Jul 23, 2014

Multifunctional hybrid robot shovels snow and mows your lawn

posted by Larra Morris

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Modern technology has given us many ways of delegating menial tasks to automatic equipment and robots, freeing up more time. Such devices can vacuum our floors, wash our windows, clean out the gutters and more. The latest automated housework companion is multifunctional, helping you complete two tasks that few relish: shoveling snow and mowing the lawn.
via Gizmag

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Jul 22, 2014

This may be the greatest invention in the history of water balloons

posted by Laura Domela

100 balloons. 1 hose. Game over.

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If you've ever had the pleasure of participating in a water balloon fight, you will concur that the most frustrating part of battle is reloading. You think you've got an uninflated balloon securely attached to the end of a garden hose, and then as soon as you turn on the water, *snap*, the balloon comes flying off. Or maybe you don't even get that far — the balloon breaks as you're stretching it on. Or you get it all filled up, and then you can't tie it and it drops and breaks on the ground. Now some ambitious inventor has come up with a solution to all those problems: a device that lets you easily fill up 100 water balloons at once.
via The Verge

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Jul 22, 2014

NSA's Crypto-Kids - it's never too early to start recruitment

posted by Laura Domela

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The National Security Agency (NSA) has lots of computer power but what it needs the most is brain power. It's not too early to plan ahead. 

Activity book for kids published by the NSA, via Silicon Valley Watcher

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Jul 22, 2014

Earth just experienced hottest June ever recorded

posted by Larra Morris

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Writes Brian Kahn at Climate Central: "The world just experienced its hottest June on record. The heat was driven in large by part by the hottest ocean temperatures since recordkeeping began more than 130 years ago. That makes this the third-warmest start to the year."
via Boing Boing

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Jul 22, 2014

Scientists use world's largest laser to recreate Jupiter's core

posted by Larra Morris

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It is not pleasant inside the core of Jupiter—or any other planet for that matter. However, gaining a better understanding of what's going on in there is key for understanding how these planets form. That's why a team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently used diamonds and lasers to recreate those very conditions.

Put simply, the researchers blasted pieces of diamond with 176 different lasers, including the world's largest laser, to compress it as much as possible. They actually managed to squeeze some samples to 50 million times Earth's atmospheric pressure. Of course, the diamond samples were vaporized in less than 10 billionths of a second, but you'd expect as much, when you're dealing with the world's largest laser.
via Gizmodo

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Jul 22, 2014

Spectacular food packaging decays with its contents

posted by Larra Morris

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Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine believes that the relationship between food and packaging should be symbiotic, with containers surviving only as long as their contents. In a vividly colored series entitled "This Too Shall Pass," the company showcases three items, each of which looks more like an ornament than a household product.

The first is a gelatinous packet molded from agar-agar and water that is intended for use with liquids like cream, smoothies, and fresh juice. The second is a triangular-shaped package designed to house dry goods such as rice or grain. Made from beeswax, it is adorned with a subtle gradient and must be peeled like a fruit in order to access whatever is inside. The third is arguably the most spectacular, an iridescent jade snowglobe built out of wax-coated, caramelized sugar. A crack is all it takes to release the water-soluble package's cargo.
via The Verge

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Jul 22, 2014

Newly identified genetic variants could delay Alzheimer's onset by four years

posted by Larra Morris

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Over the past few years scientists and researchers have made some inroads in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, but as yet no definitive cure has been found. In the latest promising development, a team of Canadian researchers has identified a genetic variant that can delay the onset of the disease by up to four years.
via Gizmag

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Jul 22, 2014

Two skydivers jump from 5,000 feet and successfully land on a Slip ‘N Slide

posted by Larra Morris

Skydivers Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson leap from a plane at 5,000 feet above Arizona and manage to successfully land on a Slip ‘N Slide, traveling the length of the backyard toy at 50MPH, in this footage by Caters News.
via Laughing Squid

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Jul 21, 2014

Roboceratops: A robot dinosaur that defies extinction

posted by Larra Morris

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Inspired by a childhood love of dinosaurs, [Robert] set out to build a robotic dinosaur from the Ceratopsian family. After about a year of design, building, and coding, he has sent us a video of Roboceratops moving around gracefully, chomping a rope, and smoothly wagging his tail.

Roboceratops is made from laser-cut MDF and aluminium bars in the legs. That’s not cookie dough on those legs, it’s upholstery foam, and we love the way [Robert] has shaped it. Roboceratops has servos in his jaw, neck, tail, and legs for a total of 14-DOF.
via Hack a Day

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Jul 21, 2014

8-bit pixel sunglasses implore everyone around you to deal with it

posted by Larra Morris

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Laser cut and engraved from a solid piece of smoked acrylic, the Deal With It Sunglasses are perfect for the total boss whose ethos is best summed up by an 8-bit GIF that's been lingering on the internet since 2010. The shades don't have hinges, because like the will of the major bro who wears them, these sunglasses never bend.
via Gizmodo

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