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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Hypnotic: Tiny Water Droplet Bouncing in Slow Motion

Ever seen a little bit of water sizzle around a hot pan? That's what's going on in this video, only at 3000 frames per second it looks more gorgeous than sizzly. Any slower and it would look like Rover, the nefarious weather balloon from TV's "The Prisoner."

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue January 18, 2011

What a Feeling, When We're Browsing the Web On the Ceiling

micah.e via FLickr/Creative Commons

Man, what in the world is happening down in St. Cloud, Minnesota? I don't have a clue! Let's check it out! 

Lionel Richie references aside, what's happening in St. Cloud is a test of a system in which LED ceiling lights provide wireless web access. Most current wireless systems use radio waves, so light waves aren't much of a stretch - the system flickers at a rate that's too fast for the human eye to notice, and the transfer speeds are comparable to DSL

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon January 17, 2011

Come On Baby, Don't Fear (Or Hear) The Dentist

susanaudrey via Flickr/Creative Commons

If ever there was a reason for noise-canceling headphones, dental drills might be it. A prototype dental-noise-canceling device piggybacks onto your MP3 player and headphones, blocking out the high-pitched drill and dental noises while letting the dentist's voice through.

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

Beanbags Hardly Touch the Ground, Walking on the Moon

David Roessli via Flickr/Creative Commons

Beanbag chairs on the moon? Not quite. But a group at McGill University is using the squishy seats as inspiration for a new kind of wheel for moon rovers

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Not So Awesome!

Four trends to keep a nervous eye on in the new year.

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

That Guy Plays a Wicked Ice Horn

11 for '11
12:00 am
Tue January 11, 2011

11 for '11: Sherry Turkle

How has technology changed the ways that we interact with one another? Sherry Turkle's Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other is the third in a trilogy exploring this question. Social networking, e-mail and texting, Turkle says, provide the façade of socialization but ultimately leave their users dissatisfied and disconnected. It may be time to reflect and reconsider the role we really want technology to play in our lives.

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

Double-Sided, Collated and Recycled

yum9me via Flickr/Creative Commons

Not every office can go completely paperless - so why not make each piece of paper go a little farther? The Eco Printer works like any other printer, except it uses ink that "disappears" after being run under a UV erasing system. And then you can print on that same sheet of paper again And again. And again.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Today is a Good Day to Fly

Today is a Good Day to FlyBy Brady Carlson on Friday, January 07, 2011

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed January 5, 2011

I'm on the Portable Radio

albertobv via Flickr/Creative Commons

A radio station in a box! This invention from two Canadians puts everything you need for a broadcast, from microphones to transmitting equipment, into one 40 pound container. And it broadcasts for over 18 miles, too, so it's got a bit more range than, say, Mister Microphone.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Stock Songs Say So Much

Lif... via Flickr/Creative Commons

You may or may not want to hear this innovative little piece, depending on how your investments did last year, but CNNMoney has set the ups and downs of last year's stock market to music.

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