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13 Awesome and Geeky Periodic Tables

Aleptu is one guy’s gadget blog.  Honestly I foget where I  first got this link, but it’s this very cool “collection of collections” in the form of the periodic table.  Very clever.

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Rubens’ Tube: Real Life Sound Visualization with Fire and Propane

I love it when I can flag a post as both Science and Entertainment.  Basically, a Rubens’ Tube is a pipe with regular holes, a gas inlet on one side, and a speaker hooked up to a sound source on the left side.  The result is a stunning real world visualization of the waveforms.  And, there’s fire involved!  How cool is that?

This article on the Rubens’ Tube is from Information Aesthetics, a cool website all about intruiging ways of visualizing data.

Inspired by Lev Manovich’s definition of “information aesthetics”, this weblog explores the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization. More specifically, it collects projects that represent data or information in original or intriguing ways.


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Scientists Build Neonatal Incubator From Car Parts

From SlashDot: Scientists Build Neonatal Incubator From Car Parts.  Neonatal incubators normally cost about $40,000.  He built one for less than $1,000 using car parts.  The article points out how this could be a boon for developing countries, not just because they’re cheap, but because they’re easily and cheaply maintained.  Aparently, developing countries get plenty of donated neonatal incubators, but they can’t fix them once they break, and they do that alot.  Here’s the original article.

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Scientists Turn Tequila into Diamonds

Originally from Slashdot, here’s the original article at physorg.com.

The key to the surprising discovery is tequila’s ratio of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, which lies within the “diamond growth region.” The resulting diamond films could have inexpensive commercial applications as electrical insulators, say researchers Javier Morales, Luis Miguel Apátiga, and Víctor Manuel Castaño from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Morales is also with Nuevo León´s Autonomous University).

Whether you think this is a perfect waste of good alcohol or a brilliant scientific innovation says a lot about you.

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Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the earth yet?

Now there’s an easy way to tell!  I submit to you for your convenience:

http://www.hasthelhcdestroyedtheearth.com (p.s.  view the page’s source for added humor).  In case you want to track the history of all the times LHC has destroyed the earth, there’s an RSS feed too.

Contrary to recent rumors, the LHC wasn’t supposed to have destroyed the earth yet.  They ran a test of a beam going clockwise, and a beam going counterclockwise, but not at the same time.  No two beams, no collision, no destruction of the earth.  Sorry, you’ll have to wait.

Here’s more information at Seed Magazine

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