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What is life? Can we recognize alien life? [TED video]

Well, VSauce spoke about life a while ago and got some things straighten up. But how do you search for alien life forms? Can you even imagine what to look at or, better yet, if you look at an alien life form would know know that it’s what it is?

Christoph Adami, Professor of Applied Life Sciences at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA, has invented the “Avida” system in order to find an answer to this question. With this system he replicates life in a digital world and applies Darwinian principles of evolution in order to watch digital artificial life form evolve.

From these artificial life forms he extracts the biosignature, which means a signature of living things in order to apply it to signals NASA is finding in the Universe. An incredible task, with an incredible theory and work at its basis. Still, I have another question. What do we do if the alien life forms are not carbon based? The theory Adams uses takes into account signals from known carbon-based life forms. Could life outside the known spectrum exist? Definitively!

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Think you’ve seen them all? Try time lapse form Space [video]

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space | Fly Over | Nasa, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

Michael König has published on Vimeo an incredible time lapse footage from Space. This is not the first one I have seen, but this video shows a LOT better how our wonderful planet looks like.

This video has been build from images given by NASA via The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth and you better be watching it in HD. Thanks to Gizmodo for featuring this on their blog.

I looked very closely at thunders and, of course, The Aurora. This would be a good intro for a Michael Bay movie, I’m sure. What did you liked in this video?

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Awesome stop motion kaleidoscopic pencil art is awesome [video]

Hudson – Against The Grain from Dropbear on Vimeo.

Who would think that the pencils are better for much more than writing? Yes, you can use them as weapons, but they are simply awesome to use in a stop motion music video like Against The Grain.

The singer is Hudson, an emerging Melbourne indie-folk artist, and for this kaleidoscopic art he got the help of film maker/animator/VJ Dropbear (aka Jonathan Chong).

I am glad I found out this stunning video just walking by on my Facebook timeline because Nicola Deiana shared it 😀 If it’s awesome/amazing/creative/stunning/incredible/fantastic and so on it needs to find it’s place on this blog TehGeek(Crea)Tive. Enjoy!

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Stephenson’s Steam Engine made out of glass made my day [video]

At one year old this video still makes the round trip of the internet. Have you ever seen a steam engine made out of glass? I didn’t until these days. This interesting machinery has been created by glassblower Michal Zahradník back in 2008 and it works pretty darn well.

Talking about steampunk movement, let’s just create another one named: glasspunk 😀 All the joints, wheels and cylinders are of pure glass and it may even be good to use it as a power generator. Limitless options.

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Superhydrophobic coating brings nanotech in our houses [technology]

NeverWet is a superhydrophobic nanotech coating created by Ross Technology Corp that repels any kind of wet material from the surfaces it has been applied on. More than that, if you cover an iPhone in this coating and put it in a water tank the phone will simply work unhindered.

[UPDATE: 30 November 2011]NeverWet will be available from mid 2012. Details here.
[UPDATE: 25 June 2013]Neverwet is finally here. Click for details.

Well, that is a thing I REALLY want to have in my house. Can you imagine clothing that never needs washing, tables that can be cleaned pretty easy and electronics that can be used even in water? That time has come. I am curious to know how much this thing costs and when will we be able to have it. Thanks Gizmodo for sharing.

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Awesome Symphony of Stars with Neil deGrasse Tyson [video]

If the thought of space exploration makes happy then this music video will too. It is the 12th Symphony of Stars – “Onward to the Edge” which features Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Cox, and Carolyn Porco having their voices electronically altered.

John Boswell likes to play with electronic music and he gave us the above music video to listen to. The video presents the steps that we do to conquer the Universe and it outlines the importance of knowing thar we are anot alone. I totally agree! This inspirational video is simply awesome! Via [Open Culture].

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Best thing from 11/11/11 – eleven heads acappella [video]

Well, when we talk about Neatorama we can only say one thing: this guys are great. Some of the most interesting and intriguing articles can be found there. Like the acappella music video done by Daniel Koren.

How did you spent your end of the world? I didn’t even noticed it! You? Frankly I was way to busy dealing with more important tasks, like joking and a little trolling on the matter. Anyways, the video clip above pretty much sums up all the things that could happen on 11th november 2011: another reason to just have fun and party.

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Allan Jones guides us through the map of our brain [science]

In this truly interesting TED Talk about our brain the CEO or Allen Institute of Brain Science, Allan Jones, how off how they map the genes in the brain. We get to have a first glimpse on how the research takes steps to revolutionize the studies regarding which genes are responsible for pretty much we do.

We can have these studies literally at our finger tips by going to Brain-Map.org. Mostly graphs and information out there is for scientist, but we can install an app in our computers and have a nice library of information right there, waiting for us. For free. Allen, you da man. Thanks for your hard work!

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Entering The Stronghold – Psychedelic particle simulation [video]

Watch only in HD. Entering The Stronghold is a psychedelic music video featuring particle simulation. As a part of the video art Matthias Müller is doing it is damn catchy. I have it on repeat now for more than half an hour.

Please don’t try to give it a meaning. Simply enjoy it. Thanks to One Cool Thing A day for sharing this on their blog. Below is another short video. Again, awesome! Have a nice w/e start, y’all.

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Epic Super Mario made of beads turn your house on its head [video]

I have played Super Mario a lot of times, on console and even on PC. Who wouldn’t love this game? Recently, Marcus and Hannes Knutsson have made this nice stop motion video of Super Mario beating up foes in a house. And he does it with style. As always.

Love it, watched it and shared. Watch it ’till the end. Awesome! Thanks Geeksaresexy for posting this video 😀