Mars Curiosity descent

Mars Curiosity

There have been a great number of photos and videos released since NASA’s Curiosity rover touched down on Mars on 06 August 2012.  The video above is – without question – the very best of the bunch.   Continue reading

Robotic stair master

Boston Dynamics stair master

I had meant to post this video some weeks ago but got caught up in a number of other social media related discussions that were a bit more salient at the time.  That said, I’ve been a big fan (and critic) of some of the more recent innovations in robotics and this new clip shows some interesting advancements in the anthropomorphic sector of the field.   Continue reading

A world made of glass

Corning glass

In February of 2011 Corning, the American glass manufacturer founded in 1851, released a video called “A Day Made of Glass” (below).  The video portrays a not-too-distant future where most of the surfaces with which we interact are interactive, integrated, and intelligent.   Continue reading

Angry Birds in Space

You don’t have to be a NASA fan, an Angry Birds fan, or even a Don Pettit fan to truly appreciate how terrific the video above is in the grand scheme of things.  There’s nothing like zero gravity to help budding minds appreciate the basics of physics – which is clearly on Don’s mind – in a way that’s probably a bit more enthralling than the classroom.   Continue reading

Geek-out Sunday part XX: science party tricks

Don Herbert, Mr. WizardEver since I was a kid I’ve been a sucker for the fine line where science and parlor magic seem to coexist thanks to the likes of Don Herbert (a.k.a. Mr. Wizard) and others.  Thanks to his Mr. Wizard’s Supermarket Science I had my parents and grandparents constantly running to the grocery store to pick up random odds and ends that on more than one occasion required clean-up efforts on par with an EPA Superfund site.   Continue reading

2012 resolutions get social

Weight loss66%

Yesterday social media monitoring firm Radian6 released an analysis of nearly 700,000 conversations about New Year’s resolutions from 28 December 2011 through 03 January 2012.  They measured sentiment, demographics, subject, and a variety of other characteristics to arrive at the cutesy infographic included below. Continue reading

Walt Disney World

Disney47.3 million (47,300,000)

Based on the most recent AECOM Theme Park Attendance report, the annual attendance for the four major parks that make up the Walt Disney World totaled approximately 47.3 million for 2010.   Continue reading

The hits keep on coming for Jawbone’s UP


From a scientific perspective, this is huge news


1,000 posts

1000On Friday, November 18, 2011 The Road Not Taken crossed the symbolic 1,000 post mark thanks to the loyal readership.  It only took 20 months or approximately 1.6 posts per day.  In honor of this dubious outstanding accomplishment, I’ve included the top 100 posts (and pages) of all time.   Continue reading