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Happy National Play-Doh Day!

Did you know today is National Play-Doh Day? While most of us without kids might not have any of the clay on hand to celebrate, we certainly can remember the great times we had with it as youngsters and honor the wonderful product by taking a look at its fascinating history. Image Via Dennis Brekke [Flickr] Thank [...]

Watch A Man Age 12 Years In About 8 Minutes

(YouTube Link) Photographer Noah Kalina braved the inherent fear of aging and took 4,514 portraits of himself over 12 years, then he put them all together in video form, adding a suitably eerie electronic track for aural effect. Since this is the follow up to his previous 6 year record, I’m sure he’ll keep checking in with [...]

The 12 Men Who Walked on the Moon

In the wake of the passing of Neil Armstrong, many people have expressed sadness at the fact that the Apollo lunar missions were so long ago, and that soon there will be no one left alive who actually went to the moon. Randall Munroe of xkcd addressed that concept some time ago. It’s time we [...]

10 Ways You Can Use Your Smartphone to Advance Science

Getty Images Your iPhone is not living up to its full potential. Sure, everyone loves posting pictures of their cats to Instagram, and the new RadioLab app is awesome. But we’re living in the future! Why not use those tiny computers we’re all carrying around for something bigger, like helping advance knowledge in a way that [...]

Dutchman builds full-size ark replica

A carpenter has spent three years and over one million pounds building a full size replica of Noah’s Ark. Johan Huibers undertook the mammoth project …

Does Noah Know How Sexy He Is?

(YouTube link) Noah is 18 years old. He put a lot of thought into his version of “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO, and it shows. He’s quite a singer, too. -via The Daily What

Tsunami Survival Pod

The tsunami that hit Japan in March killed 20,000 people, so that nation is now thinking seriously about how to prepare for this type of disaster. A company called Cosmo Power has responded by developing a floating fiberglass pod that people can jump into in a hurry: Company president Shoji Tanaka says the $3,900 (300,000 yen) [...]

The Origins of Weird State Park Names (Part Three)

When you see these names, you tend to say to yourself, “Does that mean what it sounds like?” In most cases, no. Bong You’ve seen the sign, if not from the highway in Wisconsin, then on the internet. And you’ve heard the jokes about “recreation” involving either a water pipe for marijuana, or more recently a funnel [...]

“What, Not How”: The Case of Specifications of the New York Bagel

by Daniel M. Berry Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario, Canada In software engineering, we are told that a software requirements specification should specify what the desired software should do, not how the software should do it. This is often summarized as “What, not how.” This paper explores the validity of the advice to [...]

The Late Movies: Time Lapses and Amazing Transformations

It’s become a kind of meme on YouTube of late: projects in which people document themselves over long periods of time and then compress the footage — or series of stills — so that their aging, or weight loss/gain, or what-have-you over the course of years is squeezed into just a few minutes. The results [...]