“We live today not in the digital, not in the physical, but in the kind of minestrone that our mind makes of the two.”—MoMA’s Paola Antonelli, mastermind of Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects, at a recent TED salon titled “Design Is Everywhere.”
“At such prices, Mulligan is skeptical that streaming services will ever be able to reach the scale that would allow musicians to earn a living. “Ultimately the price needs to be lower,” he says. “$9.99 is not a mass market price point”—What Google’s Move Against Spotify Could Mean for Music - Businessweek Gerd adds: totally agree on thar
Nanotech Coating Prevents Stains and Contamination
University of Michigan researchers have created a nanotech coating that repels liquids—even caustic acids and solvents. The material can shield textiles to create stain- and chemical-resistant garments, and can reduce drag on ships.
When applied, the coating creates a webbed surface that is up to 99 percent air. It is a mixture of rubbery plastic polydimethylsiloxane particles and liquid-resisting nanoscale cubes developed by the Air Force that contain carbon, fluorine, silicon and oxygen.
“Virtually any liquid you throw on it bounces right off without wetting it,” said Anish Tuteja, a materials science and engineering assistant professor who led the development of the product. His team’s work was published recently in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Top Image: The new coating here repels coffee. Image courtesy Joseph Xu/University of Michigan.