Behold, the fish cannon.
Fish ladders are passé. If you want to move your salmon upriver, shoot them there!
Cardboard box vortex cannon. [3:26]
With simple instructions to make your own.
Blackbeard's cannon has been salvaged
off the North Carolina coast after 300 years, as part of the Queen Anne's Revenge
project. [more inside]
The year was 1929, and Noah Lewis was blowing the hell outta
. [more inside]
Vortex Cannon : SLYT
"Jem Stansfield builds a vortex cannon to pick up where the big bad wolf failed to blow over a house of brick."
More details at the BBC
Pickering and the Female Computers.
In 1881, Edward Pickering
, the director of the Harvard College Observatory, became so impatient with a male lab assistant’s work that he famously declared his maid could do a better job. Rather than take offense, his 24-year-old maid, Williamina Fleming
, instead took him up on the offer. She ended up working at the Observatory for the next 30 years, supervising the tedious work of cataloging photographic plates, but also discovering variable stars and novae, helping to develop a classification system—and, perhaps even more importantly
, hiring nearly 40 female assistants
, many of whom went on to have distinguished scientific careers
. [more inside]
(flash). Exactly what it says.
Howe & Ser Moving Company
has completed its latest job: moving a Spanish-American War cannon from the pits of Pasadena, CA
to sunny Cambridge, MA. The cannon arrived with one addition: a giant Brass Rat, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology class ring. In the past, the cannon graced the front yard of Caltech and took a brief vacation to Harvey Mudd College.
Last year, students from Caltech attempted to start a hacking war with MIT, with little response. This small delivery has drastically changed the score
. More pictures
This weekend in Millsboro, Delaware is the 16th annual Punkin Chunkin World Championships
, in which pumpkins are propelled distances approaching a mile from old-style catapults and huge air cannons. Anyone else going?
Sure, spud guns have been done, but sometimes we need reminders of the awesome power
of a flying tuber. I prefer this design, as it is powered by compressed air, whereas a buddy of mine just finished a device he calls "The Judge" powered by Acetylene and O2.