1. WikiCells: Bottles That We Eat - David Edwards via Wyss Institute at Harvard — Edwards and others have cooked up a new form of ‘container’ — wikicells — based natural food membrane using the electrostatic characteristics of materials like food wrap. Except now, instead of plastic, these ‘containers’ can be made of food themselves, like a container for cooked brisket made of gravy, or a ‘carton’ of ice cream encased in ice cream.
2. Startup Soraa unveils game changing next-gen LED light - via GigaOM — The inventor of the white LED and the blue laser, Shuji Nakamura, has invented technology at Soraa to make LEDs that are brighter, better quality, more efficient, and cost less to make. Relying on gallium nitrate, and avoiding silicon carbide, the new LED line will likely lead to a $400M/year run rate for Soraa, which has raised $100M from by Khosla Ventures, NEA and NGEN Partners.
#soraa #led #energy #galliumnitrate #shujinakamura
3. For Multitaskers, Multiple Monitors Improve Office Efficiency - Matt Richtel via NYTimes.com — NEC says 30% to 40% of the employees of its corporate customers now used more than one monitor, up from 1% four years ago. More liquid media — Twitter, Facebook, chat — require more real estate to be exposed, and falling costs and increasing thinness of displays is also a factor. Expect the corporate norm to be two monitors next year, and three monitors on 50% of desktops.
#monitors #streaming #productivity #overload
4. Future Hipsters - YouTube - via futurehipsters.com — Funny spoof of today’s hipsters 40 or 50 years from now, looking back on the present day, thanks to Social Media Week.
5. Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists’ Nostalgia - via Wired.com —
Gibson: Futurists get to a certain age and, as one does, they suddenly recognize their own mortality, and they often decide that what’s going on is that everything is just totally screwed and shabby now, whereas when they were younger everything was better.
It’s an ancient, somewhat universal human attitude, and often they give it full voice. But it’s been being given voice for thousands and thousands of years. You can go back and see the ancient Greeks doing it. You know, “All that is good is gone. These young people are incapable of making art, or blue jeans, or whatever.” It’s just an ancient thing, and it’s so ancient that I’m inclined to think it’s never actually true. And I’ve always been deeply, deeply distrustful of anybody’s “golden age” — that one in which we no longer live.