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12 Amazing Steampunk Gadgets & Gizmos

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

12 Coolest Steampunk Gadgets

Gracie Murano –

Steampunk is a speculative intersection of technology and romance where the future meets the past: Victorian era inventions clash with often dark alternate realities. What started as a literary genre has since evolved into an amazing urban art form which delights in making real-life inventions that are a blend of the modern and anachronistic. Meet some of the coolest steampunk gadgets we’ve seen!

–Thanks to our reader, Nicodemus, for the idea!

Steampunk Headphones

A guy from Chicago who calls himself Nicrosin made this “Mechanical Aural Communication Device” as a prop with “sculpey, rubber, and… various pocket watch parts,” the earpieces have a suede lining. Unfortunatly, this awesome set of Steampunk headphones that you see pictured above is actually just a non-functional model. Pretty cool anyways.


Steampunk Toilet

Yes! A steampunk toilet, created by Patrick Brawley — the “antique toilet of the future.” Awesome! It boasts a control panel and laser pointing mechanism.


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What do Storm Troopers do on Their Day Off?

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

So, maybe you’ve asked yourself what Storm Troopers do on their days off… or maybe after retirement?

That question has finally been answered in dramatic fashion…


If these candid photos by Stefan Le Du are reliable, it would appear as though they spend their lofty hours taunting cats, feeding pigeons, and going on safaris!


These and other still shots of the after hours actions of the Empire’s Elite are for a project called Stormtroopers 365.



The Empire’s faithful and knowledgeable Storm Troopers are even weighing in on the current swine flu ‘epidemic’.


See the whole series on Stefan’s Flickr page....

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How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA

Posted on Nov 01, 2009 in Science & Technology

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Friday, October 30, 2009

A new model of the way the THz waves interact with DNA explains how the damage is done and why evidence has been so hard to gather

Great things are expected of terahertz waves, the radiation that fills the slot in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and the infrared. Terahertz waves pass through non-conducting materials such as clothes , paper, wood and brick and so cameras sensitive to them can peer inside envelopes, into living rooms and “frisk” people at distance.

The way terahertz waves are absorbed and emitted can also be used to determine the chemical composition of a material. And even though they don’t travel far inside the body, there is great hope that the waves can be used to spot tumours near the surface of the skin.

With all that potential, it’s no wonder that research on terahertz waves has exploded in the last ten years or so.

But what of the health effects of terahertz waves? At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss any notion that they can be damaging.


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Filter Tap Water with US Canteen’s Newest Water Bottle; the H2Only

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: US

Your search for a great reusable water bottle has come to an end!  The H2Only bottle is made from stainless steel and filters out 99.99% of all pollutants found in drinking water.  The bottle holds up to 25 ounces of water and would be an awesome gift to those who love clean and great tasting water.  Even if we’re not that person, we all know that person who *always* has a water bottle with them.

article_UScanteenPriced at only $40, the included filter will last for about 12 months at heavy use (which equals roughly 100 gallons).  The Ionic-Adsorption Micro-Filtration system removes chemicals and sediments you may not have even heard of such as:  Chromium 6, as well as other toxic chemicals, detergents, pesticides, and agricultural waste, arsenic, aluminum, zinc, asbestos, copper, lead, mercury, dirt, sediment, E-Coli Bacteria, DDT, MTBE, Benzene, and Chloroforms.  There’s a LOT of stuff in your water!

Each additional filter will cost $15.  Let’s break down those costs…

$40 for one year using the US Canteen H2Only compared to spending  approximately $1.00 a day buying ONE bottle of water. ...

