Archive for January 9th, 2010

Cleverbot: For Those Times When You Want to Have a Conversation with a Sarcastic Robot

Sure, you could talk to actual human beings, but who would want to? Cleverbot, an artificial intelligence, is willing to have a conversation with you. Just start typing in the blank space. The program was develope...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/09/cleverbot-for-those-times-when-you-want-to-have-a-conversation-with-a-sarcastic-robot/

One Year in 120 Seconds

(Video Link) In 2008, Eirik Solheim of Oslo, Norway, filmed his backyard regularly for a year and compiled the results into a 40-second time-lapse video. In 2009, he did the same thing in a 120-second video. But t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/09/oneyearin120seconds/

Duct Tape Prom Outfits

Every year for the past decade, Duck Tape brand duct tape has held a contest for the creative use of their tape in prom dresses and tuxedos. Winners earn scholarship money. Gallery at the link. Link via DudeCraft Oh,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/09/duct-tape-prom-outfits/

School Teaches Its Students Almost Entirely Through Video Games

The experimental Quest to Learn School in New York City opened last September. In the hopes of preparing students for high-tech careers, it teaches students almost entirely though video games: This year’s 72-st...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/09/school-teaches-its-students-almost-entirely-through-video-games/

8% of Human DNA Comes from a 40 Million Year-Old Virus

A team of scientists led by Keizo Tomonaga of Osaka University determined that a virus dating from 40 million years ago is embedded in human DNA. This infection, known as the bornavirus, might be the cause of schizophre...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/09/8-of-human-dna-comes-from-a-40-million-year-old-virus/

Neanderthals were makeup artists

Scientists from the U.K., on an archaeological dig in the Murcia province of southern Spain, have made a discovery that seems to suggest that Neanderthals wore makeup.The team report in Proceedings of the National Ac...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/09/neanderthals-were-makeup-artists/

Why Do We Get Sick More in the Wintertime?

Your mother probably told you time and time again, “Bundle up or you’ll catch a cold!” But how accurate is this statement? After all, our bodies stay close to the same temperature no matter how cold it...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/09/why-do-we-get-sick-more-in-the-wintertime/

Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

The Big Picture has a bunch of beautiful pictures of this year's International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China. Buildings made of ice blocks are illuminated both inside and outside, creating a magica...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/09/harbin-ice-and-snow-sculpture-festival/

The Mystery of Resin

You may well be thinking 'The mystery of what?' but resin (the type from trees) is still something of a mystery. The jury is still out about why exactly plants secrete (or excrete, depending on what side of the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/09/the-mystery-of-resin/
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