This is gross and cool all at the same time. Apparently, scientists have been able to genetically modify rice that can be grown in fields that is able to produce a specific human blood protein called Human Serum Albumin. This is the most important protein on human blood and is often given to people that have suffered massive amounts of blood loss.
Though this Monday, November 7th 2011, Google celebrated the life of Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, renowned scientist responsible with her husband for discovering radium and polonium, it's the lesser known facts about this woman and her legacy that might strike you as the most interesting. If you're a member of the scientific community, especially if you're studying physics and/or chemistry in a general way, you'll more than likely already know that Curie's contributions to the fields are more than notable enough to deserver recognition from Google. What you might NOT know is that because of the low level of awareness of the dangers of working with radioactive materials in her time, the many papers she wrote and the tools she worked with throughout her studies are not safe to touch by humans today.
I think the craftiest day for geeks may be Halloween. People go all out with the tech costumes that are so much cooler than being a zombie again. Take this costume made by Mark Rober using two iPads to make it look like he has a hole through his torso. He has an iPad on the front and backside of his body. The red stuff is some sort of sauce he squirts on the shirt.
When I was little, I had a Mean Green Machine. I am pretty sure whoever invented it was out to maim kids all across the country. That big wheel/death machine hybrid would do spinouts at will. The downside was that it would also throw you off in about a second. It's a good thing that kids are not fragile. If you had one of these toys back in the day, a new adult version with a big engine from a Harley Davidson motorcycle can be yours.
If you ever watch Mythbusters you know that ballistic gelatin is very close the same density as human files. Therefore, when you hit the gelatin with certain weapons you can see how much damage it would do to a person. Slingshot madman Joerg Sprave is back at it again and this time he has a bunch of marbles that he is using for ammo.
If you like the way the pirate geeks at PirateBay were thinking when they wanted to purchase that manmade island that was basically a couple pilings into the ocean floor and a helicopter pad way back in 2007, we have a deal for you. An oil company called Statoil has an oil drilling platform for sale. The platform would have to be moved, but it's big. The thing has 20 bedrooms.
This has to be one of the most interesting and disturbing things I have read in a long time. Scientists and astronomers are looking at some historical reports of a phenomenon that was observed by an astronomer in Zacatecas Mexico in 1883. The team is analyzing the data because they think what was observed by Jose Bonilla over 100 years ago may have been a very near miss of a massive comet that would have killed everything on the planet.
Anyone that has flown post 9/11 knows that airport security has greatly tightened. However, there are still worries that bad guys might slip some weapons past the security at the airport that could be used to take over an aircraft. The invisible weapons that Sprave is testing on his ballistic gel are not literally invisible; a metal detector just won't detect them.
ThinkGeek always has your back when it comes to getting the weird and strange items you need for any holiday. For Halloween, which is only a couple weeks away now, ThinkGeek has some interesting offerings that you might like to get scary festive at your house or office. The most interesting things are the Plush Zombie slippers. I think these might be perfect for the premiere of the Walking Dead coming up this weekend too.
When I was a kid, my brother and I were always chewing gum. My brother went on this gum bender once after watching the original Willy Wonka flick at school and started sticking his gum to the bedpost. At the time, we shared a room with a big queen bed and the gum managed to fall off the bedpost into my hair. Not fun times. Some of that gum remained adhered to the headboard for as long as we had that bed.