You say “Google Doc”, I say “Awesome”

An animation using only Google Docs.

Aliens, astronomers, or super-intelligent aardvarks?

You decide. Whatever the case, it’s kind of amazing. (via Ectoplasmosis)

A search engine that predicts the future

The future: …which is even stranger when you consider that it’s predicting the release of itself.  Stay tuned. I’ve been playing around on the preview, and while I’m not as impressed as I was by the initial (guided/rehearsed) demo searches, I’m still mighty curious.  As long as WolframAlpha survives, it certainly won’t get worse.  And […]

Self-reassembling robot

In spite of the “crudeness” of this demonstration, it’s still amazing (if still mercifully short of the reassembly skills of a terminator): Comical, also. (Wait for the surprise ending.) (via BoingBoing)

Leaves doing what leaves do best… sort of

Maybe it’s pop culture eroding my brain, but “Functionalized Nanoporous Gold Leaf Electrode Films for the Immobilization of Photosystem I” doesn’t have quite the same kick as “cyborg leaf”. Good work making science relevant to modern society, NewScientist! (Don’t expect electricity-generating houseplants anytime soon — but still, it’s interesting work.)

Robots of the future, break out of your cells

Say what you will of Lockheed-Martin’s take on Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles-as-documentary; this proof-of-concept (if that’s the right phrasing) test video is eerily captivating. (References:,,

Finally, humans can rest easy

(via MAKE)

Sheep are not meant to have six legs

…or are they? This is terrifying, but in a comical sense. (via BoingBoing Gadgets)

Curiously elegant

Yet awkward in its own way. (via MAKE Blog)

Turn up the volume…

…on soil remediation! Researchers have developed a prototype that cleans soil by making mud of it and blasting it with ultrasound: Sound waves travel through water as a series of high pressure waves with low pressure areas in between. The low pressure causes the water to boil and form microscopic bubbles. The high pressure then […]