Mar 06, 2015

A stop-motion Etch A Sketch made of dominoes is even harder to draw with

posted by Larra Morris

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To help promote its online store that sells nothing but tiny plastic bricks, Bulk Dominoesenlisted the help of the extremely patient FlippyCat to build a giant Etch A Sketch that only works through the magic of stop motion. But it's the perfect way to represent just what a pain it is to draw anything recognizable on the classic toy.
via Gizmodo

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Mar 06, 2015

Scientists have composed music for your cats

posted by Larra Morris

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If your cat has ever meowed along to your favorite pop song, it’s probably not because he liked it. That music was designed in pitches and tempos that humans enjoy, so your cat is, at best, likely indifferent to your tunes (and, at worst, maybe tortured by them). Now, two psychologists at University of Wisconsin and a composer at University of Maryland have teamed up to make songs especially for your felines, with beats in the frequency range that they use to communicate with each other—and while the songs might sound unsettling to humans, research indicates that cats dig it.

The music is part of a larger project to create tunes for many members of the animal kingdom; the team has also created music for tamarin monkeys, which had a soothing effect on the creatures. The researchers hope that this species-specific music will enrich the lives of animals in captivity.
via Mental Floss

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Mar 06, 2015

Chuck Jones' rules for Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner

posted by Larra Morris

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Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist is the autobiography of Chuck Jones, the animator behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the other great classic Warner Bros. cartoon characters. In it, Jones lists the rules that governed interactions between Wile E. Coyote and his lifelong foe, the Road Runner.
via Neatorama 

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Mar 05, 2015

Surfer Laird Hamilton rides giant waves with hydrofoil surfboard

posted by Laura Domela

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This is a video of big wave surf legend Laird Hamilton riding some waves on a surfboard with a hydrofoil attached, so it rises up out of the water when it gets up to speed. Personally, you'd never catch me in the ocean with ANYTHING strapped to my feet. That's like, a death sentence. That surfboard might as well be cinderblocks because I'm a goner.

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via Geekologie

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Mar 05, 2015

The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

posted by Laura Domela

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Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.

Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times. Taking a radically different experimental approach, EPFL scientists have now been able to take the first ever snapshot of light behaving both as a wave and as a particle. The breakthrough work is published in Nature Communications.
via PhysOrg

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Mar 05, 2015

Hermit crabs line up in order of size to swap and upgrade shells with one another

posted by Larra Morris

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“They arrange themselves in an orderly queue, the biggest at the front, the smallest at the back; they're lining up with one aim: to exchange properties. But none of the crabs can make a move because the chain is not yet complete. They're all waiting for the right-sized crab to come along.”

The Hermit Crab vacancy chain, as featured in the 'Home' episode of Life Story, on the BBC.
via Boing Boing

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Mar 05, 2015

A quintet of paper origami cranes perform a choreographed dance routine using electromagnets

posted by Larra Morris

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Japanese hardware hacker Ugoita T. created a whimsical display of five origami cranesbusting a move with choreography provided by electromagnets, which were used to manipulate the feet of the paper birds into all sorts of dance positions. Ugoita T. has also created a behind-the-scenes video detailing how the display, which was exhibited at a Honda China art event, was created.
via Laughing Squid

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