Sunday, 28 June 2009

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Volcanic Sunset

Posted: 27 Jun 2009 08:00 PM PDT

On June 22nd, photographer Brian Whittaker was flying 35,000 feet above Nunavut, Canada, when he witnessed "the most spectacular sunset that I have ever seen," he says. "The giant volcanic cloud from Russia's Sarychev Peak...was illuminated by the arctic sun--and this completely transformed the landscape. For a moment, I thought I was on Mars."...

Why Saints Sin and Sinners Get Saintly

Posted: 27 Jun 2009 03:20 PM PDT

To many, New York Gov. Eliott Spitzer's fall from grace seemed to make no sense at all. But a new Northwestern University study offers provocative insights that possibly could relate to why the storm trooper of reform -- formerly known as the Sheriff of Wall Street -- seemingly went from saint to sinner overnight.

Attenborough - Nature's Great Events: The Great Flood

Posted: 27 Jun 2009 02:36 PM PDT

(11 votes - 2 comments - 136 views)
The episode focuses in Botswana, where the arid plains of the Kalahari are transformed into a lush wetland by the annual flooding of the Okavango Delta. The Okavango River is charged by rain falling in the Angolan highlands, but it is months before the water arrives at the delta. Meanwhile, thousands of animals follow ancient migration routes across the desert, braving dehydration and punishing heat.

Other episodes:

Other Episodes:
The Great Salmon Run
The Great Melt
The Great Migration
The Great Tide
The Great Feast

Carl Sagan: Triumph Of Modern Science Over Superstition

Posted: 27 Jun 2009 01:48 PM PDT

(13 votes - 0 comments - 190 views)
"Johannes Kepler And The Triumph Of Modern Science Over Medieval Superstition - Best Of Carl Sagan's Cosmos" [/yt]

Extremely Large Telescope surveys the past

Posted: 27 Jun 2009 01:30 PM PDT

A new telescope may let scientists see what happened after the big bang

NASA HD LRO and LCROSS Atlas 5 Launch (video)

Posted: 27 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellite will relay more information about the lunar environment than any other previous mission to the moon.

Prehistoric European Cave Artists Were Female

Posted: 27 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Until recently, most scientists assumed these prehistoric handprints were male. But "even a superficial examination of published photos suggested to me that there were lots of female hands there," Pennsylvania State University archaeologist Dean Snow said of European cave art.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2009 12:24 PM PDT

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Rating Attractiveness: Consensus Among Men, Not Women

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 10:00 PM PDT

Hot or not? Men agree on the answer. Women don't. There is much more consensus among men about whom they find attractive than there is among women, according to a new study by Wake Forest University psychologist Dustin Wood.

Recent scenes from the ISS (PICS)

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 09:50 PM PDT

Earlier this week, NASA released an amazing photograph of an eruption of Sarychev Peak Volcano, taken by astronauts aboard the orbiting International Space Station (ISS). Seeing that great photo prompted me to dig into the archives and see what other imagery I could find from recent NASA archives.

A Little Flute Music To Warm The Cave

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 09:10 PM PDT

Archaeologists say they have unearthed the world's oldest musical instruments. They are flutes, made of vulture bone and mammoth tusks. They were found in caves in southwestern Germany and date back to the time when modern human beings — who actually looked like us — were first venturing into Europe.

Hawking: Asteroids Are Biggest Threat to Intelligent Life

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 08:30 PM PDT

Stephen Hawking believes that one of the major factors in the possible scarcity of intelligent life in our galaxy is the high probability of an asteroid or comet colliding with inhabited planets. We have observed, the collision of a comet, Schumacher-Levi, with Jupiter, which produced a series of enormous fireballs.

Identity across space and time and the soul theory

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 07:55 PM PDT

(10 votes - 1 comment - 160 views)
The lecture focuses on the question of the metaphysical key to personal identity. What does it mean for a person that presently exists to be the very same person in the future? The first approach to answering this question is the "soul theory," that is, the key to being the same person is having the same soul. Difficulties with that approach are then discussed, independent of the question whether souls exist or not.

