Saturday, February 2, 2013

Asteroid to set record close shave flyby

On February 15 an asteroid will swing very close to Earth. How Close? Try 17200 miles or 27680 km from Earth, thats well within the orbits of navigation and communication satellites. Asteroid 2012 DA14 was discovered last year by an amateur team of astronomers at the La Sagra Sky Survey observatory in Spain. While there is not any danger of the asteroid actually hitting the Earth none have been observed to come this close so far.

Watch Paper War a fun little ink animated short

This is Paper War. It`s a short animated film about two men made of ink on paper that must travel across sheets of paper as they attempt to conquer and destroy one another. As the battle between these two rivals progresses they cut, tear, fold, and unspool the paper as they move along, finally progressing into three dimensions.

This is what a New York City subway flood looks like

A water main broke today In New York City somewhere around the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street. Obviously subway service was down as crews rushed to clean up the mess.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Scientists create almost living crystal

NYU biophysicist Jérémie Palacci and fellow physicist Paul Chaikin have created something interesting to say the least. Together they led a team of researchers in developing particles that can best be described as living crystals.

Russian film crew captured 4 simultaneous volcanic eruptions

Moscow based film crew Airpano flew a crew to the Kamchatka peninsula in order to capture some truly stunning images of the Tolbachick volcano as it erupts. The team also employed to the use of RC quad drones in order to get these aerial shots of the area.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Yes, these are bagpipes made out of PVC, duct tape and a plastic bag

No your eyes do not deceive you, this is a guy playing homemade bagpipes that he made using nothing but PVC tubing, duct tape and a plastic shopping bag. And you guessed it they do sound like bagpipes or at least close enough to my tin ear.

Aeroscraft heavy lift airship makes first float test

The colossal new airship by Aeroscraft has made a successful float test. This airship called Dragon Dream is 230 ft long and uses aerodynamic principles to create lift as to completely relying on gases to stay aloft. Capable of lifting 66 tons, reaching a ceiling altitude of 18000 ft and having a top speed of 140mph this is definitely not your typical airship from yesteryear.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Check out Disney`s short Paperman, done with a new ground breaking technique

Not only is Disney`s new short entitled Paperman a great little short film but it showcases some very cool new animation techniques. Paperman combines 2D animation with 3D animation to give it a hand drawn feel. The results speak for themselves, CGI never looked better.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Detailed ISS fly around

Very cool video of a complete International Space Station fly around. Shot by the Space Shuttle Discovery crew on March 19 2009 right after the shuttle undocked from the space station.

The cast of Fringe thanks you

Fringe is done, but not forgotten. For those itching for one last fix here`s an official goodbye video released by Fox.

Monday, January 28, 2013

This amazing book scanner flips and reads 250 pages a minute

The BFS-Auto so no ordinary run of the mill scanner. This Japanese robotic device can scan a book at really high speed, 250 pages a minute in fact ad flip the pages to boot.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Yes, this is a chainsaw firing slingshot

The insanity never ends with Joerg Sprave and personally I`m glad it that`s the case. This huge 7 foot slingshot fires chainsaws, yes, chainsaws. Too awesome not to watch.

Watch an Audi R8 go up in flames at a Supercar show in Mumbai

Wow, this is sad to watch yet I can`t take my eyes off of it. This Audi R8 burns to the ground on Saturday backing up local traffic for hours. Thankfully the driver and passenger managed to escape the burning Audi and where unharmed, the car caught fire while trying to overtake some other vehicles at a high rate of speed. No official cause of the fire has been revealed yet.