Just Plain WEIRD #2

Snoek may just be the fastest velomobile you can buy

Once in production, the Snoek should sell for about €8,000 (US$9,663).  Velomobiel.nl View 5 Images – By Ben Coxworth 2021 Jan 15 – Although velomobiles are known for being faster than bicycles, some of the more “practical” models can be rather ungainly. That doesn’t …

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ said goodbye 25 years ago.

Here’s why Bill Watterson’s masterwork enchants us still. The final “Calvin and Hobbes” strip, by Bill Watterson, published 25 years ago this week — departing in peak form. (Bill Watterson/Andrews McMeel Syndication) – By Michael Cavna 2020 Dec 31 – “A new year…a …

The science behind snowflakes

A snowflake is a small weather feature that can pack a big punch. – By Allison Chinchar, CNN meteorologist 2020 Dec 23 – Many are made up of just one single ice crystal while some, more elaborate snowflakes are comprised of as many …

 

Omnidirectional robot shoots out treats for home-alone pets

Rocki is remotely controlled over the internet, by pet owners viewing real-time video from the robot’s camera.  Rocki – By Ben Coxworth 2020 Dec 21 – Earlier this year, we heard about a pet-entertaining/treat-dispensing robot known as Pumpkii. Although its crowdfunding campaign was cancelled, …