Heroes Of Science Action Figures
Sure, we’re used to seeing various heroes of science fiction in action figure form, but what about real rockstars of science like Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Artist datazoid has closed that gap with his custom-made Heroes Of Science Action Figures.
Based on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine figures, datazoid’s creations took a collective 50 hours to make.
“I like action figures. I have a small collection of them. I’ve noticed that you can buy Albert Einstein figures, Nikola Tesla bobble-heads and The Simpsons even brought out a Stephen Hawking figure based on his appearance in an episode. However, I thought it’d be really cool if there was an entire series of them, based on all of the people who’ve contributed to our understanding of the world and the universe it sits in.”
Although there are a lot of scientists he missed in the collection, their missing appearance is because of datazoid’s rules. Scientists in the figure collection had to have been alive sometime during the 20th century and no medical heroes didn’t count, due to medicine being its own particular field.
Captain N’s Working NES Light Gun
In between games of Duck Hunt, it was always pretty fun to play around with the NES Light Gun like it was an actual laser pistol. The above video, however, shows that North Street Labs have taken that idea even further by giving a special laser upgrade to an NES Light Gun.
As you’ll see, the pistol can actually set matches on fire from afar. The Nintendo Laser Zapper was put together thanks to a 445nm diode, batteries and some careful wiring. And you can actually put together your own zapper by checking out their guide here. Just make sure you’ve got the appropriate laser goggles.
Following the recent death of Neil Armstrong, the 1969 Moon Landing is probably fresh on most people’s minds.
Yet, what if the landing hadn’t been successful? What if Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin had wound up stuck on the moon? It seems that the president actually had a speech ready just in case the circumstance would have occurred.
Check it out after the break.
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Check Out This T-800 Bust That You Can Buy
Ever want to own a fully animated bust of the iconic T-800 from the Terminator series? Well, Japanese artists at T-Studio have created this chrome terminator bust complete with light up eyes and animated features.
You can custom order them at their website here, though at the moment they have currently suspended production. Still, who wouldn’t want to add this to their collection of geekery?
It is being reported that Google is working on special display glasses which will augment reality and stream information to the user’s eyes in real time.
Google plans to sell these glasses to the public at the end of the year.
More on these nifty futuristic specs after the break.
According to several Google employees interviewed by Bits, these glasses will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from a user’s eyes, will be Android-based and will be priced the same as smartphones — around $250 to $600. While the glasses have yet to be named, they will be modeled after Oakley Thumps (pictured above).
Other features include:
- 3G or 4G data connection
- navigation system controlled by head tilting, clicking and scrolling
- low-resolution built-in cameras that monitors world in real time, such as overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and nearby friends
- the utilization of various Google software like Google Latitude and Google Maps
Information will be displayed and viewed in an augmented reality. Users will have the ability to search about the images and nearby locations being looked at, as well as share locations and check in with friends. Also, the navigation will be easy to use and easy to learn according to Seth Weintraub, blogger of 9 to 5 Google. “We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.”
The glasses are currently being worked on in Google X, Google’s special laboratory where other high-tech and secret projects are being developed. Key Google personnel involved with the project are Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, and Steve Lee, veteran engineer and creator of Google Latitude.
Google is also planning on building a $120 million electronics testing facility for these specs which, according to The San Jose Mercury News, will be involved in testing “precise optical technology.”
“Portal 2” PotatOS Science Kit
Now that you’ve pre-ordered your Portal Gun, complete your Portal collection with this kit!
Have you been trying to fight boredom? Do you like being insulted? Is there a sack of potatoes you have lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Well ThinkGeek has a solution to your problems.
Introducing the PotatOS Science Kit! With this kit you can turn your ordinary boring potatoes into a monotone insulting machine. Who said that potato lab in Science class was pointless? With PotatOS, you can re-live those mundane classroom days but with an added kick. Science teachers take note, order a set of these when you do the potato experiment and your students will participate with gusto!… or not:
PotatOS is a simulated science kit. It is not actually powered by the potato you supply. A single potato could not provide the voltage needed for LEDs and voice. An internal button-type battery provides power. However, PotatOS detects when it is connected to a potato giving the illusion of being powered by the potato. Gotcha? Good.
But still, isn’t it neat?
Order a kit now at ThinkGeek.com for a sale price of $24.99 while supplies last!
For years children both young and at heart have pretended to play Spider-Man via the use of silly string. But scientists could end up making the mythical web slinging stuff actual reality.
Real life web-slinging? Check after the break.
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Mash-Up Monday Presents: Symphony of Science - The Quantum World!
How do you make science fun? Gather up the most notable narrator of recent memory, a bunch of notable scientists, set them to auto-tune, and voila, you have the Symphony of Science.
Featuring men like Morgan Freeman, Richard Freynman, Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Stephen Hawking and Frank Close, this is sure to be a treat and a mega-hit. Come on, folks, Morgan Freeman in auto-tune!