Scientists from the University of So. Mississippi created a new material that can be put on cars and when scratched, can heal itself. The technology consists of a polyurethane coating with added chitosan, a polymer in crab and shrimp shells. Then oxetane rings, with 3 atoms of carbon and one of oxygen, are added. The mixture is said to mimic the natural process of healing. Published in an issue of Science, Biswajit Ghosh and Marek Urban claim that this technique is simple and cost-efficient.
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For the musically inclined, the Indamixx laptop is all kinds of tuneful fun. The Atom-based netbook has ArdourXchange for importing sessions and over 2,900 drum sounds, 260 plugins and effects and 350 classic samples and scratches. For $499.99, it comes with its own carrying case, a 1GB SDcard, 30 days of free software support, free shipping in the U.S. and a freebie t-shirt. Pre-order with a $99.00 down payment and do it by December 15 to guarantee an Xmas delivery.
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Now anyone with an iPod, MP3 Player, laptop or other audio device can be a mini DJ. The Dreams6 DJ Speaker plays your tunes and has 3 variations of mixed scratches to really impress the crowd. Small enough for a pocket or backpack, it comes with a USB cord for recharging through your PC. The DJ Speaker is available in red, black or white at a price of $45.99. We are thinking that this may be one of those gadgets that’s fun for the first 10 minutes, as evidenced by the demonstration.
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