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So, There's That
12:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Look How Cute the Wallaby Is!

(Photo by betta design via Flickr Creative Commons)

Today's story on resurrected proteins developed by Australian scientists to fight superbugs pointed to the wallaby as the source for their idea. You see, when that teeny wallaby baby climbes into its mother's pouch to finish cooking, that pouch is a pretty icky place...sort of like if we put our preemies to bed on used kitchen sponges. So the wallaby, as it turns out, has some genes for super-immunity that go far back in evolution..we're talking tens of MILLIONS of years back.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

In the RGB Project, You Really Can See Things in a Different Light

RGB art, unfiltered
Courtesy Carnovsky

Colorful, isn't it? It's an art installation called RGB, and it's by Carnovsky, an art duo based in Milan.

RGB, of course, refers to the colors red, green and blue; TVs and computer monitors mix those three colors together to make most of the colors you see. Which brings me to the most interesting part of the installation: look at the piece again with a special set of light-filtering goggles, and you see an almost entirely different piece.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

A Solar Plant That Works Third Shift

Blyzz via Flickr/Creative Commons

Let the sun shine! Or not. Spain's Gemasolar plant will generate electricity either way.

Say what?

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Best Tribute of All? Steve Jobs Obituary As Read By Autocorrect

changsterdam via Flickr/Creative Commons

I wanted to wait a few days to see if there were any notable tributes to Apple's Steve Jobs on the web, and there were plenty - GeeksAreSexy has a pretty good roundup of Jobs tributes you might not have seen yet.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Positive Vibrations and Super Slo-Motion

Let's slow things down a little bit here. Ok, a bit more. A bit more... and a little bit beyond that. Perfect. We're now going to watch little ripples of oil at 1000 frames a second.

Next up, we'll watch a sloth waking up at 6000 frames a second. Hope you don't have any plans tonight!

[Presurfer

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Elmo is the 99 Percent? Meet "Occupy Sesame Street"

The Occupy Wall Street protests have been fueled by a lot of web activity, but even the webbiest trends can and must be remixed. Thus, the Occupy Sesame Street hashtag, with tweets like "The Counting Vampires are destroying America" and "Why isn't Reporter Kermit covering this?"

Tauntrcom ups the ante with photoshops. Elmo in handcuffs. A very grumpy Bert being led away by the authorities. 

So, There's That
12:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Brace yourself for what Andrew Ridgely looks like today...

Andrew Ridgley

Thanks, @JohnSellers, for blowing my mind. While responding to his Twitter confession of his former Wham! love with my own (somewhat current) Wham! love, I asked the only logical question, #WhateverHappenedtoAndrewRidgely ??

Well, tweeted @JohnSellers, here's what happened: (see photo)

Looks like someone's ready to be our father figure, no?

Thanks, @JohnSellers!

/RL

11 for '11
12:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

11 for '11: Stephen Pinker

This month’s installment of our 11 for '11 series of big picture conversations on the issues of our times. Today, we talk with Harvard experimental psychologist Stephen Pinker about his new book, Better Angels of Our Nature, about the history of violence, and why it's declined

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Crowd That Lifts a Car to Rescue Guy Is Basically Like Voltron, Minus the Colorful Armor

Crowd That Lifts a Car to Rescue Guy Is Basically Like Voltron, Minus the Colorful ArmorBy Brady Carlson on Friday, September 16, 2011  

Remember Voltron, where these anime characters would merge their robots together into one super-powered "defender of the universe"? Faced with a man trapped under a car - one that happens to be right next to a burning motorcycle - this crowd in Utah lifts in sync and saves a motorcyclist's life.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

SureFlap Electronic Bouncer Lets Your Cat In, Keeps Other Kitties Out

Are cats supposed to go outside again? If so, the SureFlap smart pet door might come in handy - everytime a feline heads over to your door, SureFlap tries to read its microchip ID. If it's your cat, the door opens up; if not, you'll probably be up all night listening to a strange cat howling on your front porch.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Double Stop Motion Video Piques My Brain, Then Makes It Hurt

In the smartphone video era, making a 90 second YouTube video can take as little as 90 seconds.

Or it can take about a zillion hours, as the folks who made this exhaustively detailed and clever stop-motion video probably had to do.

Excuse me, I need to go rest my brain now.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Today in the News, 15% Happiness, 10% Surprise

Waxy Dan via Flickr/Creative Commons

Don't let the site's name fool you - The Emotional Breakdown is not a blog about someone's life falling apart, but a site that analyzes the emotional mood of photos on a given website (the default is the Guardian's "24 hours in pictures" site, but you can choose others). It gives a percentage breakdown of the moods found in those photos, from angry to happy to sad to surprised, giving us another way to take the temperature of each day's news

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Down With the (40,000 Watts of) Bass!

This woman is surprisingly cheerful about the fact that the nearby 40,000 watts of Phat Bass are frying her ears and everything in between them.

I do like how the bass reanimates her hair, though.

[Gizmodo]

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Sensor Can Detect "Undetectable" Date-Rape Drugs

Andreas H. Lunde via Flickr/Creative Commons

Date rape drugs like Rohypnol and GHB have no odor or taste, they dissolve quickly in liquids and they don't linger in your system - in other words, they're very hard to trace. Which makes the new date rape drug sensor from researchers at Tel Aviv University such an interesting development.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Sick of Celebs? Teach Your TV To Mute Their Names

Sick of Snooki? Can't keep up with the Kardashians? Don't know what the heck Lindsay Lohan is up to? Don't want to know what the heck Charlie Sheen is up to? Matt Richardson's  "Enough Already" device lets you program words you don't want to hear on TV anymore, and mutes the sound before "Violent Torpedo of Truth" ends up going through your speakers yet again

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