Archive for July 21st, 2009

Strangers Save Family from Burning Car

(CNN video link) This intense video was shot as a group of neighbors and passers-by rescued a mother and her two children from their burning SUV in Milwaukee. The mother and baby daughter were brought out first, but t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/strangers-save-family-from-burning-car/

The Deepest Ocean Depths

You've heard plenty about how the US beat the Soviets to the moon in 1969. There was another lesser-known exploratory scoop in January of 1960, when US Navy marine specialist Lieutenant Don Walsh and oceanographer Jacque...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/the-deepest-ocean-depths/

Solar Eclipse Wednesday

The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century will move across part of the earth tomorrow. You'll be able to see it if you are certain parts of India, China, or Japan. The first who will be able to see it are...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/solar-eclipse-wednesday/

Ultrasound Brain Surgery

(YouTube Link) A biotech company named InSightec is developing a surgical technique that uses focused ultrasound waves instead of scalpels to destroy tumors: Machinery like this had previously been used to tr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/ultrasound-brain-surgery/

Smelting Iron in a Microwave

(Video Link) Artist Thomas Thwaites is trying to build a toaster from scratch from the original raw materials -- which he mined himself. Here is a video about his efforts to smelt iron ore at home. He's doing so a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/smelting-iron-in-a-microwave/

Internet Memes as Fine Art

Can a dramatic prairie dog be fine art? If you're looking for squirrels in underpants or zombies in romantic moonlight, then this oil painting and others like it are for you. They're availabe at McPhee. I can't find a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/internet-memes-as-fine-art/

10 Oddest Places to Work or Live

Fast Company has a slideshow of unusual buildings in which people live or work, using unique materials or shapes. These include high-grade bricks made from cow dung, a house made from hemp (pictured), a buildin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/10-oddest-places-to-work-or-live/

Baffling Toilet Signs

New signs for a public loo in Winchcombe, England have people scratching their heads. The infographic resembles a skier with poles, or a man on an escalator. The words "ambulant urinal" convey the idea of a urinal that...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/baffling-toilet-signs/

How to Make a Horse Go Faster

After winning a horse race, the glory usually goes to the horse instead of the jockey. But the jockey makes a world of difference. A new study from the Royal Veterinary College in London says that how a jockey positions...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/how-to-make-a-horse-go-faster/

Stress Relief from the Good Old Days

The post is titled "9 reasons why there wasn’t stress in the good old days". Now, you better believe there was plenty of stress in the 19th and 20th centuries, but people were happy to try everything nature and medic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/stress-relief-from-the-good-old-days/

Variable Tactile Surface Touchscreens

(YouTube Link) Researchers are Carnegie Mellon University are developing touchscreens that are textured to provide a variety of different shapes for users to interact with. If I understand this video correctly, thi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/variable-tactile-surface-touchscreens/

A Miniature Telescope Implanted in the Eye

VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, a biotech start-up, has developed a tiny telescope that has can implanted into the eyes of people suffering from macular degeration: Last week, an advisory panel for the Food an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/21/a-miniature-telescope-implanted-in-the-eye/
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