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Gallery: The Diversity of Dino Ancestors

Gallery: The Diversity of Dino Ancestors | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Researchers excavate the bizarre creatures that preceded the dinosaurs.
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Hey, Word Geeks! Now There’s a Website for You | TIME.com

Hey, Word Geeks! Now There’s a Website for You | TIME.com | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Vocabulary.com could actually make speaking well cool again.

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Curse of Tutankhamen – 90 years on : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Curse of Tutankhamen – 90 years on : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Friday 5 April 2013, marks the 90th anniversary of the death of the Egyptologist Lord Canarvon and the start of the mysterious curse of Tutankhamen, but author and University of Manchester Egyptologist Dr Joyce Tyldesley points out the real story is far from sinister.

She argues that an exclusive media deal coupled with the subsequent reliance on non-expert comment helped fuel rumours of a curse. Although she also notes that the curse of Tutankhamen is now far more famous than both the original Egyptian king and the men who first unearthed his treasure laden tomb.


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The Magic Of Polavision | Inherited Values

The Magic Of Polavision | Inherited Values | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

This is a Polavision camera: Polaroid’s first and only foray into self-developing movie film.

 

Yes, that’s the part that blew my mind:  the magical Polaroid 600 film that everyone shakes like a Polaroid picture is awe-inspiring enough, so doing that at 20 or 30 frames a second blows my mind.  The film was, technically, 8mm film, but it wasn’t the same beast.   The film was pre-loaded in a cartridge, along with a reservoir of developing fluid.  The movie was filmed in a Polaroid camera, like any other normal home movie.   The specialized player did most of the work:  the first time a cartridge was played, the player released the developing fluid, and in 20 seconds the whole movie was ready to be watched.

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I AM NOT A LOAN

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Right now, Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student loans, and hard-working students are being priced out of higher education. Join the fight to end our nation's student debt crisis.
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I wish this included those of us who've already graduated and are buried in that debt... But it's a start.

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Classic Atari 2600 Comes Back To Life As iPhone Speaker Dock

Classic Atari 2600 Comes Back To Life As iPhone Speaker Dock | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

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App Turns Your Screen Into A Retro Monitor - DesignTAXI.com

App Turns Your Screen Into A Retro Monitor - DesignTAXI.com | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

It will be just like using a computer circa 1982, only better—Blinky is capable of generating “text art” from photographs or video and users will have the option of saving screen shots as well. 


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Watch the spectacular mating ritual of the dramatically colored male peacock spiders in south-east Australia

Watch the spectacular mating ritual of the dramatically colored male peacock spiders in south-east Australia | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

These miniature arachnids are part of the Maratus genus of spiders that live in the south east of Australia. There are 20 known species of peacock spider but only eight have been formally identified. Peacock spiders are so small you could fit ten of them on a fingernail.

 

These dramatic-looking spiders may seem like they're getting ready to attack, but this colourful display from male peacock spiders is in fact a mating ritual. Similar to peacock birds, where this spider gets its nickname from, the male flashes its brightly coloured, iridescent stomach flaps in a bid to attract females. And even if these arachnids did attack, they wouldn't get far because the adults only grow to about 5 mm long.

 

Videos: http://tinyurl.com/a462k98


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Being a female software engineer

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Group therapy for our many shared experiences

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Star Trek Nail Tattoos [pic]

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Until today, I have never heard of fingernail tattoos before.  I have heard of fake fingernails and I have posted a ton of amazing fingernail art paint jobs that people have done both on here and m...

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Star Trek Nail Tattoos - Why? It is Logical.

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The Hobbit Hole Litter Box [Pic]

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A Preview Of Elkhorn

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As Hubby mentioned, we’ll be among the over 500 dealers selling at the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market (at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Wisconsin) this weekend. Here are a few of the antiqu...
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Om Nom Nom Nom: Thor Cupcake [Pic]

Om Nom Nom Nom: Thor Cupcake [Pic] | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
I just have a lot of beautiful shots of of my Thor cupcakes and they must be shared! Mostly because that helmet was the bane of my existence. Fun Fact: T
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Stonehenge and Durrington Walls - a new alignment?

