Archive for May, 2013

Mugshots From The 1930s UK

Excellent set of 31 mugshot photos from the 1930s. They are from the Newcastle upon Tyne area of England.

View all 31 photos on Flickr HERE

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Telescope To Be Planted On Moon in 2015

moon-telescopeAccording to CBC –

A telescope that is set to launch to the moon in 2015 will allow the public to go on the Internet and view the Earth from the lunar surface. The privately funded telescope, known as the International Lunar Observatory precursor (ILO-X), was designed and built by Silicon Valley-based Moon Express Inc. “It’s citizen science on the moon and it’s really a new model of public participation,” Moon Express CEO Bob Richards told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. “This will be a small, but very high-performance telescope on the moon that the public and scientists or professionals and amateurs alike will have access to over the internet.”

Continue reading HERE

 

Austrian Park Is Underwater Half Of Every Year

According to DailyMail –

This is the Green Lake in Tragoess, Styria, which sits at the foot of snow-capped Hochschwab mountains. Throughout the frozen winter months the area is almost completely dry and is used as a county park. It is a particular favourite site for hikers. But as soon as the temperatures begin to rise in spring, the ice and snow on the mountaintops begins to melt and runs down into the basin of land below. The park fills up with ice-cold crystal clear water, which gets its distinctive green colouring from the grass and foliage beneath. The water levels rise from about one or two metres deep in the winter to as much as 10 metres in the late spring and early summer. The waters are at their highest in June when it becomes a mecca for divers keen to explore the rare phenomenon, before the waters recede at the end of July.

See more pictures HERE

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Men Don’t Listen – It’s Not About The Nail [video]

Ewww!!! Burgers Made From Mosquitos [video]

Mug Shots From The 1870s

BuzzFeed presents a collection of 26 mug shots from the 1870’s along with the (not so) horrendous crimes committed by these outlaws. Robert Charlton (pictured below), for instance, was imprisoned for four months for stealing two pairs of boots.

Read about the other 25 culprits HERE

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Part Of Patient’s Skull Replaced With Plastic From 3D Printer

3dskullAccording to SingularityHub –

At the beginning of March of this year, a radical surgery was performed on an American patient: 75 percent of his skull was replaced with a 3D printed implant. The company that produced the implant, Oxford Performance Materials, made the announcement though offered little detail about the patient or the procedure. The surgery was given the green light by the Food and Drug Administration in February.

The implant is called the OsteoFab Patient Specific Cranial Device (OPSCD) or OsteoFab for short and is made from polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) thermoplastic through an additive manufacturing process. This material is not only biocompatible but is bone-like and will not interfere with x-ray scanning. After the patient’s skull was 3D scanned, the custom-made implant was printed using an EOS P800 laser sintering 3D printer. By generating the implant layer by layer, details can be added that promote the attachment of bone and surrounding cell growth.

Continue reading HERE

 

Bit Of History – 1986 Shuttle Disaster

I just uploaded four newspaper pages from the the day that the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on take-off in January of 1986. The crew member who is most remembered is teacher, Christa McAuliffe. Also added a few odds and ends of local news. Of particular interest are tech-related stories from 1971 that feature the picturephone and bootleg 8-track tapes.

Challenger disaster HERE

1971 Tech stories HERE

Local odds and ends HERE and HERE

Homepage of my classic newspaper site HERE

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Baseball Player Handles Heckler – [video]

This two year old video of Tony Gwynn Jr. shows one way to handle a heckler with incredible humor.

World’s Smallest Desert Is In Canada

According to Wikipedia, the Carcross Desert, located in Northwest Canada, is the smallest desert in the world at about 1 mile square. It may not be an actual desert, but it is a curiosity.

Carcross Desert Wikipedia page HERE

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1927 Tour Of London In Color [video]

Time Killer For Geography Buffs – GeoGuessr.com

GeoGuessr.com takes you to a random location on google maps and asks you to guess the location, and then grades your accuracy. It is very challenging,  even when signs are present. If you guess the correct country, consider it a win. To register your guess, click on the map, located in the upper right corner, in the general vicinity of your guess. Refine your guess by clicking the “+” to zoom in an drag the indicator to your final guesstimate and click the “Make guess” button.

Go to GeoGuessr.com

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