Welcome to the New Cricket House Studios / CricketDiane Blog

Since our home and studios, business office and 32 years worth of reference materials, supplies, equipment, business marketing tools, books, completed work and research burned to nothing on August 18, eight weeks ago, it has been hard to wrap my head around what to do next. All the things needed when a move is intentional are required at the same time all the things necessary to do after a disaster have needed doing too.

This new blog is the beginning of a new day in our business and in my life as a career inventor, writer, academic and artist. It should be interesting and our team at Cricket House Studios and especially me, are hoping you will enjoy coming along for the ride with us on this exciting victory dance of the Phoenix rising from the ashen wasteland of that fire. My wrath against all that mess is enough to make this dance a great one if not magnificent in its daring and passion.

So, welcome to a new day at our businesses including (but never limited to) – Cricket House Studios, Cricket Diane Art and Design, The America the Beautiful Show, The Inventors’ League and Mad Scientists Group. We look forward to an epic tale of the extraordinary kind as we move forward and each day glints a measure of that which we hope to share with all of you as you join us in creating this victory – together.

With love,

CricketDiane, 10,09,2016

 

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Spring Flowers Inspire the Hunger to Paint and Create

In New York City where I live, there are flowers everywhere when Spring comes. The opportunity to run around and get photographs of the flowers makes my pocket bulge with a point and shoot camera with its 20 megapixels and great macro option.

Nearly every other day, it rains or is cold and windy that makes drawing or painting outside not practical to do, but on the other days, the flowers call me to come paint.

Inspiring touches of sunlight brighten the petals and leaves with a sparkle that I’m constantly enticed to try and capture in paint and in photographs. The colors are so beautiful.

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Makers Competition Inventing Better Inventors and Inventions

https://www.makodesign.com/blog/2018/04/30/making-prototypes-make48-competition/

MAKO recently filmed for season two of a show called Make-48, a hit-show that airs on PBS across the United States. Teams of inventors apply for Make-48 for a chance to compete in an invent-a-thon weekend to develop a new commercial product

Watch out for the national premiere of Make-48 on Amazon Prime and PBS in October 2018.

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Make 48 –

Make48: World’s Fastest Invention Competition. Teams of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and places develop BRAND NEW ideas in a weekend invent-a-thon.

https://make48.com/

Teams of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and places develop BRAND NEW ideas in a weekend invent-a-thon. 48 hours to plan, prototype and pitch an idea for prizes and licensing potential.

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Make Magazine – covering the Makers Phenomenon with great inspiring stories, inventors, making, tips, and inventions by makers –

https://makezine.com/

 

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World Maker Faire New York—September 22 & 23, 2018

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-maker-faire-new-yorkseptember-22-23-2018-tickets-43685111344?aff=MakeTixbanner

 

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New Materials News Sites for Creating and Inventing Inspiration

Sources for Materials Science / Materials Engineering / New Materials News and Discoveries – to use for inventing, creating, making, engineering, creating art, and new art + science forms –

https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/matter_energy/materials_science/

 

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http://news.mit.edu/topic/materials-science

 

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https://phys.org/chemistry-news/materials-science/

 

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https://www.materialstoday.com/

 

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https://www.sciencenews.org/topic/materials

 

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https://scitechdaily.com/tag/materials-science/

 

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http://www.materialsforengineering.co.uk/engineering-materials-news/

 

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Excerpt from article about Printed 2-D Piezoelectric Materials – (worth reading all of it)

This simple, industry-compatible procedure to print large surface area 2D piezoelectric films onto any substrate offers tremendous opportunities for the development of piezo-sensors and energy harvesters.

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIALS

These are materials that can convert applied mechanical force or strain into electrical energy. Such materials form the basis of sound and pressure sensors, embedded devices that are powered by vibration or bending, and even the simple ‘piezo’ lighter used for gas BBQs and stovetops.

Piezoelectric materials can also take advantage of the small voltages generated by tiny mechanical displacement, vibration, bending or stretching to power miniaturised devices.

THE MATERIAL: GALLIUM PHOSPHATE (GaPO4)

Gallium phosphate is a quartz-like crystal used in piezoelectric applications such as pressure sensors since the late 1980s, and particularly valued in high-temperature applications. Because it does not naturally crystallise in a stratified structure and hence cannot be exfoliated using conventional methods, its use to date has been limited to applications that rely on carving the crystal from its bulk.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180906100453.htm

 

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New wood-metal hybrid for lightweight construction

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In the case of HoMe foam, the bending strength of the hybrid is even greater than that of its two components.

Another advantage is that, unlike wood foam, metal sponge can conduct electricity.

Combining metal sponge and wood foam creates a lightweight hybrid material with a higher functionality, one that can be used for components that provide reinforcement and absorb sound. The material is thus suitable for use in the automotive industry, for example, as reinforcing acoustic mats in engine compartments or as floor plates. Other applications are conceivable too.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-09-wood-metal-hybrid-lightweight.html#jCp

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Research team increases adhesiveness of silicone using the example of beetles

A research team from Kiel University (CAU) has now succeeded in boosting the adhesive effect of a silicone material significantly. To do so, they combined two methods: First, they structured the surface on the micro scale based on the example of beetle feet, and thereafter treated it with plasma. In addition, they found out that the adhesiveness of the structured material changes drastically if it is bent to varying degrees. Among other areas of application, their results could apply to the development of tiny robots and gripping devices.

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The findings of the Kiel working group have already resulted in the development of an extremely strong adhesive tape, which functions according to the “gecko principle,” and can be removed without leaving any residue.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-09-team-adhesiveness-silicone-beetles.html#jCp

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Turning heat into electricity

Thermoelectric devices are made from materials that can convert a temperature difference into electricity, without requiring any moving parts — a quality that makes thermoelectrics a potentially appealing source of electricity. The phenomenon is reversible: If electricity is applied to a thermoelectric device, it can produce a temperature difference. Today, thermoelectric devices are used for relatively low-power applications, such as powering small sensors along oil pipelines, backing up batteries on space probes, and cooling minifridges.

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When a thermoelectric material is exposed to a temperature gradient — for example, one end is heated, while the other is cooled — electrons in that material start to flow from the hot end to the cold end, generating an electric current. The larger the temperature difference, the more electric current is produced, and the more power is generated. The amount of energy that can be generated depends on the particular transport properties of the electrons in a given material.

Scientists have observed that some topological materials can be made into efficient thermoelectric devices through nanostructuring, a technique scientists use to synthesize a material by patterning its features at the scale of nanometers.

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Specifically, they found that lower-energy electrons tend to have a negative impact on the generation of a voltage difference, and therefore electric current. These low-energy electrons also have longer mean free paths, meaning they can be scattered by grain boundaries more intensively than higher-energy electrons.

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http://news.mit.edu/2018/topological-materials-turning-heat-electricity-0117

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Fun Gifts For Artists

Gifts For Artists – Studio Aprons – Artist Coffee Mugs

 

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– cricketdiane gifts for artists

The Ocean of Art From My Mind’s Eye

 

 

 

 

About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

“It is better to make the effort to move forward and release the flow of ideas to work with them and do things creatively, create things and invent and write and make – I definitely know that by experience.” – cricketdiane, 2018

 

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You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazzle

 

and other blog writings by me here –

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/

https://cricketdiane.com/

On YouTube –

CricketDiane Phillips

 

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The website for Cricket House Studios Art and Design is found here –

http://www.crickethousestudios.com/

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now – (NOT active right now – re-analyzing this effort)

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe

 

Thanks for checking us out!

The Cricket House Studios Team and CricketDiane

 

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