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Windows 7 Raises the Bar for Security, Experts say

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Windows 7 Raises Security Bar, Experts Say By Stefanie Hoffman, ChannelWeb Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) no doubt has high hopes for Windows 7, launched Thursday, but the new operating system might also have significant long-term implications for the security industry, experts say. So far, Windows 7 has left the gate with a strong start. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told analysts, partners and media attending the Windows 7 release party in New York that, so far, 45,000 retailers are currently selling the new operating system, and he said he expected 300 million Windows-based PCs to be sold this year. Despite the promising launch, Microsoft still faces a slew of hurdles with Windows 7, not the least of which were the poor performance and dwindling adoption rates of its predecessor, Vista,

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Barnes & Noble E-Reader Puts Heat On Amazon

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Barnes & Noble E-Reader Puts Heat On Amazon The Nook is now the e-reader to bet, but analysts say Amazon won't relinquish the Kindle's market share easily. Source: InformationWeek Antone Gonsalves October 21, 2009 03:33 PM (click image for larger view) Barnes & Noble Nook eBook Reader Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book reader has the potential to change the market's landscape, so it's unlikely B&N's biggest rival, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), will let its competitor bask in the limelight for long. Web 2.0 Chair John Battelle tries to pin down Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter, on the company's potential revenue models. At least in the short term, the Nook, introduced Tuesday, is the e-reader to beat, leapfrogging Amazon's Kindle with

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Scientists create ‘artificial ionosphere’ using radio waves

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in - Physics & the Universe

Source: Time of India 4 October 2009, 03:51pm IST LONDON: An experiment that fires powerful radio waves into the sky has created a patch of 'artificial ionosphere', mimicking the uppermost portion of Earth's atmosphere. According to a report in Nature News, the experiment is called the 'High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program' (HAARP), near Gakona, Alaska. It has spent nearly two decades using radio waves to probe Earth's magnetic field and ionosphere. One of the most obvious results of the experiments is that they can create lights in the sky that are similar to auroras, the glowing curtains of light that naturally appear in the polar skies when electrons and other charged particles pour down from Earth's protective magnetosphere into the upper atmosphere. There, at

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20 Teams Build High Tech Houses in Solar Village Contest

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Science & Technology

Source: PopSci By Rebecca Boyle   Posted 10.16.2009 at 12:54 pm The National Mall was transformed into a futuristic commune for the past two weeks as 20 teams from four countries erected solar-powered homes    Team California's "Refract House" Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon View Photo Gallery The bright future of green living has been on display for the past two weeks at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon. The biennial contest, which wraps up this weekend, brings hundreds of university students from around the world to a temporary solar village for two weeks, where spectators can walk through student-designed houses and marvel at the latest green tech. These solar homes have it all

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8 bit? 64 bit? Blu-Ray? xBox? DVDs? R2D2? Yes, please!

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

09.22.2009 at 12:41 pm PopSci reader Brian De Vitis's R2-D2 cooler, converted into the ultimate mobile gaming 'droid with eight consoles, a projector and a sound system R2 Front View with Dome Courtesy Brian De Vitis To get rid of the mess of wires from his many videogame consoles, PopSci reader Brian De Vitis decided to repurpose his R2-D2-shaped cooler. The engineering student modified its legs and repainted it to look more realistic. Then he stacked the motherboards from the eight consoles on shelves inside, added a sound system, and rearranged the inputs so he could plug in controllers from the outside. To watch all the gaming action, he added a projector in the rig’s dome, just like the real R2’s. R2 Top View Without Projector: Courtesy Brian De Vitis

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Artificial Black Hole Created in Chinese Lab

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in - Physics & the Universe

Source:  Nature News By Stuart Fox Posted 10.15.2009 at 3:56 pm Pocket Black Hole The icons depict the shape of the energy-trapping ridges on the disc at the center and the edges via Just because most black holes are solar-system-sized maelstroms with reality-warping gravitational pulls doesn't mean you can't have one in your pocket! That's right, just in time for the holidays comes the pocket black hole. Designed by scientists at the Southeast University in Nanjing, China, this eight-and-a-half-inch-wide disk absorbs all the electromagnetic radiation you throw at it, with none of the pesky time dilation and Hawking radiation associated with the larger, interstellar versions. Unlike a regular black hole, which traps light using the gravitational pull of the de

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