Remember Theo Jensen’s AMAZING kinetic walkers? Well geeks, some people got the brilliant idea of building a similar machine, but instead of powering it by wind, they used a hamster ball to make it go forward. Check it out: Brilliant concept, isn’t it? [Source]
February 3, 1966: The first spacecraft to land on any non-Earth planetary body, the Soviet Union’s unmanned Luna 9 reaches the Moon. Equipped with radio and television capability, heat control system, power sources and a radiation detector, the payload touched down in Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms”). Immediately thereafter, the four-panel seal opened and Luna […]
The Isle of Sark, a tiny British Channel island of just 600 residents, has become the first internationally-recognized “dark sky community,” as determined by the International Dark-Sky Association. The sky over the Isle of Sark has the best view of the Milky Way from Earth. Light pollution in heavily populated areas has long been a […]
Geek hero Carl Sagan’s moving Pale Blue Dot monologue over Halo Reach footage. If this isn’t the convergence of all things awesome, I shudder to think what might be.
The following video shows the view we would have of various planets from Earth if they’d orbit our world at the same distance as the moon. Check it out: [Via]
Two political science professors claim a strong majority of US biology teachers either don’t advocate the theory of evolution, or flat out promote either creationism or intelligent design. The research came from Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer of Penn State. They looked through the results of a wider survey of 926 biology teachers in public […]
A Rube Goldberg machine is, of course, a machine engineered to perform a simple task in a very (or very, very, very) complicated way. I’m not sure I would recommend any of these “how to” videos for efficiency’s sake, but they sure are fun to watch. How to Unroll Toilet Paper: How to Creme an […]
Though not a science joke, my favorite bar humor is this bit of music geekery: Three notes walk into a bar – a G, an E flat, and a C. The bartender looks up and says “We don’t serve minors.” So the E flat leaves and the other two have a fifth between them. What’s […]
Anyone who’s been to elementary school soon learns that larger children tend to hold the social power — or at least hold a physically dominant position. Now, though, it appears that lesson may be learned even earlier. Researchers at Harvard and UCLA, led by an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Copenhagen, made […]
It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil … it’s frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike.
Next time you complain about ageing reruns on TV, spare a thought for astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope. They suspect they’ve just seen something from 13.2 billion years ago. NASA has reported the sighting of what appears as a tiny dim object, but is actually a galaxy of blue stars about one-hundredth the […]