Archive for October 14th, 2009

Gasometers Reimagined as Apartment Community

[caption id="attachment_26889" align="aligncenter" width="352" caption="Photo by Peter Korrak"][/caption] For a hundred years or so, Vienna invested in coal/gas energy, but when the plant was decommissioned there wer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/gasometers-reimagined-as-apartment-community/

Was Marie Rogêt Murdered by Edgar Allan Poe?

In July 1841 the dead body of the beautiful brunette Mary Cecilia Rogers was found in the Hudson, near Hoboken. When the famous author Edgar Allan Poe soon afterwards published his story "The Murder of Marie Rog...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/was-marie-roget-murdered-by-edgar-allan-poe/

Giant Hand Crushes Pedestrians

(Video Link) Do you remember the the head-crushing sketch from The Kids in the Hall? Artist Chris O'Shea created something like it, but on a grand scale, in this augmented reality demonstration. As the pe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/giant-hand-crushes-pedestrians/

Shape-Shifting Robot

(YouTube Link) iRobot, the company that invented the Roomba household vacuuming robot, is developing a robot that locomotes by inflating and deflating sections of its outer skin, moving contents inside toward its de...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/shape-shifting-robot/

The Meatscapes of Nicolas Lampert

Image: Nicholas Lampert Collage artist Nicolas Lampert combines the joys of lovely landscapes and mountains of meat. In an interview with ArtSlant, he wrote about the juxtapositions that he creates in his meatscapes:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/the-meatscapes-of-nicolas-lampert/

Kite-Powered Generator

Image: KiteGen Research The Italian firm KiteGen Research is developing a generator that harnesses the wind through kites. As a kite flies into the air, it unspools a cord that cranks the turbine. Carina Storrs writ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/kite-powered-generator/

The Diving Horses of Atlantic City

The diving horses performed at Atlantic City's Steel Pier in the 1920s and 1930s.  The horse would jump into a tank of water, typically with a young woman riding on its back. Some dove with their front legs straigh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/the-diving-horses-of-atlantic-city/

Darwinopterus, the New Flying Reptile

Fossils of flying reptiles come in two versions: the older long-tailed pterosaurs and the more recent short-tailed versions. The fossil gap between the two was a mystery until 20 skeletons of a new species were disco...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/darwinopterus-the-new-flying-dinosaur/

Ever Dream This Man?

In 2000, a psychiatric patient drew a picture of a man who appeared in recurring dreams. The picture was left out on the doctor's desk, where another patient recognized it from his dreams as well! With a bit of inves...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/ever-dream-this-man/

9-year-old child Given Marijuana for Medical Reasons

"J" is an autistic child who also has post-surgical and bowel-related chronic pain.  His autism manifested itself as aggression rather than simple withdrawal, resulting in severe behavioral problems.  Authorities in Rh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/9-year-old-child-given-marijuana-for-medical-reasons/

Bomb-Sniffing Bees

Photo: Inscentinel For a few years, a British company called Inscentinel has been developing chemical-detecting honeybees for security and sanitation purposes. Bees are trained to respond to certain smells and then a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/bomb-sniffing-bees/

The Famous Layered Jewish Cemetery in Prague

There was a problem in the segregated Jewish ghetto of 15th century Prague: there were more people dying than there was land to bury them. The solution? They were buried on top of one another. Here's the unique story...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/the-famous-layered-jewish-cemetery-in-prague/

New da Vinci Discovered Thanks to Hunch and A Fingerprint

This painting, which was sold in auction as "German, Early 19th Century" has gone from being worth $19,000 to millions overnight. The new owner who won it decided to give the painting a thorough checkup, whereu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/new-da-vinci-discovered-thanks-to-hunch-and-a-fingerprint/

The Photo Shoot Is Literally a Photographer Shooting Things

Usually, when you say "shoot" to a photographer, he starts snapping with his camera - but be careful when you say that to California-based photographer Alan Sailer. He may just start shooting ... with bullets!*...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/the-photo-shoot-is-literally-a-photographer-shooting-things/

Be Careful Who You Poke

In yet another case of blurring between the lines of virtual and reality, a woman broke the law for poking via Facebook!  Shannon Jackson of Tennessee broke the law when she poked a contact on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/be-careful-who-you-poke/

Tardis Cake

This Tardis cake by Barbara-Jo of Do it myself! blog is so awesome that the Time Lord himself would probably go back in time to prevent it from being eaten. The Tardis cake a quarter-scale (2 feet tall) and has LEDs a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/14/tardis-cake/




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