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The steam engines of Karsten Gintschel

The steam engines of Karsten Gintschel

That was written in 2009. Rog has an impressive collection of Karsten steam engines, most of which seem to be based on the aeolipile. Gintschel-Modelbau now has a German-language website, but Rog’s page shows many older models not included there.

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Images via scanning laser excitation of glow-in-the-dark paint

Scan a laser across a phosphorescent screen to create glowing, haunting images that slowly fade into blackness.

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Magnificent wooden manipulator arm

The latest of many truly outstanding wooden toys from Japanese YouTuber kinohagurama. [via The Automata / Automaton Blog]

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Stunning compilation of high-speed shuttle launch footage

Matt Melis and Kevin Burke of Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center narrate this remarkable 45-minute video highlights compilation of some 30 high-speed clips recorded by the 125 cameras–most of them film-based—that documented each space shuttle launch. Most of this footage was recorded for engineering purposes and, as part of an ongoing effort to commemorate the shuttle program, is now being re-cut for public appreciation. Space, engineering, and photography enthusiasts will completely geek out over this video, and anyone with a pair of eyes is certain to at least enjoy it. If you can, you should watch the whole thing. If you don’t have time, you should at least scan forward to 21:00 to watch the super-slow-motion close-range shot, taken from the support structure, of the entire vehicle as it passes by. Also, I’d personally recommend the wide-angle footage at 31:10 for absolute aesthetic beauty, as well as the booster plumes passing in front of the sun at 34:50. [Thanks, Rachel!]

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