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Microchip Paintings

Artist Yuri Zupancic composes miniature paintings on tiny microchips, such as this nude which measures half an inch high. Zupancic paints them using brushes that he makes from his own eyelashes. Here’s his explanation for choosing microchips as his base: “Smaller and Faster” has replaced “Bigger and Better” as the leading catchphrase of commodities. I reflect [...]

Mystery sonic boom confounds officials

An explanation for the massive boom that shook rural west Georgia on Friday continues to evade officials. At around 9:45 p.m. the local switchboard li…

DIY Anti-Cheating Device

There’s no context (or credit) to this image we found over at Arbroath today, so it’s your job, dear Neatoramanauts, to supply the explanation. Funniest explanation wins T-shirt of your choice from the NeatoShop (may we suggest selecting one from the Science and Funny T-shirt categories?). Please remember to write your selection alongside your entry, [...]

Moses’ Red Sea parting explained ?

Researchers exploring the story of Moses parting the Red Sea might have uncovered an alternative explanation. According to research the wind needed to…

Why An Octopus Is More Awesome Than Your Mom

Cartoonist Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal is back with another explanation of how the world works. In today’s episode, he argues that the personality, lifestyle, and biological features of an octopus make it far awesomer than your mom. You’ll just have to read it if you want to understand why babies equal nachos. Link

Tomatoes as Carnivorous Plants

Have you ever wondered why tomatoes, potatoes, and some other plants have hairy stems? Of course not. Neither have I, until I encountered an explanation in the Telegraph yesterday. Botanists have discovered for the first time that the plants are carnivorous predators who kill insects in order to “self-fertilise” themselves. New research shows that they capture [...]