Stonehenge and Durrington Walls - a new alignment? | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

After downloading Google Earth 7.2 and experimenting with the improved star-field, the following accidental discovery was made:

A little before the summer solstice sunrise at Stonehenge, the Milky Way aligns along the Avenue at Durrington Walls beautifully. In a charming reversal, a little after the midsummer solstice sunset at Durrington Walls, the Milky Way aligns along the Avenue at Stonehenge equally well (see images 1 & 2 - larger versions can be downloaded here and here).


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David Connolly's curator insight, April 25, 2013 2:06 PM

now what do you make of this!

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“young people are beginning to feel that science fiction is the kind of literature that a person interested in reality should be reading.” -Isaac Asimov

“young people are beginning to feel that science fiction is the kind of literature that a person interested in reality should be reading.” -Isaac Asimov | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
orbit48: “ “young people are beginning to feel that science fiction is the kind of literature that a person interested in reality should be reading.” -Isaac Asimov ”
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12 Famous Authors' Very First Author Photos

12 Famous Authors' Very First Author Photos | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
We scoured the web to pull together a few surprising, intense, and charmingly youthful author photos from some of our very favorite authors' first works, from Truman Capote to Stephen King.

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gwynethjones's curator insight, March 28, 2013 5:54 AM

Authors, pop culture, & libraries, oh my!

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3ders.org - Making clothes at home with your 3D clothing printer

3ders.org - Making clothes at home with your 3D clothing printer | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
How we live by 2050? Industrial designer Joshua Harris has created a concept that in the future, we could use a clothing printer to manufacture our clothes at home.

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Red Vintage Vespa

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You've been invited to thefancy.com! Discover amazing stuff, collect the things you love, buy it all in one place - membership is free.
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Meet Kraftwerk's Original 3-D Animator, Rebecca Allen | Underwire | Wired.com

Meet Kraftwerk's Original 3-D Animator, Rebecca Allen | Underwire | Wired.com | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

When Kraftwerk needed a video to match its electronic music nearly three decades ago, the band turned to Rebecca Allen, a pioneer in the field of computer art. Allen was the creative genius at the helm for 1986′s “Musique Non Stop,” one of the earliest examples of rendered 3-D graphics in a music video.

 

Creating the milestone video, which made Allen a major force behind the German band’s visual aesthetic in the ’80s, was a painstaking process that took nearly two years for Allen and her team at the New York Institute of Technology’s Computer Graphics Laboratory to complete.

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Could the ancient Romans have built a digital computer? |

Could the ancient Romans have built a digital computer? | | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

The Romans were undoubtedly master engineers. They were experts at civil engineering, building roads, improving sanitation, inventing Roman concrete, and constructing aqueducts that adhere to tolerances impressive even by today’s standards. Perhaps the best evidence of their aptitude is the fact that many of those structures still stand today, almost 2000 years later. They even began dabbling in technology vastly ahead of their time. Hero of Alexandria drew up plans for a rudimentary steam engine in his Spiritalia seu Pneumatica. He called it the aeolipile.


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David Connolly's curator insight, March 1, 2013 4:07 AM



A very thought provoking article. 

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Parka Avenue: What is the ultimate Mod scooter? Vespa vs Lambretta

Parka Avenue: What is the ultimate Mod scooter? Vespa vs Lambretta | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
First, most Mods fall into two camps: Vespa or Lambretta. Just like the age old Coca-Cola vs Pepsi rivalry, the two Italian scooter brands have been trying to outshine each other since the start. (I'm a Coke fan by the way) ...

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Laura Brown's comment, March 2, 2013 2:30 PM
I really wanted a scooter when I lived downtown. The big drawback ws finding a secure place to park it any place I stopped. But, it would been so great for jaunting around town.
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I had scooter lust a few years ago. They looked so much fun and so simple to get around with in the city. The drawback was finding a parking spot where I could hope it would still be there when I came back out again.

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Using Facial Recognition To Express Emoticons - PSFK

Using Facial Recognition To Express Emoticons - PSFK | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
The Auto Smiley application uses facial recognition to monitor and digitally express when a user has made a smile.

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Nye's Place in the Sun

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Bill Nye talks about his own home to show how energy-efficient houses save both money and the environment.
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Look at the slideshow for great photos - like of Bill's bow tie collection!

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Fun Facts: Triple Crown Infographic | Dames of Chance

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And Then You Tell Them Not To Play With Their Food

And Then You Tell Them Not To Play With Their Food | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
A colorful Lego Cake.
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