Archive for December 10th, 2010

Stocking Stuffers for Cheapskates

Dragon LED Keychain - $3.95 | More Keychains Need stocking stuffers but don't want to spend a lot of money? You're in luck: we've got hundreds of neat stuff (many under $5...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/stocking-stuffers-for-cheapskates/

Float Table Uses Magnets to Retain Shape

The design firm Rock Paper Robot made the Float Table. It's composed of 64 wooden blocks that are linked together with steel cable but held in form with opposing magnets. Link and Video via Technabob | Photo: Giz...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/float-table-uses-magnets-to/

Was Stonehenge Built with Balls in Rails?

Andrew Young, a doctoral student at the University of Exeter, has a novel proposal about how ancient Britons built Stonehenge. He hypothesizes that they placed balls in grooved tree trunks to act as bearings for the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/was-stonehenge-built-with-balls-in-rails/

World Map of the Most Popular Social Networks

Vincenzo Cosenza created a series of maps tracking the most popular social networks around the world over the past year and a half. This month's map is above. Consenza writes: Zuckerberg’s creature continues t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/world-map-of-the-most-popular-social-networks/

Fire-Breathing Pokémon Cake

The design of this Charmander cake is simple, but effective. When lit and seen from above, it looks like the Pokémon is actually breathing fire. Link via Geekologie | Photos: My Food Looks Funnycakes, Pokemon...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/fire-breathing-pokemon-cake/

Electromagnetic Railgun Shoots Target 100 Miles Away

(Video Link) A railgun is a weapon that uses electromagnets to accelerate a projectile to very high speeds. The US Navy has been developing one for several years. Today they fired a shot at Mach 7 at a target 100...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/electromagnetic-railgun-shoots-target-100-miles-away/

How Would NASA Rescue an Astronaut That Floated Away from a Space Station?

When astronauts work outside the International Space Station, they remain tethered to it with a very strong cable. Nonetheless, NASA has made preparations for the unlikely event that the tether breaks. Astronauts h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/how-would-nasa-rescue-an-astronaut-that-floated-away-from-a-space-station/

Kinect Hack Lets You Play Functional Air Guitar

(Video Link) Last year, we featured artist Chris O'Shea's giant human-crushing hand projected onto a public screen. One of his more recent projects was to hack the Xbox Kinect gaming platform so that it can play an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/kinect-hack-lets-you-play-functional-air-guitar/

Snow-spectacles

With a major winter storm set to hit much of the U.S., this seems to be an appropriate time to share photos from The British Museum illustrating how mankind has coped with winter in earlier periods. At the top are...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/snow-spectacles/

A Lego Antikythera Mechanism

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLPVCJjTNgk] YouTube link. The Antikythera Mechanism has been featured a number of times on Neatorama, including a working model created in 2008.  This year a fully functional r...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/a-lego-antikythera-mechanism/

The Movie Quote Quiz

We just love to quote our favorite movies. Think you'll do well when someone else picks the films? That's the challenge in today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. You'll be given a movie quote, and you have to decide...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/the-movie-quote-quiz/

10 Huge Prehistoric Cats

When you think of prehistoric cats, you probably think of Smilodon, the saber-toothed tiger. There were plenty of other big cat species you may have never heard of, like the Xenosmilus, the cave lio...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/10-huge-prehistoric-cats/

6 Shocking Ways TV Rewires Your Brain

Cracked looks at studies that have compared the amount of time people spend watching TV and the differences between those who watch a lot and those who don't. The results show that watching more TV over years make folks...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/6-shocking-ways-tv-rewires-your-brain/

Hamster Dance

(YouTube link) Do you remember the Hamster Dance from 1997? It's back again. Katie the hamster is dancing on the computer! -via Arbroathcomputer, hamster...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/hamster-dance-2/

We Got More

(YouTube link) The new music video for "We Got More" by Eskmo was directed by animator Cyriak Harris. You may be familiar with his work, as he's been featured previously at Neatorama. -via The Daily Whatmusic video,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/we-got-more/

Mercedes Pens with Wreath

Costas Schuler ("The Pen Guy") sent a picture of a Christmas wreath he made and decorated with ink pens for his car. I was more interested in the car itself, because it is also covered with pens! It turns out we link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/mercedes-pens-with-wreath/

Food Delivered in Underground Tubes

Considering the pollution and congestion on our roads, could it be time for the return of pneumatic tubes for deliveries? A British project called Foodtubes proposed that a network of high-speed pipelines be built undern...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/food-delivered-in-underground-tubes/

The Art of Predicting Products

The future is not entirely unknowable. There are ways to predict what is coming using semi-scientific techniques such as scenario scripting and trend "trigger" analysis. Often, projections can be made by extrapolating...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/10/the-art-of-predicting-products/
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