Archive for October 25th, 2010

Robonaut 2

The final flight of the space shuttle Discovery will begin on November 1. One of the duties of the crew is to test Robonaut 2, a human-sized robot that may one day work on the International Space Station. The robot —...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/robonaut-2/

Different Types of Love Involve Different Parts of the Brain

Stephanie Ortigue of Syracuse University conducted a study about the neurochemical reactions involved in falling in love. She found that different types of love are addressed by different parts of the brain. For exam...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/different-types-of-love-involve-different-parts-of-the-brain/

Dinosaur Skeleton Motorcycle

Artist Jud Turner of Eugene, Oregon, made this sculpture out welded steel. It's about 44 inches long and is callled "MortalCycle". In his artist's statement, he writes: Using welded steel and found objects, I cr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/dinosaur-skeleton-motorcycle/

Ben Kenobi: Private Jedeye

(Video Link) Between Episode III and Episode IV, Obi-Wan Kenobi worked as a private detective. This funny short film by the production company Melk Bottle fills in a lot of the gaps in the Star Wars storyl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/ben-kenob-private-jedeye/

Wooden V12 Ferrari Engine

An eBay seller in Sydney, Australia, offers this wooden engine. Presumably it doesn't function. From the description: The entire engine, including the manifold is handcrafted out of wood. The engine is based on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/wooden-v12-ferrari-engine/

Incredible Junk Art by Tom Deininger

Marilyn - image: Tom DeiningerThere are quite a long list of artists who turn junk into art, but only a few do so well. Tom Deininger belongs in the short list of artists who can truly turn garbage into amazing works of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/incredible-junk-art-by-tom-deininger/

Shakespeare as His Words Were Originally Pronounced

(Video Link) Paul Meier and other scholars of the history of the English Language have reconstructed what they believe to be the way in which English words were pronounced during the time of Shakespeare. He's stagi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/shakespeare-as-his-words-were-originally-pronounced/

Billion Dollar Home

Think that housing prices are outrageous? Check out this billion (yes, you read that right: $1,000,000,000) house owned by India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani:Need to cool off after the stressful drive? Of course ther...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/billion-dollar-home/

Screwpop Keychain Tool

Screwpop- $4.95Looking for some neat Christmas stocking stuffers for your favorite geek? Check out the Screwpop 4-in-1 Keychain Tool from the NeatoShop. It sports a Phillips and a slotted screwdriver, hex nut driver and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/screwpop-keychain-tool/

4 Strange Cases of Demonic Possession

Believe them or not, cases of demonic possessions have persisted since the dawn of religion. Road Tickle blog has an intriguing post about 4 strange cases of demonic possession.For example, take a look at this one of Ann...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/4-strange-cases-of-demonic-possession/

Minor Character on The Office or Paper Company CEO?

Attention, fans of The Office! How well do you know the minor characters in the TV series? Find out in this Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. You'll be given a name, and you decide whether it is a character fr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/minor-character-on-the-office-or-paper-company-ceo/

Zombie Shopping

(YouTube link)Sears has an entire advertising campaign built around zombies, complete with a zombie shopping website. Link -via Bits and PiecesAdvertising, zombies, sears...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/zombie-shopping/

The Best Pop Culture Songs about Science

(Video Link) Gaia Vince of New Scientist compiled a huge list -- with video links -- of popular songs about science. My favorite wasn't mentioned. It's "Put It to the Test" by They Might Be Giants. This...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/the-best-pop-culture-songs-about-science/

Introducing BitLit: Our New Literary Sub-Blog

We’re thrilled to announce a new sub-blog we’re launching today, BitLit. Bit, as in binary digits, Lit, as in literature! As far as we know, this is unique to the blogosphere in that we’ll be se...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/introducing-bitlit-our-new-literary-sub-blog/

Philip J. Fry Embroidery

Etsy seller It's a Stitch makes all sorts of crafts, but her embroidered items are special treats, such as the above Futurama-inspired piece. She's also embroidered diagrams for popular chemical compounds,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/philip-j-fry-embroidery/

Name That Weird Invention!

