Zoom-Zoom

Then zoom some more! Just amazing. Bet you can’t stop zooming.

Dr.Web CureIt

Free anti-malware utility.

Cool or creepy?

Climbing robot:

“RiSE is a small six-legged robot that climbs vertical terrain such as walls, trees and fences.”
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That Sinking Feeling

Sinkface

Great, great face in a sink from moonbird. For more fun, felicitous face photos, see Flickr’s “Found Faces” group pool. This one is great, and so is this. And this. Too many to list… just go have a look.

Freesound Google Map

Geotagged sounds on freesound.

Fantastic Flyboy Story

Irish Luck – Surviving Partial Ejection from A-6 Aircraft, is the incredible story of bombardier/navigator Lt. Keith Gallagher who managed to land his jet on an aircraft carrier while stuck halfway outside the canopy.

Researchers Identify New Form Of Superior Memory Syndrome

Scientists awed by `human calendar‘: The woman is identified only as AJ. Her unique ability to perfectly and instantly recall details of her past has led researchers to propose a name for her condition: “hyperthymestic syndrome,” based on the Greek word thymesis for “remembering,” and hyper, meaning “more than normal.”

Cinema Bytes

Fuckin’ Greeks. :) This page has a listing of sites that offer movie sound files (mostly wav format).

Loch Ness Monster an Elephant?

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Best explanation of the Loch Ness mystery yet.

SODAR quake predictions?

Indian scientists have claimed that they may be able to give warning several hours before certain quakes larger than five on the Richter scale using an acoustic meteorological technique called Sonic Detection and Ranging (sodar).

Double helix nebula spotted

Astronomers report an unprecedented elongated double helix nebula near the center of our Milky Way galaxy. (see large image).

Defend Your Castle

Pick up those pesky invaders and fling them in the air to defend your castle and earn points to make repairs and expand your fiefdom. Simple, silly, fun.

Seven Rules for Making a (Science) Movie

These tips by filmmaker David Sington are part of a Nova special on solar neutrinos (The Ghost Particle). Sington, a veteran of more than two dozen science documentaries, believes there are some simple rules for making any movie, even ones that deal with difficult subjects like high-level science.

Fabulous Fire Photo

Fire

John McColgan, a fire behavior analyst for the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska, snapped this photo of two elk standing in a river during a huge forest fire in Bitterroot National Forest in Montana in August, 2000. (large image here, from this page of nature wallpapers.)

Goose kills Hawk

A Canadian goose is sucked in by an Airforce Hawk jet trainer during a NATO flight school training session, forcing the pilot and student to eject and destroying the aircraft – all captured on video. Download a .wmv file here, or view the google video version.

Here’s an official crash report (with “after” photo).

See the Boom!

Photos (and a video clip) of jets breaking the sound barrier.

Pop-off, or Twist-Off?

Mouse Balls as a Field Replacement Unit (ca. 1991).

Sound Concept Maps

Environments for exploring sound concepts from the site HyperPhysics, by Carl Nave from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University. (Some sound demo clips here)

Flight Site’s Top Sights

The most popular photos of all time from the airliners.net database of nearly a million aviation photos, like this one (click for larger view):

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See also, most popular images from the: last 365 days | last 180 days | last 30 days | last 7 days | last 48 hours | last 24 hours. Or have a look at the Editors’ Choice of best photos.

Orson: Fermented in the Bottle

“Whaahaaa… The Frenschhh.” Orson Welles in an ad for Paul Masson champagne. (.mov)

The amazing one-dollar DIY village FM radio station

From the BBC, in Vaishali, Bihar: “It may well be the only village FM radio station on the Asian sub-continent. It is certainly illegal. The transmission equipment, costing just over $1, may be the cheapest in the world. But the local people definitely love it.”

Audit your PC: Belarc Advisor

Free download inventories your PC and builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. Belarc will list your computer’s: Motherboard make and model, BIOS information, Bus clock, Processor, Drives, Controllers, Buses, System model, Memory modules, Display, Devices, Installed software, and more.

Bad Vibes

The hunt for the worst sound in the world. See also, What makes a sound annoying, and the Horrible Sounds Mixer.

Saved by a Leatherman

“This is the actual first-person account of a U.S. Forest Service employee who was a passenger in a Hiller 12E helicopter when the collective control linkage became disconnected at the rotor hub and the aircraft started an uncontrollable climb. The passenger climbed out of the airborne helo, managed to reconnect the linkage using the awl of a Leatherman Tool, and held the makeshift repair in place until the chopper could land safety”.

Worldometers

World statistics updated in real time.

Fun New Header

We’re trying out a new header logo here, that loads random letter images from the Flickr “one letter” pool each time the page is refreshed. If you don’t see black and white bars under each letter, please hold down your “shift” key while refreshing the page, to force the stylesheet to reload (instead of seeing the cached version).

Electronic Graffiti

Fun with magnetic paint and LED display electronics. “LED Throwies” and “the Electro-Graf” at the Graffiti Research Lab, with video. See also, throwie how-to / electro-graf how-to.

Truly amazing I/O Brush

From MIT Media Lab, “I/O Brush is a new drawing tool to explore colors, textures, and movements found in everyday materials by “picking up” and drawing with them”. Article here. Direct link to video here.

Storyboard software

Springboard is “a free Windows application for easily and quickly sketching and annotating storyboards for film, video, animation, or other dynamic media”.

Mystery of the Booming Sands

Article explaining how and why sand sometimes seems to croak, burp, sing, and boom.

MP3s: croaking sand; booming sand

Seven minute video on the phenomenon: in quicktime; in windows media

Spy Photos that Made History

Historic surveillance images presented as a part of Nova’s Spies That Fly special. The timeline of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) is also cool.

When Nixon met Elvis

December 21, 1970. “The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit with the President and suggesting that he be made a ‘Federal Agent-at-Large” in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs’. Photos and documents commemorate the event.

These arms… are longing to hold you…

Wow! Click the play button below, then read this news article about a giant octopus attacking a mini sub while waiting for the video to load.

This can be a little too mesmerizing

Watch the the news headlines from around the world as they appear, in graphical format. Clicking the title balloon takes you to the story.

Google Sightseeing

Crop circles near Leeds, England, Biosphere 2, Beijing’s Forbidden City, and Warner Bros. Studios are just a few of the cool things pointed out by the Google Sightseeing blog. Choose from the top tabs (latest posts, locality, category, map) to browse around.

Geographical Relationship Browser

The WINDS relation browser is a nice Flash project that gives a visual interface to connections between countries and continents. Blue lines show borders, green lines indicate continent, and grey lines show the language connections. Click any country in the middle of the hub to get more information on that country. (Choose your destination in the top bar, to the right)

Best. Case. Mod. Ever.

Souvmod

At MetkuMods (Mod Gallery here).

The LEGO Suicides

The dark side of LEGOs revealed.

Fantastic Reebok promo spot (old)

(find more Terry Tate/Reebok at Google Video)

Folk Songs for the Five Points

Folk Songs for the Five Points is a digital arts project that allows you to create your own “folk songs” by remixing and overlaying a range of sounds taken from New York’s Lower East Side. The SoundMap features a visual representation of the Lower East Side, overlaid with a series of dots. Each dot represents an audio sample recorded at that particular place. To select a sample, click and drag one of circles over the chosen dot. The sample will then automatically start playing. Underneath the map is a control panel – with controls to independently control up to 5 selected sounds.