NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats and advance experimental techniques and crashworthiness data.
via NASA Breaking News http://www.nasa.gov/press/2013/august/nasa-crashes-helicopter-to-study-safety
IFTTT, the awesome webapp automation service we love so much, just brought back it’s formerly-discontinued Twitter triggers. Now you can use Twitter to automate all your favorite web services. Check out IFTTT’s blog post for more info.
via Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/ifttts-twitter-triggers-are-back-for-twitter-based-aut-1178282347
Great article from “What If?” explaining why the International Space Station travels so fast. It’s not really to go high, it’s to keep from falling back to Earth. You can really get a good sense of how fast it moves by watching it fly over your house at night. This NASA website will help you determine when it will be visible over your town. At first you’ll think it is one of the stars and wonder if you can tell it apart from all of the other lights in the sky. When you see it you’ll know. It’s the smoking fast star streaking across the sky.
Ever wanted to wash clothes on the road, or in the woods, and found yourself fumbling around in a dirty sink or left with a so-so clean shirt? The Scrubba wash bag is a new way to wash a couple of t-shirts or similar apparel in just a few minutes. Drop your items into the bag, add a little water and detergent, and scrub away. Two or three minutes should be plenty of time to get a t-shirt clean enough to wear again. This sounds like a great traveling companion for those days when you want to travel light but maintain the ability to do a little cleaning at camp or int he hotel room.
We want our chickens to roam free, just don’t stray too far? Strange “requirement” from the FDA via NPR’s “The Salt”.
Every now and then I go to this website and play with the slider just to get a feel for where I stand in the universe. And by the way…I’m really insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
Before you invest in that cute little chicken coop with the idea of harvesting fresh eggs for your morning omelet please read this article from Apartment Therapy. Chickens have to be cared for just like any other beast at your house. It’s a cool idea, just be ready for the harsh realities of cleaning out a chicken coop…
A former boss once talked to me about “scotomas”. He described them as things you see everyday, but don’t notice or just look past them. They are mental blind spots. I love it when someone takes one of those scotomas and holds it up for investigation and improvement. Parking lots are a great example of something we use everyday, but rarely think about their design or utility. Here’s a great article from “The Dirt” which was mentioned this morning on Grist.org. It’s an awesome look at what parking lots could be, and a study of how they came to be what they are.