Io9 Jumps Into Japan's Newest 3D Planetarium, the Synra Dome

io9's and Tokyo Mango's Lisa Katayama has explored the Tokyo Science Museum's newest 3D planetarium theater, the Synra Dome, and reported back with all the tech specs we've been dying to know. Synra uses twelve projectors to throw images onto a 33-foot, 3000x3000 pixel single-paneled screen. A pair of $200 3D glasses… »10/17/08 1:15am10/17/08 1:15am

Kooky Christmas Decorations Act Like a Transforming Sponge

Place some bare framework festooned with folded paper into the included petri dish, add water, and a few hours later you have these elaborate Christmas decorations bursting forth as if by magic. It reminds us of compressing a straw wrapper, then adding a few drops of water—and voilà! It turns into a squirming worm.… »11/22/07 11:00am11/22/07 11:00am