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Hear Ring

Hear Ring. Get it? It's a ring you can hear through. Hear Ring.

Well, anyway, Gina Hsu designed this ear horn that can be worn on your finger. She sells them for €345 ($474).

Link via CrunchGear | Photo: Wannekes

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Archie as a Riveting Drama

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This isn't the carefree Riverdale from the Archie comics. It's a story of dark secrets, savage passions, and bitter rivalries. And before this fake trailer by Point Blank Productions ends, someone will die.

via Urlesque | Producers' Website

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The World's Smallest Aquarium

Anatoly Konenko, a Russian artist who specializes in miniatures, holds a Guinness World Record for having built the smallest aquarium in the world. It's 30 mm wide and holds 10 ml:

The water has to be applied using a syringe so as not to disturb the landscape the Siberia-artist lovingly created.

Konenko, who calls his art 'micro-miniatures', even made a minuscule fishing net which he used to place the fish, baby Danios.

The adults are usually a favourite with more normal sized tanks but the tiny fish look at home in Konenko's construction for which he has since added a specially built air pump.

You can view several large photos and a video at the link.

Link via Make | Artist's Website

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Chess Games Converted into Musical Notation, Then Played

Jonathan W. Stokes observed:

One can’t help but notice that algebraic chess notation maps almost perfectly to scientific pitch notation…

So he devised a means of expressing chess moves musically and then converted several famous chess games into piano compositions. Here, for example, is a 1858 game in which Paul Morphy defeated Duke Karl of Brunswick and Count Isouard.

Link via Marginal Revolution | Photo by Flickr user Muffet used under Creative Commons license

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Massive RC Plane

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This plane is, allegedly, a 1:5 scale model of the B-29 Dina Might. It weighs 463 pounds, has a 30 foot wingspan, and is powered by four 160cc engines.

via MArooned | Photo of the Historical Dina Might

Previously: Model B-50 Bomber

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Old Men Get into Lightsaber Duel

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So two old men in the middle of a road start arguing in what I think is French. It's fairly safe until one escalates the conflict by activating a lightsaber. The scene doesn't end well.

via CrunchGear

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Would You Like to Eat Ice Cream Made from Human Breast Milk?

Of course you would! After all, it makes for good cheese. So you're in luck: there's a shop in London that sells ice cream made from milk donated by local mothers.

The dessert, called Baby Gaga, is churned with donations from 15 women who responded to an advertisement on an online mothers' forum.

One of the women, Victoria Hiley, 35, said if adults realised how tasty breast milk was more new mothers would be encouraged to breastfeed.

Each serving of Baby Gaga at Icecreamists costs £14.

Mrs Hiley's donation was expressed on site and pasteurised before being churned with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest.

Icecreamists founder Matt O'Connor placed an advert appealing for breast milk donations and believes his new recipe will be a success.[...]

"If it's good enough for our children, it's good enough for the rest of us," he said.

Video at the link.

Link via Stuff | Image: BBC

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Amish Horse Team Pulls Tractor Trailer out of Snow

Sometimes, the best solutions lie in older technologies. Jalopnik has a video by Joel Appleman of a tractor trailer stuck in a snow drift in central Pennsylvania. A friendly Amish man hauled the truck out with his team of horses.


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6-Fingered Cat Gives You a Thumbs Up

Jimmy the cat has polydactyly -- extra fingers on his paws. His hoomins have trained him to give a thumbs-up gesture when asked.

Video Link via Geekologie | Previously: Cardi-Cat has 26 Toes!

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The Year of the Beard

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At this point, there's nothing very special about taking a picture of yourself every day for a year as you grow a beard. But about a minute into the video, Cory Fauver of Carleton College starts getting really creative. He moves through hallways, spins around, and shows stop-motion animated movements that took weeks to create.

via Urlesque

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The World's Most Technologically Advanced Surfboard

Two companies called Pukas and Tecnalia built a surfboard with a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a GPS tracking device, a compass, and pressure sensors that can measure the stresses placed upon the board. All of the data that these instruments collect is wirelessly transmitted to a computer for analysis. The technicians have been able to understand the strains and dynamics of surfing greater than ever before.

Link via Born Rich | Photo: Pukas

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MODOK Romance Novel Cover

March will soon be upon us. It is the traditional time for artists to compose images of the Marvel Comics villain MODOK (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing). I'm especially taken with Kasra Ghanbari's depiction of the character on the cover of a romance novel.

Link via Nerdcore | Previously: March MODOK Madness

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Tall Painting

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There's something very soothing about this presentation. It's a time-lapse video of people pouring paint over a rectangular solid while Philip Glass' String Quartet No. 3 plays in the background. The art is by Holton Rower and the video is directed by Dave Kaufman.

via The Presurfer | Rower's Website

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How Watson Could Have Been Defeated on Jeopardy

IBM's Watson computer beat two human opponents on Jeopardy. Would this strategy have worked?

via Borepatch

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Predator: The Musical

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Relax, relax! There's no actual Predator musical in the making. This is just a parody by Jon and Al Kaplan, who have made several fake Schwarzenegger musicals, from Conan the Barbarian to Total Recall. This one, the last in the series, is a far superior production compared to the early musicals. Warning: foul language.

via io9 | Producers' Website

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Three-Storey House Has Slides at All Levels

It is a principle of modern architecture that everything can be improved upon with a slide, from subways or airports. So, quite sensibly, Kazuki Nakamura and Kenichi Izuhara designed a house that has slides connecting each level.

