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MythBuster Adam Savage Isn’t Done with the Dodo

MythBuster Adam Savage’s obsession with the dodo is well-documented, thanks to a TED talk he gave about his methodical recreation of the extinct bird’s skeleton—not an easy task, since no complete specimens of dodo skeletons exist. Today, in a video posted on Tested, he revealed that he’s not done with the dodo yet. Not long after Savage [...]

The Missing Links: The First Rule of the Anti-Flirt Club Is…

TED + The Onion = Onion Talks This skewering of TED’s TED Talks is hilarious and perfectly executed. * The Five-Second Rule: Debunked But not before countless generations have taken a chance on a recently dropped piece of candy. * Splendid Silhouettes I know three things about Olly Moss: 1. He is an artist 2. He has the coolest [...]

How Movie Effects Fool Your Brain

In this funny 15-minute TED Talk, special effects guru Rob Legato explains, shot by shot, how he made visual effects work in Apollo 13, Titanic, and Hugo. In addition to making great models, he did it by observing what people noticed versus what they saw. A sample quote regarding the Saturn V launch [...]

How Big Is Infinity?

(YouTube link) Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. The concept of infinity may scare you, but you won’t be tested on this TED Education explanation. However, it will blow your mind. -via The Daily What Geek

The Missing Links: That Second That Screwed Up the Net

The Internet Doesn’t Want You To Miss One Single Second You’ve wasted hundreds, thousands, tens-of-thousands, probably hundreds-of-thousands of precious seconds on the internet (not the time you’ve spent on mental_floss, of course). So why should the internet care if you want one of those tiny little seconds back? * Where Do Criminals Disappear To? When you hear about criminals [...]

The Missing Links: The Man Who Creates Stephen Colbert’s Weird World

Gotta Give Props to This Guy OK, this is another one of my horrific headline puns. because this article is about Brendan Hurley, the Prop Master for The Colbert Report. Hurley’s job includes things like: - Creating political strategist Ham Rove (AKA a giant ham with eyeglasses) - Constructing an enormous Trojan horse-esque carton of Ben & Jerry’s [...]

How Many Times do You Need to Fold a Piece of Paper to Get to The Moon?

Let’s find out! Adrian Paenza schools us in the lesson of exponential growth with this enjoyable TED-Education video clip about folding a piece of paper. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] Previously on Neatorama: Fold [...]

Los Angeles Riots: Then and Now

7th Street and Union Ave, Westlake. Photos: Ted Soqui Twenty years ago, after a jury acquitted police officers on charges of excessive use of force against Rodney King, Los Angeles erupted in riots. Over the next [...]

Heavy Bombers: Fearsome Angels of the Cold War

“QUANTUM SHOT” #766 Link – article by Avi Abrams It was a warfare of intimidation and a game of fear: and so it bred monstrous planes, pregnant with the load of ominous bombs For all who lived through Cold War, or have heard the stories and seen the movies, the most [...]

The Spinning Beach Ball of Death

(YouTube link) Entrepreneur Colin Robertson is at TED 2012 trying to give a talk about crowd sourcing solar energy, when he is interrupted by loading error messages that turn out to be from the group Improv Everywhere. Waiting for something to load should always be this fun! Oh yes, Robertson is also an IE agent. Link [...]