Giant Insects For Science, Honest!

DragonflyI’ve waited a long time for someone to run this experiment!

The giant dragonflies of ancient Earth with wingspans of up to 70 centimeters (28 inches) are generally attributed to higher oxygen atmospheric levels in the atmosphere in the past. New experiments in raising modern insects in various oxygen-enriched atmospheres have confirmed that dragonflies grow bigger with more oxygen, or hyperoxia.

I can hardly wait for more work to be done in this field. I expect that after many generations of insects being raised in a hyperoxic environment there might be some substantial differences between them and their low O2 brothers. Maybe they should try this on fruit flies due to they rapid reproductive rate. The stated goal should be a humming bird sized fruit fly within 20 years. Quite safe outside the lab due to the extra oxygen needed unless someone invents a tiny SCUBA system for them to wear… Please don’t tell DARPA about this one!
Raising giant insects to unravel ancient oxygen

The Mechanical Mustache

“A mustache party? By Jove I’ll be there!” I exclaimed as I dashed forth from my lab!

I few weeks ago I got wind of a party that the local hackerspace here in the greater Phoenix area was having. They decided to celebrate their one year anniversary by holding a mustache party. So I decided to live the hacker dream and build my own mustache (yes, I have a natural one but that was easy to make).
Take a look at the process that I went through to build my creation. I give you the  Mechanical Mustache Project!

Hand Made SLR Camera

I see this and I feel that I’ve been seriously slacking off! ‘Denis MO’ have been thinking of building his own camera for many many years and finally decided to act on his dreams. His original camera design is loosely based on Russian cameras (Zenit, Zorki, etc) and can use common Russian lenses (Industar, Helios, Mir) and has a variable shutter that can be set to 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, and bulb. After about 500 hours of planning and machining he now has a fine camera that takes a pretty good picture.

[via Hack-a-Day]

Homemade SLR Camera by Denis MO in English!.

Optio NB1000 Now With Blocks!

In a collaboration with Nanoblocks (looks like a Japanese version of the popular Danish wonder block system LEGO) camera maker Pentax has a new 14 mega pixel camera that is covered in bumpy customization happiness. The camera has all the latest features that digital cameras need to have, face detection, HD video, 4x optical zoom, that’s nice and everything but it’s got places to attach Nanoblock bricks. I can see this being handy for adding filters to the flash or making a sports finder or I suppose you could add little cute critters and other cute creations to it. Not sure if it will ever get to the US but it would be fun to mess with.

[via NOTCOT]

Optio NB1000 ( Translated by Google )
Optio NB1000|コンパクトデジタルカメラ|PENTAX.

Halo Jetpack!

A nice little PR stunt for the upcoming Halo Reach game from Bungie Soft. I wish that jet pack technology was a little more advanced so the flights were more than 20 seconds long but then again jet packs do exist. Perhaps some clever engineer can devote some time and energy to developing a new and improved version once they get done zapping the bad guys in Halo.

[via NOTCOT]
Microsoft Halo Reach page
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