Contrary to popular belief, surviving when stepping into a pool of quicksand is actually easy. All you have to do to is to calmly lie on your back, and you’ll be quickly floating on top of the muck instead of drowning in it. The following video segment from Bill Nye, The Science Guy, will bring […]
By Brian Boyko Contributing Writer, [GAS] Ponginator is a robot, and as far as robots go, this one is fairly simple. It plays music, says a few words cribbed from audio files, and shoots ping-pong balls from pressurized air guns. We’ve been doing a series on crazy inventors with crazy inventions. Vernon Graner and the […]
Pablos Holman is a futurist, IT security expert, and notorious hacker with a unique view into both breaking and building new technologies. In the following presentation, he explains what drives computer hackers to do what they do best: break into gadgets, networks, and systems.
By Brian Boyko Contributing Writer, [GAS] Mark Winkler decided, in infinite wisdom, to spend six months building a full-scale trebuchet. In the next installment of Geeks Are Sexy’s series on crazy inventions and crazy inventors, we introduce Mark’s brainchild, “Mongo, the Trebuchet.” Mongo often launches watermelons, but the 25Gs of force put on the melon […]
With more than 4.2 million page views, 2008 has been an amazing year for us. In fact, it’s been the best one since the blog’s inauguration back in 2005. Some of our most popular stories ever have been published in the last year, and in case you weren’t around back then, here are the top […]
In its original version, the Nerf Vulcan is already one of a hell of an office war weapon, but when slightly modified with a few extra battery packs, it quickly becomes a rather frightening instrument of destruction. Check it out: To accomplish this, the guys from Manapotions increased the voltage inside the Nerf Vulcan’s firing […]
Did you know that like many other interesting scientific discoveries, the first LED was discovered by accident? The following documentary will give a brief tour through the world of the light-emitting diode. Learn who invented it, how to use it, and how to make your own. [Via Make]
Here’s the third and final installment in the series on green geekery. We’ve already gone over reducing consumption and reusing what you have, so now it’s time to address recycling. Unfortunately, the heavy metals often found in hardware make electronics difficult to recycle on the same scale as much simpler things, like plastic. Recycling and […]