Tag: technology

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.

Most likely this is how it happened: the first electron microscopy joke.


From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Astronaut specific problems: Ending it all.


By Poorly Drawn Lines. Via IFLS.

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 24


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)

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 9


DIY kit available from Evil Mad Scientist.

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Awesome marine life plus human technology hybrids (a.k.a. how cool are these whale boats?)




By Kyler Martz

Some stats if you’re thinking of towing the Space Shuttle with your truck

Click image to see full size.

“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.”

From AutoBlog.

Birds on Twitter (this is so seriously awesome)

“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”

By Voldemars Dudums, text via Colossal.

Conceptual space colony art from the 1970s: Kinda want to live there.

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)

Strapping a camera on a pigeon? Sounds about right.

“Photographing with birds is anything but a new idea. It was actually invented a little over a century ago, in 1907, by a German photography pioneer named Julius Neubronner.

Neubronner worked as an apothecary (i.e. an old-school independent pharmacist) and used carrier pigeons to rush deliver medications to clients. After one of his pigeons returned four weeks late, Neubronner came up with the wacky idea of sticking a camera onto his pigeons in order to glimpse into their activities.”

Text by Michael Zhang at Petapixel. There’s also a wikipedia entry on this topic.

Why not try a book?

By Dog House Diaries.

I’ve got to get myself a pocket mosquito bar.

Published in The Atlantic Monthly, 1884. Via Futility Closet.

Spiders and insects made from watch parts and occasionally a light bulb.

By Justin Gershenson-Gates, via Colossal.

This would be SO awesome: An amusement park ride masquerading as an anatomy lesson

An educational amusement apparatus forms a large building structure having an external appearance simulating a man and a woman resting partially under a blanket, wherein riders are taken through a succession of cavities that simulate internal organs of the man and woman. Entrance to a head chamber simulating an oral cavity is achieved by a stairway supported by a simulated arm of the man, the oral cavity having displays of teeth in normal and abnormal conditions, and serving as a staging area for a train to carry the riders. The train passes into a simulated cranial cavity of the woman, past a sectional display of simulated ear organs, and into a body portion of the building that is representative of the abdomen of both the man and the woman, first through a simulated esophagus, stomach, and intestine of an alimentary canal, through simulated urinary and reproductive tracts, then through a simulated liver and a simulated cardiovascular canal, and finally through a simulated lung and windpipe to an exit staging area of the building.

Proposed by Shao-Chun Chu in 1988. See here for patent documents (via Futility Closet)

MRIs of vegetables (an obvious thing to do if you have access to an MRI…)

By Andy Ellison, via Colossal.

Space Shuttle farewell videos. Endeavour and Atlantis

Shuttle Endeavour: A piece of space history flies by in slow motion from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

The Last Roll-Out from Philip Andrews on Vimeo.

A robot that screams? Seems like an appropriate image to talk about the nuances of basic vs applied science.

By KC Green at Gunshow.

Biodiversity caught on Google’s Street View #mesmerizing

There might not be a truer visual representation of our contemporary wired world than Jon Rafman’s web-based “9 Eyes” project, for which he culled the most bizarre, haunting, and stunning images frozen in Google’s “Street View” mapping project to create a truly amazing work of digital art that is both innately appealing and strangely, darkly poetic. (From Blouin Art Info)

From the 9 Eyes of Google Street View by Jon Rafman. Definitely click on the 9 Eyes links – some of the screen captures are quite haunting.

Project Mercury in 8-bit

“Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States. It ran from 1959 through 1963 with two goals: putting a human in orbit around the Earth, and doing it before the Soviet Union, as part of the early space race. It succeeded in the first but not the second: in the first Mercury mission on 5 May 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space; however the Soviet Union had put Yuri Gagarin into space one month earlier. John Glenn became the first American (third overall, following Gagarin and Titov) to reach orbit on February 20, 1962, during the third manned Mercury flight.” (Wikipedia)

By Andy Rash, More about Project Mercury here. (via Hey Oscar Wilde!)

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