Check out this really cool app from the Cornell Ornithology Lab (Merlin Bird ID) that helps you identify birds in your area during a specific time of year.
The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient greek device that could describe celestial events by the turn of a crank. Very steampunkish. Andrew Carol has rebuilt the machine with Legos. Pretty amazing technology and intelligence, both for modern man and for the ancient greeks.
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