Archived entries for Technology

youtube as coach

Julius became world champion Javelin while using youtube as a coach. It is a really cool example of the possibility to learn almost anything in the world with the internet.

What online knowledge is available for you to learn from?

from 2d->3d->4d->5d? printing

2d printing and 3d printing

4d printing

how would 5d printing look like?


update; reinventing forgotten technologies

The man in the movie re- invented how you could lift heavy weights with only one person. He rebuild Stonehenge on his own. Go Wally Wallington!

the inspiring movie

another interesting invention with (grinded) rock in this video

update 2014: And this man found out how ‘Tims’ Vermeer made his beautiful paintings in the 1600’s

predicting death

Science can predict if a seemingly healthy person will die on the short term, based on 4 biomarkers (alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, albumin, VLDL particle size, and citrate). Because of ethics, this information will however probably not be made available through tests

But the interesting paper should be shared: predicting death

update: from plastic back to oil or from cola to water

Although we assumed it is not possible, Japanese scientists changed our perspective on what we see as not possible. In the short movie, you can see that with a changed scope on the problem, it is solved. Following the cradle to cradle paradigm, garbage is no longer garbage

from oil to plastic to oil

cola to water

update: extending your senses

update: an extra artical about seeing as a blind man with echolocation

and documentary 

‘Extend you senses by uses technology as a part of your body’

An interesting ted talk by Neil Harbisson how you can use your senses in a new way, probably something for the (near) future

the talk 

Even more interesting and funny is this ted talk on what you can’t sense

inventory of the invisible


predictions for the near future

This two minute video gives a nice overview of the trends that are occurring today that will change the way we live the coming years. If you want to know what is changing, check the video

the 2 min youtube video

update: a new design approach

update: one of the first articles of inscipa was about reactor designs and a fun way to redesign these kind of reactors

today we want to share this video with you, thorium reactors 

in 2010: Don’t be afraid the subject of nuclear reactor design is to heavy, because that is not the main theme. ‘The emphasis will be on how design was developed, on the changes in direction and progressive focusing, and especially on the overall philosophy which has shaped the design’. This paper is about how new technology can simplify and thus improve designs. It is interesting to read the paper because I think it is applicable to many other domains than nuclear reactor design. It is also easily and personally written and the enthousiasm inspires you. I can only say; enjoy reading and leave a comment if you feel the same. The article is published in Nuclear Engineering and Design 239 (2009) 880-887. ‘The Exciting Journey of Designing an Advanced Reactor’ by Mario D. Carelli : doi:10.1016/j.nucengdes.2008.10.032

important lessons from mathematics and chemistry

To know what the most important lessons learned in mathematics and chemistry are, have a look at these movies

Mathematics: ‘Eight wonders of the mathematical world

Chemistry: Chemistry, greatest discoveries

Do you think we can learn from these breakthroughs? And can we apply them to other fields of science?

If you now where to find important lessons from philosophy, psychology, biology, etc contact us!


when emotion meets economics

Do you want to know how your brain decides under stress? In some situations we do not act rational as is often assumed by economists, by bridging economics and psychology this has led to the following knowledge on how you will react in stressfull situations

the scientific paper of Loewenstein, Rick and Cohen

shorter description can be found here

and are we in control of our own decisions? see the ted talk

is aging a disease?

What do you think, is aging a disease: Yes or no?

an overview

first prove to slow down aging

and a ted talk to increase your life expectacy: the talk, the tips start at 12.30

Reverse engineering

Reverse engineering is an interesting concept because it enables you to test how good your functional design is and creates a better understanding of the original design. Want to know more? See the reverse engineering paper



With reverse engineering from the end-product a set of criteria / functions is derived  and from these descriptions someone  without previous knowledge should make the design. It is a neat way to come up with new design and it helps to understand the essence of the design. Here is an interesting paper with more background on the origin of the concept:

impressive charlie chaplin

For those who have never seen ‘the great dictator’ (including me), a speech which still is valid today; ‘we don’t need more technology, but more humanity’

scene from the great dictator

aging cells is reversible

Insight of this new research can be found in this short copied description was can be inspiring for you:

‘They then proceeded to the reprogramming of these cells in vitro.  As this was not possible with conventional preparation containing four genetic factors (OCT4, SOX2, KLF4 and MYC C), they have added two more (NANOG and LIN28). With this new “cocktail” of six ingredients, the reprogrammed senescent cells have reacquired the characteristics of pluripotent stem cells of embryonic type, retaining no trace of their earlier age’

the french link

total redesign of telecommunication by light

This amazing movie shows a very simple but powerfull change of idea with potential huge impact on are current use of telephones, computers, cars and all other apparatus for telecommunication. Very inspiring to see how they build up the problem and analysis, following a very smart new approach towards this problem. I think their approach could be usefull to other business area’s as well

the link: ted movie

without hot air

This online book can be seen as the ‘freakonomics of conservation, climate and energy’ and will show you with easy examples what is and what is not possible in changing our energy supply. The approach is very nice and could be applied to many other fields of industry. The chapters are online freely available

without hot air

next generation cancer research

In the article of July 31st 2010 (a new paradigm in cancer research) we focused on the extraordinary shift in perspective on how to research cancer. 10 years later, the authors now have written a follow-up paper in which additions are made to the new framework and they show how to broaden their research scope. It is inspiring to see how to their improvements evolved

the link to the article

using bacteria to store information

Again, developments in one field of science could be used in other fields as well. Very inspiring!

But it will probably still take some time before it really works

 paper bacteria as our next computer hard drive

wireless sensor networks: a survey

If you want to know about the basis of most wireless communications networks, this paper is your starting point


a new paradigm in cancer research

By rescheduling of all the characteristics and complexity of the nature of cancer research, new way and methods can be found to deal with cancer research

In many other areas, also a complex system exists like in cancer research. When we could downsize the complexity to several ‘principles’, this can lead to new reseach and new ideas/ solutions to our problems

The paper gives an overview how cancer research can be repositioned; maybe its worth something in other areas of science

the paper is publicly available, with a small background in biology, you can understand it

cancer research a new paradigm the pdf version

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