Archive for December 14th, 2010

Athlete, the Running Robot

Japanese researcher Ryuma Niiyama has been working for years on a robot that can run like a human on two legs. The 2010 version of the robot has made great strides (pun intended) compared with earlier prototypes. He cal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/athlete-the-running-robot/

Rudolph, the Regular Reindeer

(College Humor link) How different the classic Christmas tale of Rudolph would be if modern cosmetic surgery had been available to the reindeer of the North Pole! -via Gorilla MaskChristmas, animation, parody, reind...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/rudolph-the-regular-reindeer/

Robot Santa

Nick Brewer appeared as Robot Santa at SantaCon in New York City. It was his second year as a robot Kris Kringle, with an updated costume he calls Santabot 2.0. Construction of Brewer’s Santabot outfit took about...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/robot-santa/

Bench Made from a Thousand Belts

Hongtao Zhou, a sculpture professor at the University of Wisconsin, made a bench out of a thousand leather belts. One end is shaped like a belt buckle and serves as a table and the other is shaped like a bull's head...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/bench-made-from-a-thousand-belts/

Stop-Motion Film Made with Coins

(Video Link) Tomas Redigh and Daniel Larsson made this amazing short film entitled "Insert Coin." The end of the video includes a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made. Last year, we featured one of their simi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/stop-motion-film-made-with-coins/

Map of Facebook Friendships

Paul Butler, and intern at Facebook, created this map of the world using ten millions online friendships: I combined that data with each user's current city and summed the number of friends between each pair of ci...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/map-of-facebook-friendships/

Pet Bison Rides in Customized Car

(Video Link) A couple in Canada loves Bailey, their pet bison, so much that they altered their car to allow him to ride in it. The 1,600-pound animal joins them at bars drinking beer. via Urlesquebison...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/pet-bison-rides-in-customized-car/

Typewriter Art

British artist Keira Rathbone uses the letters and punctuation marks on typewriters to create landscapes and portraits: The 27-year-old begins by selecting the image she wants to capture and then decides which of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/typewriter-art/

Gift Guide for Sci-Fi Lovers

Cthulhu Wacky Wobbler - $12.95 In his house at R'lyeh, wacky Cthulhu wobbler waits dreaming ... to be given as cool Christmas gift. If you've got a sci-fi lover in your family,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/gift-guide-for-sci-fi-lovers/

Woven Computer Icons

Artist Micah Schippa created a series of woven images of common computer icons. He calls his project "Tools-at-hand." Link via Make | Artist's Website | Photo by the artisticons, weaving, Micah Schippa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/woven-computer-icons/

HIV Cured?

Keep in mind that early news reports on scientific stories are sometimes wildly inaccurate. But, that said, it appears that doctors claim to have cured an HIV-infected man: The 'Berlin Patient,' a U.S. citizen named...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/hiv-cured/

Voyager I Space Probe About to Exit the Solar System

The 33-year old space probe Voyager I, now 17.4 billion miles from the Sun, has detected a major drop in the strength of solar wind in its location. This indicates that the probe is about to leave our solar system:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/voyager-i-space-probe-about-to-exit-the-solar-system/

Ducked and Covered: A Practical Guide for Nuclear War Survivors

(Video Link) This short film by Nathaniel Lindsay is a deadpan parody of Cold War-era nuclear survival guides. Ostensibly, it's a 1981 educational film by the Australian Board of Civil Defense. The narrator advise...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/ducked-and-covered-a-survival-guide-for-the-post-apocalypse/

Jingle Bells in Space

The National Air and Space Museum, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, keeps these very special jingle bells as a part of history. These bells are part of the harmonica and bell set carried by astronauts Walter "...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/jingle-bells-in-space/

The Top 14 Astronomy Pictures of 2010

Dr. Phil Plait has published his selections of the best astronomy pictures of 2010. Not only will you see awesome pictures, but each has an explanation, like the full version of the cropped picture you see here. Wheneve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/the-top-14-astronomy-pictures-of-2010/

Wikileaks Christmas Song 2010

(YouTube link) Wikileaks knows what you're getting for Christmas, and they are going to spill the beans! A duet from Dan and Dan. -via mental_flossChristmas, Song, Wikileaks...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/wikileaks-christmas-song-2010/

QR Codes

Last week we announced that we're giving away a BRAND NEW FORD FIESTA in NYC through a special QR code hunt a week from today. But what on earth is a QR code? Well, if you've ever been to Japan, you probably already know...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/qr-codes/

Neato-Puzzle #10

It's time for another puzzle from our pals at Conceptis Puzzles! Yes, every week, we'll be offering a different logic puzzle, today featuring a 9x9 Pic-A-Pix puzzle. Each puzzle consists of a blank grid with clues on t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/neato-puzzle-10/

Happy Monkey Day!

I didn't know until just now, but December 14th is Monkey Day! {wiki} The day is set aside to raise awareness about monkey issues, monkeys in the news, and ways you can help monkeys (apes and other primates are inclu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/happy-monkey-day/

OK Go Writes Its Name Across Los Angeles

(Video Link) OK Go, known for its innovative music videos, participated in a project called Dance Through Your City. The band led a group of 100 people on a 8.5-mile journey through Los Angeles. GPS navigation dev...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/ok-go-writes-its-name-across-los-angeles/

Red: Bull

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Improbable Research staff (Image credit: Flickr user Patricia van Casteren) Bulls care little about the redness of a matador’s cape. Psychologists have been pretty sure about tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/red-bull/

Light Up The Christmas Tree Game

In order to turn on the Christmas tree lights, you have to connect all the bulbs and wires by rotating them. Not an easy task, but if I can do it, certainly you can! You will be timed for p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/light-up-the-christmas-tree-game/

Jolly Holi-Dogs

(YouTube link) A public service announcement from the Best Friends Animal Society. -via The Daily WhatChristmas, dogs, adoption...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/14/jolly-holi-dogs/






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