Archive for January 18th, 2008

Trivia: How Microwave was Invented

In 1945, while working on a radar project, Percy Spencer's chocolate bar in his pocked melted while standing in front of a magnetron. This led to the development of the microwave oven.After he noticed the chocolate bar,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/trivia-how-microwave-was-invented/

Alastair Heseltine's Fallen Tree Sculpture

Canadian artist Alastair Heseltine created this sculpture of a fallen tree using ... logs from trees cut for firewood! Ah, the irony. Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/alastair-heseltines-fallen-tree-sculpture/

The Punishments of China, as Illustrated by 1804 Book

The Punishment SwingTwisting of the ears and the wooden collarThe New York Public Library Digital Gallery has a set of engravings from a 1804 book titled The Punishments of China. Too bad no descriptions were given to ac...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/the-punishments-of-china-as-illustrated-by-1804-book/

Graveyard Restaurant

Americans have always been squeamish about death. Indians, on the other hand, sees it as a part of life - in fact, at one local restaurant, it's a part of lunch!The bustling New Lucky Restaurant in Ahmadabad is famou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/graveyard-restaurant/

Behind the Scenes at Gmail: How Email Goes Around The World

What exactly happens when you hit that send button on GMail? Here's a collaborative video of how an email message travels around the world.Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] | The webpage: Gmail: A Behind the Scenes Video...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/behind-the-scenes-at-gmail-how-email-goes-around-the-world/

Quote: Wernher von Braun on Crash Program

"Crash programs fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby in a month." - Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (1912 - 1977)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/quote-wernher-von-braun-on-crash-program/

Pluviae

Who needs a shower stall when you’ve got Pluviae? A great design for a minimalist bathroom, or a very small space for one, from Matteo Thun & Partners. http://www.matteothun.com/content/pluviae.htm -via Ursi’s Blog...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/pluviae/

Bunnies in Prison

A collection of surreal animations about the misadventures of a couple of incarcerated bunnies. Scroll down on the site and click on a video image. The site is in Japanese, but the videos have no dialogue. Link -via Mi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/bunnies-in-prison/

Contact Lenses for Superhuman Vision

Engineers at the University of Washington are developing techniques to combine a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights. The lenses incorporate circuits made from layers...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/contact-lenses-for-superhuman-vision/

Tentacle Arm

Just what you’ve always wanted -your very own tentacle arm! While we've been using our primitive, apelike arms like a bunch of jerks, the squids of the world have been clutching their prey with their superior te...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/tentacle-arm/

Boomerang Comes Back

A tourist who visited the Frank Aston Underground Museum at Mount Isa in Queensland, Australia in 1983 lifted an artifact and took it home to the US -a boomerang. Twenty-five years later, he mailed the boomerang back wit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/boomerang-comes-back/

God's Eye View: Scenes from the Bible As Seen from Heaven

In a series titled God's Eye View, artist collective The Glue Society created a series of scenes out of The Bible, as they would've been seen from Heaven:Scenes from the Bible have been imagined by countless artists...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/gods-eye-view-scenes-from-the-bible-as-seen-from-heaven/

Man Shoved Dead Body Under Mobile Home, "Forgot" About It for 7 Years

When a dog found a human jaw bone in Pueblo County, Colorado, police launched a search that led to Charles E. Gross, who confessed:The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says Charles E. Gross confessed to shooting a man...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/man-shoved-dead-body-under-mobile-home-forgot-about-it-for-7-years/

Those Sneaky Squirrels Bury Non-Existent Nuts to Trick Rivals

Turns out squirrels are more devious than anyone realized:To protect their winter food stocks from potential thieves, they put on an elaborate show of burying non-existent nuts and seeds, a study has shown.S...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/those-sneaky-squirrels-bury-non-existent-nuts-to-trick-rivals/

Scientists Invent the Blackest Material Known to Man

A National Institute of Standards and Technology reflectance standard (left), a sample of the new darkest material (center), and a piece of glassy carbon (right), taken under a flash light illumination are seen in an un...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/scientists-invent-the-blackest-material-known-to-man/

The Real Identity of the Mona Lisa

We've finally found out (for sure) the identity of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa:Some suggested the master artist had amalgamated a variety of subjects to create his ideal woman, used his mother for a model, or even...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/the-real-identity-of-the-mona-lisa/

Venus de Milo, Digitized

In 2005, Konica Minolta used a laser measuring instrument to scan 3D data from the famous statue of Venus de Milo at the Louvre. They then used the data to re-create the statue digitally: Recreating the Venus de Milo on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/venus-de-mileo-digitized/

The Trojan Moose

In an effort to boost tourism, the Swedes are planning to build a giant 47 m (154 ft) long and 45 m (148 ft) tall "Trojan Moose" on top of the Vithatten mountain.Thorbjön Holmlund of the Big Moose ("...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/the-trojan-moose/

The Honesty Experiment

It's no surprise that people are more honest when they know that they're being watched. But what about just reminding them of the idea of being watched, without them actually being watched?For years, pe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/the-honesty-experiment/

Eighty Eight-Year-Old Man's First Ballet Performance

Nine years ago, John Lowe of Witchford, England, took up ballet after watching his daugher became a professional dancer. He's now set to star in his first ballet show at the age of 88!The retired teacher said: "It's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/eighty-eight-year-old-mans-first-ballet-performance/

The Superest Revisited

Since we posted about The Superest last year, about one hundred new "superheroes" have been added.If you don't know what it is, The Superest is an on-going art project by illustrators Kevin Cornell and Matthew...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/the-superest-revisited/

Blue Sky Art Deters Vandalism

Artist Stig Evans found a way to deter taggers to vandalize abandoned buildings with graffiti: paint images of sunny skies and white clouds on the windows!A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: "It's made a real diff...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/blue-sky-art-deters-vandalism/

6 Mind Bending Ailments

Brains are pretty scary to begin with: they're pinkish gray, they're lumpy, and they blank out at the most inappropriate times. But what would happen if your brain really turned on you?THAT'S NO FRIEND OF M...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/6-mind-bending-ailments/

Velvet Bristlebot Racing Snail

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories taught us how to build a fast-moving “bristlebot” out of a toothbrush last month. The sequel is another robot that moves using the same principle of vibrating fibers, but this “sna...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/18/velvet-bristlebot-racing-snail/
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