August 5, 2009

Kubrick’s monolith on Mars

Posted in Astronomy, Cosmology, Evolution, Mars Mission, Mystery, Nature, Science, Science Fiction, Space, Universe at 10:58 am by deadlikeme

Monolith-2001

Lunar Explorer Italia has recently published a photo of what seems to resemble a monolith on Mars. It was taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter last July.

And according to Buzz Aldrin there is also a monolith on Mars’ moon Phobos.

Was there once intelligent life on Mars or are these monoliths just natural rocks and boulders, like the infamous human face photographed by the Viking 1 probe in 1976?

marsface

Read the Dailymail.co.uk article for more information.

April 16, 2009

Motherf*ing snakes on a plane

Posted in Animals, Movies, Travel at 9:26 am by deadlikeme

Snakes

Four escaped pythons grounded a Qantas plane.

The pythons escaped from the cargo hold of a Boeing 737-800 during a flight from Alice Springs to Melbourne.  The snakes couldn’t be found, so the plane was fumigated to kill the snakes.

Brisbane Times

March 18, 2009

T-Rex of the ocean

Posted in Animals, Biology, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Nature, Oceanography, Paleontology, Science tagged at 1:52 pm by deadlikeme

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“Predator X” is a 50ft sea creature that hunted the seas 150 million years ago.

An international team of paleontologists have found the partial skull of this new species of pliosaurs on the remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. According to the researchers it had a bite force of 33,000 pounds. This is more than 10x that of any animal living today (and at least 2x that of a T-Rex).

A 2-hour documentary on the expedition will be shown on the History Channel on March 29.

New York Times

Museum of Natural History Oslo

March 16, 2009

Prosthetic USB finger

Posted in Fun, Life, Science, Science Fiction, Technology at 4:37 pm by deadlikeme

usb-finger

Software developer Jerry Jalava lost part of his ring finger in a motorcycle accident. But instead of replacing it with a regular prosthetic finger he decided to enhance it with a USB flash drive.

read more about it on his blog.

for more pictures visit his Flickr account.

January 24, 2009

May the “Force” be with you… for $90!

Posted in Science, Science Fiction, Star Wars, Technology at 6:50 pm by deadlikeme

forcetrainer

This fall toymaker Uncle Milton will let you test your Jedi abilities with “The Force Trainer”.

A wireless headset (that can “read” your mind via EEG) lets you manipulate the height of a ball in a clear cylinder with your mind.

Anyone remember the scene from Back To The Future: Part II  where Marty McFly shows two kids (one of them Elijah “Frodo” Wood) in the 80′s Cafe how to play a videogame? After Marty shows them there is an electronic gun involved Kid#1 says:  “You mean you have to use your hands?”

USA Today article

 

November 12, 2008

Batman vs Batman

Posted in Comics, Entertainment, Film, Fun, Humor, Movies at 6:35 pm by deadlikeme

why-so-seriousA city named Batman is suing Warner Bros. for royalties regarding The Dark Knight.

Huseyin Kalkan, the mayor of Batman, a city in southeastern Turkey, is accusing the producers of “The Dark Knight” of using the city’s name without permission.

“The mayor is prepping a series of charges against Nolan and Warner Bros., which owns the right to the Batman character, including placing the blame for a number of unsolved murders and a high female suicide rate on the psychological impact that the film’s success has had on the city’s inhabitants.”

for more info go to Variety

August 11, 2008

If I can’t be beautiful, I want to be invisible

Posted in Science, Science Fiction, Technology tagged at 7:29 pm by deadlikeme

Invisibility

This quote by Chuck Palahniuk might soon be possible. A team of Scientists led by Xiang Zhang at the UC Berkeley managed to render small objects invisible with the use of so called metamaterials.

The magic word here is negative refraction. In nature there are only materials with a positive refractive index. Until now 3D-metamaterials with negative refraction have only been reported for microwaves.

This week Nature and Science are publishing two articles about metamaterials that work in the near-infrared and visible light range.

Of course we are still far away from a cloaking device á la STAR TREK, but the future comes only one day at a time.

BBC article

May 15, 2008

That’s the way the cookie crumbles

Posted in Fun, Life, News tagged at 8:54 am by deadlikeme

A Michigan Girl Scout sold 17,328 boxes of cookies this year.

15-year old Jennifer Sharpe from Dearborn set up her shop on a street corner and sold cookies every day, with help from her mother and troop leader, Pam Sharpe.

Jennifer’s Troop 813 raised about $21,000 in cookie sales. And they plan to use the money for a 10-day trip to Europe.

MSNBC News

P.S. according to girlscouts.org the best-selling Girl Scout Cookies are:

  • 25% Thin Mints
  • 19% Samoas/Caramel deLites
  • 13% Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs
  • 11% Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos
  •  9% Shortbread/Trefoils

March 19, 2008

Waterbeds make cows udderly happy

Posted in Animals, Biology, Fun, Humor, Life, Nature at 2:43 pm by deadlikeme

cowinbed.jpgOhio farmer Bill Timmons installed waterbeds for his cows. It cost him nearly $40.000, but apparently it pays off.

Daily milk production has gone up more than 20% in only two weeks. Timmons’ explanation: “You take care of them and they’ll take care of you.

Visit Fox News for more.

Interested in buying one of those beds for your cows? Just go to Advanced Comfort Technology, Inc.

January 22, 2008

Bigfoot on Mars?

Posted in Astrophysics, Mars Mission, Mystery, Science, Science Fiction, Space, Universe at 3:35 pm by deadlikeme

marsalien.jpg

An old snapshot taken by Mars Rover Spirit seems to contain a mysterious figure walking downhill. Take a look at the picture and judge for yourself if it’s really an alien or just an odd rock formation.

check the dailymail.co.uk article for more and a higher resolution image of the above.

EDIT: I tracked down the original NASA image, you can watch it here (Resolution: 12756 x 3487, Size: 5.6MB); the “formation” is indeed visible on the lower left side, so at least it’s not a Photoshop fake

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