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
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.
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.
“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.”
I bet those 7 minutes must have been terrifying. Oh, and science FTW!!!
“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:
Height: 510 m
Drop lenght: 500 m
Track length: 7544 m
Lift: 120 s
Drop: 10 s
Exposure to 10 g: 60 s
Max speed: 100m/s
Max g-force: 10 g
Cause of death:
Cerebral hypoxia, lack of oxygen supply to the brain.
Greyout – loss of color vision;
Tunnel vision – loss of peripheral vision;
Blackout – complete loss of vision;
G-LOC – g-force induced Loss Of Consciousness.
A SANTA CLAUS AS INTRUDER ALERT SYSTEM
By Thomas Cane
“A children’s Christmas Stocking device useful for visually signalling the arrival of Santa Claus by illuminating an externally visable light source having a power source located within said device.”
(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)
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“Endeavour will be towed 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport to the museum on October 13, and the Tundra will hitch up to the shuttle for the last quarter mile of the trip. The towing rig was made specifically for this event, allowing the full-size Toyota Tundra to pull almost 30 times its regular towing capacity. Toyota says that the truck used to tow Endeavour will be a stock V8 Tundra with no enhancements or modifications.”
“Latvian conceptual artist and creative director Voldemars Dudums created this insanely clever bird feeder using an old computer keyboard and some cubes of bacon fat. When the birds would fly down to snack their inadvertent key presses were fed to an api that parsed each little tap into a bonafide tweet on the @hungry_birds Twitter account”
Address: Toroidal Colonies (in the vicinity of Earth’s orbit)
“NASA commissioned much conceptual work focused on moving people to space, both for habitation and travel. The artwork featured here come from three summer studies by NASA Ames, conducted in California during the 70s. They feature beautifully fantastic landscapes inside massive structures… a vision of a utopian life inside an artificial atmosphere.”
From NASA Ames Research Center, via Visual News (text by Benjamin Starr)