Watch 4,200 dominoes fall in glorious 360 degrees

How can watching dominoes fall be more delightful? How about if it's filmed in 360 degrees? This ingenious circular tower by FlippyCat makes great use of the fancy camera.

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Breathtaking space film on Cassini's final months exploring Saturn

NASA's JPL is counting down the days to the scheduled end of Cassini's mission in September. Erik Wernquist created this awe-inspiring overview of Cassini's final months of existence.

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A moving biography of the late Leonard Nimoy for children

Anyone who remembers Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan can’t help but be at least a little choked up recalling the scene in which Spock sacrifices himself for his crew members. He regards Kirk with compassion before quietly delivering his epitaph, “I have been, and always will be, your friend. Live long and prosper.” Author Rich Michelson was fortunate enough to have his own friendship with Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy was a skilled photographer and Michelson was his gallerist, and from that professional relationship the two men became friends.

Fascinating takes a look at Nimoy’s life from his boyhood with his Jewish immigrant family on Boston’s West End, his move to Hollywood and his rise to stardom after claiming the iconic role that he would later eschew, only to embrace once more. The book is clearly a labor of love with the emphasis on love. Nimoy is portrayed here as an outsider with an expansive heart, whose boundless empathy for his friends, family and neighbors ultimately extended to his groundbreaking portrayal of Mr. Spock.

Michelson delivers a sensitive portrait of Nimoy as a struggling outsider, whether as a boy acclimating to his life in America and overcoming his first bout of stage fright or as an emerging actor discovering his voice. These experiences ultimately informed his portrayal of Spock, the alien whom everyone could relate to. Michelson’s book stands as a personal, open-hearted tribute to a man who has been, and always will be, our friend.

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator) Knopf Books for Young Readers 2016, 40 pages, 8.9 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches, Hardcover $12 Buy on Amazon Read the rest

Students build working version of Leonardo da Vinci's self-supporting bridge

Students at Missouri's Truman State University got a cool lesson in in a class about Leonardo da Vinci: a chance to turn his sketch for a self-supporting bridge into a working version. Read the rest

Cat goes ape for this 2-D optical illusion

Humans aren't the only animals affected by trippy optical illusions, as Ryan Kotzin (aka TheRealSquirrelWhisperer) demonstrates. It's interested to see his cat's eyes move around the page as the effect appears elsewhere.

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The 19th-century teen girl who overpowered men in traveling shows

Bill Kirby shares interesting stories about Augusta, Georgia history. Here, he discusses Lulu Hurst, a local teen girl who wowed audiences by overpowering any man who dared to accept her strength challenge.

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Fighting Japanese goblins in 1934, Betty Boop style

The Routing of the Tengu is a charming 1934 Japanese cartoon about a Neko (cat) fighting the mythic tengu, a group of imps trying to kidnap a geisha. Betty Boop was an obvious influence.

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Watch this woodworker hand-turn a bowl for a floating magnetic base

Kyle Tóth makes a lot of gorgeous pieces on his lathe as experiments, like this small floating bowl.

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Beautiful nature documentary on the Australian bin chicken

One of the most striking sights in some Australian cities is the white ibis, an exotic-looking large bird that has adapted to city life as a scavenger. Here's a hilarious spoof of nature documentaries. Read the rest

This farm animal sanctuary's rotating cow brush is a huge hit

Cows love to rub stuff with their faces and bodies, so lots of farms like the Hof Butenland Foundation install these rotating cow brushes. Rescue cow Paul is no exception. Read the rest

OMG, someone stuck a 360° camera in a bunny pen

Get a rabbit's-eye view of bun-bun num-nums as these impossibly cute baby rabbits go to town on apples and other treats. Scroll around to feel surrounded by bunnies, or petter yet, but on your compatible VR and become a bunny. Read the rest

Watch these hypnotic transplanting machines

This nifty little device is used in a lot of larger greenhouses. Transplanting delicate seedlings used to be done by hand on long conveyor belts. One facility said it took 35 workers to do as much as the machine. Read the rest

A lovely leather pencil roll

Organize your pens and pencils rather than poke holes in your pockets! Read the rest

Python Humble Bundle - a bunch of ebooks for $1

Humble Bundle has a good sale on Python books right now. For $1 or more, you get three No Starch Python ebooks. There are more books offered at the $8 and $15 level. Read the rest

In restrospect 'Hee Haw' is a waking nightmare

I remember Hee Haw as being unwatchable. I didn't remember it as a Soviet caricature of the worst in American culture. Read the rest

GMUNK on how he shot his amazing infrared images of Alaska

GMUNK has done a lot of cool video work, but he says his trip to Alaska to shoot infrared stills was one of his most inspiring projects of all. Below are a couple of examples. Read the rest

A DIY Peloton at-home stationary cycling solution for introverts

I decided I needed to start exercising again, and spinning--cycling on a stationary bike--is the best choice for me. Peloton looked awesome, but too expensive. I figured out a way to enjoy the features of Peloton I care about, without spending the big bucks. Here's how you can do it, too. Read the rest

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