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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Liquid And Metal In Motion - Bizarre Art

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I'm excited to have found this video, by artists Sachiko Kodama and Yasushi Miyajima.
It's incredibly bizarre and incredibly beautiful.  Furthermore, I personally find it extremely confusing.  I can't stop watching it though.
"Morpho Towers -- Two Standing Spirals"

Video Credit:Sachiko Kodama, Yasushi Miyajima






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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fluid Dynamics: Water On Speakers In Zero-g

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The interest in this one crescendos.  At the actual demonstration, my jaw dropped and stayed there.
"Science Off The Sphere Ep. 7: Space Soundwaves"
A hemisphere of water resonates, deforms geometrically, then slowly bleeds out to nothingness.  It's nature's mp3 visualization.



Why he has 20-30hz sine tones or sweeps on his mp3 player is beyond me.  THAT is eclectic taste!

Video Credits: Astronaut and Chemist Don Pettit, currently aboard the ISS (International Space Station)



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SCIBINGE: Clouds Catch Fire / Zooming In On Orion / The Science Of Prayer

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Today, featured on Atmospheric Optics:
"Iridescent Cloud Beings Over Flatirons of Boulder Colorado"
"Imaginary cloud creatures seem to prance across the sky above the Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado."





Also released today, over at ESO (European Southern Observatory)
"Sifting through Dust near Orion’s Belt (zoom)"
"This zoom sequence opens with a wide-field view of the Milky Way. We close in on the constellation of Orion and as we zoom in on to a region close to Orion’s famous Belt, a fascinating region of dust and reflection nebulosity — known as Messier 78 — comes into view."

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Video Credit: ESO/APEX (MPIfR/ESO/OSO)/T. Stanke et al./S. Brunier/Chris Johnson (cuttinedgeobservatory.com)/Digitized Sky Survey 2, and Igor Chekalin. Music: Disasterpeace





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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New From NASA - Pursuit Of Light

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Pursuit of Light

Video Credits: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

This new vid out of NASA must have cost them a decent amount of change.  The video editing is superb. 

You never know when you click on a new NASA video whether it's going to be so damn good that it's ready for IMAX, or if it's just 2 people in a studio having a sober talk about minerals.  It's a bit of a signal to noise problem in my opinion, but a guy like me wants to check em all out anyway.  I post my favorites, so I guess I'm the human filter for that anyway!





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