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Cool Tech from Hack a day

Hack a day serves up a fresh hack each day, every day from around the web and a special how-to hack each week. Have fun reading, I certainly do. Hackaday

A Peach of a Homemade Parts Tumbler
Hackaday Retro Edition: 386 Compaqs
Arduino-based LED Wedding Lights
Baby’s Room Gets a Palace with this CNC Castle Decoration
Hackaday Links: August 30, 2014
Flying a Drone with an Oculus Rift 
A Remote Controlled, Fully Functional, Steam Powered Tank

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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction
An anonymous reader writes On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon was found dead in her aviary at the Cincinnati Zoo. When the first European settlers arrived in North America at least one of every four birds on the continent was a passenger pigeon, making them the most numerous birds in North America, and perhaps in the world. From the article: "But extinction apparently doesn't ring with the finality it used to. Researchers are working to 'de-extinct' the bird. They got their hands on some of the 1,500 or so known passenger pigeon specimens and are hoping to resurrect the species through some Jurassic Park-like genetic engineering. Instead of using frog DNA to fill out the missing parts of a dinosaur's genetic code as in Michael Crichton's story, the real-life 'bring-back-the-passenger pigeon' researchers are using the bird's closest relative, the band-tailed pigeon.


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Bad Science And Scary Science

Recomended Facebook Groups and Pages
I have not always been a big social media fan, but I have to admit that Facebook is pretty great for keeping in touch with people and for finding groups of similar interests. There are some great Facebook pages and groups that are anti-bad science.  Many of these are funny and all are worth checking […]
Gas Turbines in Cars: The seemingly promising engine that never was
Today nearly all cars are powered with a conventional, reciprocating internal combustion engine. In such an engine, pistons (usually at least four) move up and down and are connected to a crank shaft that translates this into rotational motion.  As they move up and down, fuel vapor enters the combustion chamber and is ignited by […]
Students Make Film About Vaccines – Get Harrassment
It’s always nice to see young people with a passion for science, reality, skepticism and advocacy.   In Carlsbad, CA, a group of highschool students in a journalism class made a film about vaccines and vaccine denialism.  (It’s on the correct side of it) Via NBC San Diego More than a dozen current and former Carlsbad […]
One in Three Americans Implanted with RFID’s? Not really
First, a basic primer on what RFID’s are: An RFID is a small computer chip which holds a very small amount of information, typically just a string of numbers, letters or other symbols.  The chip has a tiny radio transmitter in it, and when a reader is brought near it, it will broadcast that data […]
New and Revolutionary Perpetual Motion/Free Energy Machine!
Watch the whole thing before commenting… Click here if your browser does not support embedded video They do a great job of making the first part seem like a real perpetual motion claim. I found it pretty damn funny, especially the very end. The sad thing is it makes as much senses as most free […]
It had to happen: The Ebola Conspiracy Theories
It happens periodically:  Ebola, a highly contagious and very deadly virus with horrific symptoms known as “flesh eating” has flared up in Africa.   This recent outbreak has been especially bad.   The virus is native to Africa and appears to survive in natural reservoirs such as bats or gorillas.  Periodically, it makes the jump to humans […]
The Mars Rover That Keeps Going Breaks Distance Record
As you probably know, there is now a nuclear-powered rover on the surface of mars that is equipped with more scientific instruments and data gathering systems than anything before.  It is highly capable and has already made some important discoveries. But many have forgotten that there is another Mars rover that is still operating.   Right […]
British MP Seeks to Incorporate Astrology Into National Healthcare System
Well at least the US is not alone in having idiots for elected leaders. Via the BBC: Astrology-loving MP seeks health answers in the stars A Conservative MP has spoken of his belief in astrology and his desire to incorporate it into medicine. David Tredinnick said he had spent 20 years studying astrology and healthcare […]
Weather Modification Methods That May Actually Work
There is much said about modifying weather by various conspiracy theorists and alike.  Often said to be the result of chemtrails or RF weapons, the fact is that the weather is very hard to modify.  It can be modified, but only under certain conditions and in a very localized area. The best known method of […]
I’ll be back. More posts coming… really!
Just a quick announcement: Any regular readers will notice a great lack of new posts recently. I’m aware of this, obviously, and it certainly has resulted in a big reduction in traffic. No, I have not given up blogging and no this site is not dead. However, I’m in the midst of a major political […]

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