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Winning Science August 28, 2013

This is my favorite kind of science. I love it when stuff is smashed, broken, blown up or otherwise destroyed. This NASA drop test was performed locally at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.  Dropped from a height of 30 ft. the chopper crash was intended to determine the impact on an airframe during a 30 mph crash.

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They even used an Xbox Kinect to help record the crash. Way cool.

I hate to vacuum and dust. I’ve thought about getting a Roomba, but I’ve never thought they were very practical. This however, might be something interesting. This Roomba like device sends out little drones covered in a gel that makes dust stick to it. The drones then return to the base station and get the dirt removed.

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If dirt sticks to the gel, I wonder what else does. Am I going to find one of these things rolling away with my cat attached to it?

The events that lead up to the March 11 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant are pretty well known at this point.  Unlike several previous nuclear accidents, there was no hiding this one. While the events unfolded on international TV, we are only just now beginning to evaluate the long term effects of this unparalleled event. Popular Mechanics has an article out this week that talks about some of the potential effects of radioactive water and some of the possible technologies that can be used to combat the threat.

An aerial shot of the post-accident Fukushima Daiichi plant.

An aerial shot of the post-accident Fukushima Daiichi plant.

I also enjoyed the fact that the article was written by someone who was at one point associated with the US Navy nuclear program. It gives me confidence that he knows the subject matter (plus I understood what he was talking about).

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Winning Science July 10, 2013

So I don’t really understand chemistry, and now apparently those few rules of chemistry don’t apply in space. And its due to quantum tunneling, which is just a bizarre, but cool phenomenon.

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And even more awesome, the effect was observed with alcohol.

A Japanese company is now one step closer to giving us Iron Man. Leave it to the Japanese to come up with something this cool

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Just please tell me they’re not going to try and have sex with it.

Bad news for Android users. BlueBox has discovered a master key that can make 99% of Android devices into zombies.

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Makes me a more than a little glad that I switched to Apple, though I’m sure the government is watching me either way.

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Around the Web June 15, 2013

In the Winning Science post this week, I was wondering what awesome things the Japanese knew that the rest of us hadn’t quite figured out yet.  This is NOT what I had in mind.  Even for the Japanese, this one is pretty weird.

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I didn’t realize that the Japanese even had emo bands.  Now I feel guilty, they send us nice cars, tvs and video games and in return we send them emo bands.  I think they’re getting the short end of the stick.

I want this yacht that turns into a submarine.  If I saved all my money, I figure I could probably afford this in a couple millennia.

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And now, in honor of the release of Man of Steel, here is Superman! (from around of the web, of course)

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I understand that everyone gets lucky some at some point, and that some people are more lucky than others, but this is ridiculous.

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Last time I put a hole in my wall, all I found was that super itchy pink insulation. Not fair.

While Superman is an important character in the DCU, his other important contribution is as a brand.  I’m sure you’ve seen the sheer volume of Superstuff that has been available lately.

Also, if you’re a Superman fan, you absolutely must listen to Paul Montgomery and Glen Weldon talk about Weldon’s new book Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, its pretty amazing.

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