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November 7, 2013
jtotheizzoe:

carlsagan:

shortformblog:

How to take a picture of yourself* in space if you’re not an astronaut
Step one: Create Lego replica of yourself.
Step two: Attach said replica to a high-powered balloon which flies 90,000 feet above the surface. Let it fly.
Step three: Take pictures with an HD camera attached to the balloon.
Step four: Find balloon miles from its start point and send the story to the papers.
* — OK, OK, the Lego form of yourself

Joe, if you don’t send your Lego Joe Hanson to space and take pictures of it, I will be highly disappointed.
I want to see this happen within the month.

The people have spoken. Someone get me a balloon.
(Actually I love this idea. I’ll talk to my maker-y friends. Even if 90,000 feet is only like a quarter of the way to space.)

Please do this Joe.

jtotheizzoe:

carlsagan:

shortformblog:

How to take a picture of yourself* in space if you’re not an astronaut

Step one: Create Lego replica of yourself.

Step two: Attach said replica to a high-powered balloon which flies 90,000 feet above the surface. Let it fly.

Step three: Take pictures with an HD camera attached to the balloon.

Step four: Find balloon miles from its start point and send the story to the papers.

* — OK, OK, the Lego form of yourself

Joe, if you don’t send your Lego Joe Hanson to space and take pictures of it, I will be highly disappointed.

I want to see this happen within the month.

The people have spoken. Someone get me a balloon.

(Actually I love this idea. I’ll talk to my maker-y friends. Even if 90,000 feet is only like a quarter of the way to space.)

Please do this Joe.

21:56 // 10 months ago
August 17, 2013
Lego nerds, this is the career path for you
Ever think to yourself, “whoa dudes, I’m awesome at Lego”? This story from the world of engineering might warm your heart. MIT researchers have created a new approach to construction that works kinda like Legos. The researchers have created a new process that relies on interlocking blocks which, when combined together, are 10 times tougher than ultralight materials made through other means. Which means these things would be awesome for use in heavy construction of devices that need both lightness and strength—think airplanes and levees. And, better, if parts break, it doesn’t take down the entire piece—just like your childhood Lego structures. Whoa.

Lego nerds, this is the career path for you

Ever think to yourself, “whoa dudes, I’m awesome at Lego”? This story from the world of engineering might warm your heart. MIT researchers have created a new approach to construction that works kinda like Legos. The researchers have created a new process that relies on interlocking blocks which, when combined together, are 10 times tougher than ultralight materials made through other means. Which means these things would be awesome for use in heavy construction of devices that need both lightness and strength—think airplanes and levees. And, better, if parts break, it doesn’t take down the entire piece—just like your childhood Lego structures. Whoa.

15:14 // 1 year ago
August 12, 2013
Here’s the “Hyperloop,” Elon Musk’s grand idea for a mass-transit system that would get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. It was inspired by his frustration with California’s high-speed rail system: “How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL—doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars—would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?” This tech-forward approach, which would be built alongside the already-existing freeway system, is just an idea right now, but there’s a lot of potential in this document for a deeper conversation, it seems.

Here’s the “Hyperloop,” Elon Musk’s grand idea for a mass-transit system that would get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. It was inspired by his frustration with California’s high-speed rail system: “How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL—doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars—would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?” This tech-forward approach, which would be built alongside the already-existing freeway system, is just an idea right now, but there’s a lot of potential in this document for a deeper conversation, it seems.

19:22 // 1 year ago
August 3, 2012

ericmortensen:

chels:

Neil deGrasse Tyson tweets about what the Olympics would be like on Mars, doing the best coverage of the games so far. 

Dear Olympics - Please replace every last one of your uninteresting, incompetent commentators with Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

This would be infinitely more watchable.

(via braiker)

12:22 // 2 years ago
May 8, 2012
16:23 // 2 years ago
March 19, 2012
It costs £30,000 a day to operate our neutron beams, but for three days we had no helium to run our experiments on those beams. In other words we wasted £90,000 because we couldn’t get any helium. Yet we put the stuff into party balloons and let them float off into the upper atmosphere, or we use it to make our voices go squeaky for a laugh. It is very, very stupid. It makes me really angry.
Neutron beam research team leader Oleg Kirichek • Expressing rage at the shortage of the helium supply, which prevented his very important team from doing very important work. The earth has a limited supply of helium, which is a byproduct of petrochemical work — but for decades the gas was cheap, leading to shortages, or as Kirichek puts it: ”Now the stockpile is used up, prices are rising and we are realising how stupid we have been.” Get this guy some laughing gas; he needs to calm down a little.
23:45 // 2 years ago
March 18, 2012
Ever wonder why giant squids have eyes the size of basketballs? The better to see their predators with.

Ever wonder why giant squids have eyes the size of basketballs? The better to see their predators with.

20:29 // 2 years ago
13:40 // 2 years ago
February 8, 2012
A poster inspired by yesterday’s amazing marshmallow cannon situation. Obama’s mouth has never been so agape.

A poster inspired by yesterday’s amazing marshmallow cannon situation. Obama’s mouth has never been so agape.

14:10 // 2 years ago