Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Finding Nemo

Not the missing clown fish with the gimpy fin in the Pixar movie, but the Science Center Nemo in Amsterdam. My family and I visited The Netherlands for a spring break vacation and spent our first full day exploring the 5 storey hands on science museum.

Our kids enjoyed writing their names with binary switches and doing experiments in the Journey through the Mind. I was impressed with the chemistry demonstrations, the machine park and the chain reaction contraption.
Science Center Nemo as seen from the Canal Cruise

More info about the Science Center Nemo on their website:


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stackable Shelter

Here is a cool idea for emergency shelters. Inspired by an upside-down styrofoam coffee cup, the Exo Housing system is designed for rapid deployment at lower cost and higher efficiency than trailer homes, caravans or converted shipping containers.

Reaction Call to Action from Reaction on Vimeo.

Discover more on their indiegogo campaign and help provide emergency shelter for Syrian refugees.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Back to the Future : Hover boards a reality?

It looks like the future that Marty McFly experienced in Back to the Future 2 is becoming reality.

Learn more at

Monday, March 3, 2014

Reinventing the wheel to deliver water

Here is a great time saving invention for delivering clean water.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Rebooting Medical Testing

When I worked as the computer systems administrator at Medical Diagnostics, a community medical testing lab (from 1988-94), occasionally I would give a tube of blood for control tests. The experience involved the phlebotomists putting a tourniquet on my arm, finding a vein, inserting a needle and releasing the tourniquet so the blood would fill a vacuolated tube. The analysis machines at the time could sometimes do multiple tests on the same sample, but often patients had blood drawn into different tubes for haematology, biochemistry and serology.

In 2003, Elizabeth Holmes, at the age of 19 dropped out of Stanford University and invented a way to run 30 lab tests on a single drop of blood.

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos 
Collecting just a pin-prick of blood, Theranos' Nanotainer reduces the blood required for testing to about 1/1000 of the size of traditional phlebotomy.

Other innovations from Theranos include improving the test and assays for faster results. Instead of growing cultures which takes days, they measure the DNA of pathogens. And by automating the processes as much as possible, they can offer much lower and transparent pricing, with the potential of saving billions of dollars in the US health system.

Read more at Wired:
And Theranos:


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