“Here’s a new DARPA-inspired, NASA-built robot, complete with a glowing NASA Meatball in its chest, reminiscent of ET’s heart light. The robot’s name is Valkyrie and she was created by a team at the Johnson Space Center as part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a contest designed to find the life-saving robot of the future. While NASA’s current robot — Robonaut 2 – is just now getting a pair of legs, ‘Val’ (officially named ‘R5′ by NASA) is a 1.9 meter tall, 125 kilogram, (6-foot 2-inch, 275-pound) rescue robot that can walk over multiple kinds of terrain, climb a ladder, use tools, and even drive.” — Universe Today
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“This video now makes it on the top of my all time favorite videos. The reactions are priceless, and so unique. I love how you can see the snow coming before the person can, so it makes you feel like you are really part of the prank. Making it snow was so hard. We had to pray really hard every time, and ask for it… just kidding… we had a snow machine. We tested out a bunch of different methods and the snow machine was the best.” — Stuart Edge
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“Turn your light switches into whatever you want with ThinkGeek’s Build-On Brick Light Switch Plate. Designed for a single toggle switch, these grey plates come in a set of two and give you over 18 square inches of brick-building base plate each to customize to your heart’s desire. Use it like a magnetic poetry kit as a quick and easy creative outlet. If the switch needs to stay on because it controls something important, build an enclosure around the toggle so folks can’t accidentally turn it off. Put a miniature figure on there to encourage your household to turn off the lights. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.” w/ photos
“It’s probably because our society is getting older and going through a midlife crisis, which means it’ll break down and buy a bright yellow sports car any day now. So society idolizes all the major milestones that happen in the first two decades of your life, like losing your virginity, getting your driver’s license, and being able to drink, but it skips over most of the major milestones that happen after that — even though they’re way more important. Stuff like…” w/ photos
“Sculptor Ra Paulette has a phenomenal hobby – he digs caves in New Mexico’s sandstone cliffs. Not plain, rocky, boring ones. Ra’s caves are smooth, artistic, and breathtakingly beautiful, and he creates them with his bare hands. His only tools – a pickaxe and a wheelbarrow… Ra learnt the art of digging in the summer of 1985, when he worked in Dixon as an excavator. He would dig outhouses and build wells, giving him a longing to do something artistic with his hands. One thing led to another and soon, he was digging caves.” w/ photos
“NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station’s robotic crew member Robonaut 2 (R2), marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has performed a series of tasks to demonstrate its functionality in microgravity. These new legs, funded by NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations and Space Technology mission directorates, will provide R2 the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside and outside the space station. The goal is to free up the crew for more critical work, including scientific research.” — NASA TV
“The bank safe swimming pool containing 8 million real Swiss coins is currently located in Basel, Switzerland. This is the original bank safe from the former ‘Schweizer Volksbank’ and known to be one of the finest Swiss piece of craftwork in the early 20th Century. It is in very good shape and still usable as a bank deposit safe. It will be removed from it’s original location and be replaced anywhere in the world. You’ll freely decide what happens with it.” w/ photos + videos