Finally! MIT scientist helps you get all the ketchup out of the bottle

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I don’t know what you have in your shower, but I have those bottles of soap from Sephora.

You know the ones — they have different smells like raspberry sorbet, almond ice cream, and Keira Knightley.

I paraphrase, but not by all that much.

Anyway, it’s always hard to get the last bit of sorbet out of the bottle. You leave it upside down, hoping that the soap will all come out smoothly during the next shower. Then the plastic seems to crinkle a little too much. Then you squeeze and still there’s soap left over.

This has been going on ever since the days of glass bottles of ketchup and mayo. What this problem clearly needed was some large heads at MIT.

Thankfully, the egg-headers finally got onto it and created LiquiGlide. Initially, they focused on getting the ketchup out. Now Dave Smith, the clever man behind the idea, has left MIT and turned LiquiGlide into a company that will ease your frustrations more powerfully than Diazepam.

As Fast Company reports, he’s now perfected his lubricant to such a degree that he believes he can make it work for just about anything that gets put in a bottle, even glue.

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Pop music finally put to good use tracking space junk

The dipole antennas of the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope can pick up reflections from up to 620 miles away.

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Australian broadcaster Triple J plays a mix of pop and alternative tunes that are being recruited to serve science — by helping track space junk orbiting above us.

The station is among FM broadcasters whose signals are bouncing off decaying satellites and other debris and into the giant “ear” that is the Murchison Widefield Array in Western Australia.

The high sensitivity of the radio telescope launched earlier this year allows it to detect objects smaller than 1 meter (3.2 feet), according to its director Steven Tingay of Curtin University. Tingay wants to use the array to improve knowledge of the thousands of bits of scrap that may threaten working satellites.

FM radio transmitters send waves over the Earth but also into space, where they bounce off satellites and space junk. Some of those waves get reflected back to Earth.

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Wacom finally shows the iPad its sensitive side

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It’s a bit of a niche, but disconnecting the pressure-sensitive stylus from its dedicated drawing tablet and enabling use with a more mainstream, general purpose tablet like an iPad is quite liberating for designers and doodlers alike. Wacom, known for its excellent drawing peripherals like the Intuos5, has been strangely slow to jump into this market — but finally lands with its $ 99 Intuos Creative Stylus (ICS).

The ICS joins products like the Adonit’s Jot Touch 4 ($ 90) the Pogo Connect ($ 80) and the Hex3 Jaja ($ 90) with workarounds to give the fundamentally insensitive iPad display pressure-sensitive drawing capabilities (in which stroke width changes in response to changes in stylus pressure). Because of the tablet constraints, the ICS uses a Bluetooth 4 connection like the Jot and the Pogo rather than the electromagnetic resonance technology used in its dedicated input devices — if you want EMR in a portable tablet you’ll need to fork over a lot more dough for Wacom’s newly announced Android tablets, the Cintiq Companion and Cintiq Companion Hybrid. Bluetooth 4 limits the stylus compatibility to the iPad 2, … [Read more]

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In New York, 3D Printing finally gets its day in the sun

A guitar with a 3D-printed body, on display at the Inside 3D Printing event in New York. The 3D-printed parts were made using a CubeX printer from 3D Systems.

NEW YORK–Guitars. Skulls. Bracelets. Colorful heads. And so much more.

That was what was on display at the Inside 3D Printing event here today, a celebration of all things 3D Printing, and one of the first-ever professional events dedicated solely to the decades-old technology that has been taking the world by storm over the last few years.

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Intel’s latest desktop board: Finally Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 coexist


The Intel Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K is the first motherboard from Intel that supports Thunderbolt, sharing the exact Thunderbolt specs as those used in Macs.

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More than a year after it was first launched exclusively for Macs, the Thunderbolt standard is now officially available for PCs, too. And by “officially,” I mean you can literally buy a motherboard and build a system on your own that supports Thunderbolt.

There’s been a lot of talk about Thunderbolt getting to PCs since the standard was first launched. Rumor had it Intel would show off PC motherboards that supported Thunderbolt at CES 2012 (which it didn’t). On Monday, however, Intel quietly launched the standard for the PC platform, and today I have in my hand the Intel Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K, the first Thunderbolt-certified motherboard that comes with a built-in Thunderbolt port. The wait is finally over.

The new Intel board wasn’t the first that supported Thunderbolt  for very long, however, since Asus also launched today the Asus P8Z77-V Premium motherboard that also comes with built-in Thunderbolt. The two boards are very similar, sharing the same Ivy Bridge chipset and the Cactus Ridge Thunderbolt controller.

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