30.9.08

Knocking Down 30,000 Dominoes

You can do more with dominoes than just knock them down, you know. You can stack them into walls, and then knock the walls down like dominoes.




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O the things you can do with sticky notes.

This is the group that made such progress with diet coke and mentos!

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29.9.08

SPACEX SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES FALCON 1 TO ORBIT

HAWTHORNE, CA – Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announces that Flight 4 of the Falcon 1 launch vehicle has successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit. With this key milestone, Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.

"This is a great day for SpaceX and the culmination of an enormous amount of work by a great team," said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX. "The data shows we achieved a super precise orbit insertion—middle of the bull's-eye — and then went on to coast and restart the second stage, which was icing on the cake."

Falcon 1, designed from the ground up by SpaceX, lifted off at 4:15 p.m. (PDT) / 23:15 (UTC) from the Reagan Test Site (RTS) on Omelek Island at the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) in the Central Pacific, about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii.

Preliminary data indicates that Falcon 1 achieved an elliptical orbit of 500 km by 700 km, 9.2 degrees inclination—exactly as targeted.

Falcon 1 carried into orbit a payload mass simulator of approximately 165 kg (364 lbs), designed and built by SpaceX, specifically for this mission. Consisting of a hexagonal aluminum alloy chamber 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall, the payload remains attached to the second stage as it orbits Earth.

This was the fourth launch of the Falcon 1 launch vehicle and second flight for the new SpaceX-developed Merlin 1C regeneratively-cooled engine. A "hold before liftoff" system was used to enhance reliability by permitting all launch systems to be verified as functioning nominally before launch was initiated. A single SpaceX-developed Kestrel engine powered the Falcon 1 second stage.

For more information about the Falcon family of vehicles, and to watch the archived video of the Falcon 1, Flight 4 launch, visit the SpaceX website at www.spacex.com



An interview with the founder of the company about this mission can be found here

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28.9.08

Impressively Pointless Discipline

This guy combines the impressive with the completely pointless, and he's successful!

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27.9.08

Crows Are Getting Smarter. Forget our fear of robots taking over the world, it`s the crows we should be worried about.

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26.9.08

A whole new perspective on guitar tapping!


Awesome Guitar Tapping. Unlike other guitar players and tappers, this guy uses all 6 strings and at least 10 fingers.


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25.9.08

Wearable Motorcycle

I know this looks a lot like TRON, but it also looks like fun! I don't think I'd want to (or be able to) take this cross country, but it might be a riot in town on Saturday night.

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24.9.08

The Google Cell Phone

I may have found my new phone.


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23.9.08

Money on the Move

This might be an ad for shoes, but the animation is interesting no matter what the product. (Actually, it's an ad for a coin counting service.)

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22.9.08

The Speed Vest

The Speed Vest is experimental clothing designed to create an environment in which bicyclists are respected as equal users of the roadway.

It increases motorists' awareness of both cyclists and speed limits by displaying the bicyclist's speed in bright 6" electroluminescent digits on the bicyclists back.

The Speed Vest is currently being tested in Minneapolis & St. Paul as an advocacy tool to promote an image of bicycling as fast, safe transporation.

Contact: info@speedvest.com


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21.9.08

Anti-Helium Gas

This is the kind of fun you can have when you're a "scientist".


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20.9.08

Born to be Wild!

So what happens when baby boomers start collecting Social Security? Music was once from Steppenwolf.

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19.9.08

How to Win a Gymnastics Gold Medal

How to win a Gold Medal at the Olympics

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18.9.08

Stealth Cat!


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17.9.08

The Asteroid That Kills Us

This from the Discovery Channel: the end of the earth as we know it.

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16.9.08

Cell-phone Video Projector

This is without question the smallest video projector I've ever seen.


There are competitors:



and this one lets you plug your iPod in directly:

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15.9.08

Polar Bear vs. a Pack of Sled Dogs

Imagine that you live in Alaska and your sled dogs are around your back yard. Then a hungry polar bear shows up. This is not what you'd expect!

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14.9.08

Speedboat Submarine

Have you ever watched one of those superfast speedboats, and wondered what would happen if they got messed up a little? It's really cool! Scary, but cool.


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13.9.08

The Delivery

He receives a delivery. What is it? This isn't Pixar - it's FrameBox - but it's very well imagined and nicely rendered.

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12.9.08

Pixar's Lifted

I love the foolishness of little green aliens.

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11.9.08

How to sharpen a Pencil - in Shop Class


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10.9.08

An Old Style Letterpress: Firefly


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9.9.08

The Lizard Died

Watch the ants go after it!
Ants vs. Lizard

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8.9.08

The Ball Girl's Amazing Catch

She put to shame the yahoos on the field.

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6.9.08

This beats the Egg McMuffin Cold!


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5.9.08

The Flying of the Fly

and why you can never swat one!

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4.9.08

Coming and Going

This is what you can do with a fertile imagination!

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3.9.08

Papy Echec Plays Chess

I love this old codger and his chess-playing buddy.

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Beer Basics

Get out of your Miller/Bud/Coors rut and try something with some taste for a change. Here’s a little tidbit from the Grocery School video series with Sarah East. She explains all you need to know about buying and trying different styles of beer. Ales, lagers, porters, stouts, pale ales and light beers are all explained here succinctly and briefly. Hang on to this as a reference.

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1.9.08

Olympic Gymnastics meets Kung Fu

This guy has one of the best martial arts skills I've ever seen.
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