Archive for November 29th, 2010

Ocean Turbine Blades Built to Resemble Whale Flippers

How do you design ocean turbine blades for optimal performance? Some scientists propose building them in imitation of whale flippers: "We designed a novel blade modification for potential turbine performance impr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/ocean-turbine-blades-built-to-resemble-whale-flippers/

Partial Reversal of Aging Achieved in Mice

Researchers led by Harvard Medical School geneticist Ronald A. DePinho have managed to partially reverse the physical degeneration that results from aging: [...] they achieved the milestone in aging science by enginee...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/partial-reversal-of-aging-achieved-in-mice/

Aircraft Carrier for Sale on Internet Auction Site

HMS Invincible of the Royal Navy (UK) served Britain starting in 1980, including combat action during the Falkland Islands War. The ship was taken out of service in 2005. Her successor among the Queen...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/aircraft-carrier-for-sale-on-internet-auction-site/

Every Book that Art Garfunkel Has Ever Read

One his website, musician Art Garfunkel displays a complete list of every book that he had read for the past forty-two years, in order, including the dates in which he read each one. It's a fascinating catalog of the li...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/every-book-that-art-garfunkel-has-ever-read/

How to Make Google Translate Beatbox

One enterprising redditor named harrichr found that it is possible to make Google Translate's audio function generate a beatbox sound. Here's the process. 1) Go to Google Translate 2) Set the translator to tra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/how-to-make-google-translate-beatbox/

Tiny Castle for Sale

Google Translate renders the Swedish name as "Observation tower", but it also looks like a castle. This cute little building was built of brick on a granite base in 1926. It sits on a 1000 square meter lot. Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/tiny-castle-for-sale/

The Arctic Circle

(Video Link) The Arctic Circle is a short animated film by Kevin Parry. It tells the tale of a solitary man who encounters a mysterious box -- one that seems to offer him great wealth. Filmmaker Tim Burto...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/the-arctic-circle/

What Would Happen If Every Element On The Periodic Table Came Into Contact Simultaneously?

In Popular Science, Bjorn Carey imagines a scenario in which all of the elements on the periodic table were present in the same location simultaneously: Ramming the atoms together at 99.999 percent the speed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/what-would-happen-if-every-element-on-the-periodic-table-came-into-contact-simultaneously/

The Barton Swing Aqueduct

If you need a canal to cross another canal, you simply build a water bridge across, with one canal on top of another. If you need to build a land bridge across a waterway, you can make the bridge split in two or swi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/the-barton-swing-aqueduct/

For the Good of the Earth, Please Drink More Whisky

Distilling whisky results in waste products, namely pot ale left in the copper stills and spent grains. Scottish scientists have now developed a means to convert this waste matter into a useful biofuel: It can be use...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/for-the-good-of-the-earth-please-drink-more-whisky/

Classic Goosebumps Book or Cheesy Horror Film?

Some horror films are pretty silly even while they scare us to death, and that is often reflected in the titles. In fact, author R.L. Stine was probably influenced by real movies in naming the Goosebumps series of ch...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/classic-goosebumps-book-or-cheesy-horror-film/

When Congressmen Attack!

This slide show is subtitled "Pistols, canes, bowie knives, and fireplace tongs: a brief history of congressional violence." Read 14 accounts of our representatives in Washington acting in ways that we don't expect....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/when-congressmen-attack/

Albert Einstein Maze

It might take a genius to find the way through this maze! Print out a full size copy at the link and give it your best shot. Link -via Nag on the Lakepuzzle, maze...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/albert-einstein-maze/

Strange and Bizarre Gifts For The Weirdos In Your Life

This list of 15 strange items for sale contain gifts that you won't find on most gift guides this year -and be warned that some may be NSFW. Here's one I never knew existed: This DIY Juice To Alcohol Kit is a great gift...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/strange-and-bizarre-gifts-for-the-weirdos-in-your-life/

Remote Control Flying Turkey Quadricopter Drops Pies on People

(Video Link) It's a Thanksgiving nightmare come true: YouTube user UtahArials built a quadricopter that sort of looks like a turkey. They rigged it to drop pumpkin pies on people on the ground. via io9 Previo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/remote-control-flying-turkey-quadricopter-drops-pies-on-people/

Goodbye, Sun!

In Tromsø, Norway, the sun has gone down, and it won't come up again until January. It happens every year in this community in the Arctic Circle. Children mark the beginning of the period called ‘Mørketid’ by s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/goodbye-sun/

Holiday Gift Guide: Geeky Books

If you want to really bring a smile to the face of the geek in your family, select a Christmas gift from a list compiled by geeks for geeks. In this guide from Geeks Are Sexy, you'll find books that have passed the t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/holiday-gift-guide-geeky-books/

Thanksgiving Leftovers Dilemma Solved

By this time you've likely had your fill of Thanksgiving food and the leftovers are on the way from your fridge to the garbage bin but they  needn't go to waste (or to your waist). According to Stacy Cox, who runs the ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/thanksgiving-leftovers-dilemma-solved/

Calvin and Hobbes in The Twilight Zone

Cartoonist Timonthy Lim and writer Mark Pellegrini imagined Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes as the villain in "It's a Good Life", an episode of The Twilight Zone. Pictured above is one panel. Pelleg...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/calvin-and-hobbes-in-the-twilight-zone/

Minority Report-style Web Surfing with Kinect

(Video Link) In the science fiction movie Minority Report, Tom Cruise's character was able to control a computer using a special glove. Computer scientists Aaron Zinman, Doug Fritz, Greg Elliot, and Roy Sh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/minority-report-style-web-surfing-with-kinect/

Name That Weird Invention!

It's time for another round of the Name That Weird Invention! contest. Steven M. Johnson comes up with all sorts of wacky inventions in his weekly Museum of Possibilities posts. Can you come up with a name for this...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/name-that-weird-invention-10/

Old Records as a Roofing Material

Nashville musican Matt Glassmeyer built a roof on his porch out of 350 damaged LP records. It's held up pretty well after two years of use. Link via Dude Craft | Glassmeyer's Website | Photo: Tree Hugger UPDAT...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/old-records-as-a-roofing-material/

Winemaker Plans to Build Undersea Wine Cellar

Ivan Simonic, a Slovenian winemaker, plans to build a wine cellar beneath the ocean. He states that conditions beneath the ocean produce excellent wines: A Slovenian winemaker revealed a unique technique for maturing...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/winemaker-plans-to-build-undersea-wine-cellar/

Dustbin of History: The Pearl Harbor Spy

The following is an article from Uncle John's Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, remains one of the most infamous events in U.S. history. Yet the spy who played a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/dustbin-of-history-the-pearl-harbor-spy/

Cyber Monday!

It's Cyber Monday and every order made today (Monday Nov 29, 2010 here in California, USA) from the NeatoShop and partner stores will *automatically* get a free Mystery Bonus. What will you get? It's a s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/29/cyber-monday/






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