Archive for October 12th, 2018

Atlas Robot Does Parkour

The [last time we checked in](https://www.neatorama.com/2017/11/16/Atlas-Robot-Practices-for-the-Olympics/) on the Boston Dynamics Atlas robot, about year ago, it had learned how to jump on boxes. Now it can do...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/Atlas-Robot-Does-Parkour/

Margarine Once Contained a Whole Lot More Whale

When you grow up eating Mazola, you tend to think that margarine was always made of corn oil. That's far from the truth, as many different kinds of fats have been used to make the butter substitute. The only requirement...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/Margarine-Once-Contained-a-Whole-Lot-More-Whale/

You Must Topple the Dominoes to Turn This Lamp On

London designer duo [Glithero](http://www.glithero.com/) created an interactive lamp that uses a row of conductive copper dominoes. In order to turn the light on, the user has to arrange the dominoes and then top...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/You-Must-Topple-the-Dominoes-to-Turn-This-Lamp-On/

Parenting Lessons That Completely Backfired

Parents have a lot of things to teach children and relatively little time to do it. Most of us are just making it up as we go along, anyway. Everyone has a story about that one time that the kid outsmarted us, like the k...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/Parenting-Lessons-That-Completely-Backfired/

Fast Travel in Real Life

If you've ever played Fallout, you probably thought about how nice it would be to use [Fast Travel](http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Fast_travel) in real life. Getting anywhere you want in a hurry may seem like a great supe...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/Fast-Travel-in-Real-Life/

Your Baby's Halloween Costume

How impossibly random could a Halloween costume be? That's what I thought, until someone pointed out that this is a reference to Kevin's Famous Chili from the TV series The Office. It doesn't say that on the pa...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/Your-Babys-Halloween-Costume/

The Baboon Who Worked for the Railroad

James Edwin Wide was a railway signalman in South Africa in the 1880s. He was also a double amputee. He purchased a particularly intelligent baboon as a personal assistant and named him Jack. Jack learned to do all kinds...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/The-Baboon-Who-Worked-for-the-Railroad/

A Flickr Pool Dedicated to Control Panels

Buttons, dials and gauges, oh my! If you love looking at control panels, don't miss this [Control Panel group over at Flickr](https://www.flickr.com/groups/controlpanel/pool/), with over 2,000 photos of things...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/A-Flickr-Pool-Dedicated-to-Control-Panels/

This 99 Million-Year-Old Beetle Trapped in Amber is the Earliest Plant Pollinator on Earth

Meet _Cretoparacucujus cycadophilus_, a new species of beetle that is the earliest direct evidence of an insect pollinating an ancient plant group nearly 100 million years ago. From [Dead Things blog post by Gem...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/This-99-Million-Year-Old-Beetle-Trapped-in-Amber-is-the-Earliest-Plant-Pollinator-on-Earth/

Meteorologist Mom Carried Sleeping Toddler While Doing Her Weather Forecast

Our National Forecast today is hosted by Meteorologist @smartinWX and a special guest. Unfortunately, the assistant was found sleeping on the job. We apologize for the inconvenience. #IBW2018 #babywearing #weather #met...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/Meteorologist-Mom-Brought-Sleeping-Toddler-for-Her-Weather-Forecast/

Watch Your Brain Jiggle Like Jelly with Every Heartbeat

Think that your brain stays motionless inside your head? Think again! Using a special magnetic resonance imaging technique, researchers discovered that our brain actually jiggles with every heartbeat. This rhy...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/Watch-Your-Brain-Jiggle-Like-Jelly-with-Every-Heartbeat/

Yemeni Blacksmiths Beat Missiles into Daggers

Take this as a modern version of the old saying "beating swords into plowshares": Yemeni blacksmiths turned [shrapnel from exploded missiles into traditional daggers called jambiyya](https://www.foxnews.com/world/yemeni-...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/10/12/Yemeni-Blacksmith-Beat-Missiles-into-Daggers/
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