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Evan Ackerman

Evan Ackerman is a native Oregonian who now lives, somewhat unwillingly, in San Francisco. He has a background in creative writing and astrogeology, neither of which are necessarily appropriate for someone who is now a full-time blogger. Evan also writes for IEEE Spectrum's robotics blog, and when he's not parked at his computer with his eyes glazed over, you can find him getting injured on a soccer field or playing bagpipes excellently.

They call it "cartoon physics" for a reason, that reason being that most of the "physics" that goes on in cartoons is not physically possible. But what happens if you run the numbers and then try to rationalize it all? Here's a hint: it involves lots of things being secretly made from dark matter along with copious amounts of invisible thrusters.
Sometimes, people need popcorn. Like, immediately. Sometimes their need for popcorn is so strong that they just can't wait the minutes that it takes to pop popcorn on a stove or in a microwave. That's why we can all be thankful for this dude and his explosive instant popcorn steam cannon.
Maker Faire took place in San Mateo, CA this weekend. If you're not familiar with Maker Faire, it's a place where people who make cool stuff come to show it off. "Cool stuff" is a fairly broad category, and you'll find all kinds of weird and wild stuff at Maker Faire. Most of it isn't for sale, and some of it has no practical purpose at all, but who cares! Here's a gallery of a bunch of the best stuff that we saw over the weekend.
You know all those sexy concept cars that we post about but you'll never be able to buy? Part of the reason that you can't buy them is that many of the sexiest are horrendously unsafe. Putting airbags in the roof instead of the dashboard could free up space for slimmer lines and more gadgetry without killing you in the process.