Archive for March 2nd, 2008

21 Accents

Amy Walker, 25, introduces herself 21 times in English, each time spoken with a different distinct accent. They all sounded pretty good to me, except, perhaps, the Brooklyn accent. What do our readers in London, Glas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/21-accents/

Oscillating Chemical Reaction

In this video clip at Centripetal Notion blog, you'll see a neat example of an oscillating chemical reaction: The Briggs-Rauscher oscillating reaction is one of a small number of known oscillating chemical reactions....

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/oscillating-chemical-reaction/

Alligator and Other Weird Things Spilled From Trucks

"A trailer carrying 26 alligator carcasses to a processing plant overturned on a Fort Lauderdale highway (year unknown). The carcasses, which weighed about 10,000 pounds were put on a flatbed truck and taken to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/alligator-and-other-weird-things-spilled-from-trucks/

Fluorescent Tubes Powered by Magnetic Field of Power Lines

In 2004, Richard Box slipped a local farmer £200 to "borrow" a 3,600 m2 field to plant fluorescent light tubes near overhead power lines. The show began at night: A fluorescent tube glows when an ele...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/fluorescent-tubes-powered-by-magnetic-field-of-power-lines/

How to Think, According to MIT Professor Ed Boyden

Ed Boyden, assistant professor in the MIT Media Lab and Biological Engineering, wanted to teach a class called "How to Think," which would focus on "how to be creative, thoughtful, and powerful in a wo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/how-to-think-according-to-mit-professor-ed-boyden/

US Military: War is Good for Iraqi Teens' Self-Esteem

Hooray for war! If any one ever asked you what the Iraq war is good for, tell 'em this study by the United States Military Academy: it is good for the self esteem of Iraqi teenagers (if they're still alive ...)[Re-readin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/us-military-war-is-good-for-iraqi-teens-self-esteem/

Canyon, the Sand Cat

[http://youtu.be/7MjG9r_YP_U] (YouTube link) I had never seen a Sand Cat {wiki} until today. From the Metacafe entry: The Sand Cat is indeed the cutest cat in the world. The Sand Cat (Felis margarita) lives in the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/canyon-the-sand-cat/

Pika

(YouTube link) This adorable mountain-dwelling relative of the rabbit is a pika {wiki -and I love how Wikipedia warns not to confuse pika with Pikachu}. Sir David Attenborough narrates a clip about how pikas prepare f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/pika/

Helpmann Award Shadow Puppet Clip

Someone emailed me this clip from past Helpmanns Awards [wikipedia] show. It's just amazingly performed ... and all by hands and head, too! Link [youtube]...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/helpmann-award-shadow-puppet-clip/

Giant Huddle of Penguins Look "Like Frothing Coffee" From The Sky

If you've seen the popular documentary March of the Penguins, then you'd know that the birds huddle in large masses (called crèche). Well, believe it or not, the image on the left is a one such crè...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/giant-huddle-of-penguins-look-like-frothing-coffee-from-the-sky/

Chassis, the Beer Dispensing Robot

Meet Chassis, a remote controlled /potentially autonomous beer-pouring/beverage-delivering robot, built by Jonathan Foote and Al Honig:Chassis is a remote control/potentially autonomous drink delivering machine. He&#...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/chassis-the-beer-dispensing-robot/

Trivia: God's Own Catapult and Bad Neighbor Trebuchets

In the Siege of Acre in 1191, Richard the Lionheart constructed two trebuchets that he named "God's Own Catapult" and "Bad Neighbor."Things flung during a medieval siege included: rocks, fire bomb, ca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/trivia-gods-own-catapult-and-bad-neighbor-trebuchets/

Ornamental Typography of the 18th Century

They certainly don't make alphabets like this anymore! The 'A' above is an excellent example of ornamental typography, as designed in 1730 by Mauro Poggi in his book 'Alfabeto di Lettere Iniziali':The capita...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/ornamental-typography-of-the-18th-century/

Food Fight: Wars Acted Out by Fighting Countries' Food

Stefan Nadelman's short film, titled "Food Fight," is an abridged history of war, from World War II to present day, "acted out" by food of the countries involved. It's a little American-centric, but s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/food-fight-wars-acted-out-by-fighting-countries-food/

In My Language: The Video That Made Scientists Rethink What They Think They Know About Autism

Amanda Baggs released a video on YouTube showing her autistic ritual, In My Language, that made scientists re-think autism and what autistic people are capable of doing. Wired has a fascinating story about Baggs, what li...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/in-my-language-the-video-that-made-scientists-rethink-what-they-think-they-know-about-autism/

Quote: Einstein on Logic and Imagination

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein, scientist (1879 - 1955)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/02/quote-einstein-on-logic-and-imagination/
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