation button in Lower Third and in this Hangout Toolbox which allows users to fund our development. It is not my target to make a living from apps in the long run.  

Indeed, the Hangout Toolbox is more than free – it’s open-source, as well!

Test-Drive
Ready to give it a try? Here's the installation guide, off you go!
http://code.google.com/p/hangout-toolbox/wiki/Documentation

Project page: code.google.com/p/hangout-toolbox/
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2012-10-08 10:06:31 (15 comments, 6 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Verisize: The Virtual Fitting Room
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Online shopping doesn’t have a fitting room – but does it need one? Verisize helps you to figure out if a piece of clothing will fit you, without you needing to try it on.

Verisize was developed by a group of PhD students from the Computer Vision Center (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), an organization with a streak of successful market applications in computer vision and design. Their tool can be integrated in any online store, and first estimations reveal an increase of 40% in operating margin, as well as 100% net margin for online retailers, primarily by reducing the return quota (which stands at between 15-40% for most clothing retailers). In addition to saving on shipping costs, they also aim to help online stores avoid accruing bad reputation due to negative feedback, and help to raisecust... more »

Verisize: The Virtual Fitting Room
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Online shopping doesn’t have a fitting room – but does it need one? Verisize helps you to figure out if a piece of clothing will fit you, without you needing to try it on.

Verisize was developed by a group of PhD students from the Computer Vision Center (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), an organization with a streak of successful market applications in computer vision and design. Their tool can be integrated in any online store, and first estimations reveal an increase of 40% in operating margin, as well as 100% net margin for online retailers, primarily by reducing the return quota (which stands at between 15-40% for most clothing retailers). In addition to saving on shipping costs, they also aim to help online stores avoid accruing bad reputation due to negative feedback, and help to raise customer satisfaction.

The user experience
A website visitor provides their gender, age, height, weight, and physique. Then it tells you what size it thinks you are. You can then fine-tune the parameters if it doesn’t seem to work on first try – there’s a three-step wizard to help you through it.

The researchers looked at over 50,000 people in constructing the algorithm which models the body profile based on user input and spits out your clothing size for a particular brand, along with the probability of a good fit.

What comes next?
It would be amazing to take this technology to the next step, and texturize clothing draped on the physique mannequins. A virtual fitting room that shows how clothing sits on you, with high accuracy, and yet still anonymous... that would be a bedroom shopper’s paradise. Or what else would you dream of?

Try it online at: www.verisize.com
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2012-10-05 10:34:52 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Computerized Surveillance: Bad For Me, Bad For You
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Intuitively, commoners know that surveillance is bad. But have you ever wondered how bad exactly? Antti Oulasvirta’s research team in the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology has quantified it: surveillance causes anxiety and anger – only, not quite as bad as in a depression.

The experiment
The research team installed surveillance cameras and computer logging software in ten volunteer households, and asked them to fill out a questionnaire at regular intervals during the course of a year. It is quite possible that the experiment was biased – but the findings and approach are interesting nonetheless. Some of the results were not so surprising: Feelings ‘plateaued’ after three months, the time it took for participants to get used to the constantsurveilla... more »

Computerized Surveillance: Bad For Me, Bad For You
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

Intuitively, commoners know that surveillance is bad. But have you ever wondered how bad exactly? Antti Oulasvirta’s research team in the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology has quantified it: surveillance causes anxiety and anger – only, not quite as bad as in a depression.

The experiment
The research team installed surveillance cameras and computer logging software in ten volunteer households, and asked them to fill out a questionnaire at regular intervals during the course of a year. It is quite possible that the experiment was biased – but the findings and approach are interesting nonetheless. Some of the results were not so surprising: Feelings ‘plateaued’ after three months, the time it took for participants to get used to the constant surveillance. Test subjects objected most strongly to surveillance of nudity, physical appearance, and sex. But other findings were more surprising. 

