Mar 132011
 

It’s not a joke, it’s a toothpick, Tuco. Now I want you to get up there and make art out of them toothpicks. Well, toothpick artist Steven J. Backman has turned The Good, the Bad and the Ugly into something quite beautiful with only 55 toothpicks and some glue.

See more over at Steven’s official website or a gallery of toothpick portraits over at Oddity Central – via BuzzFeed and Incredible Things

Mar 132011
 

Now that Continental Oil Company (now Conoco) has your attention with the naughty thing their research chemists (Belt over lab coat? Craaaazy!) do on their summer break, it smoothly segues into the benefits of motor oil.

Remember that sex sells, future Madison Ave execs, it even sells motor oil. Modern Mechanix has the larger pic: Link

Mar 132011
 

Everyone knows that if you swim or soak in a tub for a long time, your skin turn all pruny but have you ever considered how the skin doesn’t simply dissolve? It’s all in the keratin:

After a period in water the outer layer of the skin (the stratum corneum) expands, producing prune-like wrinkles. Earlier researchers suggested the stratum corneum expands as it absorbs water, but no one had yet explained why skin doesn’t fall apart when it has expanded.

Keratin is known to prevent evaporation from the skin and to absorb water to help keep the skin hydrated. The stratum corneum layer also gives the skin its stretchy properties and the ability to spring back.

Using computer modeling Evans approached the question from a geometric point of view to try to explain why skin maintains its structural rigidity after long exposure to water. She said the outer layer of skin contains a three-dimensional pattern of keratin fibers woven together to form a structure capable of acting like a sponge.

The fibers are helical when dry but straighten out as water is absorbed, which allows the network to hold a greater volume of water. All the contacts between the keratin fibers remain intact throughout the expansion, and this makes the material structurally stable, Evans said.

Link

Mar 132011
 

Mark Anderson of Andertoons set out to make a Lego spaceship that resembled each of the 26 letters of the alphabet. It took two years to accomplish this goal, but he did it! Now all those spaceships are posted for your enjoyment. Link -Thanks, Mark!

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