Dear Chicken, someday you will become  even more useful like a cow or a coconut.

Save the world, use less petroleum-based products. Also in the United States, chicken feathers, which are composed of keratin, like wool, make up about 4 billion pounds in waste each year. Much of this material ends up in landfills.

Yiqi Yang, a professor of textile science at the University of Nebraska, and his colleagues have already done significant research on developing fibers from rice straw and are finding ways to fully utilise the fibre properties of chicken feathers. They have focused on the thin, filamentous parts that form the fluffier parts of the feather. These parts have microscopic air pockets interlaced within a honeycomb architecture. Those properties could offer fibers that are lightweight, good insulators and impact-cushioning. And its cheap too.

Cheers to the chicken!

Extract from Discovery Channel

Here’s a Game & Watch Popeye game for you to play. Just click on the Picture and save to your PC. You can get the Parachute game I sent last week too.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

October 1, 2006

 

You have seen the hardcore Hasselblad H3D DSLR camera for the rich and professionals. Now see the sexy Sony Cyber-shot for the prosumers (a non amateur consumer). Less chunk, soft curves, nice matt texture.

Excellent image quality at 10.3megapixel CMOS sensor ; an impressively flexible LCD screen that’s viewable from many angles; a sharp and versatile Carl Zeiss lens; effective white-balancing features; a wide range of ISO sensitivity; quick performance.If you don’t anticipate a need for multiple lenses, given the crisp 24mm-to-120mm-equivalent lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8–the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 makes a worthy competitor to the dSLRs in its category.

Extract from Sony

Suspicious Looking Device

October 1, 2006

The only function of the Suspicious Looking device is to appear as suspicious as possible, whether carried in hand or placed indiscrimately in public places. Touch it and it will make a noise and start moving away. Ingenious.

Click on the link to look at other projects that gets you thinking a little…

Extract from Junkfunnel Labs