More surveillance = more anger
To all except one participant, the surveillance system was an annoyance, concern, cause of anxiety, and even resulted in increased anger. However, it did not cause mental health issues at the severity of depression or alcoholism, measured on a standardized scale. If indeed people are over time being angered by surveillance, perhaps this could result in increased crime rates in highly surveillance areas.

Net nannies are just as bad as surveillance cameras
Computer logging invoked an equal amount of negative sentiment as the constant real-world surveillance – breach of anonymity of conversations was cited as a cause. Oulasvirta explains: “The importance of anonymity in computer use is symptomatic of the fact that a large proportion of our social activities today are mediated by computers.” The Internet today has become such an essential part of our communication patterns, that we have come to place an equal value on our digital ‘private’ homes to those of our physical ‘private’ homes.

Where do you draw the line?
The biggest question remains: what level of surveillance is acceptable to not invoke negative feelings – and how much more unsafe does constant surveillance actually make our society, if negative sentiment is indeed associated with mental unfitness and perhaps increased crime rates? Would the same negative feelings be aroused by, say, smart power-saving utility installations, toddler-tracking tags, smart carpets that trigger the alarm when you fall down and don’t get up within a reasonable time, or other monitoring gadgets intended to assist around the household?

More Information: www.hiit.fi/hpe
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2012-10-04 11:21:28 (13 comments, 8 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Walk Underwater On The Moses Bridge
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

The Moses Bridge, located in 
Halsteren, Municipality of Bergen op Zoom
, The Netherlands, visually parts water and gives pedestrians the unique experience of walking below the water. Designed by RO&AD Architects of the Netherlands and Belgium, this pedestrian bridge is an access route to the Fort de Roovere, part of some 17th century defense structures. 

From a distance, the Moses Bridge is nearly invisible, all that you see is a marked line in the landscape. But it becomes visible as one approaches. The concept and execution was crucial to preserving the site’s integrity and allowing views to the Fort, as it is highly improper to build bridges across the moats of defense works, especially on the side of the fortress the enemy was expected to appear on.

Built with AccsysTechno... more »

Walk Underwater On The Moses Bridge
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

The Moses Bridge, located in 
Halsteren, Municipality of Bergen op Zoom
, The Netherlands, visually parts water and gives pedestrians the unique experience of walking below the water. Designed by RO&AD Architects of the Netherlands and Belgium, this pedestrian bridge is an access route to the Fort de Roovere, part of some 17th century defense structures. 

From a distance, the Moses Bridge is nearly invisible, all that you see is a marked line in the landscape. But it becomes visible as one approaches. The concept and execution was crucial to preserving the site’s integrity and allowing views to the Fort, as it is highly improper to build bridges across the moats of defense works, especially on the side of the fortress the enemy was expected to appear on.

Built with Accsys Technology, Accoya wood undergoes a nontoxic proprietary modification process called acetylation that prevents fungal decay from the exposure of water and moisture while increasing its structural stability.  While this water walkway is simple in concept, it is quite complex in its execution.

According to the designers, virtually no water spills over the edge because the height of the water is controlled by two small adjustable ‘dams’ on both sides of the moat. The dams are set at a height to ensure that when the water level rises, the water spills over and into the dams and not into the bridge. In case of a heavy rainstorm, a small pump under the bottom of the bridge evacuates the water.

Pictures from: om911.com
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2012-10-02 10:04:36 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Mapping Startups In Berlin
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

+Berlinstartupmap, itself a startup currently in beta mode, but publicly available, is a project run by BerlinStartupfactory, a company aimed at helping the Berlin startup scene and founded by Emil Kendziorr and +Erik Stoffregen in 2010. Their UI is relatively simple, but the concept an ingenious help to anyone interested in following the Berlin startup scene. The site is mobile-optimized, and offers:

Maps
A one-stop shop for details on who is backing which startup, who the entrepreneurs are, how they plan to monetize, as well as the usual description of what the startup is about and where to find it.

