Aug 28 2014

Finally: Photos of Schrödinger’s Cat

catIf you know what Schrödinger’s cat is then you’ll be happy to hear that his photo has now reached the Internet. Seeing that the Internet was created to house cat photos I find it surprising that it’s taken so long. Of course people are hesitant to post pictures of dead animals, or maybe dead animals. I’m not sure where Schrödinger’s cat lands on that line. But I guess that’s the point.

Schrödinger’s cat is the poster child for quantum weirdness. Now it has been immortalised in a portrait created by one of the theory’s strangest consequences: quantum entanglement.

These images were generated using a cat stencil and entangled photons. The really spooky part is that the photons used to generate the image never interacted with the stencil, while the photons that illuminated the stencil were never seen by the camera.

I think it’s time we give Schrödinger’s cat a name. I vote for Chester. He feels like a Chester to me. Let me know what you think. Maybe you think he’s a she.

Aug 26 2014

Must Watch: Slow Motion Video of People Getting Tasered

 

imageOk, let me start with this. I’m not sure why no one in this video is wearing a shirt but you are still safe to go ahead and watch it at work. In fact, call your buddies over from their cubicles and share your strawberry Yoohoos and doughnuts with them while you watch. Because you’re a good person like that.

Photographer Patrick Hall took a series of portraits of people getting hit with a 300,000-volt taser. What’s even better: He also made a super-slow-motion video of the process for our enjoyment.

I’ve never been hit by a Taser brand stun gun but I have been shocked hard enough by other stuff to know that I would participate only unwillingly. Good thing I’m already dressed for the part.

Hit the jump for the videos.

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Aug 25 2014

Lots of Practice: 87-Year-Old Grandma the Gymnast

grannySeen here pulling off an amazing feat of strength that I have never and will never be able to match is Johanna Quaas. Her and her 87 years hold the Guinness World Record for being the oldest practicing gymnast. When I’m 87 years old I doubt I’ll be able to do anything with the ease and grace that Johanna pulls off on her parallel bars routine.

Last time I tried to do anything resembling gymnastics I spent the next four days in the hospital. Don’t worry though, I was perfectly fine I just had a lot of people visit. You kind of feel obligated to visit when you miss the jump that bad and smash their human pyramid. And bones.

Hit the jump for a couple of videos.

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Aug 22 2014

Clamps

FQYB8O6HXY0HRI4.MEDIUMIf you’ve ever wondered why C is the only letter that gets its own clamp then you have far too much free time on your hands. If you’ve ever wondered what legal retributions came against the number 7 after seven eight nine then you have an entirely unique set of life issues. However I did hear that Sesame street will be doing a 2-hour special on just that case coming in the fall so I guess watch out for that.

Back to the story.

One Instructor and his dad decided it was time that the C clamp should be reunited with his 25 other friends. So they made a whole alphabet of clamps. Some are pretty useless, others are also pretty useless. But there is one that rises above its status as a lowly consonant and becomes a great shape for a clamp. That letter is, C. Oh wait….

Anyway. The project is silly and there’s a humorous video to go with it. But the kid does a great job of staying serious throughout. So I’m deeming it worth your time to have a look.

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Aug 19 2014

I Knew It: The Earth Used to be Covered in Dragon

flight-of-dragoonsFinally science has caught up with reality and admitted that the world used to be inhabited by dragons. I’ve known this day was coming and I’m seriously surprised it didn’t come years ago. So here’s the deal:

According to a new study published recently in ZooKeysthe Earth used to be ruled by Azhdarchidan pterosaurs–massive, toothless winged creatures named from the Persian word for dragon.

According to the new study, the variety of locations where Azhdarchidan remains have been discovered hint that the creatures dominated the skies worldwide throughout the Cretaceous period. The dragons are believed to have been the last of the pterosaurs.

I’ll admit that I am pretty disappointed that these dragons don’t show any evidence of breathing fire but what can you expect. I’m pretty sure that fire hadn’t even been invented back in the cretaceous period.

Kinda makes me want to go watch How to Train Your Dragon for the 4 billionth time. I have a new appreciation for Toothless.

Aug 14 2014

Roadside Attraction: Salmon Cannon

fish cannonSo salmon, amiright? They’re crazy animals. Ever year they swim up a river and do their thing to make new little salmon. Sounds pretty simple right, a little swim up stream with the reward of sexy-time? I suppose it could be, up until they hit a dam or something that has been built up in their way since they came down.

