Oct 30, 2014

Stop-motion video recreates Psycho's shower scene using carved pumpkins

posted by Larra Morris

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In anticipation of Halloween, Brooklyn-based artist Yuliya Tsukerman made this neat stop motion recreating the iconic shower scene in Psycho using only carved pumpkins.
via Gizmodo

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Oct 30, 2014

An interactive ranking of the most popular Halloween costumes in America from 2009 to 2013

posted by Larra Morris

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NPR’s Planet Money blog has an interactive ranking of the most popular Halloween costumes in America from 2009 to 2013. Users can hover over a specific costume, like zombie, in order to see its rise and fall in popularity over time. Witches, vampires, and pirates seems to be a constant favorite but there are a few interesting additions. The chart — created by Quoctrung Bui and LA Johnson — uses data from theNational Retail Federation.
via Laughing Squid

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Oct 29, 2014

NASA releases massive library of sounds recorded in space

posted by Laura Domela

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NASA has released a huge library of recorded sounds, everything from rockets to space shuttles to individual planets. You can listen at the NASA SoundCloud page.  

NASA put up special instruments which recorded electromagnetic vibrations on the Voyager space probe and converted that into actual sound. The recordings include the sounds of Saturn’s rings, Neptune, Jupiter and Uranus as well as what Earth would sound like millions of kilometres away.
via The Daily Kos

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Oct 29, 2014

Robot martial arts performance at Robot World 2014

posted by Larra Morris

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ROBOTIS staged a robot martial arts performance utilizing their Bioloid humanoid robots equipped with DARWIN-OP heads.
via Robots Dreams

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Oct 29, 2014

3D printing helps the visually impaired restore faded memories

posted by Larra Morris

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Touchable Memories might ostensibly be an advertisement campaign for a 3D printer, but it's also a poignant social experiment that delineates how technology can be used to better lives. Featuring five visually impaired people, the video series illustrates the connection between remembrance and tactile contact. It uses a 3D printer to turn photographs from the subjects' lives into three-dimensional models that can then be caressed and handled.
via The Verge

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Oct 29, 2014

Scientists use protein to restore hearing to deaf mice

posted by Larra Morris

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There may be new hope for people who have lost some of their hearing due to exposure to loud noises, or simply due to aging. Scientists from the University of Michigan and Harvard University have restored hearing in mice, by getting them to create more of a protein within their ears...

In the Michigan/Harvard research, mice were first subjected to loud noises, causing them to lose some of their hearing via damage to their synapses. A group of those animals was then treated with a technique known as conditional gene recombination, in which drugs are used to activate genes in selected cells. In this case, the cells were in their inner ears, and they were triggered to produce more than the normal amount of NT3 (Neurotrophin-3) – this is a protein which plays a vital role in the production and maintenance of ribbon synapses.

After two weeks, the treated mice were found to have recovered much more of their hearing than an untreated control group.
via Gizmag

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Oct 28, 2014

Monkey Light for your nighttime bike rides

posted by Laura Domela

Have you seen these fun bike lights by MonkeyLectric

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There are 4-LED, 10-LED, and 32-LED versions (and even a 256-LED version -- the MonkeyLectric Pro). Fun!

The 10-LED version:

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The 32-LED version:

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And the Pro, for professional Monkey Lighters:

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Check 'em all out here at MonkeyLectric.

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