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November 13, 2018

Jony Ive x Marc Newson Diamond Diamond Ring

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From 9to5mac:


Apple design chief Jony Ive often speaks about his fascination with understanding different materials as part of the design process, and his latest project may just be the ultimate example.

Most designers, when tasked with creating a diamond ring, would start with metal — typically gold, silver, or platinum — and then set one or more diamonds within it.

But Ive and Marc Newson took a very different approach.

The only material in their (RED) Diamond Ring is... diamond.

Auction house Sotheby's said that the ring was created exclusively for the (RED) Auction, raising funds to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in eight African countries.

Sir Jony Ive, Apple's Chief Design Officer, and renowned industrial designer Marc Newson — having curated the (RED) auction five years ago — have, this year, designed a unique ring.

Consistent with their mutual obsession with transforming raw material into objects of value, Ive & Newson's design is singular, clear, and un-compromised by the traditional metal settings and bands that have previously been required to create "diamond rings."

Theirs will be created by removing material rather than adding — an ambition made possible by the extraordinary scale of the stone which will enable the ring to be completely made of this material.

Creating a ring-shaped diamond is no small feat; the diamond block will be faceted with several thousand facets, some of which are as small as several hundred micrometers.

The interior ring will be cylindrically cut out with the desired smoothness by using a micrometer-thick water jet inside which a laser beam is cast.

The finished ring will have between 2000-3000 facets, a number never been seen before on a single piece.

The gemstone will be created by Diamond Foundry®, a certified carbon-neutral diamond producer which has pioneered and developed the proprietary technology to form diamonds safely and sustainably.

It will be made to size for the buyer and is estimated to sell for something in the $150-250k range.

The auction takes place in Miami on December 5.

November 13, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: How is it that every operation is a success?

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Long before I ever dreamed of entering medicine I was struck by how good surgeons were — every operation was reported as being a success or having gone successfully.

If you set the bar low enough – i.e., the patient wakes up no worse than they were when they went to sleep — well then, I suppose you can say the operation was a success.

Although I'd say the anesthesia was a success, and the success — or failure — of the surgery remains to be determined.

For example, in the sports section every single operation is termed by the surgeon "a complete success."

That way, when the athlete doesn't come back to where he or she was prior to surgery, the surgeon can blame the athlete for not rehabbing properly — "Hey, the surgery went perfectly, I did everything I could, it's not my fault the player didn't do what he was supposed to do post-op."

Yeah, right.

Lots of times the surgery doesn't go successfully — but the only people who'll ever know are those of us in the OR.

So take these postoperative evaluations for what they're worth — hope, not fact.

November 13, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Douglas Rain — the voice of the HAL 9000 computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey" — is dead

He died on Sunday in St. Mary's, Ontario. He was 90.

November 13, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Personal HoverCam

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I want one of these to follow me and livestream a 5K race on Twitter.

From websites:


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Ever dream of having your own personal photographer… who flies?

This portable flying camera uses face recognition technology to follow and film your hands-free journeys while cycling, running, strolling, and more.

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You can also snap photos and take videos with the Gesture Control feature.

The propellers are encased in durable carbon-filter cases that protect during falls and accidents.

Control it through the companion app (iOs or Android), or use Owner Mode for autonomous, smartphone-free flying.

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Weighs less than a pound and folds up to the size of a small book for ultimate portability.

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Features and Details:

• Gesture control to snap photos or take video

• 13 Megapixel still photos and UHD 4K or HD video capture

• Orbit and 360° modes to take panoramic shots for dramatic effects

• Carbon fiber cages that protect propellers and let you grab it out of midair

• No FAA registration required (unlike many conventional drones)

• Maximum hover time: 10 minutes after 1 hour of charging

• Includes 2 rechargeable batteries and plug-in charger

• Suggested control distance: Up to 65 feet

• Size Open: 8.85"W x 7"L x 1.45"H

• Size Folded: 5.25"W x 7"L x 1.3"H


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November 13, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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