According to a new article out of the company, “Oracle simplified the process of unlocking business value from big data today with the announcement of Oracle Cloud Platform for Big Data. As part of the world’s most complete Platform as a Service portfolio, Oracle Cloud Platform for Big Data is uniquely positioned to enable customers to maximize the value of their data and accelerate time-to-insight. The new services, Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Discovery Cloud Service and Oracle NoSQL Database Cloud Service, complement Oracle’s Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service, forming a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for big data in the cloud that enables customers to integrate, aggregate, prepare and discover real-time insights from any and all data sources.”
The article continues, “Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service enables customers to automate, streamline, and guide the error-prone process of data ingestion, preparation, repair, enrichment, and governance without costly manual intervention. With the Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service and its innovative recommendation engine, data preparation time and costs are reduced to a fraction of that of traditional methods. An industry first, Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service combines the power of Spark based machine learning with semantic technologies such as Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Linked Open Data sets for inline data enrichment. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service technology makes it easy to prepare, repair and enrich business data.”
Source (Oracle, “Oracle Unveils Oracle Cloud Platform for Big Data”, 27.10.2015)
Credit: Guihua Yu
Scientists have fabricated a flexible electrical circuit that, when cut into two pieces, can repair itself and fully restore its original conductivity. The circuit is made of a new gel that possesses a combination of properties that are not typically seen together: high conductivity, flexibility, and room-temperature self-healing. The gel could potentially offer self-healing for a variety of applications, including flexible electronics, soft robotics, artificial skins, biomimetic prostheses, and energy storage devices. The researchers, led by Guihua Yu, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, have published a paper on the new self-healing gel in a recent issue of Nano Letters.
The new gel’s properties arise from its hybrid composition of two gels: a supramolecular gel, or ‘supergel’, is injected into a conductive polymer hydrogel matrix. As the researchers explain, this “guest-to-host” strategy allows the chemical and physical features of each component to be combined. The supergel, or the “guest,” provides the self-healing ability due to its supramolecular chemistry. As a supramolecular assembly, it consists of large molecular subunits rather than individual molecules. Due to its large size and structure, the assembly is held together by much weaker interactions than normal molecules, and these interactions can also be reversible. This reversibility is what gives the supergel its ability to act like a “dynamic glue” and reassemble itself. Meanwhile, the conductive polymer hydrogel, or the “host,” contributes to the conductivity due to its nanostructured 3D network that promotes electron transport. As the backbone of the hybrid gel, the hydrogel component also reinforces its strength and elasticity. When the supergel is injected into the hydrogel matrix, it wraps around the hydrogel in such a way as to form a second network, further strengthening the hybrid gel as a whole.
Source (Lisa Zyga, “Electrical circuit made of gel can repair itself”, Phys.org, 25.08.2015)
Animusic is an American company specializing in the 3D visualization of MIDI-based music. Founded by Wayne Lytle, it is incorporated in New York and has offices in Texas and California. The initial name of the company was Visual Music, changed to Animusic in 1995.
Unlike many other music visualizations, the music drives the animation. While other productions might animate figures or characters to the music, the animated models in Animusic are created first, and are then programmed to follow what the music “tells them” to. Many of the instruments appear to be robotic or play themselves using curious methods to produce and visualize the original compositions. The animations typically feature dramatically-lit rooms or landscapes.
Source (Wikipedia, Animusic)
It all started with an idea and a small team of product designers and material scientists here in London. Our dream is to make fixing, modifying and making things easy and fun for anyone, and Sugru is our solution.
Our patented silicone technology is unique. Out of the pack, Sugru feels like play-dough, and it’s that easy to use too. It bonds to almost any other material and cures just by exposing it to air. Its durable cured properties mean it’ll stay strong and securely bonded anywhere from the freezer to a steamy hot shower, from the home to the great outdoors.
Source (Sugru Blog)
Credit: Andre Broessel
German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing twice the yield of a conventional solar panel in a much smaller surface area. The futuristic design is fully rotational and is suitable for inclined surfaces, walls of buildings, and anywhere with access to the sky. It can even be used as an electric car charging station.
Credit: Andre Broessel
“The beta.ray comes with a hybrid collector to convert daily electricity and thermal energy at the same time. While reducing the silicon cell area to 25% with the equivalent power output by using our ultra transmission Ball Lens point focusing concentrator, it operates at efficiency levels of nearly 57% in hybrid mode. At nighttime the Ball Lens can transform into a high-power lamp to illuminate your location, simply by using a few LED’s. The station is designed for off grid conditions as well as to supplement buildings’ consumption of electricity and thermal circuits like hot water.”
Source (Energy Inventions, “The Spherical Sun Power Generator”, Alternative Energy, 13.04.2015)