Kryptonite On Earth

I was a bit skeptical about this one, but it turned out to be true.  An unidentified mineral was discovered in a Serbian mine, and sent off to researchers to determine its composition.  After analyzing the mineral, Dr. Stanley discovered its formula already existed in literary form.

Kryptonite

“Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral’s chemical formula – sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide – and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns.

“The new mineral does not contain fluorine (which it does in the film) and is white rather than green but, in all other respects, the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite.”

Jadarite

Now the new mineral won’t be called kryptonite.  Instead, it will be called Jadarite, in reference to the location in Serbia where it was discovered. 

 

Just geeky

GarageGeeks – Too Cool

There are some amazing projects on GarageGeeks.

For instance the ‘Guitar Heronoid’:

A computer controlled android that plays Guitar Hero by doing real time video processing.

Or the ‘MotoTank’:

Take two motorcyles, cut them in two and connect them to a wheel. What do you get?? A tank! Each (half) motorcyle is completely independant with its own electrical and fueling system, while the streeting is common.

By far I think the ‘Real Pac Man’ is the best:

The main idea of this project is to take the oldest, most low-tech project and to build it in using as much technology as we can find. The board is RFID-enabled, and the pacman is mounted on a radio controlled car which is controlled by a cell phone using bluetooth *gasp*, which in turn drives the pacman in the game. So in fact, you’d be playing the physical pacman on the virtual board.

Real Pac Man

GarageGeeks – Link

[Found via MAKE]

Gadgets / Devices

Word Of The Week: Antipodes

From Greek anti- “opposed” and pous “foot”. This translates to something along the lines of “those whose feet are on the other side’.

The antipodes of any place on the Earth is the place which is diametrically opposite of it. As in when you were a child, if you lived in the United States, you were probably raised to think that if you dug a hole through the earth you’d come out in China.

As you’ll see from the Antipodal Maps and references below, this concept that was used in ‘China Syndrome’ is incorrect (remember the movie of that name regarding a nuclear power plant suffering from thermal runaway was thought to potentially melt a hole through the earth to China?).

In fact, since 70% of the Earth is water, the odds are very likely that if you look 180% (Lat and Lon) from your point on the planet right now, your antipode will not have feet at all but would have fins.

Here’s a really cool use of Google Maps that shows a split view of your antipodes: http://www.antipodemap.com/

So what is at the opposite of China? A good portion of South America, the Andes to be more precise.

References:

Word Geek

Strange Watches Becoming Norm

I don’t know what motovates the current craze over all these futuristic LED watches that have been popping up all over the place lately! Andy reported last week on the ODM pixel watches, Now I’m here to continue the trend with an offering from TokyoFlash, the Shinshoku.

Shinshoku Watch

This slick timepiece features a single adjustable metal band with drilled holes on the face, and 29 powerful LEDs arranged in a series of dots that represent hours and minutes. It takes only a minute or two to learn the LED arrangement to read the time correctly, and you’re set!

I personally like this designer LED watch over all the others I’ve seen lately. It just has that overall metallic futuristic feel to it ;)


Gadgets / Devices

Polar Clock

This nifty clock uses a unique graphical interface to show you everything you need to know about current time and calendar stuff!

Check it out!  The Polar Clock.

Misc.