So how does a simple salmon go about getting over a dam. Some places build special little rivers for the fish to swim around, others collect them manually and haul them up to the top. But now there’s another option. Why not shoot the fish over the dam in a pneumatic cannon? I vote for that.

The company behind the idea even has a rather silly name: Whooshh Innovations. But they are quite serious about their fish transport system. They recently worked with the Yakama Nation Fisheries to test the system over the Roza Dam.

I know next time I’m up there I will be making a detour to see fish getting fired over the dam. I hope that by then there’s a floating target on the uphill end so the fish have something to aim for on their way back down. Place your bets.

Hit the jump for a video.

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Aug 12 2014

Making Music from Bad Plumbing

hqdefaultYou know when you’re using the bathroom at a friend’s house and your worst fear is that something should go wrong. You manage to flush the toilet without flooding the place but then you go to wash your hands and when you turn on the faucet it does that banshee scream and starts coughing and spitting water everywhere. And that’s when you climb out the window and just go home.

Some people see this as an opportunity. Take this member from the Polish Altra Volta Quartet for example. When the faucet starts making noise he sees it as an opportunity to replace that cellist that keeps photo-bombing every selfie he tries for.

The results are pretty great. As you can tell from the person filming because they can’t keep from giggling and waving the camera everywhere while you’re trying to enjoy a nice musical performance.

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Aug 11 2014

Man Sets House on Fire While Trying to Kill a Spider

Aerosol_fire_2998975bYou know how when you see a spider in your house you want nothing more than to just burn the place down and start over again in a new city. Especially when it’s one of those gigantic brown beggars that like to wait for you every morning in the bathtub and then they look all incensed when you crap down both legs instead of showering with him.

[Firefighters] were gobsmacked to discover that the fire started when a man sprayed a spider with an aerosol before setting it alight.

”Crews extinguished a small fire at the rear of the property, which was caused when the occupant tried to remove a spider after initially spraying it with an aerosol and then setting it alight.

”The flames then spread to the rest of the room.”

[Firefighters] urged members of the public to avoid using aerosols inappropriately – and added that there were ”more conventional ways” to get rid of spiders and insects.

You know what’s not clear here? Whether or not he did indeed kill the spider. I like to think that he did, but in all likelihood that spider probably made it out alive after setting fire to the poor idiots home.

Aug 06 2014

Like: Steampunk Disney Characters

d1Who else loves everything Steampunk? Raise your hand. For all of those raising your hand you are invited to my house on Monday for pizza. From this group who of you loves when people draw Disney characters in other costumes? You’re allowed to bring your favorite side to the pizza party because I know you’re not going to poison us all.

DeviantArtist MecaniqueFairy created a large set of images of Disney characters dressed Steampunk. There are characters here that I don’t even recognize or that I didn’t know were Disney. And maybe they’re not I don’t do a lot of research. Regardless it’s still a big pile of enjoyment.

More logistics for the pizza party now. If you have a Steampunk outfit to wear you are encouraged to do so and host gifts are mandatory.

Hit the jump for the rest.

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Jul 30 2014

Would Drive to Work: New Israeli Zombie Apocalypse Vehicle

isicombatguardWhen the Zombie Apocalypse hits what vehicle do you want to be driving? I know, some people suggest a bicycle is the best way to go but those people will be zombies by the time the outbreak makes it to my town anyhow so I have zero shits to give about what they say anyhow.

Looking like a rock crawler that collided with an up-armored Humvee with a little Lamborghini LM-002 thrown in for the cool factor, the Combat Guard looks like it’s ready to take on all threats, dead or undead. Naturally, it has four wheel drive and a big 300 horsepower General Motors Diesel engine, but it’s also fully armored against small arms fire, landmines, and IEDs and can carry up to eight soldiers in relative comfort. For further protection, it also has an electronic countermeasures system called Bright Arrow that can be used to deflect or destroy guided weapons fired at the Combat Guard before they reach their target.

Sometimes, the best defense is a quick getaway, and the Combat Guard won’t leave you pumping of the gas pedal screaming “faster.” With a 95 miles per hour top speed you can ditch pretty much any enemy, and you can even go off road at up to 75 miles per hour. The vehicle can ford rivers up to five feet deep, drive down a 70 degree slope, and climb a 30-inch vertical wall

Yeah, so they don’t specify that it is to be used against zombie hordes, it’s more for normal everyday military use. But I’m of the opinion that any vehicle that can take on the living and their weaponry will have a pretty good chance to defend against the undead and their teeth.

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