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March 16, 2012

Paul Biba puts his new iPad under the microscope


The grand panjandrum of TeleRead just received his new toy and with the analytical flair that is his signature, he immediately unboxed it and put it under his microscope at 10x and 60x.

Above, the new iPad's screen at 60x.

Below, iPad 2 – 60x:


Kindle Fire – 10x:


iPad 2 – 10x:


New iPad – 10x:


Videre est credere.

March 16, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.


Hint: smaller than a bread box.


Another: not meant for the garden.


A third: not a Bizarro World Swiss Army knife.

March 16, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Gray Cat's shed cornified claw sheath


Above and below,


one of the treasures she leaves around the house on a regular basis.


What an amazing, fascinating creature she is.

For those of you who'd prefer more time away from what you're supposed to be doing: Your ship just came in.

Below, the abstract of a 2009 Journal of Anatomy paper investigating the structure of the cat claw sheath.

The structure of the cornified claw sheath in the domesticated cat (Felis catus): implications for the claw-shedding mechanism and the evolution of cornified digital end organs.

The morphology of cornified structures is notoriously difficult to analyse because of the extreme range of hardness of their component tissues. Hence, a correlative approach using light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, three-dimensional reconstructions based on x-ray computed tomography data, and graphic modeling was applied to study the morphology of the cornified claw sheath of the domesticated cat as a model for cornified digital end organs. The highly complex architecture of the cornified claw sheath is generated by the living epidermis that is supported by the dermis and distal phalanx. The latter is characterized by an ossified unguicular hood, which overhangs the bony articular base and unguicular process of the distal phalanx and creates an unguicular recess. The dermis covers the complex surface of the bony distal phalanx but also creates special structures, such as a dorsal dermal papilla that points distally and a curved ledge on the medial and lateral sides of the unguicular process. The hard-cornified external coronary horn and proximal cone horn form the root of the cornified claw sheath within the unguicular recess, which is deeper on the dorsal side than on the medial and lateral sides. As a consequence, their rate of horn production is greater dorsally, which contributes to the overall palmo-apical curvature of the cornified claw sheath. The external coronary and proximal cone horn is worn down through normal use as it is pushed apically. The hard-cornified apical cone horn is generated by the living epidermis enveloping the base and free part of the dorsal dermal papilla. It forms nested horn cones that eventually form the core of the hardened tip of the cornified claw. The sides of the cornified claw sheath are formed by the newly described hard-cornified blade horn, which originates from the living epidermis located on the slanted face of the curved ledge. As the blade horn is moved apically, it entrains and integrates the hard-cornified parietal horn on its internal side. It is covered by the external coronary and proximal cone horn on its external side. The soft-cornified terminal horn extends distally from the parietal horn and covers the dermal claw bed at the tip of the uniguicular process, thereby filling the space created by the converging apical cone and blade horn. The soft-cornified sole horn fills the space between the cutting edges of blade horn on the palmar side of the cornified claw sheath. The superficial soft-cornified perioplic horn is produced on the internal side of the unguicular pleat, which surrounds the root of the cornified claw sheath. The shedding of apical horn caps is made possible by the appearance of microcracks in the superficial layers of the external coronary and proximal cone horn in the course of deformations of the cornified claw sheath, which is subjected to tensile forces during climbing or prey catching. These microcracks propagate tangentially through the coronary horn and do not injure the underlying living epidermal and dermal tissues. This built-in shedding mechanism maintains sharp claw tips and ensures the freeing of the claws from the substrate.

March 16, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

iLean Shelf


From the website:


iLean is great for home or office, it is easily portable and collapsible, and can be used indoors and outdoors.

Arrives fully assembled and ready for use — each shelf can support up to 100 pounds.

Simply lean the portable unit with three adjustable shelves against a wall.

A 2010 design by Michael Suman and Lynn Smith.  

Maple, laminated MDF, and steel support wires.   

42"H x 24"W x 12"D.



March 16, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

github — "Social coding"

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What's this?

Wrote Steven Leckart in an article in the latest issue of Wired magazine about 48-hour startups, alluding to those that don't make it: "At best, a project's source code gets uploaded to github, a sort of Wikipedia for code where one of the website's million users might start a new fork, or version. But often the code just sits there. Forever. It's called abandonware."

March 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Medical Locket


Designed by Emily Rothschild.


From the website:



Medical Locket has a caduceus on the front and a Red Cross on the 2GB USB flash drive.

Enables the user to easily store and maintain a complete and up to date medical history, as well as contact information of loved ones.

Medical records are kept safe and private inside the locket and information can be accessed easily by plugging in the detachable USB.

The drive itself can be engraved with the user's most essential information, readily available to medical professionals or Good Samaritans in an emergency.

24k satin gold-plated brass and silver-plated USB; gold-plated chain; lobster clasp.

Locket dimensions: 1.25" x 0.5" x 0.75".





March 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Make scrambled eggs with a flashlight

They're what's for breakfast.

Not that you would, but you could.

The portable cooker/aka Wicked Laser flashlight costs $179.95.

[via Alan Fick]

March 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Monday Mug

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Designed by Damian O'Sullivan.

Not sure?

Watch the video.


March 16, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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