WormholeFiend writes "Last year, Canadian restaurant owner Emil Malak sued James Cameron over the use of concepts for Avatar.
Last Friday, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office published this Grant of Interest, showing a licencing agreement between Mr Malak, Mr Cameron, his company Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox." top
WormholeFiend writes "The Javabot is the coffee machine of the future — completely next generation. It is the fully-automated system that runs the Roasting Plant Coffee Company in New York and its design is illustrative of what can be achieved using new thinking and methodologies to something that was previously regarded as a black art.
The system is part of the experience because the coffee system runs throughout the shop — it's the first walk-in coffee machine in effect, and customers sit there and watch as their coffee beans rush past in pneumatic tubes, as they move from storage bins to staging, roasting station, grinding and a brewing machine where they are dispensed with the repeatable accuracy of a purpose-built machine. Customers can choose from any blend of seven different beans and every aspect of the process is controlled." Link to Original Source top
WormholeFiend writes "Mechanical Engineering Magazine has an article about the challenges of trying to break speed and distance records using human powered vehicles. According to Fast Freddy Markham "we're about tapped out on development", but that doesn't stop geeks like Matt Weaver and Greg Kolodziejzyk to keep trying, using wind tunnel software, and electronic gadgets to achieve laminar flow."