Archive for February 18th, 2010

Depth of the Ocean, Scaled to Human Size

Pictured above is a section of a large infographic circulating reddit. It claims to show the full depth of the ocean at the Mariana Trench, scaled to the size of a human. The tiny dot in the upper-left corner repre...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/depth-of-the-ocean-scaled-to-human-size/

Stick Bomb Chain Reaction

(YouTube link) Better than dominoes any day! Tim Fort set off 2,250 sticks in this awesome world-record stick bomb {wiki} chain. -via Boing Boingworld record, chain reaction, stick bomb...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/stick-bomb-chain-reaction/

The History and Science of the Handshake

In Scientific American, Jesse Bering writes at length about the cultural origins and significance of the handshake, what controlled experiments have determined about the personalities reflected in different hand...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/the-history-and-science-of-the-handshake/

Crystal Clear Video of Sonic Boom at Recent Atlas V Launch

(YouTube Link) On February 11, NASA launched a Atlas V rocket. The rocket went supersonic (1:53 in the video) at an altitude where ice crystals in the sky made the sonic boom visible. via Geekologienasa, sonic b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/crystal-clear-video-of-sonic-boom-at-recent-saturn-v-launch/

ShadyURL Makes Your Innocent Website Look Disturbing

Utilities like TinyURL are handy for compressing long URLs into short ones. ShadyURL by Wonder-Tonic functions the same way, except that it's more likely to freak out people about your websurfing habits. Link via...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/shadyurl-makes-your-innocent-website-look-disturbing/

Happy Birthday Pluto!

Exactly 80 years ago today, the one-time ninth and smallest planet, Pluto, was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. In this time, Pluto has gone through a lot of changes, both in space and in its reputation here on Earth. Let&...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/happy-birthday-pluto/

Ignore Expiration Dates

Slate has written a great article about the usefulness and expectations of expiration dates on food and drink.  I have always wondered about how reliable and/or accurate expirations dates truly are.The fact is t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/ignore-expiration-dates/

That's a Neat Painting ... Wait, What?!

For his artwork Aggravure, French artist Baptiste Debombourg used a very unusual art medium. Take a look at our second post over at our new wide-format Neatorama Spotlight blog to find out what he used ... http://www.nea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/thats-a-neat-painting-wait-what/

"Should We Clone Neanderthals?"

That's the provocative title of an article in this month's Archaeology magazine exploring the scientific, legal, and ethical considerations involved. Extensive information about the Neanderthal genetic code is avail...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/should-we-clone-neanderthals/

The REAL Reason Kevin Smith Was Kicked Off the Plane!

Late last week, film director Kevin Smith pulled an anti-Silent Bob by unleashing a barrage of HateTweets (Is that a word? No? It should be!) against Southwest Airlines for kicking him off a plane because he was too fat....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/the-real-reason-kevin-smith-was-kicked-off-the-plane/

Science Explains the Teenage Night Owl Syndrome

Why are many teenagers night owls? New findings by Mariana G. Figueiro, a sleep researcher (apparently, there is such a job) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, show that it's the lack of morning light:Riding in sch...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/science-explains-the-teenage-night-owl-syndrome/

Mr. Blobby, the Most Fearful Fish Ever

Photo: K. Parkinson/Australian MuseumBack in 2006, we blogged about Mr. Blobby, the ugliest fish ever. Who knew that many years later the same fish caught the attention of mass media. Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/mr-blobby-the-most-fearful-fish-ever/

Sign Language

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGfyxzJacLI][YouTube - Link]The "mockumentary" short film Sign Language is unexpectedly heart-warming. "My workplace is wonderful, and I want to share it.&qu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/sign-language/

What Is It? Game 128

W00t! It's time for our collaboration with the always entertaining What is it? Blog. Can you guess what the strange object above is used for?Game rules are simple: place your guess in the comment section. One guess per c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/18/what-is-it-game-128/




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