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This Week in Science: June 1, 2014

While the rest of us were gearing up for summer and firing up the barbecues and whatever it is we do in anticipation of summer, my lovely geeks and nerdlings in the world of science were coming up with stuff like this! 01-06-14

Broadband: http://bit.ly/1lZ3JFX
Virgin Galactic: http://bit.ly/1mEcfMa
Velociraptor robot: http://bit.ly/1kc1wvb
Robot skin: http://bit.ly/1hNPLFO
Driverless cars: http://bit.ly/1gBIqxC
Crowdsourcing: http://bit.ly/1kxU7AK
Dragon capsule: http://bit.ly/1hG7q1V
Aircrafts flown by thought: http://bit.ly/1kRZ4ZE

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Yes indeed, boys and girls, here you have it…

The Isolator!

(Focus… like it’s 1925!)

In a recent article, the nerdlings at LaughingSquid.com have taken this gem out of mothballs and blown away the dust on an invention which, while perhaps ahead of its time in the mid-twenties, is a product that is ripe for our time!

The Isolator!

(Inventor and science fiction writer Hugo Gernsback wearing his invention)

As LaughingSquid writes, “The Isolator is a bizarre helmet invented in 1925 that encourages focus and concentration by rendering the wearer deaf, piping them full of oxygen, and limiting their vision to a tiny horizontal slit. The Isolator was invented by Hugo Gernsback, editor of Science and Invention magazine, member of ‘The American Physical Society,’ and one of the pioneers of science fiction.”

(An ideal blend of form and function!)

The blogger behind A Great Disorder puts it nicely in the March 10, 2010 article

“These images are from the July, 1925 issue of the long-defunct magazine ‘Science and Invention’, which was edited by Hugo Gernsback, who later became famous as a pioneer in the field of science fiction. He also invented this contraption which, to my mind, nicely illustrates the folly of taking an excessively narrow approach to solving a problem.”

So, kids… Ask Mom and Dad for your very own Isolator!

You can get good grades AND be cool… both at the same time!

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Reminder: I will be in Toronto for the end of the Jewish holidays. I leave Wednesday morning October 19 and return Sunday night October 23.

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