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Fight Against Maturity

Now this is a mod!

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A Boeing 747, converted to an air drop tanker for fire fighting, demonstrates a drop of about 28,000 gallons.

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Pardon?

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A Rounder Ball

soccerballWhen the strikers for either Germany or Costa Rica kick off the first game of the 2006 World Cup today in Munich, they will be doing so with what Adidas is hailing as the roundest soccer ball ever produced. The Teamgeist (“team spirit”) ball, as the New York Times deftly explained yesterday, was engineered with a “free-flowing” set of 14 pre-shaped panels—fewer than the traditional 32—resulting in a smoother, more consistently round surface that supposedly responds more accurately to the force of a kick. Adidas backs up this claim with its own experimental data, including tests with a robotic kicking machine that diligently shot the Teamgeist against a wall a few hundred thousand times.

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Nixie Tube Clock

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A Nixie tube clock by Ronald Dekker of Holland. Just one of several at this link. This great old technology seems to be making a slight comeback for DIY types.

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