Archive for September 1st, 2009

Mushroom-Shaped Silicon Nanowires May Just Be The Next Transistors

Image: IBMTake a look at the image above and tell us what do you see. A field of mushrooms? A series of tubes a la Super Mario Bros.? Actually they're a crop of silicon nanowires, grown by IBM researcher Frances Ross. Th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/mushroom-shaped-silicon-nanowires-may-just-be-the-next-transistors/

Mosquito Mystery Explained

It has been a question that has long perplexed people: why are some individuals seemingly immune to mosquito bites, while others suffer endless attacks? Scientists at Rothamsted Research in the U.K. have made progress...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/mosquito-mystery-explained/

Engineering Students Develop Fart Detector

Behold the blessings of technology: After learning in class how breathalyzers work, Robert Clain and Miguel Salas assembled a fart detector from a sensitive hydrogen sulfide monitor, a thermometer and a microphone...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/engineering-students-develop-fart-detector/

A Motorcycle With a Dodge Viper V10 Engine

(YouTube Link) British nuclear engineer Allen Millyard is known for building huge motorcycles, often using car engines to replace the factory engines. His latest creation is this motorcycle, which uses a 500-hp, 8,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/a-motorcycle-with-a-dodge-viper-v10-engine/

Teenager Builds Pedal-Powered Airplane

Photo: Jesse van Kuijk Dutch teenager Jesse van Kuijk designed and built a crude but functional human-powered aircraft: Dates pour out of him as he relates the history of human-powered flight. The year 1979 was...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/teenager-builds-pedal-powered-airplane/

Very Funny Ads: "Clap" by Good Knight

I'm happy to announce that we've started a new collaboration with Very Funny Ads, a website by Turner Broadcasting System that aims to bring you the world's funniest commercials (motto: "ads that were too hot for tv...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/very-funny-ads-clap-by-good-knight/

The Kopp-Etchells Effect: Eerie Halo of a Helicopter's Rotor Blades in a Dust Cloud

Photo: Michael YonReporter and former Green Beret Michael Yon took a series of intriguing photos of glowing rotor blades as a helicopter lands in a military base in Afghanistan. The eerie "halo" is caused by st...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/the-kopp-etchells-effect-eerie-halo-of-a-helicopters-rotor-blades-in-a-dust-cloud/

Disney and Marvel Character Mashups

John of Super Punch Blog has a really neat post showing mashed up characters from Disney and Marvel to mark the recent purchase of the comic book publisher by The Mouse.The Galactus/Goofy (Gooflactus) is by our pal Ada...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/disney-and-marvel-character-mashups/

Why Can't Human Babies Walk?

In contrast to horses, which can walk within an hour of being born, or newborn baboons, which can cling to their mothers as they swing through the trees, human babies are unusually helpless and vulnerable. Anthropologis...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/why-cant-human-babies-walk/

Painful Bee Sting Therapy

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwHtlpTYJDc][YouTube - Link] An Indonesian man named Muntowib can cure all sorts of ailments with a unique medical treatment: bee stings. Yes, bee stings. By the way, this vi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/painful-bee-sting-therapy/

Doodurls - Oodles of Doodles

Got doodles? Here's a blog called Doodurls that wants to display your doodles. Most people doodle during boring meetings, interminable classes, while waiting on hold... Doodurls wants to show them off, and they aren't pi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/doodurls-oodles-of-doodles/

Taxonomy: Keeping the Family in Order

Taxonomy: Keeping the family in orderGot a loved one who loves to monkey around? Do you have an ardent Creationist friend who you'd love to poke a little fun at? Here's a new T-shirt from the Neatorama Shop that will fit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/taxonomy-keeping-the-family-in-order/

Flying Drunk

A 65-year-old amateur pilot was arrested for flying drunk after a rescue helicopter had to guide him to the airfield in Schoengleida, Germany. He had drunk wine and beer before taking off, and continued to drink while fl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/flying-drunk/

The Faces of NPR

You would probably recognize the voices of the announcers on National Public Radio, but how well do you know their faces? Today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss might be an exercise in futility, but...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/the-faces-of-npr/

Duggar #19 on the Way

This morning, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar announced they are expecting their 19th child in March. 42-year-old Michelle Dugger was surprised to find she is pregnant only eight months after the birth of her 18th child. T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/duggar-19-on-the-way/

72-year-old Subdues Attacker

72-year-old Dawn Fraser confronted two teenage home intruders at her daughter’s home in Noosaville, Australia. One attacked her, thinking a little old lady wouldn’t resist much. What he didn’t realize was that Fraz...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/72-year-old-subdues-attacker/

Utah’s 4-day Work Week

Last year, the state of Utah mandated a four-day work week for state employees. The salaries and number of hours each worker put in remained the same as the workday became longer, but offices were closed on Fridays. *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/utahs-4-day-work-week/

Saddam’s Military Planes Found in Serbia

Iraq’s missing Air Force jets have been traced to Serbia, where they are mostly in pieces. They have been cannibalized, parted out, or left to deteriorate over he past twenty years. Iraqi officials said they found...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/saddams-military-planes-found-in-serbia/

Saved from The Cutting Room Floor

Rambo, Mr. Spock, The Joker. One thing they all have in common is that the characters were almost discarded before they had a chance. Read the stories of 7 Iconic Characters They Saved from The Cutting Room Floor and t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/saved-from-the-cutting-room-floor/

New Breathalyzer Can Detect Lung Cancer

Israeli scientists have invented a breathalyzer-type device that can detect chemical markers for lung cancer in a patient’s breaths. The sensor relies on a film of gold nanoparticles, which conducts electricity, l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/01/new-breathalyzer-can-detect-lung-cancer/






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