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Explosive pumpkin carving in science class

This science teacher illustrated gas-expansion for his students by trapping a flammable gas inside a pumpkin whose Jack O Lantern face had been cut and not removed, then waited for the pressure to build up until the face exploded out of the pumpkin.

Home thermostat that “learns” from iPod designer

The Nest thermostat was designed by Tom Fadell, aka the "father of the iPod." It will cost $250 and will be available next month.... Nest learns from your temperature adjustments, programs itself to keep you comfortable, and guides you to energy savings. You can control the thermostat from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and Nest [...]

Tampa Bay Lightning using Tesla coil for goal celebrations

Photoshop “unblur” leaves MAX audience gasping for air

Now that's damn impressive. I’m with the audience at 1:18 and again later when Kevin Lynch’s picture is unblurred. I just hope I kept all of those amazing but flawed pictures that I can now unblur.

What reward does your brain actually seek?

Dopamine does a lot of things, but you're probably most familiar with it as the chemical your brain uses as a sort-of system of in-game gold coins. You earn the reward for certain behaviors, usually "lizard-brain" type stuff... eating a bowl of pudding, for instance, or finally making out with that cute person you've had your eye on. And, as [...]

Animated video about the placebo effect

The Professor Funk made a fun video about the placebo effect. Now excuse me while I shoot up my morning dose of saline.

Two floppy disk drives play the Imperial March

I may be incorrect but that looks like an Arduino board and he's just sending seek commands to the drives, in a specific way, to make the different tones.

Penn & Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour: exploring magic’s roots in China, India and Egypt

Penn & Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour: exploring magic’s roots in China, India and Egypt

We just watched Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour, their 2003 documentary on traditional magic in China, India and Egypt, and really enjoyed it. Penn and Teller resolve to track down performers who are still doing the street magic that inspired western magicians in years gone by -- the Indian Rope Trick, the Egyptian Gali Gali men with [...]

Space Station time-lapse video with Imaginary Foundation soundtrack

We recently posted the magnificent time-lapse video taken from the International Space Station orbiting the Earth. Here is that same video with its magnificence further amplified by an appropriately epic and glistening soundtrack by the Imaginary Foundation.

Time-lapse video taken from International Space Station orbiting Earth at night

It's worth watching the HD version in full-screen mode. A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) [...]

Techniques for counting cash

Ultraminimalist business card

Ultraminimalist business card

Boris Smus' idea for a minimalist business card is brilliant—so long as you're old enough to have your own name's domain, but young enough have its Twitter handle! If I actually did this, it would have to have a watermark that said "Oh my God, it even has a watermark."

Buy an Old West town in South Dakota for $0.8M

Buy an Old West town in South Dakota for $0.8M

The whole town (“kit and kaboodle!”) of Scenic, South Dakota is up for sale, for the asking price of USD800,000. Dave Olsen, a local realtor, has put the town up for sale, including its two jails (one still fit for use!), train depot, museum, dance hall, saloon and bunkhouse. Also, there’s DSL. 46-Acres (approximately 12 acres in town-lots [...]

Birds-eye view of 6000 airports around the world

Birds-eye view of 6000 airports around the world

This may be advertorial (and not for Boing Boing, we’re not involved)—but it’s really good stuff. GE produced a satellite, birds-eye view of the 6,000 most popular airports around the world. Filter by busiest, most scenic, interesting geometry, and check out photos tagged to location.

Lenny Kravitz’s classic iPhone headset

Lenny Kravitz’s classic iPhone headset

They even have them in different colors at Amazon.

Flip-flops with a secret compartment

Flip-flops with a secret compartment

These flip-flops have got an arch-support with a hidden pocket where you can leave your keys and wallet while you're in the water. I have no idea whether the rubber is stiff enough to make walking on your car keys comfortable, though. ArchPort Flip Flops with Hidden Storage

Super Soaker Thunderstorm: Water pistol that uses magazines to reload

Super Soaker Thunderstorm: Water pistol that uses magazines to reload

The Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm eliminates the gigantic, unwieldy reservoirs of earlier models and replaces them with compact "magazines" that can be snapped in for more ammo. It's battery-powered, which is a bit of a downer (there's something really satisfying about pressurizing the gun with your muscles and then letting it go!), but all [...]

Stolen Camera Finder

Stolen Camera Finder

Matt Burns created this website to help you find your stolen camera. It looks on the web for other photos with the same EXIF ID. Stolen Camera Finder

Incredible video of Aurora Borealis

Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd spent one week around Kirkenes and the Norway-Russia border, in -25 Celsius temperature, to make this magnificent time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis.

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