Krampf has put together a large number of nice brief science videos. They're only a couple of minutes each. Rather than the usual Metacafe approach to science (Ooh, watch this it's cool with no explanation) he puts together simple but engaging experiments and explains the results. These would be great for the budding young mad scientist in your life.
After the invention of hyperpaper, I began to scan my books. Soon I found out that what I expected was true -- It was awesomely BOREING!  
 
If this drudgery were to be automated!  
 
Scanning a book involves picking up the book from the scanner carefully so that you won't change the current pages, and turning pages precisely. These activities are as easy as breakfast for human beings. However, our sophisticated biomachienery owe a lot to the Evolution. Without its support, the activities are far too difficult for robots.  
 
Or, everyone had been thinking so, until I found ...
From the article:  
 
Excavations of an underwater Stone Age archaeological settlement dating back 8000 years took place at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton between 30 July – 3 August 2007.  
Rhakotis, a town mentioned in several histories of Alexandria has never been substantiated, but new discoveries in Alexandria's East Bay point at a civilization dating back 3000 years.
 
New Year's Day is called that because it begins a new year, and Thanksgiving has that name because it's an occasion for expressing gratitude. But Equal Pay Day, observed this year on April 24, is named for something that, we are told, doesn't exist -- equal pay for men and women.  
 
Interesting article on the male/female pay gap. Reason usually does a good job of presenting facts without slinging mud. It's a good read even if you don't agree with their conclusion.
I just remembered this infographic on the Onion, Hugh2d2's post triggered it.
A 40 minute documentary and interview about and with Richard Feynman. The video is a bit blurred but it's an interesting series of observations by an exceptionally brilliant man.
From the site:  
 
 
Something out of Buzz Lightyear's imagination, this jet-enhanced train car was tested (successfully) in the summer of 1966. This was the time when rail-road usage declined in America, as the interstate highway system completed its major routes and airlines drew increasing numbers of travelers. New York Central research team, led by Don Wetzel, was assigned a task to collect data on possible high-speed rail service and whether the tracks could handle high-speed passenger traffic.  
There may be a hydrogen bomb lost in Georgia swamps. See also here, and here.  
 
Tybee Georgia: Come for the beaches, stay for the mutations.
I didn't know Tony Blair could rock out like that. Here's his music video covering the Clash's hit Should I Stay or Should I Go.
These colourful wooden toys are designed by a friend of a friend.
Bad Gods
Posted by substrate in fun & games 11 years ago
Lore of Brunching Shuttlecocks is at it again with a series of short animated clips or single frame illustrations. Click on the handle to reveal them.
The guys at woot have hinted for a little while about something upcoming about my favourite alcoholic beverage, wine. It's not just another gift box from Woot Cellars it's a full fledged wine store. The wine this week is very well reviewed and is about 1/2 off what I could find elsewhere online or from calling my local wine merchant.  
 
C.C. vices
A site that collects information on abandoned spaces throughout the United States and with sparser coverage abroad. Some of the articles have very nice picture sets.
Before communication satelites international signals were either through submarine cables or bounced off the ionosphere. If the Evil Communists cut the undersea cables the U.S. Military would have to rely on the ionosphere - an unpredictable variable.  
 
They tested an artificial ionosphere by releasing hundreds of millions of copper fibres sized to work as dipole antennas. For a brief period of time our planet had it's own ring!