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The M-Cubed project? It stands for Michigan Multipurpose Minisat. As in a tiny satellite that does more than one thing that was developed by smart kids at the University of Michigan.
In the summer of 2007, a small group of students took the opportunity to start a new project at the University of Michigan's Student Space Systems Fabrication Lab (S3FL). The objective of MCubed is to obtain a mid resolution image to date of Earth with at least 60% land mass and a maximum of 20% cloud coverage from a single cubesat platform. M-Cubed is planned to launch in the Fall of 2011 on the NASA's third Educational Launch of Nanosat (ELaNa).

And...they're still working on it. Dozens of students have poured in (we're guessing) hundreds of hours on this baby. And who knows how many frozen pizzas and cans of Red Bull?  Following the guidelines set forth by California Polytechnic State University, the wee orbitor has support from the University of Michigan, S3FL, Jet Propulsion Lab, and NASA's Earth Science Technology Office. See, it takes a village to do all kinds of things!


No joke: StickerGiant has breached the final frontier! One of the custom stickers we printed hitched a ride to the International Space Station in May 2011. And one of the kindly humans involved in STS-134 captured this image and the image somehow it made it to us. How cool is that?

NASA EDGE takes a "unique look in and around the greatest space program on the planet" through a series of podcasts, interviews, online features, and videos. It's like NPR for the intergalactic set.
Whether it's the latest launch or the coolest gadgets, NASA EDGE hosts provide an offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. If you've ever wanted to learn about NASA but thought you needed to be a rocket scientist, wait no longer. Watch NASA EDGE and embrace your inner astronaut.

First we were featured on Jeopardy! and now we're on the space shuttle. w00t! Forgive our boastful excitement, but we're in geek heaven over here!

*This photo was taken during mission STS-134. That's space-speak for when the Atlantis shuttle was way up there by the moon and stars and stuff.


Trichome Healing Collective

[Editor's Note: Trichrome Healing has closed. We've preserved their sticker story for posterity.]

We can't explain why the kid on the sticker has lion head...or does the lion have a skinny dude's body? But we sure dig what the Trichome Healing Collective does in beautiful, sunny San Diego:
At Trichome Healing we bring years of experience to alternative Medicinal Marijuana treatments for MMJ patients. We are happy to provide safe and legal access to all of our medical cannabis patients. We have some of the most beautiful and potent flowers around offered at a very minimal donation base! We carry many different strains of flowers, edibles, and concentrates to meet all your medicating needs. We operate in compliance with Prop 215, SB 420 and H&S Code 11362.5.

We can explain what a trichome is: a hairy appendage on a plant. Cannabis has hairy appendages. So do stinging nettles and wait-a-minute trees. Mother Nature has a sense of humor!

Maker Faire

Maker Faire

Maker Faire

It's Maker Faire! Brought to you by Make Magazine! It's DIY!
Started in San Mateo, California in 2006, and also being held in Detroit and New York, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. As the World's Largest DIY Festival, this two-day family friendly Faire has something for everyone - a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker mindset.

It's the kind of thing that makes me wish I had a talent for building things, especially things that shoot fire. Oh yeah, go to their site, there's things on fire. You've got a Maker Faire coming up in the Bay Area May 21st and 22nd, one in Detroit on July 30th and 31st, and one in New York at the site of the 1939 and 1961 World's Fairs on September 17th and 18th. Enjoy and maybe make something that I can read about on the Internet.

RockHard Laboratories

RockHard Die Hard

RockHard Die Hard

Hmm. I wonder what those rockets are supposed to mean.
Why use Die Hard Spray?
30 million men last less than 2 minutes; 60 million men, less than 7. Women, on average, need at least 16 minutes.* Is it about you or her? Use Die Hard, and share the experience. Who doesn't want to last longer?

*Journal of Sexual Medicine – Volume 4, Issue 3, Pages 762 - 770.

Oh, I get it. It's a sex thing. Well, frankly, I'm shocked, and a little titillated. I assume you kind of spray it into the air and run through the cloud, right? And it does something to your nerve endings. Or maybe you spray it in your eye. Could be. Or all over your arms and legs like bug repellant. However you're supposed to use it, it says it makes you last longer, so how in any way could it be bad? Johnny Two-Minutes, look for this sticker and see where Die Hard Spray is sold.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education

Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the home, school and streaming media arm of Discovery Networks for educational purposes.  They say Discovery is the number one non-fiction brand in the world, and who am I to argue? Discovery Education offers everything from DVDs to courseware to streaming packages of their vast science and technology library. They'll even sell you a server loaded up with their stuff. Pretty cool. They've got Mythbusters, y'know.

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112641 --- The plastinate "The Chess Player, 1997" at the controversial exhibit Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies by Gunther von Hagens at the Museum of Nature & Science photographed at a preview on Friday, December 8, 2006. The revolutionary process of Plastination, invented by Dr. GUnther von Hagens, is a technique that replaces bodily fluids and fat with reactive plastics, which in turn preserves the body.