Events
Pleasantly visible as a summary on the home screen, the Events lists upcoming events in the Berlin area. Like Maps, it can be filtered by category, as well as the usual... more »

Mapping Startups In Berlin
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

+Berlinstartupmap, itself a startup currently in beta mode, but publicly available, is a project run by BerlinStartupfactory, a company aimed at helping the Berlin startup scene and founded by Emil Kendziorr and +Erik Stoffregen in 2010. Their UI is relatively simple, but the concept an ingenious help to anyone interested in following the Berlin startup scene. The site is mobile-optimized, and offers:

Maps
A one-stop shop for details on who is backing which startup, who the entrepreneurs are, how they plan to monetize, as well as the usual description of what the startup is about and where to find it.

Events
Pleasantly visible as a summary on the home screen, the Events lists upcoming events in the Berlin area. Like Maps, it can be filtered by category, as well as the usual date, and time criteria.

News
Want to know who just got funded? Who just launched their product? That is all digested under the news section.

Jobs
Of course, no startup map is complete without a section helping startups acquire personnel.

Now, that is all fast and pretty, but what about the rest of Europe? Every startup hotspot could use this type of comprehensive resource in order to function more efficiently!

Website: http://berlinstartupmap.com
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2012-10-01 14:04:55 (3 comments, 26 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Tears Of Steel
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

“Tears of Steel” was realized with crowd-funding by users of the open source 3D creation tool Blender. The target was to improve and test a completely open and free pipeline for visual effects in film – and to make a compelling sci-fi film in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. The Blender Foundation is an independent organisation (a Dutch “stichting”), acting as a non-profit public benefit corporation. It aims to provide services for active users and developers of Blender, to maintain and improve the current Blender product via a public accessible source code system under the GNU GPL license, to establish funding or revenue mechanisms that serve the foundation’sgoals and c... more »

Tears Of Steel
by +Kellya Clanzig, +EuroTech; France

“Tears of Steel” was realized with crowd-funding by users of the open source 3D creation tool Blender. The target was to improve and test a completely open and free pipeline for visual effects in film – and to make a compelling sci-fi film in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. The Blender Foundation is an independent organisation (a Dutch “stichting”), acting as a non-profit public benefit corporation. It aims to provide services for active users and developers of Blender, to maintain and improve the current Blender product via a public accessible source code system under the GNU GPL license, to establish funding or revenue mechanisms that serve the foundation’s goals and cover the foundation’s expenses, and to provide individual artists and small teams with a complete, free and open source 3D creation pipeline.

For the fourth year in a row, the Blender Foundation organized an open movie project to help Blender further:
• Stimulate development of advanced production-level features,
• Validation of Blender by great artists,
• Use and improve an open source creation pipeline,
• Deliver good publicity and PR for Blender,
• Create useful presentation and educational material in Open Content,
• Last but not least, provide a fun and inspiring experience for the entire Blender community!

They did this by inviting the best of the talents from the Blender community to work in Amsterdam for half a year or more, in the studio of the Blender Institute. They get excellent working conditions, and full coverage for travel and housing, including a reasonable coverage. All of the tools used for the film are open source, and everything, including the final result, is being delivered as free and open content under a Creative Commons license.

The film itself, and all raw material used for making it, have been released under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license.

(CC) Blender Foundation: www.tearsofsteel.org
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2012-09-27 14:51:58 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

+EuroTech Is Looking For Columnists And Contributors
by the +EuroTech team; Europe

Are you passionate about technology? We’re looking to expand our article menu, and we ask you to help us.

You probably noticed that we often talk about politics, hardcore science, and funny experiments, but hardly about new trending gadgets. That’s because we believe that writing about topics following our personal inclinations produces the best results. If you are interested in the gadgets subject, we would be glad to welcome you aboard! Naturally, that would not prevent you from writing about anything else that is of interest, as long as it is related to Europe and technology.

Background
+Max Huijgen started this page and gathered a team of volunteers who want to get European tech better known and connect the people working in it. In 6 months, EuroTech managedto be... more »

+EuroTech Is Looking For Columnists And Contributors
by the +EuroTech team; Europe

Are you passionate about technology? We’re looking to expand our article menu, and we ask you to help us.