Link | Architects' Website

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Happiness Truck

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The ad agency Definition 6 developed a clever campaign for Coca-Cola. It created a truck designed to resemble a vending machine. There's a giant button on the back marked "Push". They drove it around Rio de Janeiro. When people pushed the button, all sorts of prizes popped out -- bottles of Coke, soccer balls, beach toys, and even a surfboard.

via Super Punch | Agency Website

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Personal Submarine

Well, perhaps submarine is not the right term for this vehicle. Rather, part of this boat is partially submerged so that users can comfortably view the world beneath the surface of the water. The Korean company Raonhaje makes this battery-powered vehicle which can reach speeds of five knots. You can view additional photos and a video at the link.

Link via DVICE | Photo: Raonhaje

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Newly-Discovered Dinosaur Named "Thunder Thighs"

But the scientists mean it as a compliment, not an insult. The brontomerus had exceptionally large leg muscles:

It could have given other animals a hefty kick, say its discoverers.

It seems most likely to us that what this is about is being able to deliver a strong kick”

"If predators came after it, it would have been able to boot them out of the way," said Dr Mike Taylor, from University College London, UK.

The team has named its dinosaur Brontomerus mcintoshi - from the Greek "bronto", meaning "thunder"; and "merós", meaning "thigh".

The fossilised bones of two specimens - an adult and a juvenile - have been dated to be about 110 million years old.

Suggestion: playfully address your wife and/or girlfriend as "thunder thighs". Explain that you mean it in a good way, particularly that they give the ability to kick hard.

Link via Geekologie | Image: Francisco Gascó

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Teddy Roosevelt vs. Bigfoot

deviantART user SharpWriter is fond of depicting scenes from American history, such as Abraham Lincoln riding a grizzly bear while wielding a M-16 and the Emancipation Proclamation. That's January 1, 1863, just in case you are curious. One of his more recent works is this image from Teddy Roosevelt's first full term in office. You know -- when he killed Bigfoot. One nitpick: in the actual historical event, Roosevelt used a Krag-Jørgensen. Link via Geekosystem

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Bury These Comic Books in the Ground, And They'll Grow Plants

A company called Sprout Home sells superhero comic books that, if you plant them in the ground, grow herbs. Each is sold in a plastic sleeve in mint condition should you choose not to bury yours.

Link via Comics Alliance

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3 Men Armed with Bows vs. 15 Hungry Lions

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In this scene from the BBC's Human Planet, three men in Kenya approach a slain wildebeest. Fifteen lions are gorging over this fresh, delicious kill. The men, armed only with bows, decide to take it away from the lions.

via Geekosystem

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Batman-Style Secret Switch

On the 1960s Batman show, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson opened the entrance to the batcave by pushing a secret switch hidden in a bust of Shakespeare. The New Hobbyist, quite reasonably, figured that it would be totally awesome to have one of his own. A switch, that is. Batpoles will come later. He provides detailed instructions on how to make one at the link.

Link via Lifehacker

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Scotch Tape Sculptures

Every year, the company behind Scotch brand plastic tape holds a contest which invites people to create sculptures out of their product. Pictured above is one leading entry called "The Big One". You can see this and other high-ranked entries and vote for your favorites at the link.

Link via Make

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Photographer John Teffer takes pictures of empty picture frames in thrift shops, then puts the pictures in the frames and photographs them. Or, in the case above, he took a picture of an empty frame, put the resulting photograph in a frame, then took a picture of that result, put that picture in another frame, and took a picture of that scene.

Link via Super Punch

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In Memory of a Beloved Man, Family Sets off 320,000 Firecrackers

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The family of a man named Gerald marked his passing into the undiscovered country by setting off 320,000 firecrackers. I can't think of a better way to go. What extravagant send-off would you like to have?

Link via Geekologie

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The World's Smallest Computer

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a solar-powered computer so small that it can be inserted into the human eye to help monitor glaucoma patients. Professor Dennis Sylvester explained:

In a package that's just over 1 cubic millimeter, the system fits an ultra low-power microprocessor, a pressure sensor, memory, a thin-film battery, a solar cell and a wireless radio with an antenna that can transmit data to an external reader device that would be held near the eye.

"This is the first true millimeter-scale complete computing system," Sylvester said.

"Our work is unique in the sense that we're thinking about complete systems in which all the components are low-power and fit on the chip. We can collect data, store it and transmit it. The applications for systems of this size are endless."

The processor in the eye pressure monitor is the third generation of the researchers' Phoenix chip, which uses a unique power gating architecture and an extreme sleep mode to achieve ultra-low power consumption. The newest system wakes every 15 minutes to take measurements and consumes an average of 5.3 nanowatts. To keep the battery charged, it requires exposure to 10 hours of indoor light each day or 1.5 hours of sunlight. It can store up to a week's worth of information.

Link via Popular Science | Photo: Greg Chen

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Puppy Confused by His Own Reflection

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There's a puppy in that mirror! But where is he? I can see him, but he's not behind the mirror. What's going on here?

via Urlesque

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Clock Built to Tell Time on Other Planets

Alexander Avtanski designed a clock that can be adjusted to keep time on many different planets based upon each one's rotation period -- at the same time. Here's what sets this clock apart from other extraterrestrial clocks, according to its builder:

  • It has 16 timers that can be independently paused and restarted, and can run forward or backward.

  • There are 16 alarms with configurable sounds and actions.

  • Timers can show Earth, Mars, Jupiter, etc. times at the same time.

  • How about sidereal time, Moon phase, Jupiter's Great Red Spot transit time, and anything periodic in general?

  • Avtanski provides comprehensive building instructions at the link.

    Link via Make | Previously: What Time Is It in Mars?

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    Pink Armadillo Attack

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    So near as I can figure this out, this monster movie is about a woman who can turn herself into a giant pink armadillo. Then she uses her nose to plant a bloody call sign on the foreheads of her victims. That's not a bad basis for a film.

    via reddit

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