Archive for September, 2013

September 25th, 2013 - 8:06 pm § in Uncategorized

Rice Engineering team helps someone out

This is very cool to see. A team of of Rice Engineering students have created a device to help a young man with brittle bone disease be able to do very simple tasks that he wouldn’t normally be able to because of the dangers of his condition. I’ll often see a video of a team […][...]

September 17th, 2013 - 10:36 am § in Uncategorized

The future of safety wear?

Here we see a demonstration of D3o, a material that is designed to absorb an impressively hard force. I can’t see any reason why this stuff won’t be in top of the line sports equipment and personal protection wear in the near future. Embed This Video[...]

September 11th, 2013 - 8:38 pm § in Uncategorized

Paper plane can fly forever.

Well, forever if you’re ok with your stove running forever. This is just a neat, and potentially dangerous, experiment where you can make a paper plane fly in a circle indefinitely. The design you see for the plane is pretty complex and not necessarily what you need, but the most important par[...]

September 10th, 2013 - 8:58 am § in Uncategorized

Solar Eclipse… on Mars

Here’s some footage from the rover Curiosity over Mars’ moon Phobos passing in front of the sun. Maybe most people already knew this, and I had to look it up, but yes, Phobos is really shaped like that. Our moon is much nicer. Embed This Video[...]

September 9th, 2013 - 7:38 am § in Uncategorized

Can you trust your eyes?

This has always been interesting to me. Our brains and our eyes work together to create the image we see, but what they come up with does not always match the reality. This video will show you some optical illusions that will trick your brain in to over-compensating and making you see things that ar[...]

September 5th, 2013 - 11:18 am § in Uncategorized

Instant Kool-Aid!

Well, not quite. This is what’s apparently called an Iodine Clock Reaction. It’s a classic experiment where you mix two colorless chemicals and then after a short delay, it instantly changes color. You can even do this safely in your own home either by using common store-bought chemicals[...]

September 3rd, 2013 - 1:40 pm § in Uncategorized

Ruben’s Tube

There’s a good chance that this is just a crazy guy setting fires in his garage, but there’s an equally good chance that he’s teaching us something about physics. The Ruben’s Tube was invented in 1905 by a German Physicist named Heinrich Rubens. It’s purpose is pretty c[...]