Archive for July 17th, 2010

Robotic Butterfly

(YouTube Link) The Japanese toy company Tenyo made this robotic butterfly that looks and acts like the real thing. It was on display at the Tokyo Toy Show this year. http://www.japantrends.com/chouchou-robotic-b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/robotic-butterfly/

Primitive Knife Made from Fiber Optic Glass

Mike Cook is an artisan who makes knives the old fashioned way. He knapps flint and other stones into different shapes, like Stone Age humans did. In a juxtaposition of technologies, Cook knapped this one from fibe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/primitive-knife-made-from-fiber-optic-glass/

Divers Find 200 Year Old Bottles of Champagne in Shipwreck

Divers exploring a shipwreck near the Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea found bottles of what is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne. They probably date back to the 1780s and have an estimated value of $...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/divers-find-200-year-old-bottles-of-champagne-in-shipwreck/

The Paper Worlds of Jeff Nishinaka

Los Angeles-based artist Jeff Nishinaka is a sculptor of paper. He creates amazingly detailed 3D renderings for both the fine and commercial arts, such as the above dragon. In the links, you can see a video demonst...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/the-paper-worlds-of-jeff-nishinaka/

Old Spice Commercial for a Library

(YouTube Link) Hello scholars. Look at your grades. Now look at mine. Now back at your grades. Now back to mine. Sadly, they're not like mine. But if you stopped studying in a cave and started studying like me...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/old-spice-commercial-for-a-library/

New Buoys Allow Submarines to Communicate While Submerged

US Navy submarines can receive messages while submerged, but can't respond without raising antennas and exposing themselves. That's why Lockheed Martin is developing a system of buoys that will be able to relay surf...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/new-bouys-allow-submarines-to-communicate-while-submerged/

HM4 Thunderbolt Watch

What time is it? Why, let me consult MB&F's Horological Machines (don't you dare call it a watch) HM4 Thunderbolt:The sleek aerodynamic form of the Thunderbolt’s titanium and sapphire envelope has its roots...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/hm4-thunderbolt-watch/

Science Can Tell What You're Dreaming

In Leonardo DiCaprio's latest movie Inception, characters can enter other people's dreams - in reality, science isn't that far behind:In one experiment, for example, researchers wired up a sleeper and connected him t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/science-can-tell-what-youre-dreaming/

Polymer Flower

Image: Russell Taylor, Briana Whitaker and Briana Carstens / University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBeautiful flowers? Not quite - they're polymer pillars serendipitously photographed by researchers at the University...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/polymer-flower/

Atheist "De-Baptizes" Non-Believers with Hair Dryer

ABC's Nightline has a fascinating story about Edward Kagin, an atheist and provocateur, who conducted a mass "de-baptism" of fellow non-believers to symbolically dry off the baptism waters:Standing at a podium...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/atheist-de-baptizes-non-believers-with-hair-dryer/

10,000-year-old Atlatl Dart Found Near Yellowstone

For several years, shrinking icefields in arctic and mountain regions have been revealing rare artifacts that had been covered by snow and ice for millennia.  Most of these reports have come from Canada and Alaska,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/10000-year-old-atlatl-dart-found-near-yellowstone/

Cat Butts Magnet

Cat Butts Magnet Set - $10.95This is probably one of the strangest products we carry on the NeatoShop (and believe me, we carry a lot of strange stuff). Behold, the Cat Butts Magnet Set, a pack of 5 refrigerator magnets...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/cat-butts-magnet/

California Wants to Get Rid of Its State Rock

There's a sneaky bill that has just passed the California State Senate and is awaiting a vote in the Assembly, and it's really rocking geologists' boat:Empirically speaking, geologists are not a particularly irascibl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/california-wants-to-get-rid-of-its-state-rock/

Handmade Money

Handmade by Xavi GarcíaThere's more to the painting above than meets the eye. The unassuming painting by art student Xavi García is drawn entirely by hand and employs security measures commonly found in ban...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/handmade-money/

Not My Job!

File this under "Not My Job":The badger had been run over and killed more than a week earlier but council staff had failed to collect it.As a result a team of line painters came across the roadkill in the c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/not-my-job/

Indian Police Tapped The Power of the Pyramids to Reduce Traffic Accidents

Tired of dealing with the rising number of accidents on the road, Indian police came upon a novel (and they say, surprisingly effective) approach: harnessing the positive-power of pyramids!The stretch of the Mumbai-K...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/indian-police-tapped-the-power-of-the-pyramids-to-reduce-traffic-accidents/

Where Are All The Female Bats?

Having large sucker-like structures that allow them to stick to vertical surfaces isn't the weirdest thing about the sucker-footed bat of Madagascar. The real mystery that surrounds them is that no one has ever found a f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/where-are-all-the-female-bats/

Prison Life of Lil Wayne Sure is Cushy

Well, I've never been imprisoned and I hope I never will, but according to The Week magazine, life in New York's notorious Rikers Island prison isn't all that bad. At least not if you're a rap star like Lil Wayne:Hip...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/prison-life-of-lil-wayne-sure-is-cushy/

The Ever-Seeing Eyes of the Senioritas

What's better than in surveillance than the omnipresent CCTV? Why, the ever-seeing eyes of the Senioritas, the eagle-eyed grandmas who keep watch from their aerial perch. From Scott Burnham:As I was working on my Urb...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/the-ever-seeing-eyes-of-the-senioritas/

Yet Another Secret of Mona Lisa Revealed

Not believing that Dan Brown has unlocked the ultimate secret of the Mona Lisa, French researchers used X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to study the famous painting and discovered something amazing:Da Vinci used a re...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/yet-another-secret-of-mona-lisa-revealed/

MRIs of Food

(L) Watermelon (M) Orange (R) ArtichokeThe blog Inside insides is rather sparse on the details, but I suppose you don't really need anything more than the terse tagline of "Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Foods"....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/mris-of-food/

A Wedding to Remember

Paul Cassidy and his bride Vilma sure had a wedding to remember. I mean, how can anyone forget a day like this:First, a 16-month-old page boy turned blue and collapsed in front of the bride.He was recovering...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/a-wedding-to-remember-2/

Last Weekend to Enter our GTFO Contest with Reddit!

Here's another fun entry in the GTFO contest. This is the final weekend to get your entries in! On Sunday, at midnight PT, we'll lock it up. Voting will stay open for a week after that. For the full...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/last-weekend-to-enter-our-gtfo-contest-with-reddit/

This Week at Neatorama

Whew, that was rough! Neatorama was down for quite a while, but we believe everything is back to normal now (cross your fingers). Blame a power outage at the server location. This is one of those things that remind us of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/17/this-week-at-neatorama-12/






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