Archive for July 24th, 2010

Cornucopia: Print Your Food with MIT's Food Printer

Hungry? Don't just harvest food ... print 'em! Behold, Cornucopia, a "food printer" concept by Amit Zoran and MIT Media Lab:While digital media has transformed every facet of society, the fundamental techno...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/cornucopia-print-your-food-with-mits-food-printer/

Top 10 New Species of 2009

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University has declared the top 10 species discovered in 2009.This one to the left is a strange one: the bomb-dropping worm (Swima bombiviridis*/em...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/top-10-new-species-of-2009/

Cocoa Bean Market Cornered!

Love chocolate? You better stock up - the price of chocolate could skyrocket as a British financier has cornered the world's supply of cocoa bean:The cocoa beans, which are sitting in warehouses either in The Netherl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/cocoa-bean-market-cornered/

The Religion of Apple

The undying devotion of fanboys to Apple is nothing new, but researchers have reframed Apple's relationship to its consumers/fans into something else: religion.There are scholars who study Apple's consumers as religi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/the-religion-of-apple/

Scientists Rediscovered Mysterious Cell Structure: the Nucleolinus

Attention cell biologists: think that you know all cell components? Nucleus? Nucleolus? Basic stuff, right?Now how about this: nucleolinus. If you never heard of it, you'd be excused - the nucleolinus is a structured tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/scientists-rediscovered-mysterious-cell-structure-the-nucleolinus/

Bank Robber Got Locked Out of Getaway Car

This bank robbery business may just be a bit too complicated for some criminals. Take, for instance, the lesson this bank robber learned the hard way:A woman suspected of robbing two Butte County banks last week was...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/bank-robber-got-locked-out-of-getaway-car/

Daft Punk Helmet

Harrison Krix of Volpin Props spent 17 months creating the Daft Punk helmet worn by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. The result? Pure awesomeness!Links: Build video [YouTube clip] | Volpin Props website - via Blame It On The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/daft-punk-helmet-2/

Evolutionary Biology Explains Why Poor People Have Lots of Kids at a Young Age

Why do poor people often have many kids, even though having a lot of children surely makes their tough lives even harder? Don't blame them - blame evolutionary biology:There is no reason to view the poor as stupid or...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/evolutionary-biology-explains-why-poor-people-have-lots-of-kids-at-a-young-age/

Try Stealing That Now, Punks!

Sick and tired of getting their signposts stolen over the years, the villagers of Shitterton decided to make one that's a bit more difficult to steal: a stone sign that weigh more than a ton.Ian Ventham, 62, chairman...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/try-stealing-that-now-punks/

Chemistry Professor Foiled!

When chemistry professor Scott Bur of Gustavus Adolphus College left for a week's vacation, he returned to a very shiny office:Nothing was done to Bur’s office last year, so the students needed to amp up their...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/chemistry-professor-foiled/

Lovely Art Deco Motorcycle

O. Ray Courtney was a designer from the 1930s-1950s who applied Art Deco stylistic principles to motorcycles. Pictured above is a 1936 motorcycle that he built in that style from a 1930 Henderson, carefully restored...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/lovely-art-deco-motorcycle/

Robot Learns How to Flip Pancakes

(Video Link) If you were hoping that, after the Robopocalypse, you could earn your soylent green by flipping pancakes for our robot overlords, you're out of luck. Human researchers at the Italian Institute of Techn...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/robot-learns-how-to-flip-pancakes/

Pilot Ejects A Second Before Jet Crash

Canadian Air Force pilot Capt. Brian Bews experienced a breakdown while flying into Lethbridge County Airport in Lethbridge, Alberta. He safely ejected from his CF-18 Hornet immediately before it impacted on the ground....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/pilot-ejects-a-second-before-jet-crash/

Guédelon Castle: a New Medieval Chateau Rises in France

Sometimes things are worth waiting for.  Guédelon in France is a castle being built using only medieval techniques. As such (and perhaps unsurprisingly) it is the first castle of its type to be built in France for ge...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/guedelon-castle-%e2%80%93-new-medieval-chateau-rises-in-france/

Insulting the French Flag Could Cost You

Sacrebleu! France has just passed a rule stating that anyone insulting the French national flag could be fined €1,500: France has introduced a rule to protect its national f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/insulting-the-french-flag-could-cost-you/

Airlines Sued Over Baggage Fee

If an airline loses your luggage, shouldn't it refund your baggage fee? That seems reasonable enough, so when American Airlines refuses to refund $25 fee after losing Danielle Covarrubias' b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/airlines-sued-over-baggage-fee/

Big Straw Meerkat

What's 36 feet tall, made of straw, and peers over the Nantwich horizon? A meerkat, of course! Snugburys Ice Cream Farm of Hurleston in England erects a big straw statue every summer. The concept started in 1998 with a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/big-straw-meerkat/

This Week at Neatorama

Several original posts this past week at Neatorama had to do with the Disney company in one way or another. Stacy Conradt stepped back in from her maternity leave and wrote Toy Story Movie Trivia. Jill Harness w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/this-week-at-neatorama-13/

The Lesser of the Two Weevils

The Lesser of the Two Weevils - $9.95For entomologists, the choice is clear: always pick the lesser of the two weevils. This clever design by Chris Murphy is my current bug T-shirt favorite! Link | More Science T-ShirtsT...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/the-lesser-of-the-two-weevils/

Serenity Now, A Seinfeld Thriller

YouTube user lorocker shows some amazing editing chops with this Seinfeld "trailer" clip, titled Serenity Now, re-mixed into a thriller hinting at the dark side of Newman.Not to be missed: Hit play or go to Lin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/serenity-now-a-seinfeld-thriller/

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade (1934): First Ever Mickey Mouse Balloon

Ten years after the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade tradition started, the very first Disney character balloon to appear was none other than Mickey Mouse.Mickey measured over 50 feet tall and was constructed by the Goodye...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/macys-thanksgiving-parade-1934-first-ever-mickey-mouse-balloon/

The Period Piece by Lani Beloso

When artists talk about period piece, they usually mean work set in a particular era. But when Hawaii-based artist Lani Beloso titled her art series The Period Piece, she was being very literal:As a long sufferer of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/the-period-piece-by-lani-beloso/

LEGO Brick Light

Here's a pretty nifty night light for LEGO lovers: the LEGO Brick Light ($15.95) is a portable LED light that can be attached to walls, under shelves or anywhere light is needed. The unit easily detaches from the mount j...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/24/lego-brick-light/
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