Last Christmas Eve, I extolled the virtues of my new Timex watch in my blog. Well, I am reversing that capricious sentiment. In a mere six months, the watch hands fall behind the digital read out. I thought it was cool that my watch had both analog and digital ways to tell time. Alas, the analog hands can’t keep the correct time. Within a span of 24 hours, they’ll fall 24 hours behind. Maybe, I should try a Casio next time.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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