Previous Lecture:

Next Lecture:

Playlist of the entire course:

Space 'Hotel,' for Business or Pleasure, Takes Shape

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 06:00 PM PDT

Imagine yourself, sometime in the next decade, with a fantastic idea for a new business that requires manufacturing in the weightlessness of space. Or maybe, having made your fortune on Earth, you'd simply like to vacation in a very high place.

First image of a memory being made - LiveScience-

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 04:40 PM PDT

For the first time, an image of a memory being made at the cellular level has been captured by scientists.

YouTube - Bunaken Night Dive 2007

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 03:19 PM PDT

see Rough Spider Crab , is kind aelongated a bit like that white one we couldnt figure what it was at first

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Posted: 26 Jun 2009 03:04 PM PDT

Hydrogen Fuel Tanks Made from...Chickens

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Scientists have discovered a remarkable, unexpected and cheap way to store hydrogen fuel– using carbonized chicken feather fibers.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

YouTube - Neverending White Lights & Dallas Green - The Grace [good quality]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 07:26 AM PDT

New Research Reveals1908 Tunguska Explosion Caused by Comet

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 07:10 AM PDT

The mysterious 1908 Tunguska explosion that leveled 830 square miles of Siberian forest was almost certainly caused by a comet entering the Earth's atmosphere, says new Cornell University research. The conclusion is supported by an unlikely source: the exhaust plume from the NASA space shuttle launched a century later.

Kaguya Probe Transmits Final Video as it Crashes Into Moon

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 06:32 AM PDT

(11 votes - 2 comments - 140 views)
JAXA: "After the final image, the KAGUYA moved into the shaded area to make its final landing, thus it was pitch dark while taking an image."

Sarychev Peak Volcano in Stereo

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 06:06 AM PDT

Sarychev Peak Volcano in Stereo From 400 kilometers above planet Earth, the Expedition 20 Crew onboard the International Space Station (ISS) was able to witness a remarkable event from a remarkable vantage point -- the June 12 eruption of the Sarychev Peak Volcano. The active volcano is located in Russia's Kuril Island chain, stretching to the northeast of Japan. Emphasizing the orbital perspective, this stunning color stereo view was made by combining two images from the ISS and is intended to be viewed with red/blue glasses (red for the left eye). Punching upwards into the atmosphere at an early stage of the eruption, the volcanic plume features a brown column of ash topped with a smooth, bubble-like, white cloud that is likely water condensation. Below, a cloud of denser grey ash slides down the volcanic slope. About 1.5 kilometers of the island coastline is visible at ground level. The evolving ash plume posed no danger to the Expedition 20 crew, but commercial airline flights were diverted away from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake.

The Danger of Digging Deeper [Interactive Graphic]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 03:06 AM PDT

A new project in California will dig deeper than ever before to capture geothermal energy from hot bedrock. But the rock has to be broken up to extract the heat, a process that creates earthquakes. NYT's James Glanz explains the science behind the fears that the project could possibly set-off large earthquakes.

The blue and the green

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 03:05 AM PDT

Awesome dissection and explanation of an optical illusion by Phil Plait. What we see is not always the truth.

Total Knee Joint Replacement Surgery (Medical Animation)

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 01:58 AM PDT

(12 votes - 2 comments - 249 views)
This animation shows a total knee joint replacement surgery of the right knee. The animation depicts the following surgical steps: the incicion; exposure of the arthritic knee joint (chondromalacia); removal of the femoral condyle surface; removal of the tibial plateau; placement of the femoral condyle prosthesis; placement of the tibial plateau and patellar joint prosthetics; comparison of a post-surgical x-ray; and closure of the surgical incision with drainage tube in place.

TEDTalks : Katherine Fulton: You are the future of philanthropy - Katherine Fulton (2007)

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 11:00 PM PDT

In this uplifting talk, Katherine Fulton sketches the new future of philanthropy -- one where collaboration and innovation allow regular people to do big things, even when money is scarce. Giving five practical examples of crowd-driven philanthropy, she calls for a new generation of citizen leaders.

