Archive for November, 2011

November 30th, 2011 - 5:08 am § in Uncategorized

Death to Pennies

I guess you could call this a mini-documentary, but either way this is a neat little video that explains the history of the penny and why we shouldn’t use it anymore. This video is so informative that I formed questions while watching it and by the time it was over all my questions were answer[...]

November 29th, 2011 - 5:27 am § in Uncategorized

NASA Robotic Lander prototype takes off and lands

Here’s a video NASA put out recently of the final of a series of tests for a new robotic lander they have been developing. Kind of makes you wish they had the internet in 1969 so we could’ve seen all their test footage for the lunar module development. Although I’m sure they wanted[...]

November 28th, 2011 - 5:18 am § in Uncategorized

Bio-concrete: The future of our sidewalks.

A lot of money gets spent every year on maintaining sidewalks and roads that get cracked over time. Thanks to the use of food and bacteria, these engineers have created a new material with which a sidewalk crack will automatically be filled in without the use of the harmful materials that degrade th[...]

November 23rd, 2011 - 5:15 am § in Uncategorized

Robot mouse explores maze.

This is a clip from a Japanese robotics competition. The mouse is allowed this exploration round to map out the maze and then is given a speed round to see how fast it can complete its chosen path. You can tell the mouse is creating an image of maze piece by piece because of the […][...]

November 22nd, 2011 - 5:18 am § in Uncategorized

Tesla coil hat

I never imagined going to MIT would result in walking around downtown with a musical Tesla coil hat in your spare time. I’m not sure the guy who actually did this imagined it would be something he’d end up doing but I’m sure this kind of thing is often the result of intelligent and[...]

November 21st, 2011 - 5:22 am § in Uncategorized

The Secret Lives of the Brain

Here’s a snippet of a talk by David Eagleman on how we subconsciously make decisions. It has always fascinated me that there are so many reasons behind the reactions we make to different things and how quickly our brain makes those decisions. The brain is a mystery, but thanks to neuroscientis[...]

November 18th, 2011 - 5:50 am § in Uncategorized

Beatbox master meets little whistler

This video always warms my heart whenever I watch it. Watch as a beatboxing street performer meets an adorable little girl who can chirp like a bird. They perform together at about 1:45.[...]

November 17th, 2011 - 5:59 am § in Uncategorized

Creative teacher puts on a performance

I’m not sure how much preparation this took or how many takes he had to do to get it just right, but this is one of the most entertaining things I’ve ever seen a teacher do.[...]

November 16th, 2011 - 5:06 am § in Uncategorized

Magnetic perpetual motion

Perpetual motion is very fascinating, and I’m not surprised that using magnets is one way to achieve it. I would love to be able to mess around with one of these. I wonder if it keeps accelerating and if you leave it going long enough it will be too much for whatever is holding it […][...]

November 15th, 2011 - 5:08 am § in Uncategorized

Amazing young app developer

Steve Jobs may not be with us anymore, but it’s people like these that can give us hope for the future. It’s not just the fact that he’s been so successul, anyone can get lucky, but you can really tell he’s passionate about what he’s doing, and it’s with that pass[...]