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New Surface Coating Gives Roaches the Slip


Thanks to a special surface coating created at Cambridge University, we may have a new weapon against those creepy crawlies that occasionally appear in our kitchens. Says Popular Science:

“Insects naturally secrete a fluid that’s an emulsion of oily and watery liquids that helps them stick to almost any surface. The scientists’ polyimide coating absorbs the watery part, cutting bugs’ friction on vertical surfaces by about 40 percent.”

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And Now: Lego Furniture

lego kitchen

Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti of the Paris-based design team Munchausen have spruced up simple IKEA furniture by covering it with over 20,000 Legos. [CoolHunter]

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Can You See Me Now?

Bionic Eye

Beyond sharpening your vision and changing the color of your eyes, contact lenses may soon have the power to surf the net, monitor your health and even restore sight to those with vision impairments. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle are now developing technology that will place a computer display on contact lenses. Made using nano-scale manufacturing techniques, these intelligent lenses are flexible, biologically safe and have the potential to revolutionize the way we see.

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Ada Lovelace: Computer Whiz of the Victorian Age

Ada Lovelace

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was born in 1815 to famous British poet Lord Byron and his wife, Annabella. Her parents provided her with a rich education in science and mathematics, both of which Ada showed incredible aptitude for from an early age.

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AWESOMEngineering and Construction


AWESOMEngineering and Construction teaches kids basic engineering and construction concepts with educational toys.

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