GeekSpeak for 2009-05-09

Smells Like Color Calibration

Son Do, from [Rods and Cones|http://www.rodsandcones.com/], a locally-based color calibration company, joins the geeks to talk about color, and why color calibration is so important for graphic artists.

“Son Do co-founded Rods and Cones, Inc., in 1996. He provides technical expertise and insight on color management and its integration into a digital workflow. His years spent in the trenches of color management’s emerging technologies have given him exposure to most color management products, in most industries, including design and advertising, prepress, printing, and digital photography. He has a BS in Bioengineering from the UC Berkeley and worked as researcher at Genentech, Inc.”

NASA's Electronic Nose is Awesome!

An electronic nose developed for air quality monitoring on Space Shuttle Endeavour can also be used to detect odour differences in normal and cancerous brain cells. This technology, originally developed in the 1990s for ESA, has been repurposed to solve numerous other problems, space-related and otherwise.
Here are some [secondary links|http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080310094005.htm] that discuss other [past applications|http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090318090138.htm] of the electronic nose.

Radiation levels help to identify fake whisky

Bottles of vintage whisky can sell for thousands of pounds each, but industry experts claim the market has been flooded with fakes that purport to be several hundred years old but instead contain worthless spirit that was made just a few years ago.
Scientists have found, however, that minute levels of radioactive carbon absorbed by the barley as it grew before it was harvested to make the whisky can betray how old it is.

The Star Trek Failure Generator

This random phrase generator poke fun at the Star Trek technobable that the franchise is so famous for.

"HAL" (Hybrid Assistive Limb®)? - CYBERDYNE

The HAL-5 exoskeletons can multiply the user’s strength by a factor of ten, for up to five hours. It was developed at the University of Tsukuba, but it will soon be available to rent in Japan and other countries for US$1,300 to US$3,900 a month. (if that name sounds strangely familiar to you, you’re not alone. The Cyberdyne Systems Corporation is the fictional company that manufactures the Terminator, the killer cyborg portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator trilogy.)

Video Gallery || The Martin Jet Pack

yes, its another jetpack. But I can’t help it. i want one of these.