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In awe (Vesta)

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 Posted in Smart thinking | No Comments »

A lump of stone, 500 km across, at a distance of 1.228 AU from us (1 Astronomical Unit is 150 million kilometers), and we sent a spacecraft there which made THIS: The Dawn spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral on September 27, ...

Niche market: inflatable crowds

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 Posted in Smart thinking | No Comments »

This is smart: The Inflatable Crowd Company sells inflatable plastic crowds for movies: Amusing planet has an article on them. Flickr has a photo collection as well.


Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 Posted in Smart thinking | No Comments »

The organizers of the TED conference in Buenos Aires had this very smart idea to 'spread the word':

The sOccket ball: electric light from play

Friday, April 8th, 2011 Posted in Smart thinking | No Comments »

sOccket is a football that stores the energy captured during a game to power LED lamps and batteries. 15 minutes of continuous play gets you 3 hours of LED lighting.   Chris Gebhardt from Take Part made this movie about it: This is ...

Schools from rubbish

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 Posted in Smart thinking | No Comments »

Bottle Schools have been building much needed schools out of rubbish and plastic bottles in Guatemala since 2009 with the Hug It Forward project, building 6 schools in total so far with more on the way: For more information, go to ...

Wrapping paper for all occasions

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 Posted in Creativity, Smart thinking | No Comments »

Fabio Milito and Francesca Guidotti designed this universal wrapping paper which contains a word puzzle: simply circle the message you want to use.  

Illustrating nuclear fission with mouse traps and pingpong balls

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 Posted in Smart thinking | No Comments »

Chemistry students at Horizon Science Academy in Cleveland had to illustrate a nuclear chain reaction and came up with this video.They used 300 mousetraps and 600 ping pong balls:

The placebo effect

Monday, March 14th, 2011 Posted in Smart thinking | No Comments »

A lot of studies have been done over time about the working of placebo's (for a starting point, follow the links below the Wikipedia article on placebos). This video nicely sums up some of the effects placebo's have: Created by: Daniel ...

Forget styrofoam

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 Posted in Smart thinking, Taking a stand | No Comments »

Making styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) costs a *lot* of oil, then we use it for one-time packaging, and then it's non-degradable waste (washing into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP)?) If ever there was a substance we should get rid of its ...

Communicating with vegetative patients

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 Posted in Smart thinking | No Comments »

'We' know now for some time that if you watch people playing tennis, the parts of your brain activate that you would use when actually playing tennis - leading some people to hope that they could become a great tennis ...