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Popular Mechanics lists 10 inventions that the world is waiting for. All we need is somebody to invent them. So let’s get cracking! (What? No jet pack?)

Thought you were tough, huh?: Not until you take this, and cut open your own windpipe with it in your kitchen in the middle of the night.
Thought you were tough, huh?: Not until you take this, and cut open your own windpipe with it in your kitchen in the middle of the night.Courtesy Don Solo
Last week a man gave himself a tracheotomy in his kitchen. That means he took a knife, and cut a hole in his own throat.

The man has suffered from throat cancer and breathing problems. He awoke in the middle of the night last week with his throat swollen shut. You know the rest.

Apparently Rambo lives in Omaha.

The Myanmar coast on April 15
The Myanmar coast on April 15Courtesy NASA
Satellite images from NASA of the Burma (or Myanmar) coastline show some pretty amazing pre- and post-cyclone images. It's now thought that the death toll from tropical cyclone Nargis could eventually exceed 100,000.The Myanmar coast on May 5: pictures taken by NASA's Terra satellite.
The Myanmar coast on May 5: pictures taken by NASA's Terra satellite.Courtesy NASA

The cells of our bodies are constantly in motion. In fact, zap them with light and they vibrate, creating sound – much too faint to hear, but sensitive instruments can record the vibrations. Two biologists at the University of Manchester in England have found that healthy cells vibrate differently than cancerous cells. They are hoping to use this to develop new, less-invasive tests to diagnose cancer.

Researchers in France have invented a new type of rubber that repairs itself. Press two pieces together, and they bond together without using any kind of glue or heat.

A company in California is harvesting the power of cow patties, using manure to produce natural gas for home heating.

It totally is red!: Oh, man, I have to go give myself a concussion.
It totally is red!: Oh, man, I have to go give myself a concussion.Courtesy rbrwr
What a boring title for something kind of awesome.

So--synaesthesia. It's where people associate (to varying degrees) one sense with another. Like maybe a certain musical note sounds yellow, or, more frequently, certain letters will always be seen as certain colors.

Well, in this study it was revealed that color/letter synaesthetic associations aren't totally arbitrary. "A," for instance, is most often associated with the color red, "V" with purple.

What's more, there seems to be a link to how often the colors and letters are used in language. Both "A" and "red" are common in language, while "V" and "purple" are proportionately less common. Common letters and common colors are usually paired to each other, with the same going for less common letters and colors.

The brain is so weird.

Air Jelly

by Ren on Apr. 24th, 2008

A friend sent me this amazing video. This new air jelly is awesome. I so want one; I don't know what I'd do with it, but it's cool!

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A little bit of research shows it's being made by a German company, Festo. Sadly, for me, their website is all in German and I can't read anymore. If anyone can find out more, I'd love to see a full blog on this!