Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Extreme sport Rube Goldberg machine

Red Bull takes a simple task to the extreme in this video.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Luxury pop-up camper

When I was 10 years old, I had a surprise holiday at Waingaro Hot Springs with my grandparents in a pop-up camper. It had a solid roof over the main living area in the trailer with pop out canvas sections for the beds at each end and an awning on the side. It was great fun and probably looked similar to this:

Pop-up camper design has come a long way over the years as this video of the Opera (inspired by the Sydney Opera House) shows:

More about the Opera at http://thedesignerpad.com/blog/2011/9/29/a-private-suite-on-wheels.html

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Solve Puzzles for Science

Protein structure prediction is one of the hardest problems in biology today. If we can predict how the amino acids in proteins fold to form their structure, we can then use that information to design drugs to target diseases or design new proteins that help prevent or treat diseases like HIV, Cancer and Alzheimer's.

Foldit is a computer game that uses our pattern recognition skills and puzzle solving abilities to fold proteins and use these for training the artificial intelligence programs.