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Ki Gompa

By Ben on Fri Nov 21 2014 |
Ki Gompa
Gear | Pic
big pic!
"This picture was taken when I visited the Buddhist Monastery of Ki. Ki is a tiny village in the middle of the Himalayas, and next to it is Ki Gompa (Ki Monastery). I lived with the monks for about a week, and this picture reflects the peaceful, almost heavenly atmosphere that characterizes this place. The Monastery is almost 4,000 meters high, and I had to climb almost 500 meters more to get this panorama. This place is a touch of heaven. (Photo and caption by Natalia Luzuriaga)"
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How To Fold The World's Farthest-Flying Paper Airplane

By Ben on Fri Nov 21 2014 |
Gear | DIY
The paper craft was designed by John Collins. In February 2012, John Collins, a.k.a The Paper Airplane Guys, broke the all-time distance record for paper airplane flight by throwing his airplane at a total distance of 226 feet and 10 inches.
Collins' new book, The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book: Featuring the World Record-Breaking Design, with Tear-Out Planes to Fold and Fly:
Paper airplanes embody the scientific method. Every throw is an experiment. It's a hobby that begs the paper pilot to understand ever more in order to excel. Hypothesis, experiment design, trial, and results—it's all built into every plane and every throw. To play with a paper airplane is to dabble in science, whether you know it or not.
We have a number of global issues confronting us. Global energy shortages, food shortages, water shortages, and something people are calling global warming are all worrisome. These problems will have answers that only science can provide. We have no spare brains on the planet. We need everyone thinking about these challenges in a rigorous way.
Imagine this: a world of people playing with science, who get up every morning, focus on what's good, and imagine how to make more of that. You can call me a dreamer. I don't mind. You don't have to believe a word of what I say. Just make a paper airplane and experience how exhilarating that feels. We're born makers. When you make something, anything from a pie to a pencil drawing, it's like waking a dormant part of you. The world shifts slightly. You can feel it, and it feels good.
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Wavelight

By Ben on Fri Nov 21 2014 |
Gear | Video
This is a beautiful time-lapse video of star trails and Rock Trails Collide at Arizona's legendary WAVE.
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Indiana Jones Melting Nazi Face Candle

By Ben on Fri Nov 21 2014 |
Indiana Jones Melting Nazi Face Candle
Gear | Other
This is the $32 Melting Toht Candle available from Firebox. As it burns, it looks more and more like brutal Gestapo agent Arnold Ernst Toht as his face melts off at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the Nazis open the Ark of the Covenant and suffer the wrath of God. After more watch the scene from the movie.
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Lantern Satellite Receiver Provides  Free Data From Space

By Ben on Fri Nov 21 2014 |
Gear | Projects
A company called Outernet launched the Lantern, a satellite receiver for Outernet.
"Lantern continuously receives radio waves broadcast by Outernet from space. Lantern turns the signal into digital files, like webpages, news articles, ebooks, videos, and music. Lantern can receive and store any type of digital file on its internal drive. To view the content stored in Lantern, turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot and connect to Lantern with any Wi-Fi enabled device. All you need is a browser.
...Free data forever. Initially, Lantern will receive about 2 MB/day, though we will increase this number in the future. Depending on the success of this campaign, we could stream data at up to 100 MB/day. And you will never have to pay for data, ever. "
Lantern also has internal storage so you can view content even when you’re offline and solar panels to charge its battery if there’s no outlet nearby. Pledge at least $99 (USD) on Indiegogo to get a Lantern.
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The Sound of Interstellar

By Ben on Fri Nov 21 2014 |
Gear | Film
"In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we talk with Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Richard King about the sound teams extensive work on Director Christopher Nolan's immersive sci-fi film Interstellar."
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Ronan Accepts Star-Lord's Dance-Off Challenge In This Guardians Of The Galaxy Outtake

By Ben on Fri Nov 21 2014 |
Gear | Film
Marvel has just released  this outtake from Guardians of the Galaxy in which Ronan accepts Star-Lord's challenge to a dance-off.
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Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Concept

By Ben on Fri Nov 21 2014 |
Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Concept
Car | Concept


Chevy has unveiled destined to be driven only in the PS3 game Gran Turismo. The car was inspired by the Chevy and Chaparral Racing cars that the two firms teamed up on over 45 years ago. It will be available this holiday season for gamers to download as an update for Gran Turismo 6. The Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo is the rare concept car uses a 671-kilowatt laser propelled by lithium-ion batteries and an air-powered generator to make up to 900 brake horsepower of thrust. This allows the concept to achieve a speed of 240 miles per hour, while sprinting to 60 mph in 1.5 seconds in the video game.
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Nuggets

By Ben on Fri Nov 21 2014 |
Gear | Video
Kiwi tastes a golden nugget. It's delicious.
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Lunar Mission One, a Private Crowdfunded Mission to send an unmanned robotic to the moon

By Ben on Thu Nov 20 2014 |
Gear | Projects
Lunar Mission One is an private crowdfunded mission to "send an unmanned robotic landing module to the South Pole of the Moon – an area unexplored by previous missions."
"We’re going to use pioneering technology to drill down to a depth of at least 20m – 10 times deeper than has ever been drilled before – and potentially as deep as 100m. By doing this, we will access lunar rock dating back up to 4.5 billion years to discover the geological composition of the Moon, the ancient relationship it shares with our planet and the effects of asteroid bombardment. Ultimately, the project will improve scientific understanding of the early solar system, the formation of our planet and the Moon, and the conditions that initiated life on Earth."
This project is currently up for funding on kickstarter (get £271,836 till now).
  

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