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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Railguns

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Railguns are so incredibly powerful, it's hard to accept these things are real when first exposed to them.


Further development has just been unclassified and reported on the US Navy's new railguns.





You should know that the energy involved in shooting a "normal" gun is of a level fit for its mass.  The lightweight shell of a 50 cal, you're no longer impressive.

We have set the world record for the highest energy projectile,
33 megajoules...
a 23 pound bullet...
5500 feet in a single second.

None of those numbers are typos.

The navy states they have goals for a version capable of 10 projectiles per minute, hopefully accurate to distances of 50-100 nautical miles.

From previous research on railguns, I've read about versions of these projectiles capable of fragmenting and raining down high speed destruction over large square footage.  Compared to a shotgun, we're going from slugs to buck shot.

This weapon is undoubtedly scary.  However, this is unclassified and reported.
What may be classified is what scares me.




found via various online news sites, the best of which was Wired.


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Two New Pix of Earth From Space from the ISS

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Just posted on G+ by astronaut Ron Garan:
A view of the "Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast of the United States photographed from the International Space Station at 09:28 GMT February 6, 2012" 

Such rich colors. I love it.

Image Credit: NASA/ISS


Similar.  Recently at Lights in the Dark
"A Daily Dose of Dawn"

Image Credit: NASA/ISS


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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pic from the ISS

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Today from astronaut Ron Garan's G+, taken from the ISS (International Space Station)

Image Credit: Ron Garan/NASA/ISS



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Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Friend's Landscape Photography

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My friend Jason Veazey is lucky enough to be exposed to a lot of beautiful surroundings.  His collection of photographs show more beautiful landscapes than I've seen with my eyes over my lifetime.  


This is my all time favorite.  Here he captures an unreal cobalt sunset:

Image Credit: Jason Veazey



This, a picture uploaded just now, a beautiful canyon:

Image Credit: Jason Veazey



Finally:

Image Credit: Jason Veazey


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Time Lapse Vid / Supernova

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Two media based science stories today stuck out like sore thumbs:


"Astronomer's Paradise"
Calming astronomical time-lapses accompanied with some chill downtempo music.  

Astronomer's Paradise from Christoph Malin on Vimeo.
Personally, to jive with the title I would have recommended Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise."  I'm almost tempted to correct that and reupload.  Alas, that's potentially offensive in addition to having a copyright issue.






AND:






"Happy 25th annniversary, Supernova 1987A!"
A throwback post of his, stunning nevertheless.

via Bad Astronomy
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, P. Challis & R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics); Hubble & Plait -----notice The Bad Astronomer's name credited.  Very cool.



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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Video: Zooming Into Space

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From the ESO, European Southern Observatory:
"Zooming in on the star formation region NGC 3324"
"Starting from a broad view of the Milky Way, this zoom video closes in on spectacular region of star formation called NGC 3324 within the constellation of Carina (The Keel of Jason’s ship, Argo)" -ESO

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Sorry for the video size, ESO's embedding code doesn't give much wiggle room for modification.

Video Credit: ESO/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Music: John Dyson (from the album Moonwind)

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

NASA's Aerial Superhighway

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Brand Spankin' New out of NASA/Godddard Media

"Aerial Superhighway"


This one, for a change, has a nice little soundtrack behind it.




Video Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center / also my YouTube AnotherTimeline

"Meandering around the planet like a rollicking roller coaster in the sky, the Northern Hemisphere's polar jet stream is a fast-moving belt of westerly winds that traverses the lower layers of the atmosphere." -NASA



So new, it wasn't online, on youtube or other similar sites for streaming.  Public Domain.  I uplaoded to my Youtube and HERE YA GO!  Hope you enjoyed!


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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lewis Black - Coke and Pepsi and the Super Bowl

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Not science, but topical.
This is one of my favorite standup tracks of all time.  It's Lewis Black, so obviously NSFW.

Coke and Pepsi and the Super Bowl by SciBinge

It was nowhere to be found on the internet, so I threw it up on my soundcloud.
Enjoy!


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

NASA's New Discoveries From IBEX on the Heliosphere and the Heliopause

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Straight out of NASA/Goddard Media
"NASA's IBEX Spacecraft Reveals New Observations of Interstellar Matter"
STUNNING animations, great narration.



Video Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center



"A great magnetic bubble surrounds the solar system as it cruises through the galaxy. The sun pumps the inside of the bubble full of solar particles that stream out to the edge until they collide with the material that fills the rest of the galaxy, at a complex boundary called the heliosheath. On the other side of the boundary, electrically charged particles from the galactic wind blow by, but rebound off the heliosheath, never to enter the solar system. Neutral particles, on the other hand, are a different story. They saunter across the boundary as if it weren't there, continuing on another 7.5 billion miles for 30 years until they get caught by the sun's gravity, and sling shot around the star.
There, NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer lies in wait for them. Known as IBEX for short, this spacecraft methodically measures these samples of the mysterious neighborhood beyond our home." -NASA


Interestingly enough, there are plenty other new videos on that page linked above, none so entertaining as this.  This video is available on a separate page with ambient music instead of narration.  You can find that HERE.



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