Tag: technology

Jupiter in high resolution equals “Death Star.”


From reddit user quadcem, Boing Boing.

The (incredibly fast) evolution of your desk.

Via YouTube.

A brief (scientific) history of weapons. (Also brilliant)










By Zach Weinersmith, from Medium.

File under botanical artillery…

The best kind of firearm. That is, the plantae kind…



By Sonia Rentsch, via Sweet Station.

Smiley face technology: It’s starting…



By Yuma Kano, via My Modern Met.

If icons of science had Instagram accounts…

… then it might look like this:




Via histagrams.

WANT: very cool astronaut figurine that doubles as a phone holder.



Available for purchase here. Via Sweet Station.

For overly cautious dead people. An “I’m still alive” alert system for coffins.


From Retronaut, via Fresh Photons.

This. Spot on visual commentary on our incessant need to stay connected via social media…

… but at what cost. Going outside to play some basketball now…


By Pawel Kuczynski, via My Modern Met.

What every writer (suffering from writer’s block) needs: The Scholar’s Shoulder Brace

Otherwise known as the “just finish your f***ing work” contraption. Version two includes a glass of Scotch.


Patented by Isidor Keller in 1884. Via Futility Closet

Alexander Bell sends a pic #funny via @beatonna

Almost peed my pants when I read this. Plus I love it, because it’s a perfect commentary on the diverse nature of science culture (i.e. we can be silly and crude as well as science-y). Would be wonderful if, one day, Ms. Beaton decides to do a book on science history – heck, I would even love to commission that sort of project (ooh ooh – maybe a “famous folks in science history” phylo deck?)


By Kate Beaton.

A suit that inflates in mid air, so as to protect a person when flying through the air.

If such a thing was available for purchase, I would so want this.


“Motorcycle safety apparel” patent filed by Dan Kincheloe in 1989. Via Futility Closet.

Mind blown. Also further proof that my lab needs to get two robotic arms with projector screens attached.

This is all over the internet (actually, I’m a little late showcasing this), but wow. Some of the effects here are pretty amazing. Score one for artistic use of robots – used so effectively that you hardly notice them.

Also, I recommend watching this on full screen at HD.

Box from Bot & Dolly on Vimeo.

Technology that literally gives you a “pat on your back.”


Patent filed by Ralph R. Piro, via Futility Closet

Dragonfly robot that takes biomimicry to the fullest #whoa

By Festo, via Colossal

This is pretty wild: New York Biotopes by Lena Steinkühler #stunningvideo #wow

“My idea was to create a film, that fills up the metropolis New York with vegetation, that adapts to the straightness of the technology and the given situation. This happens through the assimilation of structures and forms. These biotopes are shaped by the existing living environment, but in turn also shape the newly developed living environment by their presence. In other words, a symbiotically coexistence begins.”

By Lena Steinkühler, via Notcot.org

This counts as one of the most riveting videos I’ve ever seen #curiosity #watchitnow via @BenLillie

I bet those 7 minutes must have been terrifying. Oh, and science FTW!!!

Via @BenLillie

I think this will do as a secret headquarters: mobile Antarctica research station.

Is it bad that I want my own?




Designed by Hugh Broughton Architects for the British Antarctic Survey. Via Notcot.org.

If you ever need the schematics for constructing a roller coaster that will kill you by the end of its ride…




Euthanasia Coaster is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death.”

Proposed details include:

Euthanasia, execution

Height: 510 m
Drop lenght: 500 m
Track length: 7544 m

Lift: 120 s
Drop: 10 s
Exposure to 10 g: 60 s
Total: 3:20

Max speed: 100m/s
Inversions: 7
Max g-force: 10 g

Cause of death:
Cerebral hypoxia, lack of oxygen supply to the brain.

Additional effects:
Greyout – loss of color vision;
Tunnel vision – loss of peripheral vision;
Blackout – complete loss of vision;
G-LOC – g-force induced Loss Of Consciousness.

By Julijonas Urbonas, via Thinx

Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder – the Earth editions

Note: I put this up, because Ben has informed me that when he grows up, he wants to invent the hover car. Mind you, last week, he wanted to be a comic artist, and before that a Jedi knight…




By Renaud Marion.


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