Category: Africa

Jul 14 2014

Animal World Problems: Lion Cub gets Head Stuck in Dead Buffalo’s Butt

Some days are just not your day. You wake up and think everything is copacetic and then you step in some mystery puddle on your way to the kitchen. Then you can never get the shower to just the right temperature so you shower in a lava-hot scalding shower because you’re not about to have …

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Jun 18 2014

I Want a Ride: 1000 mph Rocket Car

This is the Bloodhound Supersonic Car and it’s set to take over the world land-speed record next year by shooting itself at 1000 miles per hour across the South African plain. For the record that’s faster than your car would reach even if you drove it off a cliff. If the Bloodhound, which started life …

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May 08 2014

WHO Declares Global Emergency for Potential Polio Pandemic

I know, in all honesty you’re disappointed to hear that the Public Health Emergency of International Concern was declared over an existing disease. The last time this happened it was Swine Flu which was new and exciting and everyone you knew got sick. You were really hoping that next time it happened it would be …

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Mar 17 2014

I’ll Take Two: Foldable Paper Microscope

Stanford bioengineering professor Manu Prakash, PhD and his team recently released a new tool for the use in disease diagnoses and hopeful eradication. Foldscope is remarkably durable, waterproof and adaptable, weighs just under 9 grams, can be built in minutes, requires no external power and, since it travels as a flat, printed sheet, takes up …

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Feb 24 2014

Want: Mini Museum

If you were looking for something to get me for Make-Up-Your-Own-Holiday Day, it should be this. This is a mini museum containing up to 33 specimens of rare and amazing things. Dinosaur fossils, moon rocks, palm trees from Antarctica, London bridge, etc. Basically everything that you have ever wanted to collect but your mom wouldn’t …

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Jan 07 2014

Might Learn Something: Shipping Map of the 19th Century

Back in the 1800’s you didn’t have airplanes to transport your Mountain Dew Cheetos around the world for you. You were required to wait months while ships brought them to you only for them to arrive horribly smashed and stale. But that’s besides the point here. Ben Schmidt created a map of 19th century shipping …

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Nov 21 2013

Mystery Solved: The Curse of the Spinning Egyptian Statue

As you’ll all well recall, a couple of months ago I wrote about an ancient Egyptian statue at the Manchester Museum that is inexplicably spinning around during the day. Back then it was a mystery as to why or how this little guy was turning around. I figured he was just tired of looking at …

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Oct 11 2013

Lost in Translation: Comic Book Hieroglyphics

Have you ever wondered if the children of the ancient Egyptians were allowed to enter their temples? I’m not archeologist but I can tell you that I sure haven’t. With this new discovery however, I can tell you that they shouldn’t have been allowed. The hieroglyphics painted all over the walls were simply too violent. …

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Sep 13 2013

Giant Space Robots Invade Nigeria

A new film studio out of Nigeria, by the name of Ficson Films, is creating a new series of episodes about giant space robots invading Lagos, Nigeria called “The Day They Came.” I have to say, even though the films have an apparent zero dollar budget, I’d still watch them. Right now it looks like …

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Aug 29 2013

Just Amazing: Artist Builds V12 Mercedes Engine From 53 Non-Engine-Building Materials

Any gear head out there knows that taking an engine apart can be a lot of fun. Putting it back together, without having any extra pieces when you’re done, can be a nightmare. Artist Eric van Hove thought he could do one better. He decided to take an engine apart. Build all the pieces out …

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