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Dolphins are smarter than you think

Thats good news, I thought they were just big fish All the dolphins at the institute are trained to hold onto any litter that falls into their pools until they see a trainer, when they can trade the litter for fish In this way, the dolphins help to keep their pools clean [url=http://wwwguardiancouk/life/feature/story/0,13026,989714,00html]Guradian[/url] More on the site Kelly the Dolphin has taken this task one step further When people drop paper into the water she hides it u

The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments

[quote][b]The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments:[/b] What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints It's amazing and completely insane The first part of this video demonstrates a simple geyser, and the second part shows just how extreme it can get Over one hundred jets of soda fly into the air in less than three minutes It's a hysterical and spectacular mint-powered version of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, brought to you by the mad

Sea shells on mars?

Sometimes we see what we want to see This is interesting to hypothesise about, however a geologist is best qualified to say what we are really seeing More sea shells have been imaged by Spirit on Sol 913 at the wintering grounds where NASA has parked the rover The angled hillside provides best sunlight for the solar panels and allows the rover to continue operating well into its second year These new images show some excellent specimens that are without a doubt some of the clearest sea

Textile with built in LEDS - glowing jackets

Here is a neat development for the hip among us, fancy a jacket with built in LEDS that glow Research seems to be very keen on attracting the tech savvy attention at this year’s IFA Internationale Funkausstellung with a world-first demonstration of the jackets and furniture that are set to change the face of global fashion The jackets and furniture feature its innovative Lumalive technology Lumalive textiles make it possible to create fabrics that carry dynamic advertisements, gra

Rare American Chestnut Trees Discovered

[quote]ALBANY, Ga - A stand of American chestnut trees that somehow escaped a blight that killed off nearly all their kind in the early 1900s has been discovered along a hiking trail not far from President Franklin D Roosevelt's Little White House at Warm Springs The find has stirred excitement among those working to restore the American chestnut, and raised hopes that scientists might be able to use the pollen to breed hardier chestnut trees "There's something about this place th

Create plasma in your microwave with a grape

http://stewdioorg/plasma/ Yeah really the plasma ball nearly burnt through the top of the microwave Professors Haynes and Smith performed several 2 scientific experiments during the "Beta Party" 04 Mar 2006 with the help of some trusted colleagues The final such experiment was conducted in the lab's kitchen and involved a standard household microwave, an ordinary grape, and plasma This video was taken during trial 2 of 4 at approximately 01:30 on 05 Mar 2006

General Motors only makes hybrid cars for public image.

This article comes from a company that makes the biggest waste of resources on the planet, a commercial, non military, Hummer A vehicle so grossly overdeveloped that its almost nonsensical in an urban environment and strictly the preserve of military wannabes, cammo dudes, and guys with small penises as a compensation technique Who are they to talk about "sensible" in vehicles New technology always has a lead in time But the sadness here is that GM doesn't have a heart for it, just

Bush bans Nasa studying Earth

Sure its neat to combine technology and adventure to travel to new planets, but in the end there is little there in terms of a future for humanity Look how complexly we are linked to our environment, we take in nutrients through our mouths, skin, eyes, etc, to such a degree that we still can't tell how much environmental changes affect us Even our bodies are made up of earth materials in quantities and balances found on earth We are indeed made of the earth, and the sea, and the air

Inflatable spacecraft launches from Russia

[quote]An experimental inflatable spacecraft bankrolled by real estate magnate Robert Bigelow rocketed into orbit Wednesday to test technology that could be used to fulfill his dream of building a commercial space station The Genesis I satellite flew aboard a converted Cold War ballistic missile from Russia's southern Ural Mountains at 6:53 pm Moscow time It was boosted about 320 miles above Earth minutes after launch, according to the Russian Strategic Missile Forces The launch wa

Earth's twin found at heart of Milky Way

[quote]Astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet so far, close to the centre of our galaxy The international team says the planet's relatively small size and large orbit imply a rocky-icy composition with a thin atmosphere The discovery, involving a global network of telescopes and reported in today's issue of the journal Nature, is good news for astronomers searching for planets outside our solar system that may support life "This discovery is a strong hint that the

Stop washing your hair

Personally I think shampoos, sun screen, and all those other "face in a jar" types goods are part of the greatest rip off in our society, self esteem in a bottle So here is a a fascinating article about people who stopped washing their hair, and how it affected them actually I can't tell which are are 'before' pics and which are the 'after' Well worth the read http://wwwdailymailcouk/pages/live/femail/articlehtmlin_article_id=394226&in_page_id=1879 BBC prese

Electric sports car beginning a new trend

This is a stunner of a car, but with a top speed of 105 mph is it just a shopping cart Check out the price! Gaak! Base Price: 2005 Venturi Fetish - $664,000 / 540,000 € last update: 2/3/2006 http://wwwrsportscarscom/eng/cars/venturi_fetishasp Where public opinion considers an electric vehicle to be ugly, Fetish is the first electric car to be beautiful and desirable Where public opinion believes that an electric car lacks performance, Fetish offers a remarkable acceleration an

Huge Asteroid to Fly Past Earth July 3

[quote]An asteroid possibly as large as a half-mile or more in diameter is rapidly approaching the Earth There is no need for concern, for no collision is in the offing, but the space rock will make an exceptionally close approach to our planet early on Monday, July 3, passing just beyond the Moon's average distance from Earth Astronomers will attempt to get a more accurate assessment of the asteroid's size by “pinging” it with radar And skywatchers with good telescopes and

Smart paper may put lightweight spies in the skies

[quote]Paper aeroplanes could fly by flapping their wings thanks to smart paper that bends when bathed in an electric field The material raises the prospect of swarms of tiny lightweight aircraft carrying sensors that act as the eyes and ears of a surveillance network Electroactive paper EAPap is ordinary cotton-based paper, similar to the material used to make US bank notes, coated on each side with a thin layer of gold The smart paper has been made by researchers from Inha University

How to make a mini Jacobs Ladder

Steb-by-step instructions to make a mini Jacob's Ladder or high voltage climbing arc [quote]First you want to find yourself a good neon sign transformer It can be anything from 6kv to 20kv Anything under 6kv and the spark will not spark, anything over, and you could damage the small electrodes For this project, I used a 9kv @ 30mA made my Allenson It will run about $10 to $20 on eBay Or, get one from a dumpster behind a bar [url=http://wwwinstructablescom/ex/i/662BADF4495E1029AC2
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