Wii Physics is a clever little homebrew app. You use the Wiimote to rotate, size and place objects on a stage. Pulleys, ropes, gears and joints can be used to connect objects together, and when you press the play button, a 2D physics system is turned on, causing the objects to fall and interact with each other.
Via | Posted on 2008.08.25 at 22:31
Many (many) moons ago, I did some pieces for Mondo 2000 magazine and The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog on microsats -- basically homebrewed flying PCs and radios in a box that hitched rides on spaceships.
Via Makezine | Posted on 2008.08.25 at 15:20
Nice collection of graphs, networks and more. . . via Robot Wisdom. .
Via Makezine | Posted on 2008.08.25 at 11:14
Peacay at BibliOdyssey has a roundup of illustrations of early microscopes. "They were incredibly small, nay so small, in my sight, that I judged that even if 100 of these very wee animals lay stretched out one against another, they could not reach to the length of a grain of coarse Sand.
Via Makezine | Posted on 2008.08.23 at 09:42
Official shot of the complex (above). From Shawn's Flickr set (below). Living roofs with skylights. They are heat sensitive and open automatically when they reach a certain temperature to get a breeze going inside
Bloggers and Bay Area journos were invited on a behind-the-scenes, not-quite-ready-for-primetime tour of the updated Steinhart Aquarium and California Academy of Sciences recently.
Via Makezine | Posted on 2008.08.22 at 16:55
Another milestone for the largest refrigerator ever made. . . The first particles have been injected into the biggest atom smasher on the planet, marking the start of the countdown to probing the secrets of the universe.
Via Makezine | Posted on 2008.08.21 at 19:15
LitraCon hopes to be selling light transmitting concrete later this year. Amazing looking stuff. Via optics. org
"Thousands of optical glass fibers form a matrix and run parallel to each other between the two main surfaces of every block," explained its inventor ?ron Losonczi.
Via Makezine | Posted on 2008.08.20 at 17:35
Great collection of clips from TV science teacher Julius Sumner Miller "Why is it so?"
Why is it so? - the ground-breaking TV series with the enigmatic Professor Julius Sumner Miller - ran on the ABC from 1963 to 1986.
Via Makezine | Posted on 2008.08.18 at 02:23
Like science fiction of a humorous bend? Or, just curious what bold zine could claim to be "Earth's least established publication of fine sci-fi and humor?"
Space Squid is releasing issue 5 and throwing a free soiree tonight:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16th, 5pm-7pm, BIKINIS SPORTS BAR
A big SPACE SQUID party! For the biggest SPACE SQUID issue yet!
There will be free copies of Space Squid #6 (with a COLOR COVER)! Enjoy some FREE APPETIZERS!* Drink some deliciously intoxicating regular-priced BEVERAGES! Marvel at the DINING ETIQUETTE of the Space Squid editors! Meet Central Texas' finest hacks (and some actual published authors)! Chat with a Squidgrrl! Buy a Squid t-shirt at unheard of prices ($7)!
Learn more about Space Squid here; those not fortunate enough to be in this center of the Lone Star state can download their latest issue for free.
Via Makezine | Posted on 2008.08.16 at 10:51
I found this great article about the evolution of the typewriter on the site of the Science Museum in Kensington, England. QWERTY refers to the most common form of layout of letters found on the keyboard of a typewriter or computer.
Via Makezine | Posted on 2008.08.16 at 08:27