You probably noticed that we often talk about politics, hardcore science, and funny experiments, but hardly about new trending gadgets. That’s because we believe that writing about topics following our personal inclinations produces the best results. If you are interested in the gadgets subject, we would be glad to welcome you aboard! Naturally, that would not prevent you from writing about anything else that is of interest, as long as it is related to Europe and technology.

Background
+Max Huijgen started this page and gathered a team of volunteers who want to get European tech better known and connect the people working in it. In 6 months, EuroTech managed to become a good addition to all the American tech magazines here on +Google+. We’d like to grow beyond Google+, and we’d like to improve what we can offer you so far. Thus, in order to continue to produce more quality articles everyday, +EuroTech is calling for additional team members.

Want to join our little team?
Just leave a comment here, or send us a private message. We will be glad to answer any question. Feel free to reshare this post and forward it to people who might be interested.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
the +EuroTech team.

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2012-09-26 09:37:46 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Intelligent Power Management For Consumers?
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

The German energy company EnBW currently allows its customers to use intelligent power management to reduce their electricity bills with their “EnBW Intelligente Stromzähler” (aka “smart meter”) billing plan. They are currently the only company offering this type of billing plan in multiple urban areas throughout the country.

Their current package offers:
• Monthly usage-based billing
• Mobile apps, desktop widgets, and online access to reports, analysis, counters, and bills
• Reports and analysis allowing you to compare your usage per month over time, or real-time (15-minute interval), or even on a device specific basis.

The only precondition, of course, is that your house is equipped with intelligent electricity management devices, a wireless Internetnetwork, and a... more »

Intelligent Power Management For Consumers?
by +Sophie Wrobel, +EuroTech; Germany

The German energy company EnBW currently allows its customers to use intelligent power management to reduce their electricity bills with their “EnBW Intelligente Stromzähler” (aka “smart meter”) billing plan. They are currently the only company offering this type of billing plan in multiple urban areas throughout the country.

Their current package offers:
• Monthly usage-based billing
• Mobile apps, desktop widgets, and online access to reports, analysis, counters, and bills
• Reports and analysis allowing you to compare your usage per month over time, or real-time (15-minute interval), or even on a device specific basis.

The only precondition, of course, is that your house is equipped with intelligent electricity management devices, a wireless Internet network, and a unlimited-plan broadband Internet connection. Intelligent devices include smart outlets, smart devices, and a smart meter –  currently, prices go at around 5€ per outlet and an additional 100€ for a smart device (such as a refrigerator or a washing machine).

The possibilities go far beyond just optimizing your own power bill: as our data-hungry society demands more power, optimizing the power grid load is an increasingly complex issue. Having consumers move energy-hungry devices (such as washing machines) to off-hours (e.g. by automatic power management system that starts the load at the next available optimized slot) would help somewhat in relieving the load; other initiatives include energy storage devices in strategic locations, and some are playing with the idea of changing back from AC to DC power to minimize transport losses over the network.

Will intelligent power management catch on?
Currently, the trial users on this plan are mostly researchers. And even they seem rather pessimistic on uptake: user experience suggests that the intelligent counters provide only minimal savings in terms of electricity consumption (around 6 hours per year). Given that there is only a small price incentive for those minimal savings, the investment doesn’t pay off for most consumers – especially when it comes to replacing appliances with their “smart” versions. The only real benefit seems to be the psychological benefit of actively reviewing your electricity usage on a monthly basis, rather than not thinking about it at all. Unless the price difference increases considerably, it looks like intelligent power management – or at least, intelligent power management marketing – will be heading back to the drawing block.

Privacy and security concerns regarding habit-profiling and data transfer over wireless networks are already voiced in countries where the technology is implemented.

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A special service of CircleCount.com is the following button.

The button shows the number of followers you have directly in a small button. You can add this button to your website, like the +1-Button of Google or the Like-Button of Facebook.






You can add this button directly in your website. For more information about the CircleCount Buttons and the description how to add them to another page click here.

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