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Super Animals – Tardigrades!

The animal world has it’s own super hero, Tardigrades a.k.a water bears! Just like Superman, they are able to withstand extreme temperatures, radiation, extreme pressures! According to wikipedia they “can survive in extreme environments. For example, they can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling …

World’s Largest Cave Video Fly Through

Ran across this video of a quad copter tour of the large sinkhole part of the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam. Imagine the size of the room this area made before the roof collapsed! I realized I read the National Geographic article a few years ago, it has better …

Infect me!

In our modern obsession of cleanliness and ubiquitous anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, we may have upset the unseen balance in our bodies. Is it possible to be TOO clean? Have we inadvertently scrubbed away the GOOD bacteria that make us healthy. This NY Times article covers research into the …

Electric Cars and Hybrids Not So Economical

One of the touted benefits of electric vehicles is the fuel cost savings, but it appears that’s not necessarily the case according to Edmunds. Aside from the high purchase cost, a gas sipping Aveo is considerably much cheaper to operate than a Prius! And depending on how the electricity is …

Western Diet most unhealthy

Michael Pollan writes in his book, In Defense of Food that “we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be intimidated by studies of new reports or especially food labeling. Humans can thrive on all sorts of diets. Some live healthy lives on nothing but cattle or seafood. In fact, he says, there’s …

The Brain uses 20% of body’s energy

“Although the brain accounts for less than 2% of a person’s weight, it consumes 20% of the body’s energy.” Drubach, Daniel. The Brain Explained. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2000. as quoted here: http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/JacquelineLing.shtml

34 words for do-do

I caught a very interesting lecture by Stephen Pinker author of The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature on CSPAN this weekend. Pinker discussed some of the interesting or in his words crazy aspects of our language. Such as why we use terms like underground and …

If only I had time

These guys make some incredible projects, if only I had time to try some of them! But it’s not just all electronics and gadgets they also do crazy stuff like zombie makeup, vampire teeth and origami. I just may have to make some time to try the foxhole radio project. …