Thursday, 14 May 2009

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

35,000-year-old statue - world's first nude sculpture

Posted: 14 May 2009 08:10 AM PDT

A 35,000 years old buxom statuette has been unveiled by scientists as the world's earliest sculpture of the naked female form.

Elusive Jellyfish Nebula

Posted: 14 May 2009 06:06 AM PDT

Elusive Jellyfish Nebula Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in this alluring wide-field telescopic view. Flanked by two yellow-tinted stars, Mu and Eta Geminorum, at the foot of a celestial twin, the Jellyfish Nebula is the brighter arcing ridge of emission with dangling tentacles right of center. In fact, the cosmic jellyfish is seen to be part of bubble-shaped supernova remnant IC 443, the expanding debris cloud from a massive star that exploded. Light from the explosion first reached planet Earth over 30,000 years ago. Like its cousin in astrophysical waters the Crab Nebula supernova remnant, IC 443 is known to harbor a neutron star, the remnant of the collapsed stellar core. Emission nebula Sharpless 249 fills the field at the upper left. The Jellyfish Nebula is about 5,000 light-years away. At that distance, this image would be almost 200 light-years across.

Surprise! Daydreaming Really Works the Brain

Posted: 14 May 2009 03:32 AM PDT

Contrary to the notion that daydreaming is a sign of laziness, letting the mind wander can actually let the parts of the brain associated with problem-solving become active, a new study finds.

Built For Maximum Thrust

Posted: 14 May 2009 02:48 AM PDT

The boosters of the Soyuz rocket are seen as the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft and boosters are assembled on March 23, 2009 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is scheduled to launch the International Space Station crew of Expedition 19 and a U.S. spaceflight participant on March 26, 2009. Photographer: Bill Ingalls, NASA

Star Crust is Ten Billion Times Stronger Than Steel

Posted: 14 May 2009 01:30 AM PDT

A new computer model suggests that the outer crusts of so-called neutron stars are the strongest known material in the universe.

Footage of External Tank Falling towards Earth

Posted: 14 May 2009 12:17 AM PDT

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The STS- 125 External Tank as it falls to earth after the Shuttle Launch

TEDTalks : Nandan Nilekani's ideas for India's future - Nandan Nilekani (2009)

Posted: 13 May 2009 11:00 PM PDT

Nandan Nilekani, visionary CEO of outsourcing pioneer Infosys, explains four brands of ideas that will determine whether India can continue its recent breakneck progress.

"Hobbits" Not Good Runners; Proof of New Human Species?

Posted: 13 May 2009 10:40 PM PDT

Ancient "hobbit" feet contain clues that the diminutive fossil creatures, found on the Indonesian island of Flores, had a very different style of walking than that of modern humans, according to a new analysis. "In several ways, their feet are what we call in the business 'primitive,'" said a paleontologist...

World's Greatest Illusions Chosen

Posted: 13 May 2009 08:50 PM PDT

The three best visual illusions in the world were chosen at a gathering last weekend of neuroscientists and psychologists at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Florida.

Creatures of the deep: What lurks in the depths of the ocean? - Telegraph

Posted: 13 May 2009 07:59 PM PDT