Archive for June 21st, 2007

Researchers Use Microchip to Restore Some Sight.

German researchers have created a microchip that shows promise to restore limited sight for some forms of inherited blindness. The device contains 1,540 photodiodes (similar to pixels in a camera) that connect direc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/researchers-use-microchip-to-restore-some-sight/

Squirrels Torch Man's House. Twice.

Here are some squirrels that definitely deserves the controversial catapult treatment previously posted on Neatorama:If you think Alan Turcott has bad luck, just think of the squirrels in his neighborhood.Fo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/squirrels-torch-mans-house-twice/

Worst Baby Name Ever.

If you think naming your kid "Georgebush" (yes, one word - as previously posted on Neatorama) was bad, check this out:Announcing the arrival of a beautiful new baby boy at St. Francis Health Center . . .*/e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/worst-baby-name-ever/

Twinkies Deconstructed: What Are Twinkies Made From Anyhow?

Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkies Deconstructed, traveled the world to find out what exactly is a Twinkie made from: One of the most amazing ingredient I discovered was simple old baking powder called chem...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/twinkies-deconstructed-what-are-twinkies-made-from-anyhow/

Cecil Vortex's Secret of Creativity Interviews.

Cecil Vortex's About-Creativity features a series of interviews with artists, writers, and musicians about their creative process.The newest interview is with Dan Piraro, creator of the cartoon Bizarro (featured every Fr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/cecil-vortexs-secret-of-creativity-interviews/

Painting Dog.

Strapped for cash, dog trainer Mary Stadelbacher decided to try a bizarre fundraising scheme:If she could teach dogs to become service animals for the disabled - holding open doors and even removing socks for people...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/painting-dog/

Dude, Where's My Lake?

Park rangers in Chile discovered an empty crater where a five-acre glacial lake used to be just a couple of months ago:When park rangers patrolled the area in the Magallanes region in March, the two-hectare (five-acr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/dude-wheres-my-lake/

Purdue Scientists Created WTC Crash Simulation.

Researchers at Purdue University have created a computer simulation of what likely happened (engineering-wise) when an airplane crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower on 9/11/01:The simulation could be use...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/purdue-scientists-created-wtc-crash-simulation/

Singing Tesla Coil.

At Duckon 2007, Steve Ward of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign programmed a Tesla coil to "sing":This is a solid-state Tesla coil. The primary runs at its resonant frequency in the 41 KHz range, a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/singing-tesla-coil/

Was Stonehenge a Round Building?

Professional puzzle inventor (apparently, there is such a thing) Bruce Bedlam has created a scale model of what he thought Stonehenge should look like: a round building revolving around the number 3:He believes that...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/was-stonehenge-a-round-building/

Counting to One Million.

Harper of MillionCount is hoping to count to one million (he thinks it's going to take about 3 months) and you can watch him do it on his webcam: http://millioncount.com/ (right now, he's at about 40,000) - Thanks Ly...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/counting-to-one-million/

Bike Forklift

You don’t need petrol or even electricity to move large items anymore. Simply get yourself a human-powered forklift instead. Link via Plastic Bamboo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/bike-forklift/

Magic Tricks Tutorial Videos

Do you want to be that someone who always got some party tricks to show off? Here's a top 20 list of magic tricks tutorial videos to get you started. Link - via Digg...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/magic-tricks-tutorial-videos/

How to Get Rid of a Critter Problem.

Do you have a problem with squirrels, chipmunks, or other outdoor critters? If so, there's now a solution - the squirrel catapult. Hit play or go to the http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6245089974900018205 [G...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/how-to-get-rid-of-a-critter-problem/

What is It? Game 26.

This week's collaboration with What is It? Blog brings us this strange contraption - can you guess what it is? Please place your guess in the comment section (post no URL, please - let others play). For...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/what-is-it-game-26/

Duct Tape Server.

"Where there's a roll, there's a way" is the motto of the Duct Tape Server, which was built entirely out of duck tapes.Link (with video clip goodness!) - via Blue's NewsSee also: Neatorama's Ultimate C...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/duct-tape-server/

Infamous Weapons

Reprinted from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader: Fast-Acting Long-Lasting. We couldn't find Uncle John's old Fart Bazooka, but we managed to find some other famous weapons. JOHN WILKES BOOTH'S GU...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/infamous-weapons/

Street Racers' Souped Up Cars Crushed by The Law!

Photo: Nick Ut/APStreet racers Charles Hoang, Daniel Maldonado, and Sergio Zavala fought the law, and the law won - they got front row seat to see their illegally modified (many with stolen parts), souped-up cars crushed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/street-racers-souped-up-cars-crushed-by-the-law/

62-Year-Old Man Killed Bobcat with Bare Hands!

Don't ever mess with Dale Rippy. The 62-year-old Florida man fought a bobcat and killed it with his bare hands!Having grown up on a farm, Rippy said he knew the bobcat would attack when it didn’t run a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/62-year-old-man-killed-bobcat-with-bare-hands/

Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Book.

This is fantastic: in a project called "Sorted Books," artist Nina Katchadourian arranges books on shelves to create short narratives using only their titles!Link (Click on each image to see more) - via mental_...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/nina-katchadourians-sorted-book/

The Maltese Falcon Mega-Yacht.

The Maltese Falcon [wiki] is a $130 million high-tech sailing mega-yacht owned by American multi-millionaire Tom Perkins and made by Italian firm Perini Navi. You can rent it for a week for a mere €325,000.Gizmodo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/the-maltese-falcon-mega-yacht/

Dramatic Chipmunk Prairie Dog: Best 5 Second Internet Video EVAR!

The funniest five-second video on the Internet EVAR!If you haven't seen this dramatic chipmunk prairie dog, you're missing out: Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via Boing Boing...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/dramatic-chipmunk-best-5-second-internet-video-evar/

Worst Jobs in Science.

Popular Science just released its annual Bottom 10 List of Worst Job in Science. Making its debut at no. 10 is this: whale poop researcher.“Brown stain ahoy!” is not the cry most mariners long to hear, bu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/worst-jobs-in-science-2/

Star Wars AT-AT Stroller Mod.

Daddy Types blog has this neat photo of a custom baby stroller mod: it's made to look like Star Wars' AT-AT Imperial Walker!Link - via Smidigt...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/21/star-wars-at-at-stroller-mod/
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