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Jack Nicholson’s hydrogen-powered Chevy: News clip from 1978
09.15.2011
04:45 pm

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Jack Nicholson was ahead of the curve with his hydrogen-powered H2-4 Chevy Impala back in 1978.

Nicholson appeared on Canadian television show “Marketplace” to promote a hydrogen-fueled Chevrolet Celebrity, which he hoped would revolutionize the car industry.

Anticipating the green-car revolution (and Chevy’s Volt!) by nearly 30 years, Nicholson’s Celebrity was (per the video) “a standard Chev’, with a standard Chev’ motor,” but used a specially-designed carburetor which allowed the car to burn hydrogen gas instead of vaporized gasoline.

Nicholson brings his sardonic humor to the mix with this very funny line:

“If nothing else, this will revolutionize suicide. Instead of carbon-monoxide poisoning, you’ll just get a steam bath.”
 

 
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Why are pot smokers skinnier than everyone else?
09.07.2011
03:38 pm

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Marijuana is usually comically associated with “the munchies” and junk food binging, but a new study from France indicates something researchers weren’t expecting to find: Potheads tend to be skinnier than non-stoners. Via The Week:

What did the study find?
Dr. Yann Le Strat, a psychiatrist at France’s Louis-Mourier Hospital, looked at data from two studies of U.S. adults from the early 2000s and noted the weight differences between those who used cannabis and those who didn’t. In both studies, cannabis users had relatively low rates of obesity: 14.3 and 17.2 percent. American adults who didn’t use cannabis had obesity rates of 22 and 25.3 percent.

Is this what researchers expected?
Nope. “Cannabis is supposed to increase appetite,” says Le Strat. “So we hypothesized that cannabis users would be more likely to have higher weight than non-users and be more likely to be obese.” Marijuana activist Michelle Aldrich isn’t all that surprised. “It’s true,” she says. “I don’t know too many fat marijuana smokers.”

What’s causing this phenomenon?
“There could be many other reasons why pot smokers have less obesity,” says dietitian Andrea Giancoli. “Maybe they’re inclined to exercise more, be outdoors more, eat more fruits and vegetables.” Aldrich thinks it could be related to the body’s endocannabinoid system — a group of receptors, primarily in the brain, that respond to compounds in marijuana. But the bottom line is that the exact mechanism responsible for this correlation remains a mystery — for now.

One obvious thing I’m not seeing here is that many potheads don’t drink alcohol or don’t drink that much of it.

But if this isn’t reason enough to toke up, one of the oldest people who ever lived credited the chronic for her longevity.

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Two chatbots talk to each other; within in seconds they lie, talk about God & unicorns
08.29.2011
02:44 pm

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Cornell’s Creative Machines Lab says, “What happens when you let two bots have a conversation? We certainly never expected this…”

THIS is how it begins!

 
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Space Station captures views of Hurricane Irene
08.26.2011
03:57 pm

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NASA’s beautiful and formidable images of Hurricane Irene, taken today from the International Space Station, as the hurricane moves devastatingly ever closer to the east coast of America.

Cameras mounted on the International Space Station captured new views of Hurricane Irene as it churned across the Bahamas at 3:47 p.m. EDT on August 25, 2011. Irene, which is a massive and powerful category 3 hurricane, is moving north-northwest toward a likely brush with the outer banks of North Carolina Saturday before tracking up the mid-Atlantic states and a possible path over the metropolitan New York area and New England late this weekend.

See NASA’s photostream here.
 
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With thanks to Danielle Delgado
 

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Quay Brothers’ Mutter Museum documentary coming soon
08.24.2011
06:35 pm

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A new documentary by the Quay Brothers which focuses on the The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the fascinating Mütter Museum will have its premier on September 22 in Philadelphia.

Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) is a documentary on the collections of books, instruments, and medical anomalies at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum. This short film (running time: 31 minutes) is the first made by the internationally recognized Quay Brothers in the United States.

Learn more about the Mutter Museum by visiting their website.

The Quay Brothers discuss the making of their new film:
 

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Paw ‘em on the glass: The Cat Scan
08.21.2011
01:15 pm

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Have access to a cat and a scanner? Then you too could join the party at The Cat Scan! Please note - no kittehs were harmed in the making of this post.

 

 

 

 

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8G Roland TR-808 USB-Stick
08.04.2011
02:53 pm

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I like this Roland TR-808 Drum Machine flash drive for $39.99 over at Alkota Beats. You can pre-order ‘em now, but they won’t be available until October 1, 2011.

If you have no use for a flash drive, you might be interested in, however, the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine pillow on Dawanda‘s website. The pillow by Softmachines retails for € 99.00 or $140.00.


 
(via Mister Honk)

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Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension
07.30.2011
03:50 am

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More goodness for you weekend hippies.

The Universe is psychedelic. Just take a look.

Or just close your eyes.
 

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‘Hofman’s Potion’: LSD now more than ever
07.30.2011
02:19 am

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This wonderfully insightful documentary on one of the 20th centuries most significant discoveries will make you long for the day when pharmaceutical-quality LSD is once again made available to adults who want to experience it. As humanity seems to be on a de-evolutionary course, the responsible and conscious use of LSD may be one of the only genuinely effective antidotes to what ails us.

Forget Prozac, Klonapin, alcohol and TV, let’s legalize Hofman’s potion and re-awaken the beauty at the core of who we all are.

And for you naysayers who still think LSD was some badass hippie shit with little or no redeeming qualities, get off your computers now. Without acid, this technology we’re using at this very moment would probably not exist as it does in its present form. Suggested reading: click here.
 

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Smoke on the Water: The Porsche Hookah
07.21.2011
02:16 pm

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According to the Porsche website, the hookah “made out of TecFlex material,” will be available at the end of July. I wonder how much this sucker is going to cost?

The extraordinary Porsche Design Shisha combines high-quality materials such as aluminium, stainless steel and glass with the timeless and unique design approach of the luxury brand. Puristic and stylish at the same time. The Porsche Design Shisha is made in Germany and stands at a height of 55 centimetres. It only shows a discreet branding on the aluminium top of the Shisha and comes with a long flexible tube made out of TecFlex material, which is also used for the classic Porsche Design TecFlex writing tools.

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