Tag Archives | Man-Made

…Stars take a lot of power to produce?

Man-Made Star

What does it take to create a tiny, man-made star that will trigger a thermonuclear reaction inside of a laboratory?

How about a laser that concentrates 1,000 times the electric generating power of the entire United States into one-billionth of a second.

Not impressive enough for you?

Then how about this: The resulting explosion should produce 10 times the amount of energy used to create it, or more than 10,000 times the electric generating power of the United States!

The structure that will house this experiment, which is located in the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California, covers an area roughly the size of three football fields, and the infrared laser that will cause the explosion will travel through almost a mile of lenses, mirrors and amplifiers in order to create a beam that will be 10 billion (yes, with a b) times more powerful than a standard household light bulb.

Let’s just hope they’ve got some bright minds working on this project, because otherwise we could bite off more than we can chew with our own man-made star.

[National Ignition Facility]

[Via: Neatorama]

…Humans are amazing?

I was trying to explain to someone how incredible I think the fact that we landed the Phoenix rover on the surface of Mars is, and was unfortunately coming up short for words.

However, I think this picture does it pretty good justice:

Phoenix Parachute

Not much to see, eh?

Well, think about this: What you’re seeing is a photo of the Phoenix rover as it descends to the surface of Mars under its own parachute. The photo was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera as it circles a planet that is tens to hundreds of millions of miles away. As it circles that planet, it’s tracking and photographing a man made object that is gracefully touching down onto the surface of that planet under the guide of its own parachute. Both objects are acting remotely and robotically, and then sending their data back to earth at the speed of light (and it still takes 15 minutes to get here). In short: We created a remote controlled vehicle, shot it millions of miles into the sky, landed it on a precise location on another planet, and then programmed it to run its own scientific experiments and then report back to us with the results.

See what I mean?

[Image Via: Bad Astronomy Blog]

Also, if you’d like to keep track of the rover, follow it on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MarsPhoenix

(What I like most about the Phoenix Twitter is that it’s probably one of the smartest people in the world (a NASA scientist) that has to dumb down what he’s saying and then put it into the third person so that the rest of us can understand what’s going on. Somewhere there’s a guy sitting in a room that’s hating life and wondering when he can leave his Twitter post and get back to playing with the world’s coolest remote control car.)

…It’s Stockpile Saturday: Link Fest #1?

Tea Bags

The New York Times wrote a great article about the changes that tea is going through lately in response to its surging popularity.

[New York Times – Tea’s Got A Brand New Bag]

Bibi iPod Cover

Designers Laura and Paulina make these Bibi iPod covers that turn your little guy into a little monster.

[E-Mail For Information: laurenandpaulina@hotmail.fr]

[Via: Gizmodiva]


Netdisaster lets you unleash some fury on the web. Try it out on DYH.


[Via: Mobile Whack]

Park At My House

ParkAtMyHouse.com lets users let and rent parking spaces that would otherwise go unused.


[Via: Autoblog]

A few brave and lucky hackers made a homemade flamethrower out of a toy water gun and some wiper fluid (and some stupidity).

[Via: Clip A Day]

Urban Monarch and Modern Drunkard put together two great guides about how to score free drinks when you go out. Put down the credit card, and slowly step away.


[Urban Monarch – Drink For Free]

[Modern Drunkard – The Fine Art Of The Free Drink]

[Photo Via: marc_l’esperance’s]

Smells Of The City

Gawker put together a great map that documents the smells of the New York City subway system. Care for a tour?

[Gawker – New York City Subway Smell Map]


The ThrustPac straps to your back and “converts horsepower to thrust to push you on any of your favorite devices”.


[Via: Sci Fi Tech]

Finger Artwork

Funny Cool Stuff created 10 different finger themes that you can use when you want to decorate your digits.

[Funny Cool Stuff – Finger Artwork]

Popular Science has a ‘hands on’ with the Dyson Airblade, a 400 mph hand dryer.

[Popular Science – Dyson Airblade]

Alang India

Alang, India is famous for one thing: Recycling cruise ships. Peter Knego got a chance to visit the ship graveyard, and the pictures are breathtaking.

[Peter Knego – On The Road To Alang]

[Wikipedia – Alang]

[Via: Neatorama]

Map Of Springfield

MapOfSpringfield.com has created a huge map of the town where The Simpsons live. Google Maps, eat your heart out.



PingPongPixel is an interactive art experiment that uses colored ping pong balls to create giant images.


[Via: Josh Spear]


WhirlyBall “combines lacrosse, hockey and basketball with bumper cars”. Can sports get any better than that?


[Via: Dethroner]

Traffic Ticket

Lifehacker put together a great guide on “How To Beat A Speeding Ticket (Or At Least Better Your Chances)”.

[Lifehacker – How To Beat A Speading Ticket]

Meet People Drink Identifiers

Meet People Drink Identifiers from ATYPYK make the task of keeping an eye on your drink a clever conversation starter.

[Meet People Drink Identifiers]

[Via: Better Living Through Design]

Toyota wants to know how personal your car is with their Human Touch ad. It’s kind of creepy though.

[Via: Autoblog]

Tampon Crafts

Tampon Crafts turn that time of the month into an excuse to craft.

[Tampon Crafts]

[Via: Dethroner]


Artist Felix Beck created a non-visual graffiti project called Soundbombs, “innocuous-looking 6-inch plastic shells that broadcast short clips (lines from Shakespeare, flatulence, or anything else you record) to unwitting passersby”. He doesn’t sell them, but instead takes applications, and prospective users must tell him where they will use it and how much they’re willing to pay. Get loud.


[Via: bookofjoe]

Pepsi Sense Ad

Pepsi created an ad for the new Black Cherry French Vanilla flavor that included three senses: “sight, sound and scent”.

[Via: MIT Advertising Lab]


Sodium Laurel Sulfate, and ingredient in toothpaste, blocks sweet sensors on your tongue, which explains why orange juice tastes so bad after you brush.

[ABC – Why Does Orange Juice Taste So Bad After Brushing Your Teeth?]

[Photo Via: Strelitzia]


Information Architects put together a great read about interface, with a focus on the McDonald’s Cheesburger, the iPod, the Nintendo DS, and Google.

[Information Architects – The Interface Of A Cheeseburger]

Tide Chandelier

Stuart Haygarth created the Tide Chandelier out of man made debris that washed up along a stretch of the Kent coastline. “The sphere is an analogy for the moon which effects the tides which in turn wash up the debris”.

[Stuart Haygarth – Tide Chandelier]

[Via: MoCo Loco]