Archive for August, 2010

We’re Living in The Future: Scientists Create Dry Water

via CrunchGear by Scott Merrill on 8/26/10



Scientists at the University of Liverpool report that they have created dry water. That is, a mostly normal drop of wet water is surrounded by a coating of sandy silica, creating, basically, powdered water. Don’t expect to be able to pour yourself a nice tall glass of dry water, though. The proposed uses for this new form of water mostly deal with absorbing greenhouse gases. The research shows that dry water is three times better at absorbing carbon dioxide than the normal wet water is.

Other potential uses include acting as a catalyst “to speed up reactions between hydrogen and maleic acid” to create succinic acid, a key component in making drugs, food ingredients, and consumer products. The possibility of “dry emulsions” to blend unblendable liquids is also a possibility.

Back to the Future Sneakers… from Nike

Nike is creating and patenting what looks to be sneakers with an automatic lacing system that will look exactly like the Nike Air Mag in Back to the Future II

It is said that it might be just a novelty item released alongside the Blu-Ray release for the Back to the Future Trilogy. 

Here’s a summary from Nike and the link to check it out: http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?WO=2009134858&IA=US2009042072&DISPLAY=STATUS

“An article of footwear with an automatic lacing system is disclosed. The automatic lacing system provides a set of straps that can be automatically opened and closed to switch between a loosened and tightened position of the upper. The article further includes an automatic ankle cinching system that is configured to automatically adjust an ankle portion of the upper.”

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