APOD: 2009 June 24 - Noctilucent Clouds Over Germany

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 10:50 PM PDT

APOD: 2009 June 24 - Noctilucent Clouds Over Germany

Feeling destructive or curious? Nuke It with Ground Zero II

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 09:30 PM PDT

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a nuclear bomb goes off in your city? With Google's Maps framework and a bit of Javascript, you can see the outcome. And it doesn't look good. Search for a place, pick a weapon and press "Nuke It."

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Discovery Institute - Casey Luskin - Ignorance

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 09:02 PM PDT

(12 votes - 1 comment - 187 views)
A mirror of the video removed from YouTube by the Discovery Institute's illegal DMCA claim.


The Milky Road - APOD

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 07:10 PM PDT

Inspired by the night skies of planet Earth in the International Year of Astronomy, photographer Larry Landolfi created this tantalizing fantasy view. The composited image suggests a luminous Milky Way is the heavenly extension of a country road.

Reindeer herds in global decline

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 06:30 PM PDT

Reindeer and caribou numbers are plummeting around the world. The first global review of their status has found that populations are declining almost everywhere they live, from Alaska and Canada, to Greenland, Scandinavia and Russia.

Nikola Tesla and the Quest for Wireless Electricity

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 05:10 PM PDT

A group trying to extend on Tesla's initial attempts to transmit electricity without wires shows some of their current efforts.

Photos from the Final Frontier (PICS)

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have finally found newborn stars at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. A frenzied mess of stars, dust and gas populate the heart of our spiral galaxy and in the very center exists a black hole.

WE ARE THE OCEAN on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Videos

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 11:33 AM PDT

Maple Seeds Ride Self-Generated Tornadoes

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 11:08 AM PDT

Creatine #Cognitive_ability- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 10:45 AM PDT

ARCHITECTS - Hollow Crown out worldwide now! on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Videos

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 10:34 AM PDT

BBC/OU - Darwin and evolution - Darwin's Five Bridges: The Open University Annual Lecture 2009

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 09:29 AM PDT

Friday, 12 June 2009

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Inside Amateur Science: The Best in Out-of-Lab Research

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 05:20 PM PDT

Amateur scientists—researchers who work at home or in a temporary lab, without major funding—have made some of the most remarkable discoveries throughout history. Here, Shawn Carlson, executive director of the SciTech Hands On Museum, reveals some of the top citizen scientists and programs that are influencing research now.

Oldest Art in Americas Found on Mammoth Bone?

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 04:50 PM PDT

The Americas' oldest known artist may have been an Ice Age hunter in what is now Florida, according to an anthropologist who has examined a 13,000-year-old bone etching. Oldest Art in Americas Found on Mammoth Bone?

The Future Of Food

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 04:33 PM PDT

(10 votes - 6 comments - 280 views)
The Future Of Food (1:28:54) offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. - hulu

Awesome Animals That Turn the Laws of Science Upside Down

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 04:20 PM PDT

From the humming bird that's faster than the Space Rocket to the polar fish that make their own anti-freeze, nature has some incredible creatures.

DIY X-Files: How You Can Help Find Aliens Using Your PC

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Dan Werthimer, Chief Scientist from SETI@home, wants you (and your PC) to help listen for signals from ET.

Animal, Vegetable, or Not Quite Mineral?

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 03:30 PM PDT

A rock that formed in the Triassic and wound up in the far northeast of Russia has provided the first ever example of a naturally occurring quasicrystal, a material that has forbidden crystallographic symmetries.

Make Me Greener, Please

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Consultants armed with stepladders and gadgets are selling advice on energy efficiency, indoor air quality and even methods for creating an eco-conscious wardrobe.

Medical Animation - LASIK eye surgery

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 02:12 PM PDT

(11 votes - 3 comments - 179 views)
I could use this kind of surgery, but I dare not. I'm such a pussy.

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Solar System's Planets Could Spin Out Of Control

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 01:00 PM PDT

The solar system's clockwork motion is by no means guaranteed: one day the Earth could collide with Venus or tear Mars apart in a close encounter, a new simulation has shown.

10 Robots That Will Never Rule The World

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 11:00 AM PDT

...But what if they joined forces??