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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs

Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs
The Rosetta probe launched by the ESA spent hundreds of days sleeping and zipping through space to reach its comet destination known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Among the instruments on the probe are some spectrometers that have been…
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WriteBoard Electronic Whiteboard: Quantum Note Taking

WriteBoard Electronic Whiteboard: Quantum Note Taking
Whiteboards and blackboards are great for group discussions. But they also take attention away from the speaker, especially for participants who insist on writing down everything that’s on the board. That’s where the WriteBoard concept comes…
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Windows Hack Lets You Play Video and Audio in Microsoft Excel: Slacksheet

Windows Hack Lets You Play Video and Audio in Microsoft Excel: Slacksheet
Many companies restrict access to certain apps and other software features to prevent people from goofing off. Redditor AyrA’s employer went further than that – his work computer has an application that monitors running processes. But…
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Talkase Smartphone Case Has Tiny Cellphone Built-in: Dual Wielding

Talkase Smartphone Case Has Tiny Cellphone Built-in: Dual Wielding
Many smartphone cases offer protection. Some offer extra battery life or even additional memory. Some look like huge fried chickens. But WirelessMe’s case gives you… another cellphone. The Talkase for iPhone and Android phones comes with…
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Start ‘Em Young: New Born Fame Lets Your Baby Take Selfies

Start ‘Em Young: New Born Fame Lets Your Baby Take Selfies
One of modern society’s favorite pastimes/worst afflictions is the need to push infants into weird activities. “You baby can get a 98th percentile SAT score after this four week fun training program!” and other claims make…
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Electronic Typewriter with E Ink Screen: Hemingwrite

Electronic Typewriter with E Ink Screen: Hemingwrite
Unlike most artforms or professions, writing needs the most basic of tools. Even if you’d rather work with a word processor instead of pen and paper, you can just get a cheap laptop and be all…
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This Is What King Tut Probably Looked Like, or Why Not to Marry Your Sister

This Is What King Tut Probably Looked Like, or Why Not to Marry Your Sister
King Tut was the result of a marriage between his father/uncle and mother/aunt. There are a number of good reasons why you shouldn’t marry your sister, and the creepy, screwed up offspring that often result from…
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Cassette Player Turned Into Spotify Media Server with Raspberry Pi: SpotiPi

Cassette Player Turned Into Spotify Media Server with Raspberry Pi: SpotiPi
Earlier this year we saw a couple of vintage radios that were turned into an Internet radio player using Raspberry Pi. Matt Brailsford’s cassette player Raspberry Pi mod is “only” a Spotify media server, but he…
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Karen App Really Wants to Be Your Friend: Overly Attached App

Karen App Really Wants to Be Your Friend: Overly Attached App
Even if you use the Internet only casually – thanks for spending time here! – chances are several companies have gathered a bit of data about you, or at least your online habits. These trawlers range…
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PhotoMath App Solves Math Equations at a Glance: Tutor or Cheater?

PhotoMath App Solves Math Equations at a Glance: Tutor or Cheater?
Most mobile devices already have a built-in calculator, and you can also get advanced calculator apps. But microBLINK’s PhotoMath app uses optical image recognition on printed equations, so that you can get the solution without even…
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Replica One Piece Swords Available in Japan

Replica One Piece Swords Available in Japan
I’ll admit to having never read or watched any of the One Piece manga and anime series. It really doesn’t matter because I am a sucker for sweet katana swords and have been way before The…
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Teaching Virtual Characters to Move Realistically: QWOP Harder

Teaching Virtual Characters to Move Realistically: QWOP Harder
You may be familiar with the term ragdoll physics, which is a type of animation sometimes used in video games to create dynamic – albeit unrealistic– animations for characters. Ragdoll physics is a form of physics-based…
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Cranberry Crust Pizza Hits Pizza Hut in South Korea

Cranberry Crust Pizza Hits Pizza Hut in South Korea
You can put some strange toppings on your pizza like anchovies and even worse, green peppers. In South Korea, you can put any topping you want on the pizza, and get something weird put in the…
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Programmable Materials Move without Electronic or Mechanical Parts

Programmable Materials Move without Electronic or Mechanical Parts
A few years ago we saw a custom fabricated material with embedded actuators and magnets, which enable it to autonomously fold into a predetermined shape when subjected to electricity. MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab is working on creating…
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Flash Drive-sized Computer Runs Windows 8.1: PC on a Stick

Flash Drive-sized Computer Runs Windows 8.1: PC on a Stick
Nowadays you can get cheap dongles that turn most HDTVs or any monitor with an HDMI port into a dumb terminal for an Android device. But recently Meego unveiled the T01, a dongle that can run…
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Oh My Gourd! Frankenstein Pumpkins

Oh My Gourd! Frankenstein Pumpkins
Tony Dighera of Cinagro Farms is a mad scientist kind of organic farmer. He has spent the last four years on his 40-acre farm in Ventura County, CA perfecting his process to create pumpkin versions of…
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