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31 March, 2007

Mummified remains of a fairy?

Mummified Fairy
I'm not an anthropologists or forensic expert, but this does seem to be an urban legend to me.
What appears to be the mummified remains of a fairy have been discovered in the Derbyshire countryside… The remains were discovered by a local man, who wishes to remain anonymous, while walking his dog along an old Roman road situated between the villages of Duffield and Belper…

The remains, complete with wings, skin, teeth and flowing red hair have been examined by anthropologists and forensic experts who can confirm that the body is genuine.

Link & Image: Presurfer via Neatorama
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Android shows off people-lifting skills

AndroidIn a public demonstration held in Tokyo on March 28, a human-sized android showed off its weightlifting skills by successfully picking up a 30-kilogram (66-pound) package from a desk and lifting a 66-kilogram (145-pound) humanoid doll out of bed.

The 155-centimeter (61-inch) tall, 70-kilogram (154-pound) robot demonstrated different maneuvers for different situations; only a small amount of power is applied at each of this robot’s joints, but it can successfully move heavy objects by using the tactile sensors to regulate how it lifts and carries things.

Link & Image: Nikkei & Mainichi via Pink Tentacle
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Coolest Toaster

Conceptual Toaster
Conceptual Toaster
Designed by Atil Kizilbayir, this toaster is designed to work like a heated tunnel - you put plain bread into the toasting carriage at one end, the ‘x’ seconds later the carriage pops out the other end with nicely tanned toast.

I'm going to throw away my plain, ugly toaster and replace it with this beautifully designed toaster - if this conceptual toaster ever becomes a reality!

Link & Image: Random Good Stuff via Coolest Gadgets
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Men never change!

Here's some typical examples of what might happen when a man gets attracted or distracted by a woman - though they are somehow exaggerated!







Source: Metacafe
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$250,000 Platinum Gundam!

Platinum Gundam
Bandai has released a 5-inch Gundam slathered in platinum with diamonds for eyes! This $250,000 robot soldier is manufactured by Bandai and will be on display next month at Baselworld, in Basel Switzerland.

So what's next? A Gundam model based on a 1:1 scale with jeweled accessories?

Link & Image: Impress via Engadget
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First Open-Source Car Unveiled

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The world’s first open-source car was unveiled this week at the AutoRAI show in Amsterdam. The c,mm,n (or “common”) was developed by three Dutch technical universities: Delft, Eindhoven and Enschede.

The current model features a zero emission hydrogen-powered motor and it seats four (little people by the looks of it). All of the vehicle’s technical data and blueprints are available freely on the Web and anyone is welcome contribute to the design as long as the ideas are openly available.

So if you’re proficient in Dutch and automotive engineering mosey on over to the c,mm,n website and take a gander at the specs.

It has the futuristic look, doesn't it?

Link & Image: Crunchgear
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Longest Concert Record Set in Japan

PianoJapanese musicians overcame fatigue and a major earthquake to set the record for the world's longest concert on Saturday, playing 184 hours non-stop in a program that ranged from The Beatles' classics to Japanese traditional harp music.

Over 900 musicians aged 6 to 89 took turns performing in the 9-day marathon -- with breaks of no more than 5 minutes between acts -- at a small railway station in Hikone city, western Japan, according to organizer Kuniko Teramura, 51.

On Sunday, a magnitude 6.9 quake in northwestern Japan jolted the stage -- but didn't stop a determined pianist from ploughing on with her tune, said Hiroshi Mizutani, 51, another organizer.

A break in the performance would have ruined the challenge, because musicians were not allowed to stop playing less than two minutes into a song, said Mizutani, whose Oldies band played three times during the concert.

''This pianist was amazing. The whole place was shaking quite badly but she went right on playing,'' Mizutani said. ''Even an earthquake couldn't stop us.''

Source: The New York Times
Image: Flickr/RosePhotosEtc
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Chocolate Jesus exhibit cancelled

Chocolate JesusA New York art gallery has decided to cancel an exhibit of a chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ after protests by a US Catholic group.

The six-foot (1.8m) sculpture, made from 200 pounds (90 kg) of chocolate and entitled "My Sweet Lord", depicts a naked Jesus Christ with his arms outspread.

The sculpture, by artist Cosimo Cavallaro, was to have been displayed from Monday at Manhattan's Lab Gallery.

The timing, over Easter Holy Week - the most important part of the Christian year - provoked an outcry.

The Roger Smith Hotel housing the Lab gallery decided to cancel the exhibition after the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called for a boycott.

Source: BBC
Image: Cosimo Cavallaro
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Phantom-like Optical Illusion

Hybrid ImagesTake a good look - what do you see? Close up it is clearly a faintly phantom-like image of Albert Einstein. Now step back 5 meters from the screen and take another look. Notice anything different?

It's not just a crafty illusion. This sort of image is being used as a tool to understand better how our brains process visual scenes. On the practical side, some companies are interested in using them to conceal information from unintended observers - or to create printed advertising that morphs before your eyes!

