Carbon Microthreads Could Link Machines & Human Brains

Carbon Microthread That Makes Contact with the Mind

In order to link human brains to computers, the interface needs to be delicate enough not to damage nerve tissue, but resilient enough to last for decades.

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MIT Team Uses Carbon Nanotubes to Draw Gas Sensors


A team of MIT chemists revealed how they developed a method for drawing gas sensors on paper using a tailor-made, super-conductive carbon nanotube pencil.

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Natural Gas Mining Could Leak Enough Methane, No Longer Considered as Clean


Natural gas, which is often perceived as a clean alternative to coal and oil, can be advantageous since it produces fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than other fossil fuels. This was one of the reasons why there was a large scale shift to natural gas in the 1990s. However, to release the gas, engineers must split rock by injecting a high-pressured fluid, a process which is called hydraulic fracking.

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Psyko Carbon and Krypton Surround Headphones Wrap Your Ears in Sound

Psyko has released two new gaming headphones, the Carbon and Krypton. They’ve updated the look and feel of their ‘phones, which is good in my book. They have better ergonomics than earlier models, including improvements to weight and fit.

psyko headphones krypton carbon gaming computing

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2011 Pinarello Road Bicycles

This year, Pinarello is emphasizing their asymmetric design philosophy. The models stay the same but they’ve announced a new re-designed Paris Carbon, which is made out of 50HM 1.5K carbon. It’s slot is right after the Prince Carbon. The Prince is made out of 50HM 1K carbon. The Dogma is made out of 60HM 1K carbon. The Dogma is available in a Di2 compatible frame.

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2010 TIME NXR Instinct

2010 TIME NXR Instinct

Justin makes a compelling argument for the new 2010 TIME NXR Instinct frame, which he built up for himself and plans to use on the back roads of New Hampshire as his daily training bike.

All frames are different. I’ve always had a penchant for the RXR Ulteam, but I’ve recently started thinking seriously about the Colnago EPS instead. The main reason is that it’s cheaper here in Taiwan to purchase a Colnago EPS than a TIME RXR Ulteam.

Just like the RXR and the RX modules, the NXR is made in France with TIME’s own carbon fiber, which they customized with more flex and damping for this bike.

As a former pro cyclist and bike shop owner, he can treat himself to a really spiffy training bike. It goes to show that getting the stiffest and lightest carbon fiber road bike isn’t always the best training bike. Training, day in and day out, takes a different kind of frame, one on which you feel extremely comfortable.

The frame weighs 1124gr, while the module weighs 1619gr. The fork is 374gr and the bottle cage is 20gr. As with all TIME frames, the NXR comes with a lifetime warranty, and that says a lot.

2010 TIME NXR Instinct

It sounds pretty cool and NXR Instinct frames sell for $5,300 USD in the US. You can match that up with Campagnolo Super Record 11 or SRAM Red, with a good pair of wheels, and you’re ready to go. The TIME frames are significantly cheaper in Taiwan. The NXR is cheaper than the Pinarello Dogma here, which is surprising since the US price for a Dogma is $5,500. Send me an email at djrange at gmail dot com or visit Asterisk*Cycles to find out find out more.

This is the machine I will take on daily training rides up and down the hills of New Hampshire and over the rough, back country dirt roads that link one good climb to the next. Much akin to the VRS Vibraser, the NXR has extra shock absorbing Vibraser fibers (yes, they do work even though you can’t see them) woven into the tubes. As with all Times, this frameset also has specially layed up braids of carbon thus controlling the ride characteristics of each and every different size frame.

Trek Pro Deal

Trek Madone 6.9 Pro Red in Astana team colors
Trek Madone 6.9 Pro Red in Astana team colors

For some reason, you can get almost $3,000 off the Trek Madone 6.9 Pro Red. Usual MSRP for this bike is $9,129. I don’t really know why this is, but this puts the Trek top of the line model in a different light. Second hand, a bike like that would normally fetch around $6,000. This means that the prices will have to come down for used models as well. If I’d have the money, I’d buy a new model right away.

The Madone 6.9 Pro Red is the top of the line model. If you leave out the Red part of the name, you’ll end up with Dura Ace components, which are a bit more expensive than SRAM Red. There are a lot of deals on different Trek bikes if you look through the ad.

Gigantic Anthemic Obsession

Giant Anthem Advanced
Giant Anthem Advanced

I’ve become slightly obsessed with the Giant Anthem in the last week. I was looking at an Opus Maadh or a Stahk, but realized that a 2007 Giant Anthem 1 or 0 might be what I’m looking for. I’ve realized that the Specialized S-Works Epic, Cannondale Scalpel Team and Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SSL are out of my price range for now.

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