A Penny Auctions for 70 K

A Glass Penny Auctions for 70 K

During World War II, the U.S. Minte experimented with a number of alternate materials to make pennies out of. We needed copper for ammunition.

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A Strange Lake in India

A Strange Lake in India

Weird Magnetic Anomalies Abound

I found this one over at The Science Channel. I thought it worth a quick post. A perfectly round lake with magnetic anomalies near it.

Trick Play Compilation

Trick Play Compilation

I am a football fan. Personally, not a fan of trick plays, in my opinion, they end in disaster more than they pay off. Then again maybe I just watch the Cleveland Clowns, er Browns too often. However, when a trick play pays off, it is exciting. Check these out.

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Artificial Leaves as Mini-Factory for Drugs

Artificial Leaves as Mini-Factory for Drugs

One of the challenges to long distance space travel is being able to manufacture things along the way. Having to escape the Earth’s gravity is a challenge. Granted, it is improving with a competitive new space race but it still costs anywhere from 11.2 to 34.5 dollars per ton to launch a rocket.

While there is an abundance of solar energy available in space, plants are the most efficient harvesters of sunlight. It makes sense to mimic them for both energy and manufacturing. While the journal article is paywalled, Science Daily reports that this new process uses new materials called luminescent solar concentrators. These LSCs mimic what a leaf already does. It is reported that, even on a cloudy day, the process is 40% more productive than processes without using LSC.

360 Degree Geology Field Trip

360 Degree Geology Field Trip

One of my favorite podcasts is Science Friday. Check out the 360 degree virtual geology field trip. This educational tool is the work of Ryan Hollister. Ryan has a masters in geoscience and is dedicated to education. You can find out more about what he does at The Wild Link Club and his photo journals from the educational trips. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Actors and Actresses with Serious Martial Arts Skills

Actors and Actresses with Serious Martial Arts Skills

Some actors and actresses learn martial arts because of a role. David Carradine had zero martial arts training before Kung Fu.

Other actresses and actors have had some serious skills all of their lives. You may be surprised by some of the people in this video.

Serious Martial Skills

Human Flying Drone

Human Flying Drone

This home-made drone is really powerful. Complete with Christmas lights and a skiing Santa, not only does it pull the skier but is able to lift him.

Human Flying Home-Made Drone