Archive for August 26th, 2009

SpiderBot Walks on the Ceiling by Shooting Retractable Suction Cups

The robotics lab at Ben Gurion University in Israel has created a robot that walks on the ceiling. SpiderBot has suction cups tethered to the ends of its four legs.  It aims a leg at a spot on the ceiling, then sho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/26/spiderbot-walks-on-the-ceiling-by-shooting-retractable-suction-cups/

An Eco-Friendly, Bicycle-Hauled Travel Trailer

Paul Elkins built this lightweight travel trailer for his trip to the Burning Man festival. It has a roof-mounted wind turbine for electical power, as well as a solar cooker and water heater. It weighs only 100 pou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/26/an-eco-friendly-bicycle-hauled-travel-trailer/

Tezcatlipoca

(YouTube Link) Tezcatlipoca is a three-minute animated short film by Robin George that uses music from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake to tell the story of the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca: Like other Aztec deities, he cou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/26/tezcatlipoca/

New Species at the Bristol Zoo

Visitors to the Bristol Zoo can read all about the species Homo sapiens in this plaque hung by the window of the zoo’s cafe. It says, in part: After a gestation period of nine months, humans usually liv...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/26/new-species-at-the-bristol-zoo/

Daniel Pelletier, Paraplegic Skateboarder

(YouTube Link) Sixteen-year old Daniel Pelletier is paralyzed from the waist down and has endured twenty-five surgeries during his recovery, but he doesn't let that stop him from being an accomplished skateboarder....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/26/daniel-pelletier-paraplegic-skateboarder/

Air Travel’s Glory Years

Flying these days is about as pleasant as a root canal, with security hassles, delays, poor service, expensive or nonexistent food, and cramped seats. But was it always this way? The answer, of course, is no. And...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/26/air-travels-glory-years/

Live Turkeys Stuffed with Cocaine

Officials acting on a tip searched a bus in Tarapoto, Peru for cocaine. They had been alerted that the cocaine was in a crate of turkeys, but they didn’t see any. However, the two live turkeys appeared bloated. Police...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/26/live-turkeys-stuffed-with-cocaine/

Match and Matchbox Designs

Pull a petal off this lovely flower and you have a light! If you play “he loves me, he loves me not,” be careful not to get burned. It’s just one of a collection of artful and innovative matchboxes at Crooked Bra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/26/match-and-matchbox-designs/

Linux Baby Rocker

(YouTube Link) YouTube user macjonesnz programmed his CD-ROM tray to repeatedly open and close. Then he tied a string between the tray and his child's car seat. Result: sleeping baby. Via Bits & Piecesbaby, L...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/26/linux-baby-rocker/

ElectraPour Illuminates Your Drinks

Attach this spout to a bottle of liquor. As you pour, a LED light will illuminate the liquid. Unlike similar gadgets, it only lights up when liquid pours through it, adding a cool visual effect to bartending during i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/26/electrapour-illuminates-your-drinks/






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