Archive for December 20th, 2006

Humans Can Scent-Track, Too!

Look closely, that's not a dog ... it's a human (wearing a blindfold, earplugs and gloves) following a scent trail through the grass:In a paper appearing this week in the advance online edition of Nature Neuroscience...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/humans-can-scent-track-too/

Star-Nosed Moles Can Smell Underwater

Scientist discovered that the star-nosed moles can smell while underwater:Biologist Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, US, says he became intrigued when he observed star-nosed moles (Ca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/star-nosed-moles-can-smell-underwater/

Tomoko Konoike's Artwork.

Phantasmaphile described Tomoko Konoike's artwork:She does huge canvases, amazing animations, and divine mixed-mediainstallations. Like a post-modern fairy tale, her work tells stories of girls, wolves, knives, fores...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/tomoko-konoikes-artwork/

Silent Star Wars.

Star wars, done in silent film format (the editing and visual effect on this is fantastic!) : Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via smidigt.se...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/silent-star-wars/

Drop Dead Gorgeous by Daniela Edburg.

Drop Dead Gorgeous is a photograph series on the sinister subject of death by everyday food and things (follow the link and you'll see what I mean). This one above is Death by Oreos.An interview with the artist (and gall...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/drop-dead-gorgeous-by-daniela-edburg/

Komodo Virgin Birth

Flora the Komodo dragon laid some eggs that will hatch around Christmas. Here's the neat part:Tests revealed their eggs had developed without being fertilised by sperm - a process called parthenogenesis, the team wro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/komodo-virgin-birth/

The Great Malls of China

China is building what is to be the largest mall in the world: 3 times larger than the size of the Mall of America in Minnesota!Already, four shopping malls in China are larger than the Mall of America. Two, includin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/the-great-malls-of-china/

The Oldest Objects in the Universe

NASA's Spitzer space telescope took this photo of bizarre objects that existed more than 13 billion years ago:An Australian astrophysicist, Ray Norris, said the NASA team may have found "the holy grail" of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/the-oldest-objects-in-the-universe/

Origin of The Simpsons' Names.

Wikipedia has a neat list of the origins of the names of "Springfieldians," many of which came from people and places familiar to Matt Groening (the show's creator): Lisa Marie Simpson – Lisa Groening (Ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/origin-of-the-simpsons-names/

DIY Cardboard Castle

Let's face it, kids prefer to play with the cardboard boxes the toys come in anyhow, so this website will come in handy: Mr. McGroovy has free plans for making your very own cardboard castle (as well as cardboard fire en...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/diy-cardboard-castle/

Moth Drinks Tears from Sleeping Bird

Scientists discovered a new species of Madagascar moth that drinks tears from the eyes of sleeping birds! The Madagascan moths were observed on the necks of sleeping magpie robins and Newtonia birds, with the tip of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/moth-drinks-tears-from-sleeping-bird/

Two Headed Reptile Fossil

Scientists found a fossil of a two-headed reptile:This animal was a choristoderan, an extinct reptile that reached a length of one metre in adulthood and was characterised by a long neck - two in this case.T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/two-headed-reptile-fossil/

This is a Weird One: Anti Wet Dreams Ring.

Phisick has an amazing set of vintage medical equipments from antique surgical tools to weirder stuff like this extremely rare German spermatorrhoea (nocturnal emission [wiki]) ring:An extremely rare Spermatorrhoea r...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/this-is-a-weird-one-anti-wet-dream-ring/

Chet Zar's Artwork

Chet Zar's artwork is probably why some people are afraid of clowns ... Still, you should see his awesome portfolio, worth a look-see: http://www.chetzar.com/oil_paintings/ART.html - via Presurfer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/chet-zars-artwork/

Is the United States Going Broke?

Chris Martenson of The End of Money blog, wrote: The US is insolvent. There is simply no way for our national billsto be paid under current levels of taxation and promised benefits. Our federal deficits alone now tot...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/is-the-us-going-broke/

Darwin's Check

From the website:Whenever science historian John van Wyhe passed through the old library of Christ's College at Cambridge University, he took a moment to glance at a photo of Charles Darwin hanging on the wall. "...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/darwins-check/

Megan Brain's Paper Sculpture

Check out Californian artist Megan Brain's fantastic paper sculptures: Link - via Bibi's Box...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/megan-brains-paper-sculpture/

BigDog: Quadruped Robot "Mule" Can Carry Heavy Loads.

The video clip's caption:BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/bigdog-quadruped-robot-mule-can-carry-heavy-loads/

Cold War Unicorns

From the website:The Cold War Unicorns play set can help you relive the good olddays when the bad guys wore red, and the good guys wore red, white, and blue.Recreate the cold war in your living room as the &...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/cold-war-unicorns/

World's Most Expensive Pez Dispenser.

Would you believe that this pez dispenser, called the World's Fair Astronaut B, one of two ever made for the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, is the most expensive pez dispenser in the world? One just sold on eBay for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/worlds-most-expensive-pez-dispenser/

Painted Toilet

A while back, we had Toilet-O-Rama. Now, we got what seems like a weird contest of toilet painting: Link - via Crazy Japan...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/20/painted-toilet/
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