This Rube Goldberg machine is “powered” by a single beam of light, using mirrors, magnifying glasses, and reflective surfaces to burn through strings, melt ice, pop balloons, and more… 

Watch the video.

Lego Academics. I’m not sure I’ve followed any Twitter so quickly.


Keep Germs At Bay

  • Since publishing this science in 2011, we STILL AREN’T CLEAN YET. The water needs to be hotter still.


Finally, a jet pack to help you run faster

Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a faculty mentor, ASU student Jason Kerestes built a prototype of this jetpack as part of a university program called iProjects, which “brings students and industry together to find innovative solutions to real-world problems,” like how to run super, super fast. 

How it could save lives

When ground-jetpacks are outlawed, only the outlaws will have ground-jetpacks.



Feel like you’ve been transported back to dial-up today? Dozens of Internet companies are participating in a symbolic slowdown of their sites in a protest for net neutrality. Netflix, Etsy, and Tumblr (to name just a few) joined in its “Internet Slowdown Day.”

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"We are much, much closer to an answer than we have ever been in the history of the human species; we are on the cusp of knowing."

Prof. Caleb Scharf on using colors to detect life on other planets. (via wnycradiolab)

I cannot even fathom what will happen once we get that first blip. This place is gonna change FAST.



"Son," the father says, examining the broken petri dishes littered about the floor, “I’m not a mad scientist, I’m just a disappointed scientist.”

I don’t even care what you think this is the best post I’ve ever made

Doin science, takin no prisoners.

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  3. Exposure: 1/60th

Serving my tumblr when called to action. Drafted by breakthecitysky. Rules of the draft (far as I can tell): Share the Last Picture on Your Phone.

It’s me, getting ready to ford the flood of humanity at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. This is clearly the “Before”, since “After” required rolling me home after over-exposure to fried cheese curds, stuff on sticks, and Sweet Martha’s. Such deep fried glory. No regrets.

Alright, done my time and duty. Calling up stars-inthe-sky, scify65, and rowedowntheriver to serve or dodge as desired.

  1. Camera: Nokia Lumia 822
  2. Aperture: f/2.2
  3. Exposure: 1/521th