dataSTICKIES are the next generation of data portability. They are graphene-based flash drives that replace USB pen drives and hard discs.
USB-based drives can be inconvenient to use as the positioning and insertion of the drive in the USB slot needs to be done precisely. When the slots are at the rear of a device, as is the case for many desktop computers, this task becomes even more troublesome.
dataSTICKIES solve this problem by carrying data like a stack of sticky-back notes. Each of the dataSTICKIES can be simply peeled from the stack and stuck anywhere on the optical data transfer surface (ODTS), which is a panel that can be attached to the front surface of devices like computer screens, televisions, music systems, and so on. The special conductive adhesive that sticks the dataSTICKIES to the ODTS is the medium that transfers the data. This special low-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive is capable of being reused without leaving marks like a repositionable note. When the dataSTICKIES are being read by the device, their edges light up.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves • New Zealand
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves is a popular tourist destination in New Zealand. The caves formed over 30 million years ago underwater, as fossilized chunks of coral, fish skeletons, and sea shells layered and compressed to create a dense limestone.
When explored in the late 1800s, people were amazed by the “twinkling glow” coming from the ceiling of the caves, as well as the remarkable limestone formations. The cave is mainly home to insects, which include albino cave ants, giant crickets, and of course, glowworms.
Eventually, the Waitomo Caves were opened to the public and are now welcoming an average of about 400,000 visitors a year.