Inventing

2003-02-05 – Time to build a shiny thing – update

The gauntlet was thrown.. I had been challenged by a collegue to make my “anti-gravity” machine. Needless to say, it has nothing to do with anti-gravity, aside FROM the use of a gyroscope being similar to some designs FROM the minds of mad-men, but there we go! The basic idea seems sound, but I need…

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2003-01-31 – Time to build a shiny thing

The gauntlet has been thrown.. I have been challenged by a collegue to make my “anti-gravity” machine this weekend. Needless to say, it has nothing to do with anti-gravity, aside from the use of a gyroscope being similar to some designs from the minds of mad-men, but there we go! The basic idea seems sound,…

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2003-01-05 – TRIZ – the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

TRIZ actually stands for the Russian for TIPS, but there we go. Since they invented the system in the 1940’s, it is theirs to name! The Essence of TRIZ: Recognition that technical systems evolve towards the increase of ideality by overcoming contradictions mostly with minimal introduction of resources. Thus, for creative problem solving, TRIZ provides…

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2002-08-16 – Energy in a spinning mass

Whilst reading up on ultra-high energy density flywheels for energy storage, I started to wonder about the force on a humble 7.62 Nato round. Being at work, I couldn’t find anything about the length of a 155 grain match bullet, so I printed a shadowgraph and measured it. The forces are quite wild! Knowing that…

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2002-05-07 – Pseudo 3D urban camo

A similar effect is why faces painted on a flat surface seem to follow you around the room. The lack of shadowing and depth means that the brain thinks the face is turned to look directly at you, whatever your position. An interesting idea might be to create a see through face mask, such as…

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2002-05-06 – Somewhat scary, Frankenstein never had fish like these!

This is an article from the front page of the Sunday Telegraph, dated 5th May.   A TAIWANESE company has created a genetically modified zebra fish that will glow in the dark, raising fears among environmentalists and the aquarium industry that the fish will start a trend for bio-engineered “Frankenstein pets”. The modified fish are…

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