Archive for September 25th, 2009

Klosterman on Facebook/Twitter

Do you use Twitter or Facebook? I really get the most out of Twitter when events like the Iranian elections went down.  (the only reason to like Twitter, aside from this). Chuck Klosterman has a seriously cool int...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/klosterman-on-facebooktwitter/

Is Russia's Doomsday Bomb Still Operational?

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, we still don't know if Russia's doomsday weapon is still operational.  It's a bit of a worry, because the weapon, code name The Dead Hand, is 50,000 times more powerfu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/is-russias-doomsday-bomb-still-operational/

10 Drug Breakthroughs that Changed the Medical World

WebMD recently consulted with experts to determine the most important drugs from throughout history.  They were looking for drugs that changed the medical landscape by either treating a large number of people with a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/10-drug-breakthroughs-that-changed-the-medical-world/

Neatorama Shop Story: I Once Had a Chum from Nantucket

The following is a Neatorama Shop Story, a narrative starring the products carried in this blog’s very own online store. I Once Had a Chum from Nantucket*/str...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/neatorama-shop-story-i-once-had-a-chum-from-nantucket/

Simulating A Stradivarius With Fungus

Sandeep Ravindran writes in Popular Science that a Swiss violin maker treated a new violin with a unique fungus. The result was that the new violin beat a Stradivarius in a listening test: A jury of expe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/simulating-a-stradivarius-with-fungus/

Animals That Can Count

Michael Tennesen writes in Scientific American that biologists suspect that robins, baby chicks, rhesus monkeys, and parrots may have the ability to count. Although they may not have fixed numerals, they have h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/animals-that-can-count/

A Robot That Draws Blood

The Bloodbot is a robot that drains you of your blood, thus replacing nursing assistants who previously did that task. It's a project by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, UK. It's been aroun...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/a-robot-that-draws-blood/

Neatoramabot Papercraft by Yumiko Matsui

I'm a big fan of papercraft artist Yumiko Matsui (featured before on Neatorama here) - so it was a pleasant surprise to hear from her about this Neatoramabot papercraft sculpture. Ain't he cute?If you haven't seen Yumiko...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/neatoramabot-papercraft-by-yumiko-matsui/

The Mojito Shoe

Julian Hakes designed shoes that have no sole.  The support is there, though, for the heel and ball of the foot, which forms a natural bridge between the two.  In the course of designing, he had tracing paper and maski...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/the-mojito-shoe/

The Longest Point in the History of Professional Tennis - 29 minutes, 643 shots

This week marks the 25th anniversary of an historic tennis match.  At a Virginia Slims tournament in 1984, Vicki Nelson and Jean Hepner exchanged 643 shots; it remains the longest single rally in the history of professi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/the-longest-point-in-the-history-of-professional-tennis-29-minutes-643-shots/

HOME by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

A few months ago, photographer and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his non-profit organization GoodPlanet released the movie HOME, a documentary about life on Eart...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/home-by-yann-arthus-bertrand/

Burj Dubai in New York

To get a little perspective, this is what the Burj Dubai (previously at Neatorama) would look like if it were built in downtown Manhattan. Gizmodo has a chart comparing some of the world’s tallest buildings if you...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/burj-dubai-in-new-york/

11 Famous Actors and the Big TV Roles They Turned Down

Sometimes the stories of what might have been are just as fascinating as what really happened. Kara Kovalchik of mental_floss dug up actors and actresses that turned down TV roles that may have turned out quite diffe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/11-famous-actors-and-the-big-tv-roles-they-turned-down/

A Glorious Dawn

(YouTube link)Forget rap, forget the news, THIS is what auto-tune was meant for! Carl Sagan sings his lovely prose about our wonderful universe with an appearance by Stephen Hawking. -via Geeks Are Sexyautotune, Carl Sag...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/a-glorious-dawn/

Vulcano Buono

It looks like a new volcano is growing in Nola, Italy, near Mt. Vesuvius! The Vulcano Buono (good volcano) is a commercial center designed by Renzo Piano. The interior space is bigger than it looks due to the sloping...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/vulcano-buono/

Saber-Toothed Squirrel

You may be familiar with Scrat, the “saber-toothed squirrel” from the Ice Age movies, but a real one lives in Niagara Falls, New York. This squirrel has an unusual tusk growing out of its lower jaw! Mary Jo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/saber-toothed-squirrel/

"Winter Babies" are different from "Summer Babies"

The three graphs above show that women who give birth in winter months (blue dots) tend to be younger, less educated, and less likely to be married compared to mothers who give birth during the summer months (green dot...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/winter-babies-are-different-from-summer-babies/

Spitzer Telescope Captures Images of Forming Planet

Image: Artist's conception of LRLL 31 system, courtesty of NASA/JPL-CatlTech NASA's Spitzer Telescope spent five months observing LRLL 31, a young star with a ring of materials orbiting it. Astronomers believe that i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/spitzer-telescope-captures-images-of-forming-planet/

Man Builds Submarine Home Theatre

(YouTube Link) Tina Law writes in New Zealand's Stuff magazine about one man who wanted to own a den that looked the interior of a submarine. Wayne Eyre of Spencerville, NZ hired special effects artist Dea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/man-builds-submarine-home-theatre/

Infotoons by Lunchbreath

Image: Lunchbreath [Flickr]Lunchbreath's Infotoons are one of my favorite things about the web. They're simply brilliant. This one above uese a Gantt chart to illustrate the various stages of a doomed relationship.Check...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/infotoons-by-lunchbreath/

Playing and Jumping Are Dangerous

Los Angeles Times' Your Scene gallery user pablo uploaded this photo of a "lost in translation" sign (yes, made popular by Engrish.com) warning us that playing and jumping are dangerous. A quick Googlin' pinpoi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/playing-and-jumping-are-dangerous/

This Much I Know by AC Grayling

Philosopher AC Grayling shares his nuggets of wisdom in The Guardian's highly enjoyable This much I know series: Science is the outcome of being prepared to live without certainty and therefore a mark of maturity. It...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/this-much-i-know-by-ac-grayling/

An Apple with a Split Personality

Ken Morrish of Colaton Raleigh, Devon, England picked a bizarre Red Delicious apple off his tree. It looks as if someone stuck together half of a green apple and half of a red apple, but these colors are natural. Jo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/an-apple-with-a-split-personality/

Interpreting the UN

The United Nations is in session, with leaders and representatives from all over the world meeting to exchange ideas. Just how can they do that, when they speak so many different languages? The United Nations hires...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/25/interpreting-the-un/





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