Coming to Kindle and Smashwords

Coming to Kindle and Smashwords
November 2013

Jun 12, 2013

Incredible Origami Animal Sculptures by Cuong Nguyen

Origami sculptures by Cuong Nguyen
Vietnamese artist Cuong Nguyen creates beautiful origami animal sculptures out of single sheets of paper. Nguyen’s style varies between exacting detail and minimalism, and he has crafted his favorite subjects—gorillas and scorpions–in many different styles over the years. For more on Nguyen’s work, see his interview with All Things Paper.
Water Buffalo
Great white shark

Ranch Dressing Soda Tasted and Reviewed on ‘Don’t Put That In Your Mouth’

If you were to take like a Dorito and wring it out and just get all the Dorito juice…
In episode 7 of the web series Don’t Put That In Your Mouth, host Mark Cersosimo tastes and reviews Ranch Dressing Soda with Meghan Oretsky.

It would be mostly awesome if the Sun went out right now*

Today's XKCD What If? explores many of the benefits that would accrue to the human race if the Sun were suddenly extinguished.

Reduced risk of solar flares: In 1859, a massive solar flare and geomagnetic storm hit the Earth.[1] Magnetic storms induce electric currents in wires. Unfortunately for us, by 1859 we had wrapped the Earth in telegraph wires. The storm caused powerful currents in those wires, knocking out communications and in some cases causing telegraph equipment to catch fire.[2] Since 1859, we've wrapped the Earth in a lot more wires. If the 1859 storm hit us today, the Department of Homeland Security estimates the economic damage to the US alone would be several trillion dollars[3]—more than every hurricane which has ever hit the US combined.[4] If the Sun went out, this threat would be eliminated. Improved satellite service: When a communications satellite passes in front of the Sun, the Sun can drown out the satellite's radio signal, causing an interruption in service.[5] Deactivating the Sun would solve this problem. Better astronomy: Without the Sun, ground-based observatories would be able to operate around the clock. The cooler air would create less atmospheric noise, which would reduce the load on adaptive optics systems and allow for sharper images. Stable dust: Without sunlight, there would be no Poynting–Robertson drag, which means we would finally be able to place dust into a stable orbit around the Sun without the orbits decaying. I’m not sure whether anyone wants to do that, but you never know. Reduced infrastructure costs: The Department of Transportation estimates that it would cost $20 billion per year over the next 20 years to repair and maintain all US bridges.[6] Most US bridges are over water; without the Sun, we could save money by simply driving on a strip of asphalt laid across the ice.

Kickstarting a Bluetooth-controlled cyborg cockroach

Alan sez, "Who wouldn't want their very own cyborg roach? And who wouldn't want to be able to control that cyborg from their mobile? Fund this Kickstarter and maybe you can. The robo-roach - manufactured in a hackerspace, like you do - is intended to serve as a high school science experiment. However, if you think that's what most people are going to use it for then you have not met nearly as many fratboys and office pranksters as I have