Daily Archives: April 23, 2012

From Gizmodo: All Modern American Rockets and Spaceships Compared

This is a very neat graphic: all modern American rockets and spaceships compared, from XCOR’s Lynx—a two-seat space transport vehicle—to NASA’s next-generation Space Launch System. And of course, the classic Saturn V added for good measure. More »   from Gizmodo

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From Lifehacker: Escape Zip Tie Restraints with Paracord Shoelaces

Many home invaders and kidnappers use heavy-duty zip ties to keep victims restrained. If you replace your existing shoelaces with paracord you can use the paracord to form a friction saw that will cut through the zip ties. More »   … Continue reading

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From Lifehacker: DIY Gravity Water Filter

If you’re a backpacker you need a reliable yet lightweight method for purifying and filtering water in the wild. Most commercial methods are either bulky and heavy or need supplies such as salt and/or batteries. Instead you can make a … Continue reading

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From Engadget: Intel puts Ivy Bridge on the map: first 22nm product, decent official benchmarks, quad-cores from $174

We hear that pilgrims have already started flocking to the town of Ivybridge (population 12,056) in the forested depths of southwest England. Very soon though, you’ll be able to pay homage to Moore’s Law without travelling further than your favorite … Continue reading

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From Lifehacker: DIY Headphone Adapter Adds Pause, Play, and a Microphone to Any Smartphone Headphone Jack

Have a pair of expensive headphones that you love but you wish they had a remote for your smartphone controls? Or do you hate the fact that when you’re driving with your phone connected to the auxiliary input on your … Continue reading

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From Gizmodo: The CIA’s Mach 3 Recon Drone

Gary Power’s failed sortie over Soviet Russia in 1960 prompted military brass to search for unmanned alternatives for performing recon over hostile territory. The D-21 drone was Lockheed’s solution—launched from a modified A-12, it spied on Red China at over … Continue reading

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From Gizmodo: Officials Don’t Know Why 877 Dead Dolphins Have Been Found on Beaches in Peru

From February to April, a 2-month span, 877 dead dolphins and porpoises have been found on the beaches of northern Peru. The problem? No one knows why. It could be a virus. It could be an infection. It could be … Continue reading

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