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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 out […]

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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 […]

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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 to […]

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The Plotclock Is Mesmerizing

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 Russians […]

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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 […]

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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 cold […]

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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 […]

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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.