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Chris Cole: Want a great idea? Ask a skateboarder.
Chris Cole is a professional skateboarder, named Thrasher Skater of the Year in 2005 and again in 2009. Cole is sponsored by DC Shoes, Thunder, Spitfire, Reign Skate Shop, DC Apparel, Stance, Kershaw Knives, and Mophie.
Chris Cole: Your average skateboarder started and got hooked on skateboarding because it was different. Because it was different than the team sports and it allowed a lot of creative freedom. And so your general population of skateboarders are really creative individuals that think a bit outside the box. So when that happens you have their music tastes and their clothing tastes and, they make up words for different things like slang terms. And it becomes really – it becomes a trendsetter.
It really drives something new into the media and it drives something new that people start noticing different musical tastes and music artists. It’s very evident how skateboarding has changed fashion and what people are wearing. Skate shoes have become the norm and, you know, people that are walking around that don’t skate aren’t really – they just don’t know that the paneling on their shoe is made for skating. It’s made because we need support in these certain spots but now that just becomes the look of a shoe.
With the outside of the box thinking these skaters they have an attention to detail whereas it might not have come out in school or it might not have come out in a lot of different ways that people may have thought that, you know, they weren’t bright. When you can break down skateboarding and you can break down these little movements and what would look good and, you know, certain ways they turn in like a line, they’ll turn one way and then turn back the other way because they like the way that that looks. Or the skate filmer will film things so that the skater begins in the left side of the frame, leaves on like the opposite side of the frame and in the next clip in his video part will start the opposite way so that your eyes move during the video. It’s really creative and with that and that attention to detail it goes into every other part of their life that they start to tweak things a little bit and so they start to talk different and they make up slang terms with their friends. But those slang terms end up making it into popular culture and they end up making it into like hip hop songs and things like that.
And then they’re also great at designing. A lot of skateboarders are artists and one of their outlets is a skateboard and the other one is doing art. And then they become popular artists that people don’t know that they actually started in skateboarding and they’ve had like their graphics on boards for a long time. They start to design shoes and they start to design clothing and doing things just differently. It ends up being really refreshing for, you know, the rest of popular culture. Without these creative individuals we’d all be wearing like a uniform in a way.
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Professional skateboarder Chris Cole explains how skaters are trendsetters, innovators, and outside-of-the-box visionaries.
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- Researchers have found that some basic words appear to be more memorable than others.
- Some faces are also easier to commit to memory.
The research is published in Nature Human Behaviour.
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What would it be like to experience the 4th dimension?
Physicists have understood at least theoretically, that there may be higher dimensions, besides our normal three. The first clue came in 1905 when Einstein developed his theory of special relativity. Of course, by dimensions we’re talking about length, width, and height. Generally speaking, when we talk about a fourth dimension, it’s considered space-time. But here, physicists mean a spatial dimension beyond the normal three, not a parallel universe, as such dimensions are mistaken for in popular sci-fi shows.
Duke University researchers might have solved a half-century old problem.
- Duke University researchers created a hydrogel that appears to be as strong and flexible as human cartilage.
- The blend of three polymers provides enough flexibility and durability to mimic the knee.
- The next step is to test this hydrogel in sheep; human use can take at least three years.
Duke researchers have developed the first gel-based synthetic cartilage with the strength of the real thing. A quarter-sized disc of the material can withstand the weight of a 100-pound kettlebell without tearing or losing its shape.
Photo: Feichen Yang.<p>That's the word from a team in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. Their <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adfm.202003451" target="_blank">new paper</a>, published in the journal<em> </em>Advanced Functional Materials, details this exciting evolution of this frustrating joint.<br></p><p>Researchers have sought materials strong and versatile enough to repair a knee since at least the 1970s. This new hydrogel, comprised of three polymers, might be it. When two of the polymers are stretched, a third keeps the entire structure intact. When pulled 100,000 times, the cartilage held up as well as materials used in bone implants. The team also rubbed the hydrogel against natural cartilage a million times and found it to be as wear-resistant as the real thing. </p><p>The hydrogel has the appearance of Jell-O and is comprised of 60 percent water. Co-author, Feichen Yang, <a href="https://today.duke.edu/2020/06/lab-first-cartilage-mimicking-gel-strong-enough-knees" target="_blank">says</a> this network of polymers is particularly durable: "Only this combination of all three components is both flexible and stiff and therefore strong." </p><p> As with any new material, a lot of testing must be conducted. They don't foresee this hydrogel being implanted into human bodies for at least three years. The next step is to test it out in sheep. </p><p>Still, this is an exciting step forward in the rehabilitation of one of our trickiest joints. Given the potential reward, the wait is worth it. </p><p><span></span>--</p><p><em>Stay in touch with Derek on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/derekberes" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DerekBeresdotcom" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://derekberes.substack.com/" target="_blank">Substack</a>. His next book is</em> "<em>Hero's Dose: The Case For Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy."</em></p>