Jay Christianson

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This Futuristic Concrete Heals Itself With Built-In Bacteria

A solid idea<p>Concrete has been a go-to building material since Roman times. It’s durable, easy to make, and relatively inexpensive. There’s just one problem: It has a tendency to crack.<p>There are a lot of different reasons that concrete cracks, but in general, it gets stressed either from the load …

Engineering

Say goodbye to your clunky air conditioner — this kitchen table uses no electricity to regulate the temperature of your apartment

Consisting simply of a surface and legs, the table is one piece of furniture that has remained largely the same for thousands of years.<p>But now, a French design duo has come up with a way to turn the humble table into a means of climate control that doesn't use any electricity.<p>Paris-based industrial …

Furniture

The history of medicine will seem blunt and random compared with what's coming next

"So much of medicine is just based on the average patient," Dr. Eric Green said in an interview at Smithsonian magazine's "The Future is Here" festival. "There are so many cases where you'll give a medicine to somebody and you know there's a 50-50 chance the medication is either not going to work …

Medicine

The Air Force's Secret Space Plane Will Launch Tomorrow

And it’s testing out its new Darth Vader-style engines<p>Tomorrow, the Air Force is scheduled to send its secret space plane back into orbit for undisclosed purposes. The two X-37Bs--unmanned, shuttle-like craft--have already spent over three and a half years in orbit. The Air Force, despite “air” in …

Why tokenization is the key to mobile payment security

Mobile payments can be a finicky business. Consumers are presented with a broad range of payment options and channels – from Apple Pay to Google Wallet to Visa Checkout – all vying for majority adoption. The industry’s brightest minds and deepest pockets are at work to create better commerce …

Amazon Relents on Key Merchant Policy So Prime Members Can Get Better Selection

Another move aimed at pleasing Amazon's best customers.<p>Amazon has spent a lot of time and money increasing membership in its Amazon Prime program over the past two years. Now, the retailer is experimenting with a change in how it qualifies products for Prime’s two-day delivery service to give those …

eCommerce

SpaceX's Mars travel posters make us want to explore the red planet

SpaceX has released a few Mars travel posters in the same vein as NASA's vintage exoplanet ones, and they're making us sad we were born too early for space exploration. Valles Marineris the "land of Martian chasms and craters," as the poster says, is an enormous series of canyons. Olympus Mons is …

Posters

Inside Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's radical management experiment that prompted 14% of employees to quit

On March 24, Zappos' 1,500 or so employees got a memo from CEO Tony Hsieh.<p>"This is a long email," it began. "Please take 30 minutes to read through the email in its entirety."<p>It concerned the retailer's transition to "Holacracy," a manager-free operating structure that is composed, in theory, of …

Team Building

Silver Oak buys oak barrel maker

Silver Oak winery buys Missouri company that makes American oak barrels<p>THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | May 14, 2015<p>Silver Oak is getting into the barrel …

Sonoma County

Here's How Long Wine Really Lasts Once It's Been Opened

Every once in a while, an opened bottle of wine goes unfinished. (It's rare, but it happens.) This is good news, because it means that wine will be there for you on another evening. But how long will it last uncorked before it turns to vinegar? That, friends, all depends on the type of wine you …

Infographics

Shedding New Light on The Search For The ‘Invisible’ Dark Matter

We're now closer to understanding dark matter than ever before.<p><i>This article was written by Alan Duffy and Rebecca Allen from Swinburne University of</i> …

Recent Innovations in Nano-finishing in Textiles

<b>Recent Innovations in Nano-finishing in Textiles</b><p><b>Disha Bhattacaharya</b> <br>National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bhubaneswar, India <b><br>Email:</b> …

When It Comes to Wine Glasses, Size and Shape Matter

A spiffy new camera set-up devised by scientists in Japan indicates that glass shape–just like the wine snobs have been telling us all along–affects the flavor of wine.<p>In a recent study, Kohji Mitsubayashi and colleagues at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University topped wine-filled glasses with a …