It's time for another edition of Name That Weird Invention! -this time with a decidedly Halloween theme. Steven M. Johnson comes up with all sorts of wacky inventions in his weekly Museum of Possibilities posts. Ca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/name-that-weird-invention-5/

World's Tallest Climbing Wall

The Excalibur is a climbing wall at the Klimcentrum Bjoeks, a climbing center in Groningen, The Netherlands. It's the tallest climbing wall in the world, standing at 121 feet with a 36-foot overhang. Photographer Er...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/worlds-tallest-climbing-wall/

10 Facts You Might Not Know about Babylon 5

Babylon 5, which ran from a 1993 pilot movie until its final episode in 1998, has been called the greatest science fiction show ever created. Producer, director, and writer J. Michael Straczynski created a high...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/10-facts-you-might-not-know-about-babylon-5/

Man Collects His Own Belly Button Lint for 26 Years

Over 26 years, Graham Barker of Perth, Australia, collected 22.1 grams of belly button lint. After saving it in three jars, he recently sold his collection to a museum: "The raw material is worthless but as a unique...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/man-collects-his-own-belly-button-lint-for-26-years/

India Plans to Build the World's Largest Magnet

The largest magnet in the world, located at CERN in Switzerland, weighs 12,500 tonnes. Scientists in India plan to build one weighing 50,000 tonnes in order to do neutrino research: Neutrinos will interact with the i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/india-plans-to-build-the-worlds-largest-magnet/

The History of Roller Skating

I always enjoyed roller skating, but I gave it up for good about four years ago (to the relief of my embarrassed children). I had borrowed my oldest daughter's skates, which were built for stunts and have no brakes....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/the-history-of-roller-skating/

Diamond-Studded Saucepan

This past weekend, Moscow hosted the Millionaire Fair. It's an exhibition of the world's most luxurious products, including a diamond-encrusted saucepan: Its handle and lid were encrusted with nearly 300 diamonds and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/diamond-studded-saucepan/

Mummy Meatloaf

The perfect Halloween entree, composed of meatloaf, noodles, and olive eyes. Complete directions with meatloaf recipe can be found at Gather and Nest. http://gatherandnest.com/gather-and-nest/2848 -via TYWKIWDBIhalloween...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/mummy-meatloaf/

Lillian La France

In the Roaring Twenties, Lillian La France made a living as a stunt rider in the Motordrome circuit, performing in cars and on motorcycles for crowds around the U.S. In 1894, Agnes was the second of nine girls born into...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/lillian-la-france/

Google Street View Safari

Jed Stoneham of Urlesque gathered pictures from Google Street View that look like they were taken in wilderness areas. Pictured above is a scene from a road inside Addo Elephant National Park in South Afric...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/google-street-view-safari/

Vintage Cadillac Funeral Cars

How would you like to take your last earthly trip in a carved Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 Special like this one? Owner, Fernando Aguerre, found two of these funeral cars in an antique barn in Argentina and had them res...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/vintage-cadillac-funeral-cars/

Famous Trials: The Witches of Salem

The following is an article from Uncle John's Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader. Here's a bit of American history we're all familiar with... but know almost nothing about. The BRI wants to change that, becau...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/famous-trial-the-witches-of-salem/

Enormous Gummy Worms

(Video Link) Yes, this is a real product. It's 128 times the size of a normal gummy worm, weighs 3 pounds, and contains 4,000 calories. The candy is available in a variety of flavors. Link via Nerdcoregummy wor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/enormous-gummy-worms/

Digg: A Cautionary Tale for Web 2.0 Companies?

Redesigns are fraught with potential problems, but it seems that the implosion of Digg after its latest redesign serves as a particularly striking guide of what NOT to do.Daniel Lyons of Newsweek wrote an interesting art...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/digg-a-cautionary-tale-for-web-2-0-companies/

Lord of the Rings Plushies

Lord of the Rings Plush - $11.95 eachYOU SHALL NOT PASS ... up this opportunity to buy these incredibly cute Lord of the Rings plush from the NeatoShop. Gandalf, Legolas, Orc, and of course, Frodo (complete with hair fee...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/25/lord-of-the-rings-plushies/




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