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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Fireball meteor makes spectacular Midwest appearance

quote [ A flaming meteor was spotted early Monday in the lower sky across the Midwest, giving a rare up-close look of the phenomenon, which was caught on video, the National Weather Service said. ]

Just a quickie. I hadn't heard about this until now. Some nice footage of the fireball on CNN.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by midden@5:19pmGMT] [6 comments]

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

World's tiniest hammer helps researchers see what happens when force is applied to brain cells

quote [ What happens on the other side of our skulls when we hit our heads? If we can bruise, scrape and cut the relatively tough tissue of our skin and muscle with an impact, what happens to the cells that comprise the spongy, gelatinous matter of our brains? ]
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by midden@4:55amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 3 February 2017

Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Raw Images

quote [ "This shit is fucking real." - NASA (No actual text to quote.) ]

Link takes you to a gallery of raw NASA Cassini images. This is a recent photo of Saturn's moon, Mimas, not an 18" plaster model. The stuff that keeps pouring in from the Cassini mission continues to blow my mind. High res version plus surprising other side of Mimas in Extended.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 Classy Pr0n]
[by midden@2:49amGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Maleo - The Bird that can Fly the Moment it Hatches

quote [ Beneath the red hot sand of an Indonesian island something stirs. A large egg is hatching and soon the newborn creature will dig its way out to the surface and take its first gulps of fresh air. ]

An interesting endangered bird, now being bred in captivity.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 Interesting]
[by midden@1:52amGMT] [3 comments]

Monday, 30 January 2017

Namco founder and “Father of Pac-Man” has died

quote [ Masaya Nakamura, the founder of Japanese video game company Namco, has died at age 91. Nakamura is widely known as the "Father of Pac-Man" for his role in bringing the arcade classic—created by designer Toru Iwatani in 1980—to Japan and to the US via a licensing deal with Midway. ]

He wasn't the game designer, but Namco was certainly a key player in the video game boom.
[SFW] [games] [+3 Informative]
[by midden@5:59pmGMT] [4 comments]

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Physicists have found a metal that conducts electricity but not heat.

quote [ The metal contradicts something called the Wiedemann-Franz Law, which basically states that good conductors of electricity will also be proportionally good conductors of heat, which is why things like motors and appliances get so hot when you use them regularly. ]

H.P. L. beat me to the punch on the National Security Council insanity, so here's some cool science, instead.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4]
[by midden@8:19pmGMT] [11 comments]

We all float down here.

quote [ "We all float down hear." ]

Shoutbox supplement.

[SFW] [politics] [+1 Funny]
[by midden@12:12amGMT] [6 comments]

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Soweto Style - Roads & Kingdoms

quote [ SOWETO, South Africa— Tolouse is wearing three pairs of trousers. The bottom pair is solid black, the second a violet floral pattern, and on top is a copper coin print that matches his turtleneck shirt. It’s April 26, the eve of Freedom Day in South Africa, marking 20 years since the former apartheid nation first held open and democratic elections. ]

It's not the clothes, it's how you wear them.
[SFW] [people] [+4 Good]
[by midden@4:15pmGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 21 January 2017

One Nation, Divided By A Common Language

quote [ Thanks to the internet, the American language seems to be exploding at an almost unclockable pace. Polyglot social media has exposed American English, with its historically promiscuous embrace of new idioms, to more digital pidgins, foreign words, microdialects, pictograms, neologisms, and cryptic symbols than any one language user can ever expect to brook. ]

This is mostly a test of the "prep post" system. I hope you find it interesting, anyway.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Interesting]
[by midden@3:39pmGMT] [6 comments]

Comparing Donald Trump and Barack Obamas Inaugural Crowds

quote [ He campaigned on the huge crowd sizes, but the turnout for the inauguration of President Donald Trump appears to be smaller than that of his predecessor as measured by side-by-side photos of the two events. ]

Just a quickie shout box supplement. Boston and Chicago crowds in extended. Crazy-big.

[SFW] [politics] [+1 Interesting]
[by midden@3:30pmGMT] [26 comments]

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