Links for 9th April 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. High-Tech Weights for Space Workout

    "For some exercises, like squats, a person needs to lift twice as much weight in space to get the same result as on Earth. So iRED's maximum weight of 300 pounds translates to just 150 pounds squatted on Earth. Maintaining leg strength becomes extremely difficult with that amount of weight. And it's the legs, accustomed to constantly supporting our bulks against Earth gravity, that weaken first in space. ARED's maximum load of 600 pounds means astronauts can squat the equivalent of 300 pounds on Earth, which should be enough to keep their legs in shape."

    Tagged with: spaceastronautexercisemachinemusclewastageorbit

  2. – free ISBN database

    " project is a database of books providing on-line and remote research tools for individuals, book stores, librarians, scientists, etc. Taking data from hundreds of libraries across the world ISBNdb is a unique tool you won't find anywhere else." Yes!

    Tagged with: isbndatabasebibliographylibraryresourcesbookdirectory

  3. Printing with Clay on Prototype Machines

    "It is clear that 3DP can be used to create ceramic-art objects, out of three different types of slip bodies, and can be finished using standard ceramic equipment and processes." Fabbing just went ceramic, yo.

    Tagged with: technologyfabbingprototypingceramiccraftsmaterials3d-printing

  4. The dark side of Dubai

    "The thing you have to understand about Dubai is – nothing is what it seems," Karen says at last. "Nothing. This isn't a city, it's a con-job. They lure you in telling you it's one thing – a modern kind of place – but beneath the surface it's a medieval dictatorship."

    Tagged with: economicspoliticsglobalizationDubaidevelopmenthistorynew-southsea

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