Chicago entrepreneur wants to change the way you watch TV

Joe Born wants to change the way you use your television. Born, chief executive officer, of Neuros Technology International, is an entrepreneur in the classic sense. He got his start in the 1990s with a patent on a device for repairing damaged CDs. Then in 2001, he started Chicago-based Neuros Technologies, which started out making portable digital … Read more

Digital designers do battle at Cut&Paste

[flashvideo file=”flash_video/Cut_Paste.flv” /] How do you find out who are the sharpest, most creative designers in the world? With a good, old-fashioned, graphic design battle, of course.  The 2009 Cut & Paste Digital Design Tournament pitted the best graphic designers against one another in a competition like no other.  Armed with state-of-the art computers, designers … Read more

Genetically engineered virus creates a better battery

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully demonstrated a technique for fabricating a better battery using a genetically engineered virus. They announced their technique for the battery earlier this month, maintaining that it allows them to use a much wider variety of materials for potentially higher-capacity, rechargeable batteries. The interdisciplinary team of MIT scientists … Read more

Artificially intelligent robot scientist makes discovery

Wow, this is awesome.  Some folks in England invented a robot that does science — from hypothesis, to testing, to conclusion — and it actually generated new knowledge autonomously!  Outstanding. “The scientists at Aberystwyth University and the University of Cambridge designed Adam to carry out each stage of the scientific process automatically without the need … Read more

Sweet retro gadgets photos

Check out this beautiful gallery of obsolete gadgets and tech from DarkRoastedBlend.com I particularly love the mad scientist cold-war era Russian stuff. Found via BoingBoing Gadgets.

Kutiman’s THRU YOU project

This is really excellent.  This fellow took a bajillion unrelated YouTube videos of people playing instruments, or singing or whathaveyou, and edited them all down into a “virtual album” of seven tracks, including the original video samples with the music.  The results are brilliant.  It kind of reminds me of Coldcut’s Timber video, but that … Read more

Getting help with the work of finding work

[flashvideo file=”flash_video/UnemploymentSeminar.flv” /] This is the first video that I’ve turned in for Northwestern that hasn’t been completely terrible.  It’s a story about a group in Chicago that provides support services for the unemployed to assist in their job search called the Career Transitions Center.