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30Dec/100

Lightning photographed by superfast X-ray camera, Nikola Tesla nods with approval

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You know, we could just leave you with the image above and be done here, but its backstory is almost as cool. Researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology have built a 1,500-pound X-ray camera that can shoot ten million frames a second and then pointed it at a nearby flash of lightning to try and learn more about it. How did they know where the lightning would strike? Well, in true scientific fashion, they caused it themselves! This was done by shooting rockets into thunderstorms, with attached wires directing the flow of energy down into their target zone. The imagery produced from the X-ray sensor is actually extremely low-res -- a 30-pixel hexagonal grid is all you get -- but it's enough to show that X-ray radiation is concentrated at the tip of the lightning bolt. What good that knowledge will do for the world, we don't know, but we're sure it'll provide nice fodder for the next round of superhero empowerment stories.

Lightning photographed by superfast X-ray camera, Nikola Tesla nods with approval originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 07:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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23Dec/100

Dave Barry

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"Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet."

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22Dec/100

Santa Gives All He Can

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4 koma comic strip - Santa Gives All He Can

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Lokified

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22Dec/100

Domo-Kun chair

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Materials: Snille chair ( I used white )

Description:
1. Cut out eyes with black felt. Use Velcro strips to put it on the chair.

2. Make a pillow looks like a Domo-Kun (pic, right) mouth.

3. Put the pillow on the chair. There is a Domo-Kun chair!!

~ Micci Do, SLC, UT

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21Dec/100

Happy Holidays on Vimeo

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Christmas will never be the same!

STARRING Amin Mammadov Marilyn Heidecker Brent Lilley DIRECTED BY DANIELS (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) THANKS Douglas Burgdorff Araz Mammadov MUSIC Sleigh Bells "Rill Rill" www.danieldanielblog.tumblr.com

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20Dec/100

NASA’s Space Shuttle launch videos are spectacularly incredible, incredibly spectacular

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Did you know that it takes nearly seven and a half million pounds of thrust to get a Space Shuttle off the ground and into the final frontier? NASA opts to generate that power by burning through 1,000 gallons of liquid propellants and 20,000 pounds of solid fuel every second, which as you might surmise, makes for some arresting visuals. Thankfully, there are plenty of practical reasons why NASA would want to film its launches (in slow motion!), and today we get to witness some of that awe-inspiring footage, replete with a silky voiceover explaining the focal lengths of cameras used and other photographic minutiae. It's the definition of an epic video, clocking in at over 45 minutes, but if you haven't got all that time, just do it like us and skip around -- your brain will be splattered on the wall behind you either way.

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NASA's Space Shuttle launch videos are spectacularly incredible, incredibly spectacular originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 12 Dec 2010 07:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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20Dec/100

This Traffic Camera Is a Little Different: Drive the Speed Limit and You Get Paid [Video]

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Very cool idea!

Now this, this is a traffic camera I can get behind. The Speed Camera Lottery, a winning project for Volkswagen's Fun Theory series, sends tickets to speeders and enters law-abiding drivers in a lottery to win their money. Automatic auto-karma. More »

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20Dec/100

Google Docs presentation makes PowerPoint weep, beg for mercy (video)

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It's pretty awesome

And you thought your year-end PowerPoint -- complete with that snazzy "Ding!" after every slide -- was something to admire. The video below is a Google Demo Slam entrant, going up against a Voice Search piece featuring Maria Sharapova. We know precious little about what it took to create, but somehow or another, a trio of animators created a mind-blowing 450 page presentation in just three days, and none of 'em were located in the same space. Thankfully for you, it's all explained in a blistering one minute, twenty-nine second YouTube clip. Enjoy.

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Google Docs presentation makes PowerPoint weep, beg for mercy (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 20 Dec 2010 11:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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20Dec/100

Word Lens augmented reality app instantly translates whatever you point it at

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Augmented reality
and optical character recognition have just come into their own, beautifully intertwined into an instant translation app for the iPhone. Download Word Lens, pay $4.99 for a language pack, then point it at a sign and watch as it replaces every word with one in your native tongue. It's a little bit like Pleco, but without the whole language learning stuff. We just gave it a spin, and while it's not quite as accurate as this video claims, it's still breathtaking to behold -- especially as it doesn't require an internet connection to do any lookup. Sadly, it only translates to and from English and Spanish for now. Still, Babelfish, eat your heart out.

Update: Looks like it only works on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the latest iPod touch for now.

Word Lens augmented reality app instantly translates whatever you point it at originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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20Dec/100

These Apps Are Rampantly Stealing Your Info Without Permission [Privacy]

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I love Pandora. I really couldn't do without it. But I could do without its sending my demographic information, phone ID, and location to eight trackers across six companies. And Pandora's far from the worst offender, the WSJ shows us. More »


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