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Chertok’s Mustache

Hopefully you all got the chance to read the article linked in yesterday’s post, about the Soviet mission to resuscitate the Salyut 7 Space Station. In the comments of that article, the author, Nickolai Belakovski, mentioned this little story from Boris Chertok, a senior official at Energiya, a major Russian space company. (“Formed […]

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Make a Wish!


If I was to show you the above image compilation (which I did), and ask you what, would you say, do these things have in common (which I am asking), what would you think? Just to make this post mild-y interesting-er, and to hopefully help those of you with truly superior trivia knowledge feel a little bit satisfied in being in the know without having to click through, I am hiding the answer behind the jump. So click on!

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These High Schoolers Are Already Cooler Than Me

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When I see stories like this it gives me hope for our future. Here is a high school class who is not only building an impressive robot, but they are using it to help others and learn about a portion of history that soon will not have anyone left […]

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The Plotclock Is Mesmerizing

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I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted just watching this video over and over.

Make your own Plotclock (in German, but with a link to an English page)!

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Finnish Innovation

Lågskär is a small island just off the southern tip of Finland. In 1840, a wooden lighthouse was built here to help keep shipping in the northern Baltic Sea from running aground. In 1859, the wooden lighthouse was rebuilt into a masonry lighthouse which stood until it was bombed to oblivion by the […]

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Fair Lane: A House And A Personal Power Plant


If you read cruisintime‘s comment yesterday, you’ll know what this is. If not, let me explain. That’s a power plant. It is on Henry Ford’s Fair Lane estate in Dearborn, MI. When you’re an industrial giant and Thomas Edison is your BFF, you can build your own power plant just for you (and a little bit for the surrounding town).

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Vulcan Street Power Plant: A Power Plant In A Shed


Back in 1882, in those nascent years of the light bulb, getting electricity generated became kind of a big deal. In Appleton, WI, it would lead to the first Edison hydroelectric power plant producing a whopping 12.5 kW.

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Making Snow

With the exception of The People’s Republic of Canada, much of North America is experiencing a very warm season we generally refer to as “summer”. It’s usually about this time of year that I start hearing people whine about wanting winter back even though they will be the first to whine about how […]

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The Other Tucker


The film about Mr. Preston Tucker always intrigued me as a kid.  Perhaps it speaks to the quality raising that I got that it was a movie we owned and watched frequently, but even today when I think of Tuckers I think about that stylized version of his life, and how The Man kept trying to keep him down.  One thing from the movie that I thought was awesome was the armored car he develops first, which really has only a bit part in the movie.  I think, though, that I wanted one of those about as much as I wanted a Tucker car, because it was faster than anything else on the battlefield!  Too fast for the government to buy!  Nothing is cooler to a 10 year old, well, very little anyhow, than a fighting machine that doesn’t get built because it is too fast.

I recently came across the lead image you see on the Modern Mechanix website, and it jogged my memory on this machine, and I decided to find out more.  Hit the jump, and let’s discover the other Tucker!

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Moving Balls


How do you move a bunch of plastic balls from one place to another? Build a 17-module LEGO Great Ball Contraption, of course! Hit the jump for the mesmerizing video.

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