Happy New Year 2012!
January 1st

Wishing you all the best and brightest for 2012. May all your dreams come true and may that whole Mayan, end of the World stuff be just a bad plot to a terrible movie!




Bloom Box Puts Its Foot in the New Energy Revolution Door
February 25th

Reverse engineered from a device invented for the failed mars mission, entrepreneur K.R. Srindhar has rebuilt an invention that could completely revolutionize everything we know about energy harvesting. Srindhar’s Bloom Box consists of thin, square ceramic plates made of sand and painted with a secret green ink solution on one side and black ink on the other. Between the two lies a cheap metal alloy plate. As oxygen and fuel (landfill gas, for example) mix within this so-called cell, electricity is produced. The Bloom Box is already supplying Fed-Ex, Wal-Mart and Google, and the company’s goal is to place one in your back yard.

Via Triplepundit




Reinventing Dinosaurs One Chicken at a Time
February 17th

Birds are dinosaurs – and within five years, paleontologist Jack Horner believes he’ll produce a classic dino look-alike by manipulating the genes of a modern day chicken. Researchers are breaking dino bones apart, finding blood vessels, elastic tissue and 80 million year old cells. Jurassic Park, here we come!


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Gigantic Leopard Seal Trys To Teach Photographer How To Survive
November 17th

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Paul Nicklen, photographer for National Geographic, has just finished his new book called Polar Obsession. His run-in with an enormous leopard seal proved to be one of his most exhilirating experiences ever. The leopard seal seemed to believe that Paul was a predator unable to catch prey and, scared that he might starve, attempts to teach him how to catch and consume penguins. Absolutely amazing images! Paul explains it himself in the video below:

Via Huffington Post




1950s “Science” Redesigns the Human Body
November 12th

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I love classic pseudo futuristic ramblings that are supposed to have a hint of scientific genius. The August 1956 issue of Mechanics Illustrated asks anthropologists, physiologists, engineers and industrial designers how they would go about improving the human body, and here’s what they came up with:

The spine – should be replaced by “a solid column, with a greatly increased load-carrying capacity”

The brain – should be situated in the chest cavity, near the heart, making the chest bigger in size and the head cylindrical

The ribs – rather than individual ribs, organs should be encased in a giant clamshell device, which can be opened easily for surgery

The eyes – add an extra set in the back of the head for a 360 degree perspective

Antennaes – could be concealed in head to pick up low frequency sounds from behind

The teeth – remove 35% of them to give more space to the remaining 65%

The toes – little toes and toenails serve no purpose and should be eliminated

The nose – replace it w/ a short trunk so that the air doesn’t have to make a hairpin turn before going down into the lungs, avoiding “several kinds of sinus trouble and what-have-you.”

Other suggestions included: wings, UV contact lenses, built-in marsupial-style pouches, a food storage compartment, 360 degree neck mobility, an eye in the tip of the finger, a hook on the head so you can hang yourself up and be hands-free on bumpy subways, extra fingers behind the ears to keep hats from blowing off, and folding ears to catch low-pitched sounds.

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Via Modern Mechanix via Gizmodo




Victorian Postcards From 1900 About the Year 2000
November 4th

These postcards, handed out by a German chocolate company at the turn of the century, attempted to predict what life might have been like in the year 2000 based on the developing technology of those days. I think my favorite is either the city with a ceiling or the weather machine… But wouldn’t they have been mutually exclusive?

X-Ray Surveillance Machine
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Weather Machine
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Aqua Train
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Walking on Water
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Broadcasting Sound & Images
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Underwater Boat / Submarine
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Escalator / Moving Walkway
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Movable City Blocks
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Flying Contraptions
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City w/ Ceiling
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Hot Air Family Zeppelin, pre-Hindenburg
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Arctic Vacation Fly-By
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Via The Card Mine




Army Robot Simulates Human Walking & Physiology
October 28th

Remember Big Dog? Well now its developers are introducing a quieter, bipedal version they’re calling Petman. Boston Dynamics says Petman will be used to test military clothing while “walking, crawling and doing a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents.” Petman can also mimic human physiology by sweating inside the clothing if the test were to call for it. And remember how Big Dog couldn’t be pushed over? Well, neither can this two legged version. Only a year and a half between the two prototype releases…wow…quite remarkable. What are we gonna see by spring 2011?

Via Wired




Pirates Take On Land Lubbers Who Abandon Their Pets
October 21st

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New Yorkers love their dogs and this past weekend the 5th annual Times Square Dog Day Masquerade raised awareness for homeless and abandoned pets. These two pirates mentioned that people who abandon their pets are gonna have to walk the plank!

More pics at Telegraph.co.uk




Travel Across An Ice-Free Arctic Sea By 2020
October 20th

World transport and freight companies have been dreaming of this for a long time. Now it will become a reality within ten years (without a doubt) according to Arctic explorer and ice expert Pen Hadow. Hadow is just finishing a three month expedition to gather statistics on ice-depth and age. The results are worse than had been expected.

“The future is here,” says Hadow, and the situation can no longer be reversed. The Arctic ice-caps are comprised almost exclusively of first-year ice “considered too thin to survive the next summer’s ice melt.” The subsequent climate change could be drastic, as we’ve all been hearing, and even Hadow’s team believe that the loss of the Arctic ice-caps could have dire effects on one-fourth of the planet’s population.

Via Catlin Arctic Survey




Test & Improve Your Speed Reading Skills Online
October 20th

Spreeder is a new free internet service which lets you test your speed reading skills and then improve them! Paste in the text of your choice in the language of your choice, the amount of words per minute to be displayed, and how many words to be thrown at you at one time.

Thanks spreeder!






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