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Posted in Just Cool, Science by Courtney on October 12th, 2012

Portrait of Albert Einstein

Known for his fuzzy hair, quirky personality, and of course E=mc— Albert Einstein is the original “absent-minded professor”. Today he is regarded for being one of the most intelligent men in history. Have you ever wondered what sets him apart from the rest?

In 1955 a pathologist named Thomas Harvey removed, preserved, and photographed Einstein’s brain after an autopsy. Fast forward 57 years and Harvey has now given us the chance to digitize these samples, and they’ve been turned in to a new iPad app so we can take a closer look at the famous physicist’s brain . Via Discovery News:

A new iPad app lets anyone who wants to, take a microscopic look at Albert Einstein’s brain … The app was created by a Chicago museum that got permission to scan and make digital about 350 slides containing very thin slices of Einstein’s brain that were obtained after he died. Already, doctors studying Einstein’s brain discovered that his parietal lobe — which governs our understanding of math, language and spatial relationships — was 15 percent wider than normal. The slides will allow researchers to dig deep into the genius’ brain tissue and possibly find other areas that are different from the rest of our brains.

The app, which is dubbed “Einstein Brain Atlas“, can be purchased for just $9.99. One of the best parts about it? All profits from the sales will go to support the Department of Defense’s National Museum of Health and Medicine. Even after half a century, Einstein is still making an impact on modern day science.

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Posted in Cool Design of the Week, gift ideas by Courtney on September 26th, 2012

Grey shoes, with red stitching and laces. LED lights located on the tips of the shoes.

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”.

Say this out loud, click your heels together, and you could be home faster than you realize with Dominic Wilcox’s new invention. We love this visionary design that was inspired by Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz. And the shoes aren’t bad either! Via Discovery News:

Wilcox, a British designer, recently showcased his latest creation: GPS shoes “that will guide you home no matter where you are in the world.”

Simply program your destination into the GPS device and the dandy leather shoes will guide the way. The GPS receiver is located in the heel of the left shoe. On the toe of the left shoe is a circle of LEDs that light up, working like a compass to point you in the direction you need to walk. On the toe of the right shoe is a row of red LED lights that indicate how far you have to go. The closer you get to home, the more it lights up. Consider it the pedestrian version of the ‘hot/cold’ game.

“I thought about the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go home,” Wilcox explained on his website. “After uploading your required destination to the shoes via a piece of custom made mapping software and a USB cable, the GPS, which is embedded in the heal, is activated by a heal click.”

We think they’d be great for that avid traveller trying to find their way back to the hotel! When would you use them?

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