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  • nieuwEyedness
    Just as people are right or left-handed, they're also right or left-eyed. They use their dominant eye to look through a viewfinder or to aim a rifle.What's your eyedness? Follow the instructions in the video below to find out.(As noted previously o…
    - 19 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 11:23am -
  • nieuwMystery Gadget 73
    What is the very utilitarian purpose of this handsome tower?The answer is here.And after the jump.
    - 22 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 8:00am -
  • Ultimate Tazer Ball
    Another sport that, like mobile phone throwing, arose in the 21st century, flourished briefly, involved new technology, but then fizzled and disappeared.How the game was played, according to wikipedia:Two teams compete to get a large (24-inch diamet…
    - 2 days ago 21 Apr 19, 11:24am -
  • Happy Easter 2019!
    Not sure if Jesus sanctions fairies and gnomes as part of His holiday.
    - 2 days ago 21 Apr 19, 7:49am -
  • Muskrat allowed
    Submitted by Jenny Beatty, from USA Today, April 17, 2019.Luckily for the Catholics in Detroit, we here at WU have their muskrat-cooking needs covered, having previously posted the recipe for Cream of Muskrat Casserole, as well as how to find the fu…
    - 3 days ago 20 Apr 19, 12:31pm -
  • Bubblewrap Dress
    By designer Jaded London. It's called the "all over sequin mesh beach dress," but it looks suspiciously like bubblewrap. It's on sale at ASOS for $81 (down from $108).
    - 3 days ago 20 Apr 19, 11:21am -
  • Cabin Pressure
    Cabin Pressure from Matthew Lee on Vimeo.
    - 3 days ago 20 Apr 19, 6:41am -
  • Bear vs Man
    New York, 1937.
    - 4 days ago 19 Apr 19, 11:27am -
  • Follies of the Madmen #422
    "Takes a drenching, yet keeps on clenching!"
    - 4 days ago 19 Apr 19, 7:28am -
  • Laundry-Folding Robot
    The Foldimate. Hoping to be available for purchase by the end of this year. Target price: $980. I could see that it might be a useful convenience in places with shared laundry facilities, like apartment buildings. But it would seem a bit extravagant…
    - 5 days ago 18 Apr 19, 11:26am -

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  • nieuwHow slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide
    A research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has now tackled a new category of consumer and manufacturing woe: how to get much thicker materials to slide without sticking or deforming.
    - 9 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 9:05pm -
  • nieuwDefying the laws of physics? Engineers demonstrate bubbles of sand
    A recent discovery explains a new family of gravitational instabilities in granular particles of different densities that are driven by a gas-channeling mechanism not seen in fluids. The team observed an unexpected Rayleigh-Taylor (R-T)-like instabil…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 7:10pm -
  • nieuwSnake-inspired robot slithers even better than predecessor
    Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new and improved snake-inspired soft robot that is faster and more precise than its predecessor.
    - 15 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 3:27pm -
  • Thermodynamic magic enables cooling without energy consumption
    Physicists have developed an amazingly simple device that allows heat to flow temporarily from a cold to a warm object without an external power supply. Intriguingly, the process initially appears to contradict the fundamental laws of physics.
    - 3 days ago 19 Apr 19, 8:55pm -
  • New concept for novel fire extinguisher in space
    Researchers have developed a new concept of fire extinguishing, named Vacuum Extinguish Method. VEM is based on the 'reverse' operation of the conventional fire extinguishing procedure: It sucks the combustion products, even flame and the firing sour…
    - 4 days ago 18 Apr 19, 6:16pm -
  • Bioengineers program cells as digital signal processors
    Synthetic biologists have added high-precision analog-to-digital signal processing to the genetic circuitry of living cells. The research dramatically expands the chemical, physical and environmental cues engineers can use to prompt programmed respon…
    - 4 days ago 18 Apr 19, 6:15pm -
  • Adding human touch to unchatty chatbots may lead to bigger letdown
    Sorry, Siri, but just giving a chatbot a human name or adding humanlike features to its avatar might not be enough to win over a user if the device fails to maintain a conversational back-and-forth with that person, according to researchers. In fact,…
    - 5 days ago 18 Apr 19, 5:13pm -
  • How superstitions spread
    Superstitious beliefs may seem irrational, but they can nevertheless catch on in a society. Using an evolutionary approach to studying the emergence of coordinated behaviors, biologists showed how a jumble of individual beliefs, including superstitio…
    - 5 days ago 18 Apr 19, 5:13pm -
  • Lasers make magnets behave like fluids
    Researchers have discovered how magnets recover after being blasted by a laser. It turns out, they act a bit like oil and water in a jar.
    - 5 days ago 18 Apr 19, 1:42pm -
  • Why language technology can't handle Game of Thrones (yet)
    Researchers have performed a thorough evaluation of four different name recognition tools on popular 40 novels, including A Game of Thrones. Their analyses highlight types of names and texts that are particularly challenging for these tools to identi…
    - 5 days ago 18 Apr 19, 12:08pm -

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