Laser plus Camp Fire equals Awesome…

Staring endlessly into the hypnotic glow of a camp fire is one of the greatest joys when relaxing at the end of day in the great outdoors. While this pastime has stayed the same since the discovery of fire it has finally been improved thanks to lasers. As we know lasers make everything better and the combination of a camp fire and a laser just proves this point.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the new spectacular outdoor display, an incredible combination of two awesome outdoor pastimes, playing with lasers and sitting around the camp fire. The combination of fire and smoke passing through the laser beams is nothing short of spectacular. Sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed by the power of lasers, and remember the next time you’re heading out for a camping trip remember to take a laser for the sheer fun of it.

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Unexplained Footage: Luna Wave Events WTF?

Intrepid lunar observer and investigator Croww777 has this week posted a compilation of incredible videos that appear to have captured enormous waves traversing the surface of the moon. Our rocky companion on our journey through space is the source of many mysteries; Lunar Wave Events are simply the latest mystery to make us wonder what the true nature of our lunar companion is.

This latest controversy to envelope our lunar neighbor is described as a Lunar Wave Event, a strange rippling effect that traverses the entire surface of the moon. Looking very much like a wave you might expect to see during an earthquake here on Earth this phenomenon has been captured by many armature astronomers around the world.

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Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest Kits, Build Your Own Amazing Wind Powered Creatures…

Few people can claim to have created their very own form of synthetic life but Dutch artist and engineer Theo Jansen takes great pride in his creations called the Strandbeest, an autonomous robotic form of living sculpture. Jansen has always been fascinated by the life of mechanical creatures, he dreamed of creating natural robots that have a life of their own. This obsession has become a very close facsimile to the dream.

Now Theo has released miniature Strandbeest kits that anyone can purchase and build, bringing these miniature living sculptures to life with a little patience and a gentle breeze. Two of his famous autonomous sculptures are now available as DIY kits; the Strandbeest and Rhinoceros are real working versions of their larger original big brothers.

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Anomalous Spiral Lights in the Sky are Still Appearing Around the World…

Norway December 2009 saw a massive story break around the world ‘What are the Anomalous Spiral Lights in the Skies above Norway?” The question was echoed around the world by every news and cable channel, the story very quickly went viral. You may have assumed the phenomenon was a once off, especially if you watch cable news but the truth is they continue to occur to this day.

The Norway Anomalous Spiral incident was after a few months explained as a failed rocket test carried out by Russia, and the story went quiet. This explanation however didn’t sit well with many people and raised more questions than answers. How is it possible for a rocket to spin in place and burn up for nearly 10 minutes, more time than it has fuel for? Then there is also the fact that rockets are sent a self destruct mechanism to stop out of control rockets slamming back to Earth and potentially causing massive damage (see the video of the Titan 4 Explosion at Cape Canaveral).

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Street Fighter: Crazy Drunk Russian Edition…

The Street Fighter edition videos have returned once more with three rounds of hilarious Crazy Drunk Russia’s. Alcohol can makes fools of us all but nothing seems to top Vodka and Russians; they just go together like positive and negative poles of two powerful magnets, with a violent snap.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the original street fighters, two crazy drunk Russians. To be fair one of the inebriated Ruskies seems far crazier than the other, and far more intent on having a no holds barred slap fight. Sit back, relax and be sure to have your favourite form of liquid courage on hand, this is thirsty work.

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Key & Peele: The Black Ice Skit, Hilarious…

The ability to turn awkward pauses into hilarious moments is one of the greatest powers of comedy, shinning an entertaining light on our foibles has always been the job of a comedian. This is exactly the reason we here at SLM think Key & Peele is one of the funniest shows on TV (of any kind) at the moment. Although the Black Ice skit was aired a couple of months ago it seems to be even more poignant now for the above mentioned reasons.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the hilarious Black Ice skit by Key & Peele. Don’t forget for those out of reach of cable TV there is now a Comedy Central mobile app with full episodes available to watch for free. Sit back, relax and prepare to be amused by the masters of comedy Key & Peele.

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Scientists Transplant Worms Mind into a Lego Robot, the Worminator is Born…

The Worminator lives, with the brain of one of nature’s simplest creatures and a body carefully crafted out of Lego Mindstorm V3 parts history shall record the world’s first Cyborg as being a Lego worm. While not as impressive as James Cameron’s interpretation of a Cyborg sent back in time it is none the less an important milestone.

Created as a part of the OpenWorm project Worminator programmer Lucy Black describes the process of creating the neural simulation software in her I-Programmer article published November 16. Using off the shelf (toy shop shelf) hardware and fairly standard networking protocols the team have in fact been able to observe very similar behaviours to that of the original facsimile, a roundworm (Caenohadbitis elegans).

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Worlds Simplest Electric Train is Just Too Cool…

Sometimes in life the simplest things are the most incredible; take for example the world’s simplest electric train which consists of dry cell battery, a coil of copper wire and some powerful magnets. Ingredients that produce an incredibly simple form of locomotion as demonstrated by YouTube channel AmazingScience.

The train itself is propelled by the magnetic field generated by the electricity passing from the battery through the magnets and to the copper wire. This field then acts upon the poles of the magnets which are attracted in and repelled out of the magnetic field created as the permanent magnets touch each coil of the wire.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the incredibly simple electromagnetic train, an experiment that anyone can try and will amaze everyone who watches it. Be assured this is no fake trickery, just plain old physics in action. Sit back, relax and be sure you’ve bought a ticket to ride the World’s Simplest Electric Train.

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Electronics Projects with LittleBits via the King of Random…

Here at Highpants our favourite little electronic gadget is undoubtedly the LittleBits electronics kits. Prolific YouTube video producer Grant Thompson seems to agree with us and has produced a video of the amazing things that can be done with these very clever little electronics kits.

For his latest video Grant has put together a number of incredibly useful little projects that literally took 5 minutes to complete. From home automation to keeping an eye on his kids TV watching habits and warning him via SMS that his home safe has been opened these practical projects couldn’t be more useful or simpler.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is a small sampling of the amazing things that can be achieved by simply snapping together parts from the LittleBits kit, no soldering required.  Sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed by these little bits of incredible in action.

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Slinky Master…

Let loose on a staircase and the Slinky seems to have a mind of its own, but put the Slinky in the hands of a Master and things quickly become incredible. YouTube channel RainbowPoopUnicorn has tracked down video evidence of one such master in action. Seeming to defy the laws of physics through an incredible sense of touch the Slinky Master is able to control the waves of energy running through the Slinky with incredible precision.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the skills of a true master in action. Able to make this simple piece of coiled wire dance and writhe to his every whim to produce one incredibly hypnotic performance, this is the Slinky Master. Sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed by a Slinky dancing as you have never seen before.

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