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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sun Shines Through Clouds On The Water

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I saw this beautiful picture over at Earth Science and HAD to share it.  It's my current desktop wallpaper.  It took my breath away.

Storm-Tossed Lake Balaton In Hungary 


Image Credit: Taken by Zsofia Biro


Click to Embiggen>Right Click>Save As -- Desktop setting to "Fill" "Stretch" "Zoom" this one's good for just about all the options.



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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hoverbike Invented FINALLY

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New Scientist online has a section called Short Sharp Science.  It's my favorite section there.  Today they have a great little piece titled:
"Working hoverbike recalls Luke Skywalker's landspeeder"

Aerofex, a company out of California, just released pictures and information about this new product of theirs   It's damned exciting.
Here's a link to their Company Site.




Image Credit: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features


This crazy thing...
Now the envy of everyone who has ever seen Star Wars 
(or even Back to the Future)




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Monday, August 20, 2012

P.2 - Chemistry Is More Fun When You're SETTING THINGS ON FIRE!

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Part 2: Second batch of 4 explosive videos.

A recap:
Periodic Videos (referring to the Periodic Table of Elements) is a group of scientists from the University of Nottingham with a huge catalog of juicy goodies. 

They just released a few 20-30 second chemistry videos showing how mixing elements and solutions can SET THINGS ON FIRE!  I have an inkling they do this more for fun than science.


"Magnesium Burns in Carbon Dioxide"



"Hypergolic Reaction"



"Flourine Gas and Sulfur"

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"Diethyl Zinc Ignites in Air"




 All Video Credit: Periodic Videos & videographer Brady Haran


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P.1 - Chemistry Is More Fun When You're SETTING THINGS ON FIRE!

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Part 1: First 4 videos.
Periodic Videos (referring to the Periodic Table of Elements) is a group of scientists from the University of Nottingham with a huge catalog of juicy goodies.

They just released a few 20-30 second chemistry videos showing how mixing elements and solutions can SET THINGS ON FIRE!  I have an inkling they do this more for fun than science.


"Thermite Reaction"



"Zirconium in Flame"


 "Fire Water"



"Calcium Carbide & Acetylene"

 



 All Video Credit: Periodic Videos & videographer Brady Haran


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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sunset Above the Atlantic Ocean

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A simple post, this picture over at Earth Science blew me away.  It's my favorite computer wallpaper in quite some time.

"Sunset Above the Atlantic Ocean"




Taken by Jimmy Hamilton

The desktop setting to "Fill" or "Stretch" only alters it by a few pixels.  Click to embiggen.  Right Click>Save As


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Who Doesn't Love Shark Week! - A Remix

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I'm a big fan of Symphony of Science, always have been.
John's newest project is an incredibly fun musical piece on Shark Week.  It's catchy, there's his consistently great audio production, and he chose wonderful clips for its content.

Here it is, 2:00 long, short and fun, enjoy:

"Bite of the Great White! (Shark Week remix)"

Video Credit: The Discovery Channel / Symphony of Science



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The Crescent Nebula

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I was over at NASA's website today and I found a stunning image that I just HAD to share with all of you.  this is The Crescent Nebula, NGC6888
NASA describes it as "a cosmic bubble about 25 light-years across, blown by winds from its central, bright, massive star."


It's large enough to be used as a computer wallpaper.  With the "stretch" option it looks fantastic.  Click to enlarge. Right Click and Save As to grab it.


Image Credit & Copyright: J-P Metsävainio (Astro Anarchy)
Courtesy of NASA's APOD

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Friday, August 10, 2012

DARPA's Amphibious CAAT Trumps Hovercrafts

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Man, I love DARPA.  
This 4 ton MONSTER, the CAAT (Captive Air Amphibious Transporter) makes a hovercraft look like a horse and buggy.

It's such a simple idea that I can barely believe it works so well.  It's the basic idea of a tank with "pontoon" treads.  Simple as that.  Now I'm sure there's a heck of a lot more involved in the research, development, and engineering, but the basic idea is SO BASIC it blows my mind.

Check this big guy out.


Video Credit: DARPA


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Friday, August 3, 2012

From Astropixie: Samsara

I've never done this before, but I'm going to use the "reblog on blogger" share feature offered on the bottom of Astropixie, a blog I love by Amanda Bauer.  She's on my blogroll to the right.

Click this first link to go to her page.  It's just too good!

astropixie: samsara: samsara is a non-verbal film that i cant wait to see!  it is photographic art put to motion.  director ron fricke also created the visual...



SAMSARA Theatrical Trailer from Baraka & Samsara on Vimeo.


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