May 16, 2013

The world's longest Lego railway includes 2.5 miles of track

posted by Larra Morris

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It's not quite as exciting as free-falling from the edge of space, but a group of 80 Lego enthusiasts in Denmark, led by Henrik Ludvigsen, now hold the Guinness Record for the world's longest plastic toy train track—an honor that will certainly look fantastic on a resume.

Inspired by his own impressive collection of Lego track pieces, Henrik put the call out for others around the world to pool their pieces and collectively set a new world record. Overall the layout included over 100,000 pieces of Lego—tracks and support bricks—spanning a length of over 2.485 miles.
via Gizmodo

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May 16, 2013

Inorganic Flora, a collection of detailed botanical blueprints

posted by Larra Morris

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Botanist and designer Macoto Murayama has created “Inorganic Flora,” a collection of intricate blueprints of numerous flowers. Murayama buys different flowers from roadside stands and then dissects, photographs, and sketches them, according to Smithsonian Magazine. Then he creates detailed digital 3D models of the flower and its parts and makes a beautiful, annotated blueprint of each bloom. More of Murayama’s amazing floral blueprints can be viewed at Frantic Gallery.
via Laughing Squid

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May 15, 2013

Comedian Kickstartered money to skywrite this stupid message over downtown Los Angeles

posted by Laura Domela

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In probably the best use of Kickstarter to date, comedian Kurt Braunohler raised $6,820 to hire a skywriter to write "HOW DO I LAND?" over Downtown.

Check out his Kickstarter project here.

via Curbed

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May 15, 2013

Sun erupts with three X-class flares in one day, complete with coronal mass ejections

posted by Larra Morris

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The Sun is ramping up towards its peak activity in its 11-year-cycle, and it’s doing so in a big way. In one 24-hour period, the Sun has erupted with three progressively more intense X-class solar flares from the same region, each with its own coronal mass ejection. The CMEs are not heading in the direction of Earth, but could affect some spacecraft.

These flares are pretty powerful, falling into the X-class category — the most intense type of solar flare. As the Sun approaches the peak of its activity cycle, which is expected to be some point in 2013, it’s likely we’ll see more flares like these.
via Geekosystem

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Image: NASA/SDO/AIA

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May 15, 2013

Yep, this is a motorcycle with a plane engine

posted by Laura Domela

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Frank Ohle is an incredibly skilled DIYer who outfitted his motorcycle with a 150hp Rotec Radial R3600 engine. For those of you who know a lot about bikes, you're probably scratching your heads right about now. Don't start questioning your knowledge yet though, experienced hobbyists, because the Rotec Radial R3600 is a freakin' plane engine.
via DVICE

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May 15, 2013

Recon Jet takes Glass-style wearable computing to the slopes

posted by Laura Domela

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Google has Glass, but Recon Instruments is kicking off Google I/O today with a wearable computer of its own, the Recon Jet. Integrating a microdisplay into a set of sports sunglasses, the Recon Jet floats a virtual widescreen in the lower corner of your right eye, with controls integrated into the side, and most of the connectivity you’d expect from a current phone or tablet.
via Slash Gear

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May 15, 2013

3-D scans reveal caterpillars turning into butterflies (video)

posted by Larra Morris

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[S]cientists have dissected lots of pupae, although they’ve mostly trained their scalpels on fruit flies and blowflies.  By its nature, such work always destroys the insect that’s being observed. It also only provides a snapshot in time. If you want to work out what happens as metamorphosis progresses, you need to cut open many pupae that you think are at different stages of development.

But now, two teams of scientists have started to captured intimate series of images showing the same caterpillars metamorphosing inside their pupae. Both teams used a technique called micro-CT, in which X-rays capture cross-sections of an object that can be combined into a three-dimensional virtual model.
via National Geographic

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May 15, 2013

‘Rain Room’ interactive indoor downpour installation now at MoMA in New York City (video)

posted by Larra Morris

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Last year we posted about the premiere of “Rain Room,” an interactive installation at the Barbican Centre in London that allowed visitors to walk through an indoor downpour without getting wet. The installation is now starting its second exhibition, this time at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, through July 28, 2013. The installation was created by London-based studio Random International.
via Laughing Squid

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May 15, 2013

The US military's disastrous plan to use napalm-strapped bats in WWII

posted by Larra Morris

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In 1942, after having finally entered WWII, the United States Marine Corps spent two million dollars on an insane new initiative. The mission? Strap napalm bombs to bats, and send them flying on deadly kamikaze runs. Seriously.
via Gizmodo

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May 15, 2013

Vintage behind-the-scenes photos at the American Museum of Natural History

posted by Larra Morris

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From the American Museum of Natural History's excellent photo archive.
via Boing Boing

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