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  • when keith has midterms, shiro stays up with him, mostly for moral support, refilling his coffee every so often, giving him words and smiles of encouragement, their ankles touching beneath the table. in the morning, shiro makes sure keith eats breakfast, and sees him off with “go, be great” and a good luck kiss to his temple.
  • sometimes keith walks shiro to lab, even though it’s all the way across campus. despite leaving early, sometimes shiro is late when a kiss goodbye turns into two, or four, or maybe more.
  • they try to keep the pda lowkey, it’s not really their thing. but anyone walking by can tell they’re in love; they just kind of exude it.
  • keith steals shiro’s university sweatshirts, likes the way the sleeves end right past the tips of his fingers, likes to tuck his knees into the shirt and shiro complains about stretching it out.
  • they room together, and sleep together, and text each other “what’s for dinner?” every night. there’s a chinese takeout place they love, where the owner knows their orders by heart.
  • fortune cookie fortunes are taken seriously. the first time they got chinese takeout before they were dating, they got a fortune that read “next full moon brings an enchanting evening.” that’s the night they first kissed and got together.
  • so, they count their anniversary by the full moons

haha, valaki látta a mr. robotot és szétszórt az épületben egy doboz 8 GB-os pendrive-ot, látványosan szociális helyeken. ordított róla, hogy social engineering probe, de azért nice try. mondjuk egy botnettel fantáziadúsabb lett volna. azért köszi <3


Sky’s the Limit

Currently on view at the Utzon Center in Denmark, “Sky’s the Limit: The Engineering of Architecture” explores SOM’s integrated structural and architectural design practice, presented through models, video, photography, drawings, sculpture, and interactive animations. The exhibition runs through January 15th, 2017. Learn more

Uganda’s Matibabu could become Africa’s innovation contribution to global e-health

A young Ugandan, Makerere University graduate Brian Gitta, may well have the next one on his hands. His company, thinkIT, has developed Matibabu, a non-invasive device used to test for malaria, with smartphones used for diagnosis.

“For me, the goal wasn’t just to alleviate momentary pain; eliminating needles and the need for a lab would not only limit the risk of infection but allow for diagnosis in communities that had no medical centres.”

Gitta shared the idea with his friend Joshua Businge, and they began researching new ways to detect malaria. They learned that for years, light sensors have been used to read the blood’s oxygen content through the skin. This seemed like a promising avenue to explore, so the pair recruited Josiah Kavuma and Simon Lubambo, students skilled in engineering hardware.

The result was Matibabu. A user simply inserts a finger into the clipper device, and then plugs the device into a smartphone. They select “start diagnosis” on the phone, and wait for the diagnosis,which takes about a minute.

“When a person is infected with malaria, the plasmodium affects the red blood cells, changing their shape and chemical properties, and also introducing hemozoin, a crystal-like substance,” Gitta said. “This is what the device looks out for to differentiate between a normal and an infected person.”

The solution addresses malaria disease management by offering cost-effective early diagnosis of the illness, reducing the amount of medication, the duration of treatment and the number of people suffering severe effects of malaria infection, without the need for a needle or trained personnel.

Matibabu has obtained funds through grants and partnerships with the likes of the Resilient Africa Network and Merck, as well prizes form pitching competitions. Listed below are the partners. It is now searching for funding for further development and hopes to hit the market in the next 18 months.

“The potential customers of Matibabu are both domestic and foreign. Domestic customers include individuals, hospital buying groups, country health ministries and other non-governmental organisations,” Gitta said.


Why scientists are rooting for mushrooms

Mushrooms are the organisms that keep on giving. They grow and feed the soil by breaking down organic matter. For centuries, they’ve also been a staple in our diet. 

Recently, people have started taking a closer look at mushrooms, and more specifically, mycelium — the hidden root of mushrooms — as an engineering material to produce goods like surfboardspackaging materialsfurniture and even architecture.

As far as natural materials go, there’s never been anything as versatile and cost-effective as fungi, says Sonia Travaglini, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley, who is collaborating with artist and mycologist Philip Ross to unlock the seemingly infinite potential of fungi.

Mycelium can grow into any shape or size (the largest in the world blankets an entire forest in Oregon). They can be engineered to be as hard and strong as wood or brick, as soft and squishy as foam, or even smooth and flexible, like fabric. 

Unlike other natural materials, mushrooms can rely on their recycling properties to break down organic matter so you can grow a lot of it very quickly and cheaply just by feeding it biodegradable waste. In as little as two weeks, you can cultivate a hunk of mushroom that’s brick-sized.

That mycelium actually takes in waste and carbon dioxide as it grows (one species of fungi even eats plastic trash) instead of expelling byproducts makes it far superior to other forms of production.

Plus, when you’re done with mushroom, you can compost it or break up the material to grow more mycelium from it.

“And, unlike forming synthetic materials, which have to be made while very hot or under pressure, all of which takes a lot of energy to create those conditions, mycology materials grow from mushrooms which grow in our normal habitat, so it’s much less energy-intensive,” said Travaglini.

In the lab, Travaglini and other researchers crush, compress, stretch, pull and bend mycelium to test the amount of force the material can tolerate.   

They found that mycelium is incredibly strong and can withstand a lot of compression and tension.

Most materials are only strong from one direction. But mycology materials are tough from all directions and can absorb a lot force without breaking. So it can withstand as much weight as a brick, but won’t shatter when you drop it or when it experiences a hard impact, said Travaglini. 

As one of the newer organisms receiving an application in biomimetics, a field of science that looks to imitate nature’s instinctive designs to find sustainable solutions and innovation, we might be getting merely a glimpse of what fungi is capable of.

“Mycology is still a whole new field of research, we’re still finding more questions and still really don’t know where it’s going to go, which makes it really exciting,” said Travaglini.

Image sources: Vice UK/Mazda & Pearson Prentice Hall