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Moleskine Debossing: How it’s done

“What’s life like inside the Moleskine factory? Every bit as timeless and beautiful as the notebooks themselves. Here’s a scrumptious look at how the debossing process works, deep in the heart of Moleskine. What I love especially is how much is still done by hand—the brass die are machined, then finished by a real live

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Why work doesn’t happen at work

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work. Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals , a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools

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Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur since childhood, Cameron Herold wants parents and teachers to recognize — and foster — entrepreneurial talent in kids. Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish — as

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Plastic Injection Molding: How it’s done

Injection molding (British English: moulding) is a manufacturing process for producing parts from both thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials. Material is fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and forced into a mold cavity where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the mold cavity.After a product is designed, usually by an industrial designer or an engineer, molds are made by

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Plastic Bottles: How it’s done

Plastic bottles are made with a variety of resins, the most popular of which is high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are also popular resins used to make different types of plastic bottles. PET is most often used to make plastic bottles for water and soft drinks, and the above video

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School kills Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. Sir Ken Robinson (born Liverpool, England, 4 March 1950) is an author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was Director of The Arts in

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Glass Bottles: How it’s done

If you’ve always wondered how glass bottles were manufactured, then check out this interesting “How it’s Made” segment. In all cases a stream of molten glass at its plastic temperature (1050-1200 Celsius) is cut by a shearing blade to form a cylinder of glass called a gob. Both of the processes start with this gob falling

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Teaching life lessons through tinkering

The founder of the Tinkering School, Gever Tulley likes to build things with kids. In this video, Gever uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and

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Daniel Uppling: Zbrush Exercise

  One of the perks of working with The Product Farm is that we have a handful of talented collaborators working with us : Designers, 3D Artists, Sculptors, Animators, Illustrators and Programmers – throw a challenge at us and we have the talent to handle the job. Daniel Uppling is a former class mate of

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Vinyl toys: How it’s done

  Take a peek inside the Obitsu Factory, which has been manufacturing Japanese toys since 1966. Rotational molding, also known as rotomolding, rotocasting or spin casting, is a molding process for creating many kinds of mostly hollow items, typically of plastic. A heated hollow mold is filled with a charge or shot weight of material,

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Pointing to the future of UI

Remember the data interface from Minority Report? Well, it’s real, John Underkoffler invented it — as a point-and-touch interface called g-speak — and it’s about to change the way we interact with data. When Tom Cruise put on his data glove and started whooshing through video clips of future crimes, how many of us felt

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Amateurs innovate in ways big corporations can’t

At some point you’ve stumbled upon that perfect million-dollar idea. That ideas that you scribbled down with a waiter’s pen on a napkin, can it really compete and penetrate a market full of big dog corporations who spend millions of dollars on new innovation?? The answer is YES, you can. And most likely do it

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USB Scent Flower on NBC17 “My Carolina Today” Show

If you tuned onto NBC17 this Tuesday at 11am (after the Today show locally in Raleigh, NC), you may have caught a glimpse of “My Carolina Today” hosts Page Crawford and Sharon Delaney interview me about the USB Scent Flower.  We talk about how it got started and where we are today on their program segment: “Tech Tuesday”. Check

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David Merrill: Siftables, the toy blocks that think!

MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables — cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning? Source: TED.com

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3D Atlas of the Universe

For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it’s being shared with facilities around the world. Source: TED.com

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How to Export Email Addresses from Facebook

Facebook APIs don’t expose email addresses of users and hence none of the Facebook apps can provide you with the actual contact data of your friends. There’s however a simple (and perfectly legal) workaround that can help you easily download all your friends email addresses from Facebook’s walled garden. The trick, as you can see

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One Idea, One World, One Market

    The “dismal science” truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone’s predictions.

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Refrigeration Without Electricity

Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity — to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he’s come up with a system that works.

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Awesome and realistic 3D Physics Engine

A physics engine is computer 3D software that provides an approximate simulation of certain simple physical systems. This video shows one of the most realistic engines I’ve ever seen. It’s called Lagoa Multiphysics 1.0 and was created by Thiago Costa and essentially simulates real-life physics in a completely realistic way. This demo shows a piece

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