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All about the USGI compass and how to use it [VIDEO]

// November 6th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

This is a cool video that describes the USGI compass and demonstrates how to use it to navigate.

New BIQ house will use microalgae facade to generate energy for the building while also providing dynamic shade

// October 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

The zero-energy BIQ House in Hamburg, Germany sports a “bio-adaptive façade” that uses microalgae to generate renewable energy and provide shade. Algae in the bio-reactor facades grow faster in the brighter sunlight and hence, create a natural shade when the sun is at its brightest. In addition, the bio-reactors power the building by capturing solar […]

Who told me to get out of the pool? Holy crap – it was the whale talking!

// October 23rd, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Lost in the shuffle, the news that a white beluga whale named “NOC” could speak rudimentary English was never published until colleagues encouraged Sam Ridgway, of the National Marine Mammal Foundation, to publish the news that many are not aware of – whales can mimic human speech just like a parrot. A new paper in […]

Researchers describe how to control your dreams and turn them into “lucid dreams”

// October 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Everyone dreams whether they remember their dreams or not. In fact, most people have 3-4 dreams per night. In a “lucid dream state”, the person is aware that they are in a dream and have the ability to control the dream as they see fit. This gives the person a means to think, rationalize, invent, […]

How to handle being charged by a 400 pound gorilla

// October 12th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Gorillas are considered to be highly intelligent. People are considered to be highly intelligent too – at least most of them are. In this video, note how the man handles being charged by a 400lb gorilla – by standing his ground and not flinching (his big balls probably keep him anchored pretty well too).

Video shows octopus making quick work of food trap while fighting off shark with one tentacle

// October 11th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

This video captured a remarkable scene where an octopus not only made quick work of the underwater food canister, but did so while fending off a pajama catshark with just one tentacle!

How to read the intent behind a person’s handshake (or how to promote yourself as a pompous bitch thru your shake)

// October 10th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Psychological studies indicate that much can be gleaned from a person’s handshake, especially when it’s the first time you’ve met the person and are forming that oh-so-important first impression. Psychologists say a person forms their impression of you in the first 5-10 seconds after they meet you and that once formed in the person’s mind, […]

What happens if you throw a boomerang in zero gravity? Watch this video

// October 10th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

In this video, Japanese astronaut, Dr. Takao Doi, throws a boomerang inside the International Space Station, in a zero-G environment. Before the experiment, they really were not sure what it would do, thinking it would probably spin up and away from the thrower, As it turns out, it acts pretty much the same as it […]

Beautiful slow motion video of falling water balloons

// October 7th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Youtube user hacakability has uploaded more amazing video, this time several segments showing in extreme slow motion, the falling and deformation action of water balloons. Very interesting and to be honest, quite beautiful.

Horror: Camera inside mussel shell shows what it’s like to be eaten alive by a starfish

// October 5th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

This time lapse video is worthy of any horror show I’ve ever seen. They took a small camera and placed it inside the shell of a mussel. From the camera placed inside the mussel shell, you watch as the starfish then ejects its stomach into the mussel shell and eats it alive leaving nothing but […]

The Grand Canyon’s rock record is missing 1.2 billion years of history

// October 5th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Called “The Great Unconformity”, the Grand Canyon has a 1.2 billion year gap in the rock record. Above the gap is 500 million-year-old sandstone (Cambrian age), a time of billions of shelled marine creatures. Below the gap is metamorphic rock of the Slatherian period aged 1.75 billion years where no fossils exist at all. But […]

Gravity Probe B gyroscope, holder of world record for roundest object ever manufactured, can spin for 15,000 years

// October 2nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Gravity Probe B is a satellite-based, relativity gyroscope experiment that launched in 2004 for the purpose of measuring the space-time curvature near Earth in order to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The experiment was to check, very precisely, tiny changes in the spin and angle of four gyroscopes contained in a highly sophisticated housing […]

MESMERIZING VIDEO – watch 32 out-of-sync metronomes magically synchronize themselves

// September 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

If you place two metronomes on a stationary board and start them out of sync, they will remain out of sync forever. But if the board is placed on two rollers, so that the movement of the metronomes can be transferred through the moveable board, each metronome’s movement will affect the movement of the other […]

Winners of the Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

// September 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Each year, the Royal Observatory Greenwich‘s hosts its annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its fourth year and growing, they received over 800 photo submission. Winners were announced on Sept. 19 in four main categories — Deep Space, Our Solar System, Earth and Space, and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year — […]

So what would it really take to build and inhabit a space colony?

// September 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Most geeks have fantasized about living in a space colony. What would it be like? Would you grow bored? What would you eat, where would you sleep, what would living in such close quarters with fellow colonists be like? Even NASA has pondered space colonization and in fact, it’s likely their ultimate goal.

Wanna know how to buy a moon rock? Hint: black market

// September 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Moon rocks are rarely offered for sale. Sample moon rocks collected by NASA’s Apollo astronauts are considered National Treasures, property of the United States government, and would never be sold to the public. They have been however, given away. Here are funny stories about lost moon rocks and tips on how you can come into […]