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Monday, December 27, 2010Blog entry by Danielle Follett Chard, The Leonardo's intern.
Kick off the new year the right way with three days of celebration in downtown Salt Lake City. EVE, Salt Lake's New Year Bash, is just around the corner on Dec. 29-31. The Downtown Alliance says that tens of thousands of party-goers will attend EVE for the "snow on the ground, fire in the sky, music in the air and party in the streets!"
|EVE 2010 images via EVESLC photo gallery.|
EVE will help you ring in the new year on a high note with events for everyone. On Dec. 30 local bands impersonating KISS, Poison, Ozzy Osbourne, and other iconic bands will compete in the Battle of the Tribute Bands. BounceTown, a huge town of floor-to-ceiling inflatable playgrounds at the Salt Palace, will be open all three days. EVE Air is three days of top skiers and snowboarders showing off their best tricks on a 3-story 50-ton snow mountain over the city streets.
Image via About Salt Lake City Holiday Events.
And for those looking to give back this holiday season, eBay It Forward will be returning. Donated items will be auctioned on eBay Jan. 3 and proceeds will benefit the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, and Volunteers of America Utah Homeless Youth Resource Center.
Other events include Charlie Chaplin movie screenings, concerts, parties, Laughing Stock Comedy Improv shows, and a massive firework show to start the new year with a bang.
EVE passes are available for purchase and will get you into all three days of events. And if you buy it in advance, you can ride TRAX home for free after the event. (Awesome! No searching for a parking spot. Don't mind if I do...) The pass also acts as a bounceback ticket for restaurants downtown -- bring it with you during the first two weeks of January 2011 for special deals.
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Labels: art, culture, events, locals
Posted by The Leonardo at 12/27/2010 12:48:00 PM 0 comments
E Ink in e-readers
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
|Amazon's Kindle DX. Image via Amazon.com.|
The e-readers that use E Ink are filled with millions of microcapsules, or tiny positively or negatively charged black and white particles. These particles, which are about the same width as a human hair, are suspended in a clear fluid. When a electric field is applied, the particles move and become visible as black or white areas on the screen. E Ink recently developed color electronic ink that will add life to images and will work even faster than grayscale versions.
|Diagram of how E Ink works. Image via Organic User Interfaces.|
E Ink is looking to replicate the look of paper, but researchers at the University of Cincinnati have made a breakthrough in creating e-readers on actual paper through electrowetting. Electrowetting uses an electric field to control colored droplets in order to form text and images. Professor Andrew Steckl and doctoral student Duk Young Kim discovered that paper can serve as a host material for electrowetting devices, which could develop into a more natural and easily disposable paper e-reader. According to Engadget this reader would be fast enough for video but cheap to produce -- about the same price as a magazine.
Labels: science, technology
Posted by The Leonardo at 12/21/2010 10:21:00 AM 0 comments
Upcycled holiday gifts
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Labels: culture, round up, sustainability
Posted by The Leonardo at 12/14/2010 03:13:00 PM 0 comments
Leonardo After Hours wrap up
Thursday, December 9, 2010Blog entry by Danielle Chard, The Leonardo's intern.
After Tuesday's Leonardo After Hours on cyber crime, we're hunkering down, feverishly changing our passwords, and casting suspicious glances at everyone. Okay...maybe that's just me. But thanks to the event, we're armed with more information on how to protect ourselves from high-tech crime. The event was filled with details on how criminals are using the latest technology to steal out biggest secrets -- and what we can do to stop them.
|FBI Special Agent Karl Schmae showed the audience pictures of the Russian and American space shuttles...which look suspiciously similar.|
So how do you protect yourself and your computer? Matt Might from the University of Utah's computer science department recommends using crazy-hard passwords (his are over 30 characters long each and all different) and scanning your computer for botnets. Not only do botnets plague you with spam, but they can memorize credit card information from online purchases to sell on the black market. At one point Might guaranteed that most of the audience has these unwelcome intruders on our computers, and he recommended some serious anti-virus/spyware scans.
|University of Utah Professor Matt Might teaches his students how to hack -- but only if they swear to use their knowledge for good.|
|Dr. John Kircher informs the Leonardo After Hours crowd of his new developments and their potential.|
Labels: events, Leo After Hours, technology, university, USTAR
Posted by The Leonardo at 12/09/2010 09:36:00 AM 0 comments
Radio tomographic imaging
Wednesday, December 1, 2010Blog entry by Sean Clark, from The Leonardo's education team.
Labels: innovation, locals, technology, university
Posted by The Leonardo at 12/01/2010 06:22:00 PM 0 comments