200-Foot Plasma Arc

What you’re looking at here is a 200-foot-long, hair-thin copper wire with so much electrical voltage running through it that it explodes. For about a thousandth of a second, the exploding wire unleashes a charged particle plasma, which is the bright white light that you see. Using a wire like this turns out to be a relatively easy way to create large amounts of plasma, and by coiling and knotting the wire, the Kiwis hope to try and generate some ball lightning, which sounds safe.” w/ photos

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Dog Milks A Goat

“I think there’s a possibility that this is the meaning of life.” — G.H.O.A.R

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Whales In The Desert?

Some believe they became disoriented and beached themselves, while others claim they were moved by a landslide and became trapped in a lagoon. But scientists remain baffled as to how exactly scores of whales ended up in a desert more than half a mile from the sea. The skeletons of 75 whales, believed to be more than two millions years old, were unearthed next to one another, just yards apart, in one of the world’s best-preserved graveyards of prehistoric whales. Chilean scientists and researchers from the Smithsonian Institution are studying how the whales, many of them the size of buses, were found in exactly the same corner of the Atacama Desert in Chile. The bones were unearthed near Caldera in June 2010 during a highway-widening project. So far, the fossils have been found in a roadside strip the length of two football fields.” w/ photos

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Robo Maze Mouse

“The maze was not programmed in. It was allowed to do a trial run to find the best route beforehand. So it is pretty impressive since the robot has to learn the maze on the fly.”

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Top 10 Inappropriate Uses Of Music

“A songwriter has many foes. He must fight many battles: the battle for attention, the battle of self-sustenance, the battle against greed and complacency and integrity. But none of those battles should be against his very audience. By having his music used for this purpose, he becomes a public enemy of sorts. Trying to keep musicians in line and away from anything detrimental to the name of art, here are the top ten inappropriate uses of music.” w/ photos + videos

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