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09/29/14 01:47 PM Body-Heat Powered Flashlight! by MartinFocazio


"Ann Makosinski, a 15 year old student from Canada, made a flashlight for her science fair project a flashlight powered entirely by the body heat of the hand holding it. "

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09/29/14 02:40 AM There is no 'perfect' knife... by TeacherRO

All purpose bush knife

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09/28/14 01:31 AM Caught on an erupting volcano! by Arney

Sooooo, you're taking an early autumn hike with your friends on a Japanese mountain when it suddenly starts to erupt! What a crazy situation. Had flashbacks to 9/11, seeing that ash cloud envelope the hikers.

I'm not sure what the best course of action would be for the folks high up on the slope. You can't outrun the ash cloud. If there's a building, I suppose sheltering inside would be best. If out in the open, perhaps fashioning a dust mask would be the first priority. That ash apparently turns into almost like a concrete in your lungs if you breathe it in. Reports say 7 hikers lost consciousness in eruption.

It doesn't seem like the ash cloud was hot enough to kill anyone outright, at least according to the reports I've seen so far. So, I guess it's a simple ashfall rather than a flesh-cooking pyroclastic flow, but who knows, perhaps it's simply too early for the fatalities to be found.

Here's a first person POV of the eruption by someone on the mountain.

Here's a helicopter view of the eruption.

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09/25/14 06:42 PM A gentle (?) reminder about earthquakes! by AKSAR

A couple of minutes ago we had a nice shaker, an M 6.2 located out in the boonies about 80 miles NW of Anchorage.


At my desk, on the 6th floor of a large office building it was quite dramatic, but no damage. When I called my wife, she said one picture fell off the wall at our house.

I look at it as a nice reminder to keep our preparations up to date, for when a big one comes that really does some damage.

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09/24/14 03:00 PM What was civil about it? by hikermor


Old soldiers may just fade away, but their munitions go out with a bang, even 150 years later...

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