Thursday, August 27, 2009
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
It wasn't quite forever but this toy inventor must have felt he spent an eternity blowing bubbles.
Tim Kehoe spent 15 years and an astonishing $3m (£1.8m) creating the world's first ever coloured blowing bubbles, which have now gone on sale.
Zubbles contain a special dye which gives them vibrant colours but disappears within just 15 minutes of the bubble popping.
Tim, 39, from St. Paul in Minnesota, U.S., said: 'If you said to me, "You're going to spend a quarter of your life playing with bubbles," I'd have said you were crazy.'
But, determined to be the first to bring the magic of colour to the childhood toy, he pressed on.
He said:'You're so afraid of that day you wake up, and somebody else is on the cover of a toy magazine with coloured bubbles.'
The American technology magazine Popular Science awarded Zubbles the Grand Prize for Innovation in 2005.
The vibrant bubbles have gone on sale at $15 (£9) for two bottles on the Zubbles website and will be available in the UK later this year.
Created from special dyes, the colour in Zubbles vanishes when exposed to air, water or pressure.
The elegant physics of bubbles is surprisingly simple - just two layers of soap enclosed by a layer of water a million times thinner than an inch.
However, nearly all attempts to tweak their creation have failed.
Inventors have created slightly larger and longer-lasting versions, but the 'holy grail' of toys, bringing the magic of colour to bubbles, has been notoriously difficult.
When paint or food colouring is added, it runs straight down the sides and forms a spot of dye on the base of the bubble.
And while some dyes have successfully stained bubbles, they also stained people's clothes.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Melissa Brandts and her husband were surprised to find a squirrel posing with them in a photo taken on holiday.The couple had set the timer on their camera while posing at a lakeside in a national park in Canada.
Just as they were about to be captured on camera the cheeky squirrel popped up in the foreground and stole the show.
The picture was taken at the side of the stunning Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Canada.
Mrs Brandts said: "We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready to take the picture when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intrigued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our shot."
The picture was submitted to the website of America's National Geographic magazine.'It was a once in a lifetime moment - we were laughing about this little guy for days!' said Mrs Brandts