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Drones based on birds

By Ben on Wed Jan 28 2015 |
Gear | Tech
Scientists have turned to Mother Nature’s most adept aerial acrobats – birds, bees, bats and other animals -- to inspire their designs for self-directed drones. With the right tweaks, these drones have the potential to fight forest fires, spot poachers and catch polluters. But first the unmanned machines have to be able to maneuver in tight spaces and think for themselves. And that’s where nature’s original high-fliers come in.
Swallows, for example, swoop and swerve in patterns that would knock top fighter pilots unconscious. Tracing the birds’ paths, along with those of other species, scientists are learning how to make their drones more nimble.
Recently, a team from MIT created an artificial pilot that could control a birdlike drone to twist through different sets of goalposts. To zoom through vertical goalposts, the drone knifes sideways and just slips by. The drone can do this and then quickly right itself to shoot through a set of horizontal goalposts too.  
To navigate obstacles a bit more complex than lab set ups, the team also created an autopilot system for the drone to track how close it got to things like trees and buildings. Ultimately, the goal is to create an onboard computer that can tell the drone to pitch and roll out of harm’s way.
That same team also created a drone that can hit the brakes and safely park itself on a thin wire. If a fixed-wing aircraft did this, it would stall and crash. But by creating a computer algorithm to read airflow over the wings and adjust its tail flaps, the drone sets itself down safely without a scratch.
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Dashing Through the Snow in a 1907 Auto Sleigh

By Ben on Wed Jan 28 2015 |
Dashing Through the Snow in a 1907 Auto Sleigh
Gear | News
Pictured above is a converted Hupmobile Model 20 Torpedo Roaster.  It is is a Hupmobile Model 20 Torpedo Roadster that is set on a framework with two sleds and appears to be driven by not one, but two helical screws.  Below is a patent drawing for a similar car design filed by Charles E.S. Burch of Seattle in 1907
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Cupcake Panties

By Ben on Wed Jan 28 2015 |
Cupcake Panties
Style | Apparel
Etsy seller Knickerocker brought us these  cute, frilly cupcake panties. Makes your butt look like a literal sweet treat one.
"Part of a cupcake set, these aqua blue panties are made to look like an actual cupcake with frilly icing and a cherry on top. They have blue stitching for the "cup" detail and the cherry is kind of like a mini plushy and is hand painted and sewn on the top of the back."
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10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do!

By Ben on Tue Jan 27 2015 |
Gear | Video
Here are 10 simple tricks that you can use to turn your microwave into an awesome machine that you cannot live without.
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Coolbox, theWorld's Most Advanced Toolbox

By Ben on Tue Jan 27 2015 |
Coolbox theWorld s Most Advanced Toolbox
Gear | Tools
The Coolbox is "smart" toolbox that launches on Indiegogo with a suite of features, include : “a 12v rechargeable battery, two USB ports, 270-degree LED lighting, a 10-foot extension cord with three built-in plugs and an iPad stand. The box also has a Bluetooth speaker.” The lid is magnetic, there’s a powerbar, and even a whiteboard on the inside of the lid. And of course, there’s enough room to accommodate your power tools. The entire thing will set you back $179, with expected delivery in June 2015.
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The Spin Doctor Ring

By Ben on Tue Jan 27 2015 |
The Spin Doctor Ring
Style | Jewelry
This Spin Doctor for  Dr. Who Fan, from custommade. It’s available in sterling silver, 14 karat white and yellow gold as well as platinum, and the spinning Tardis has infinitely many diamonds on the inside. Prices start at $1,050 and will take 6 weeks to ship.
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Bubble Wrap Battle

By Ben on Tue Jan 27 2015 |
Gear | Video
Awesome Bubble Wrap Battle!
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What IS Angular Momentum?

By Ben on Tue Jan 27 2015 |
Gear | Video
What IS Angular Momentum?
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Tesla P85D Insane Mode Launch Reactions Compilation

By Ben on Tue Jan 27 2015 |
Gear | Video
Tesla P85D Insane Mode Launch Reactions Compilation
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Man Turns His House Into Indoor Cat Playland

By Ben on Tue Jan 27 2015 |
Gear | Video
To keep his 15 rescue cats occupied, home builder Peter Cohen has constructed elaborate catwalks, tunnels, platforms and perches throughout his California home.
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If Disney Princesses Had Realistic Hair

By Ben on Tue Jan 27 2015 |
If Disney Princesses Had Realistic Hair

If Disney Princesses Had Realistic Hair
Gear | Pic
Loryn Brantz of BuzzFeed illustrated 8 princesses with real hair, including Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, and Elsa.
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Gnarly in Pink

By Ben on Tue Jan 27 2015 |
Gear | Video
This short film celebrates the “Pink Helmet Posse,” three 6-year-old girls who share an unusual passion: skateboarding.
Produced by: Kristelle Laroche and Ben Mullinkosson
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