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Really? People have parties like this?

I like this version a lot better:

Now there's a party I can get behind.

  Nerds are Rockstars

It's true, as this Intel ad shows.

YouTube - An "Intel Star" TV ad -- Sponsors of Tomorrow

Playlist of They Might Be Giants' sciencey videos. Now get out there an learn something!

YouTube - TMBG Science Videos

Eat that, anyone who's never won a Nobel prize!

More proof that science is real.


Scientists at the Kharkov Institute for Physics and Technology in Ukraine have achieved what seemed to be a dauntingly impossible task: they've managed to take an image of a single carbon atom's electron cloud

Say Hello to the Electron Cloud - Neatorama

NYT gets a little spooked by recent Terminator movies.

The researchers -- leading computer scientists, artificial intelligence researchers and roboticists who met at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on Monterey Bay in California -- generally discounted the possibility of highly centralized superintelligences and the idea that intelligence might spring spontaneously from the Internet. But they agreed that robots that can kill autonomously are either already here or will be soon.

They focused particular attention on the specter that criminals could exploit artificial intelligence systems as soon as they were developed. What could a criminal do with a speech synthesis system that could masquerade as a human being? What happens if artificial intelligence technology is used to mine personal information from smart phones?

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man -

But that should come as no big surprise to most people, especially those of us who abide by the laws of thermodynamics.

The remainder of the 22 person jury chosen by Steorn have unanimously determined there's no such thing as free energy:

In August 2006 the Irish company Steorn published an advertisement in the Economist announcing the development of "a technology that produces free, clean and constant energy". Qualified experts were sought to form a "jury" to validate these claims.

Twenty-two independent scientists and engineers were selected by Steorn to form this jury. It has for the past two years examined evidence presented by the company. The unanimous verdict of the Jury is that Steorn's attempts to demonstrate the claim have not shown the production of energy. The jury is therefore ceasing work.

The jury consists of scientists and engineers in relevant fields from Europe and North America, from industry, universities and government laboratories. Information about individual members can be found at

Chairman, Steorn Jury

A blogger who follows this topic made some interesting points about whether they've been scamming or delusional:

Some have suggested that the jury never existed, that Steorn had made it all up as part of a scam. This idea has been refuted, and with such clumsiness on Steorn's part that it becomes clear that they had little idea of what they were doing when they commissioned this jury. If after three years they could not present convincing evidence for this effect, then in the best case they were irresponsibly premature in announcing their discovery to the world &mdash and in the worst case, there never was a discovery at all, it was just a series of mistaken measurements.

The jury is in: No free energy from Steorn (Steorn's Orbo)

Very cool experiment with portable CD players. In space!

I almost forgot to post this.

Ecstasy's long-term effects revealed - health - 11 February 2009 - New Scientist

Twenty years ago, young people all over the world donned T-shirts emblazoned with smiley faces and danced all night, fuelled by a molecule called MDMA. Most of these clubbers have since given up ecstasy and are sliding into middle age. The question is, has ecstasy given up on them?

Enough time has finally elapsed to start asking if ecstasy damages health in the long term. According to the biggest review ever undertaken, it causes slight memory difficulties and mild depression, but these rarely translate into problems in the real world. While smaller studies show that some individuals have bigger problems, including weakened immunity and larger memory deficits, so far, for most people, ecstasy seems to be nowhere near as harmful over time as you may have been led to believe.

  Fast fry potatoes

  Water-powered Jet Pack

This is three kinds of awesome! Although, I suppose you could show some fat guy eating spaghetti to the tune of Also sprach Zarathustra, and it would seem awesome too.

Amazing New Water-Powered Jet Pack - Watch more Free Videos

Amazing New Water-Powered Jet Pack Video

'Hang on for 40 years lads, I've got a great idea...'


Answer to Italian Job cliffhanger found |

Finally, a solution has been found by the winner of a Royal Society of Chemistry contest.

The team should smash the windows, let down the tyres and jettison the fuel, before unloading the bars out the front, said winner John Godwin.

  The Impossible Project

Oh, this is great!

We aim to re-start production of analog INTEGRAL FILM for vintage Polaroid cameras in 2010. We have acquired Polaroid's old equipment, factory and seek your support.


The Impossible Project

I'm already scouring the thrift shops for vintage Polaroid cameras. Finally my SX-70 can breathe new life.

Impossible b.v. has been founded with the concrete aim to re-invent and re-start production of analog INTEGRAL FILM for vintage Polaroid cameras. Therefore Impossible b.v. has acquired the complete film production equipment in Enschede (NL) from Polaroid, has signed a 10-year lease agreement on the factory building; and has engaged the most experienced team of Integral Film experts worldwide.

The Impossible mission is NOT to re-build Polaroid Integral film but (with the help of strategic partners) to develop a new product with new characteristics, consisting of new optimised components, produced with a streamlined modern setup. An innovative and fresh analog material, sold under a new brand name that perfectly will match the global re-positioning of Integral Films.

  Obama's PDA

President Barack Obama's got a new Blackberry smartphone.


Product Details - Sectéra Edgeâ.¢ SME PED - Overview

  Swiss Bike

Cool bike designed for paratroopers while jumping out of planes. This would make a great portable bike for our sailboat ... that we buy when we win the lottery ... and buy up a small island ... and become famous writer/artists ... who sell wine and hot sauce and paintings ... to Martians ... at our island Bed and Breakfast.

Still, a cool bike.


SwissBike TX

  2TB SD card

Holy crap! How long would it take to fill it with data, assuming you had an idle 2TB lying around on some other enormous hard drive?

Latest SD card format to reach 2TB of storage -

The SD Association, the industry group behind the Secure Digital memory card format, has introduced a version of the technology that can squeeze up to two terabytes of data into a postage-stamp-sized card. Show related articles

The SDXC (eXtended Capacity) specification was announced on Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The flash-based specification, which the SD Association detail fully in the first quarter of this year, is being touted by the industry group as ideal for mobile phones, cameras and other portable devices through which users might want to play or record large amounts of media.

"With SDXC, consumers can quickly download higher-quality content to their phones, including games, video and music," James Taylor, the SD Association's president, said in a statement. "The SD interface already has proven itself valuable in mobile phones. Now, SDXC memory card capabilities will spur further handset sophistication and boost consumer content demand."

I've already applied for this, so get lost!

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Wanted: Paradise island 'caretaker'

Tourism officials in Australia are describing it as 'the best job in the world'.

They want someone to work on a tropical island off the Queensland coast.

No formal qualifications are needed but candidates must be willing to swim, snorkel, dive and sail.

In return, the successful applicant will receive a salary of A$150,000 ($103,000) for six months and get to live rent-free in a three-bedroom villa, complete with pool.

He jokes and says it's made from Unobtanium. It's named after Luke Skywalker, and can provide enough sensory feedback, strength, control, and power to be a great prototype for future generations of cyborgs.

All Things D: Dean Kamen on His Mind-Controlled Cyborg "Luke" Arm

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