Link & Image: New Scientist
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How to paint the Mona Lisa with MS Paint


Believe it or not, this beautiful Mona Lisa painting was done using MS Paint! Amazing, isn't it?

Video: YouTube
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Magic Revealed: How To Bend A Card


Learn how to bend a card using your mind just like a street magician, and impress your friends!

Video: Metacafe
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30 March, 2007

Family converts dead dad into diamond

DiamondsA Blackpool family has created a "fitting memorial" to deceased dad Mick Egan - by converting him into a synthetic diamond, the BBC reports.

Egan died last year of a brain haemorrhage and his wife Susan decided on a novel way of preserving his memory. A US company extracted carbon from Egan's ashes, heated it to create graphite and then compressed the result to create a rough diamond which was then cut to the family's specifications.

Source: The Register
Image: Wikipedia
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Solar system bodies arranged from large to small

Solar system bodies arranged from large to smallThis is an interesting illustration of bodies in our Solar system which are larger than 200 miles (322 km) in diameter. They are laid out from the largest to the smallest. A larger image can be found after the jump.

Image: Kokogiak
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Magnetic Rubik's cube

Magnetic Rubik's cubeAndrew and Sarah created this Rubik cube from dice and magnets. Looks cool! If you would like to make one yourself, you can find more information at Instructables.


Source: The Machinist via Make
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Pressure of Light Can Move Liquid

Jet of liquidScientists have figured out how to create a jet of liquid with nothing but the power of light. They shined a laser beam through a soapy liquid, producing a long jet that eventually broke up into droplets.

"Light is actually pushing onto us slightly. This effect is called radiation pressure," Zhang said.

This gentle pressure generated by photons—particles of light—ordinarily goes unnoticed. But the liquid used in the new experiment—a soapy mixture—has such an incredibly weak surface that even light can deform it. It created a phase change that's a bit like how shampoo turns to soap when you add water, the scientists explained.

Link & Image: LiveScience
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Amusing animals!

Funny AnimalsHere's some images of animals created using Photoshop - designed to brighten up your day!

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Images: Gznet
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29 March, 2007

Deep fryer with an aquarium right at the bottom!

Goldfish TankIn a restaurant in Japan, a goldfish tank can be found at the bottom of the deep fryer. Yes, you are hearing it right. Apparently, because the 163 degree oil floats on water, all the goldfish has to do is to stay away from the surface and it will be able to carry on living for about 5-10 years. And that’s not all; the food that falls back into the tank during the frying process will be eaten by the fishes, thus keeping waste to a minimum. Now, that’s a really innovative fryer!


Source: Cscout Japan via Consumerist via Neatorama
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Tooth carvings prove to be fairy popular

Tooth carvingsHere's one good reason why you should keep your wisdom tooth, turn them into works of art. That's exactly what Cordelia Cembrowicz does.

Cordelia Cembrowicz's sculptures represent the pain and relief of losing a tooth and came about when she felt unable to throw away her teeth after a visit to the dentist.

Miss Cembrowicz, 23, from Bristol, said: "When I held [my teeth] I realised what a powerful material they were and decided to work with them - and the first thing that sprang to mind was the Tooth Fairy. She symbolised both sanctuary and reward, arriving as a blessing after a period of pain."

Using a specially adapted drill and a rotary cutter, she spends up to 20 hours sculpting each tooth.

Miss Cembrowicz studied art at Central St Martin's in London and has exhibited at the Artonomy Gallery in Truro. Her work is currently on show in Gstaad, Switzerland, where she has her first solo exhibition.

Image Gallery: Telegraph
Source: Telegraph via Arbroath
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Tweety Bird Lamp

Tweety Bird LampThere isn’t really anything special about this lamp. But hey, it features the Tweety Bird character and it’s real cute. That’s all that matters right? This cutie comes at a price of $92.

Link & Image: D-Mail via Uber-Review
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Gear shifting toilet plunger

Toilet PlungerThis is one funny toilet plunger. It comes with a six-speed shifter at the top which allows the racing enthusiast to practice gear changing, while a rubber pump is attached to the other end just like a normal plunger. This allows you to put your time to “good” use while tending to the clogged up toilet. Thinking back, it does indeed look somewhat like the gearshift found in antique cars if not for its length. This odd plunger is available for $32.

Link & Image: Everythingcarz via Ubergizmo
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Smart Sunglasses Change Color on Demand

Smart new sunglassesResearchers have developed a new type of sunglasses that allows you to change the hue with just a simple turn of the knob.

The lenses that the researchers have developed are made of a kind of electrochromic polymer, a material that can alter its levels of darkness and color in response to an electric current. The glasses only require power when they change hue.

So far Xu and her colleagues have developed prototype shades that resemble a pair of lab goggles with a dial attached onto the frame. Turning this dial activates the tiny watch battery powering the goggles and dials up the desired color. A single watch battery can power thousands of changes, Xu said.

