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30th March 2015

Five Peculiar Food Phobias You Don’t Want to Have

While most people relish the thought of a delicious meal and consider food a form of self indulgence, this isn’t universally true. For a small percentage of the population, certain foods and food related items are feared to the point that they become an obsession and are to be avoided at all costs. When fear of a certain food or foods takes on this status, it becomes a food phobia. Here are five fascinating food phobias to chew on awhile. Be prepared! Pronouncing these food fears can be a real mouth full.

Arachibutrophobia – Fear of peanut butter

You won’t tempt a person with arachibutrophobia with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They’ll likely run in the [...]

 
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28th March 2015

Top 10 Influential Science Fiction Writers

There can be a major difference between the best authors of a genre, my favorite authors of a genre, and the most influential authors of a genre.  While any top ten list like this will be somewhat controversial, here is a list of authors who have had a great and lasting influence on the science fiction genre.

#10 Douglas Adams: Douglas Adams may be one of the most popular authors on this list, and when his work first came out, they were very unique.  Adams is best known for his “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series, which were ground breaking.  These works introduced a comedic and strange (maybe almost surreal) element to science fiction writing that is [...]

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28th March 2015

Get into shape cycling the world from your living room with Widerun

Now you too can ride a bike on the Great Wall of China or pedal for your life trying to escape from zombies! All from the comfort of your house thanks to Widerun: an interactive bike trainer designed to deliver engaging fitness sessions or just plain old cycling fun through VR headsets or external screens.

All you need is a normal bike (any bike with a wheel radius between 26 to 29 inches can be attached without any adjustments to the Widetun trainer), a VR headset (Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Cmoar etc) or external screen (that includes your smart TV) and of course Widerun.

The trainer is capable of measuring speeds upto 30 m/s (100km/h), handle steering [...]

 
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28th March 2015

Create a mud powered battery with MudWatt

The MudWatt is a great new science toy for kids and kids at heart (that means us) currently being funded on KickStarter. Using MudWatt you can generate a small amount of electricity to power a couple LEDs, a buzzer, a clock or anything else you can think of. The secret ingredient is mud (yes that stuff you cant find almost everywhere especially your garden).

This is possible thanks to little micro-organisms or “microbes” (not visible to the naked eye) one-tenth the thickness of a human hair that live throughout almost all soil and sediment on the earth and run mini hamster wheels. No just kidding. One species of these microbes releases electrons while eating up nutrients in [...]

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