Archive for September 8th, 2009

Where Did All the Flowers Come From?

Charles Darwin was a lifelong fan of flowers, but was unable to figure out how they evolved. There were fossils of flowering plants going back 66-100 million years, which didn’t help much because flowers evolved much e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/where-did-all-the-flowers-come-from/

Inhaling Chocolate

French chef Thierry Marx and Harvard professor of biomedical engineering David Edwards have invented a way to consume chocolate without calories. Le Whif is an aerosol inhaler that provides a puff of fine chocolate powde...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/inhaling-chocolate/

40 New Species Found in Papua New Guinea

The BBC’s natural history unit sent an expedition to Mount Bosavi, a volcano in Papua New Guinea. Scientists on the team identified 40 new species of wildlife which have called the crater home since its last eruption 2...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/40-new-species-found-in-papua-new-guinea/

Eye Stick For the Blind

This cane designed by Wonjune Song is meant for the blind, but there are two big innovations that set it apart from the classic cane: 1) Its got a sensor lens fitted at the bottom of the cane. So when a blind person a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/eye-stick-for-the-blind/

Fun with Logs

All you need to have for a fun evening with a too-trusting friend are a couple of logs, a long piece of 2 by 4s, a bin, and a blindfold. Here's a simple yet diabolically genious prank that you shouldn't pull on anybo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/fun-with-logs/

The Ultimate Star Wars Collection

Photo: Cho WoongI've always been impressed with some people's ability to collect things - stamps, soda cans, comic books, what have you. My amazement over Cho Woong's extensive collection of Star Wars figures is compound...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/the-ultimate-star-wars-collection/

13 Awesome Stone Circles

A few days ago, you read about Clonehenges, art installations that are made to resemble the original Stonehenge. You might not realize that Stonehenge is far from the only ancient stone circle in the UK, and there ar...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/13-awesome-stone-circles/

The Best Station Fire Photos

The Big Picture Blog has a roundup of some of the best photos to come out of the Station Fire in Angeles National Forest recently. Over 140,000 acres have been consumed by the fire.  But the efforts of the firefighte...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/the-best-station-fire-photos/

That Will Buff Out

That Will Buff Out is a newish photoblog along the lines of Fail Blog and I Can Has Cheezburger, that's chock full of fun!  Users submit photos of vehicles in compromising positions, and each entry is easily shareab...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/that-will-buff-out/

Why Don't We All Drive on the Same Side of the Road?

Yesterday, the residents of Samoa began driving on the left side of the road instead of the right. This is the first major switch since the 1970s, when Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone made the change. Randy James of *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/why-dont-we-all-drive-on-the-same-side-of-the-road/

The Fire-Breathing Dragon Boat

(YouTube Link) The Lucky Dragon is a work by Japanese artist Yanobe Kenji. It is a water and fire-shooting articulated steel dragon head with glowing eyes mounted on a 15-meter long cruise boat. The video...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/the-fire-breathing-dragon-boat/

Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram

SARS Corona Virus by Luke Jerram Artist Luke Jarram has created glass sculptures of some of the deadliest diseases known to man including HIV, E. Coli and Small Pox.  The incredibly intrincate sculptures challenge...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/glass-microbiology-by-luke-jerram/

Man Has Donated 40 Gallons of Blood

Al Fischer, an 75-year-old New York man has reached a very commendable milestone: he has donated 40 gallons of blood over 58 years!The print shop operator from Massapequa, affectionately known as Albee, has been dona...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/man-has-donated-40-gallons-of-blood/

Portraits From Your DNA

Image: DNA Art Forms Lauren Davis of io9 describes four companies that make a portrait of you, right down to the profile of your DNA. Above is a portrait of a woman named Catherine from DNA Art Forms. It al...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/portraits-from-your-dna/

A Funeral and A Wedding

This has got to be one of the most poignant things I've ever read. When 7-year-old Asa Hill died after a car accident, his parents honored the young boy's lifelong wish that they get married. And married they did, right...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/a-funeral-and-a-wedding/

10 Incredible Backyard DIY Projects

Photo: Popular Mechanics The magazine Popular Mechanics has issued its Backyard Geniuses Award. It's like a Nobel Prize, but for people who complete amazing technical projects of questionable utility. Pictu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/10-incredible-backyard-diy-projects/

Muzorama

(Video Link) Muzorama is a surrealist short film created by students at the animation studio Superinfocom and presented last month at the Siggraph 2009 computer animation festival. The six students involve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/muzorama/

Llama Caddies

Sherwood Forest Golf Course in Transylvania County, North Carolina offers a memorable golf experience every Tuesday. You can rent a llama to be your caddy! A llama from Fairway Friends Llama Farm will carry two sets...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/llama-caddies/

Snow Leopard Cub

(YouTube link) The Tama Zoo in Tokyo has unveiled their new snow leopard cub named Yukichi. The male cub was born on July 2nd. He is the fourth cub born to his mother Yuki and the first for his father Valdemar. And...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/snow-leopard-cub/

Kate has Five Babies

The announcement in the Times of London told the world that Kate Pong had given birth to quintuplets named Beyonce, Tyra, Bobbi, Barrack and Earl. The small item prompted Robert Littlejohn of The Daily Mail to specul...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/kate-has-five-babies/

The Math Book: Milestones in the History of Math

I love math (though it's debatable whether math loves me back, I suspect not) so it's a pleasure to read Cliff Pickover's newest creation, The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimens...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/08/the-math-book-milestones-in-the-history-of-math/




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