In the lab, the researchers have shown their glasses can quickly switch from transparent to blue, plus various shades in between, at the flip of a switch, requiring minimal energy consumption. "We are working on a multicolored device as well, but no prototype is available yet," Xu said.

Watch the demonstration video after the jump.

Video: LiveScience
Source: LiveScience
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World's tallest man finds other half

World's tallest man finds other halfThe world’s tallest man has married a woman who is more than 2 feet shorter than him, a Chinese newspaper reported Wednesday.

Bao Xishun, a 7-foot-9 (2.36m) herdsman from Inner Mongolia, married 5-foot-6 (1.68m) saleswoman Xia Shujian several days ago, the Beijing New reported.

Bao’s 28-year-old bride is half his age and hailed from his hometown of Chifeng even though marriage advertisements were sent around the world, it said.

“After a long and careful selection, the effort has been finally paid off,” the newspaper said.

Two more pictures after the jump.

World's tallest man finds other half
World's tallest man finds other half

Source: MSNBC
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Flaming meteor narrowly misses airliner

A Russian Progress cargo space freighterA Chilean jetliner approaching New Zealand came within 20 seconds of being hit by blazing objects hurtling down to Earth, New Zealand aviation officials say.

The Lan Chile pilot flying from Santiago, Chile, notified air traffic controllers at Auckland after spotting the flaming objects just five nautical miles (9.2 kilometres) in front of and behind his Airbus 340.

According to a plane spotter, who was tuning into a high frequency radio broadcast at the time, the pilot "reported that the rumbling noise from the space debris could be heard over the noise of the aircraft.

"He described he saw a piece of debris lighting up as it re-entered [the earth's atmosphere].

"For [the pilot] to have heard it, one of two things - [the debris] was a lot closer than he thinks or it was bigger and going at quite a high speed. "In other words, it's caused the piece to break the speed of sound which is what he's heard - the sound barrier.''

The assistant secretary of the Australian and International Pilots Association, Captain Steven Anderson, who flies for Qantas, said that based on the details of the report, the debris could have caused catastrophic consequences had it actually struck the aircraft.

Source: SMH & SMH
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'Gorilla kingdom' opens in London

Gorilla kingdom
These lucky gorillas can now roam freely in a large open island, all thanks to a £5.3m project.

A new enclosure is to be officially opened at London Zoo, where keepers hope gorillas will begin to breed.

Gorilla Kingdom consists of a large open island, surrounded by a moat, an indoor "gym" and a back den.

Three western lowland gorillas will live in the enclosure: Bobby, a 23-year-old male; and two females, Zaire, 32, and Effie who is 13.

The £5.3m project means that Bobby can see the sky without bars for the first time since he was captured as a baby.

Rescued from a circus in Italy in 1983, he has not yet sired any young.

London Zoo has been criticised in the past for not having enough space for the animals it claims to conserve.

International wildlife charity Born Free would rather the zoo phased out its keeping of gorillas in captivity and invested more in wild habitat conservation.

Efforts to protect the species continue, and it is illegal now to capture gorillas in the wild, although poaching still goes on.

Baby gorillas are sold in central Africa to be kept as pets - their whole family is killed to get at the youngster.

More images after the jump.

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Lightning Reaction Xtreme Shocking Game

Lightning Reaction Xtreme Shocking Game
Lightning Reaction Xtreme Shocking Game
Get a "shocking" experience by playing the Lightning Reaction Xtreme Shocking Game, whereby the fastest finger will be spared from the shock!
This time its serious... only the fastest finger is safe. Lightning Reaction Instructions: Select 2-4 players. Press the button to start. When the sound stops and the trigger light goes from red to green, the LAST to press the trigger switch gets a shock! But be warned, if you press too soon! For extreme fun, why not switch over to LIGHTNING REACTION EXTREME - this time, the FASTEST to press the trigger switch will NOT get a shock - but every one else will!

Thanks, Raluca !

Link & Image: Amazon via PCNews
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Seoul International Sports & Leisure Industry Show (SPOEX) 2007

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Exhibiting novel ideas and advanced technologies, Korea's sports and leisure companies are engaged in fierce competition in the ever-growing market for healthy leisure and lifestyle goods.

Seoul International Sports & Leisure Industry Show (SPOEX) 2007 kicked off on Feb. 28 and ran for four days at COEX. This UFI-certified show brings in more exhibitors and visitors every year, emerging as Asia's largest sports fair. Organizers expect the edition will attract 250 local and international companies and 25,000 visitors, including 650 overseas buyers.

Especially this year, the organizers have prepared a wonderful variety of fascinating events, including a sportswear fashion show staged by top-of-the-line models, an extreme sports performance, a sport climbing demonstration, and sports marketing seminars attended by celebrities.

Video and more images after the jump.

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Video: Hankooki
Source: COEX
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