Soldering in Space


In July 2004, Astronaut Mike Fincke melted some solder aboard the International Space Station. The behavior of the solder in zero gravity is fascinating to watch. Read more »

Oobleck for Potholes


A group Case Western Reserve University undergraduates have created a waterproof Kevlar-reinforced pouch filled with shear-thickening fluid that can be simply dropped into a pothole to effect a quick fix. Under its own weight, the goo flows to take the shape of the pothole. But when a car drives over,... Read more »

Bones of Blue Plasma

Eric Franklin Montage

Part of a series of skeletal gas discharge lamps from sculptor Eric Franklin. This one is called Embodiment. Franklin's work makes a nice compliment to Jessica Lloyd-Jones' neon organs, which we posted about last week. Read more »

How-To: Low-Cost Gyroscopic Camera Stabilizer

DIY gyroscopic camera stabilizer

DIY physics guru David Prutchi coveted one of the expensive professional-grade gyroscopic camera stabilizers made by Kenyon Laboratories. "These devices," he observes, "don’t seem to have changed much since Kenyon’s founder filed the following two patents in the 50′s: US2811042, US2570130." Referencing those patents, David reverse-engineered the basic geometry of... Read more »