Fingernail data storage

Who needs a keydrive when you can keep information on your fingernail for a full six months (the time it takes for your fingernail to completely regrow)?

Personal World Map

The world is sperical, and if you’ve ever seen a map, you may think you know how ffar away bits and pieces of it are from you. And that would be vaguely true, in a geographical sense (well, the maps we see are generally not very geographically correct, but that’s a different story), but in terms of how long it takes you to get from A to B or in terms of how much it will cost you to get from A to B it’s a whole different story.
So this map shows you the distances based on cost and travel time from your point of reference (ie. where you are on the map). Interestingly, Africa is very isolated from almost everywhere, whereas the US and Europe are very very close indeed.

High tech mountaineering

Well, should you really feel like being a safety freak AND looking like a complete and utter dork whilst scaling mount Kilamanjaru it’s now possible – this suit integrates around 9 high tech devices for the insecure climber. Oh, and did I mention it makes you look like a loser?

The Makeup Gallery

themakeupgallery is the best photo-gallery on the Web featuring actresses in character and prosthetic makeups by some of the best makeup artists. There are over 5000 images from more than 600 movies and TV shows. The transformations from actress into character are illustrated with before and after shots and, wherever possible, with behind the scenes shots of the makeup process.

The Makeup Gallery

125 unanswered questions

Science magazine celebrates its 125th anniversary with a list of 125 questions science hasn’t got an answer for.

I’ve always been a bit curious about no 1 myself.. ooh, and that one, and that one, ooh! ooh! and that one!

25 Questions
.. further 100

Science can be pretty

Eric J. Heller has some awesome pictures of scientifically usefull visualisations, that also happen to be very attractive in his gallery.

News should be News

Not the crap people are throwing around these days. So what do you do? You Protest! How? Well, by getting a team of actors, newspeople, etc together and coordinating actions in front of live, rollling news of course. The cheese ninja, tigers, evangelists and more bravely disrupt the news where reporters report bullshit…

Mechwarrior

Yup, anime has gotten to people’s heads – they’re building real mechwarriors (the movies are pretty cool)

Public Service Announcement

This one’s done by Rachel Stevens.

http://www.rachelgetsfruity.com/flash.html

You know, I think they’re on to something here. Instead of the usual PSAs where we get bombarded with statistics by pompous ugly people, they should just have hot chicks in their underwear telling us to exercise more, eat greens, recycle and generally make the world a Better Place(tm).

I’m fairly certain that would be more effective.

Creepy Face

Dominique

Mouseover, clickety-click..

Fun with Google Maps

Pyramids

Sweet.

If you haven’t used Maps before – you can click and drag the map as well
as zoom in and out.

Other places:

Area 51

Statue of Liberty

WTC NYC (zoom in)

Burning oil wells in Iraq (zoom + might be gone after next update..)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

SR71 Blackbirds (center of image)

And the Dam in Amsterdam

Zombie dogs

US Researchers have managed to drain the blood from a dog, replace it with a saline solution, thereby officially killing the dog and then, using electric shocks, oxygen and replacing the blood, bring it back to life… several times. Apparently none the worse for wear. They want to use this technology to store soldiers with serious injuries, so they can be fixed whilst they’re dead and then reanimated…
Is this going to open gateways from other dimensions into our own world? Have the researchers thought about that?

How to have a Saville Row suit made for you

Yes, you want the best of the best – the absolute finest in men’s wear: a handcrafted, bespoke Saville Row suit! Be prepared to lay down GBP 2000 at least, three fittings and recieve the best money can buy. But how? with who? This site tells all…

Agriculture is the root of all evils

To science we owe dramatic changes in our smug self-image. Astronomy taught us that our earth isn’t the center of the universe but merely one of billions of heavenly bodies. From biology we learned that we weren’t specially created by God but evolved along with millions of other species. Now archaeology is demolishing another sacred belief: that human history over the past million years has been a long tale of progress. In particular, recent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence.

More here

Huckapoo!

It’s sounds to me like a word for describing the act of coughing up feces, but no – it’s the name of a manufactured girl group targeting 8-year olds with a significantly sub-average IQ. Hey, it’s a HUUUGE segment, right, don’t diss this shit!

Check out the awesomeness that is Huckapoo here. Turn the volume down if you’re at work, or people just might start buying you Barbie dolls for your next birthday..

Radosh.net has an excellent summary right here. Actually, read that first. Background here.

Lukes Hands!

The Bionic Man with moving metal arms controlled by thought and with sensitivity are now available at the mad scientist near you…

Darknet

Anyone with an interest in how our digital freedoms are being whittled away, how the music, movie and television landscapes are about to change forever, or how a new, empowered generation of users (mostly young people) see media differently than the older crowd, would benefit from marking up their copy of Darknet (bring two yellow markers). As the author [says], “Media will change more in the next five years than it has in the past 50 years.”

The darknet site has some excerpts from the book itself on it, and they are well written, lucid and interesting.

Japan wants robo moonbase

TOKYO — Japan wants to help build a lunar base and populate it with advanced versions of today’s humanoid robots by around 2025, according to the head of the nation’s space agency.

The idea is more than a pipe-dream; it is part of a 20-year plan, called JAXA Vision 2025, that was drawn up by Keiji Tachikawa, a former president of Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo, who is now president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA).

More here

3D Scanner for $90

Using a Laser (yes! it has a laser in it!) and a turntable you CAN in fact scan stuff and make a 3D model of it.
Well, if it’s small. And you don’t mind the lack of smoothing. Or waiting. But hey, it’s v2 of 3 and if he gets it right, it’s what I want!

Dead Frog Webserver

Absolutely not for the faint hearted of us.
Damon Hearst + technology.

Homebuilt Aircon

Not quite as effective, but it only costs $30 or so…

Humongous cojones

Alain Robert aka ze French Spiderman.

This guy makes a sport out of free climbing the worlds largest buildings.

Seriously.

Check out the Photo gallery

Video Game Commercials

The TV ads people make to promote their products – these can get a bit strange at times, especially the Japanese ones…

Bluetooth hacked – again

Well, if you fake your ID to that of a trusted device and pair with another device, you get a key sent, which you can crack in 0.06 seconds. Feed it in and you don’t have to enter the PIN. Oops.

Big is Beautiful

And natural is excellent! [nsfw]

 
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