Good stuff this week! There's a baby elephant face-planting into a beach, there's a 3D printable set of connectors that'll connect Lego to K'Nex (or any combination of childhood building toys), there's a tray full of eyeballs, and, as always, pretty space pics. Enjoy your weekend!
The Titanic, 100 Years Later
The April 2012 issue of National Geographic has a cover story with incredible photos of the sunken Titanic, a hundred years after the wreck. Only the newest imaging technology has made these pictures possible. To get these pictures, millions of dollars were spent.
Cornell University have themselves a prized plant - a corpse flower, otherwise known as Amorphophallus titanum, a massive Sumatran plant that reeks of death. This particular specimen grew to 1.5 metres, and scientists actually removed the scent compounds from the plant as they were forming to protect onlookers from the stench.
All-in-ones like Apple's iMac are great for saving space, but they lose one defining characteristic and advantage of desktops: easy component swapping. HP's newly announced Z1 aims to change that - it lets you pop the hood and swap out the hard drive, memory, and graphics card, all without any tools needed.
How cute! This is a picture of a baby elephant playing on a beach. There's actually a whole set of them - featuring the elephant frolicking in the whitewash, smashing through some waves and giving the camera some friendly looks.
A young man in Bahrain films a tyre fire as he runs by. The fires were lit by protesters demonstrating against a government plan to hike Indonesian fuel prices.
Google... River View?
Google Street View now covers part of the Amazon River Basin. According to Google, they were given special permission by the Brazilian Government to image protected areas of the basin - so you can actually see places on Street View that you wouldn't be able to see even if you visited the Amazon. Neat!
Tray of Eyeballs
Served at this year's Explorers Club dinner: martinis with skewered eyeballs rather than olives. Also n the menu this year were delights including spiced goat, whole roasted alligator, mealworms and crickets, and hissing cockroaches infused with Tasmanian honey. Would you be up for a meal?
Ooh, pretty space pic! This one's of Messier 9, a cluster of stars near the center of the galaxy, and was taken by Hubble. You cannot see this cluster with the naked eye, but it actually contains over 250,000 stars. It lies 25,000 light years from Earth, and the hottest stars are the bluest.
I do not totally understand this experiment, but it has to do with testing gravity all over the world. What it really means is that there exists a webpage with a bunch of pictures of a tiny gnome in exotic locales - including the Golden Gate Bridge, California, New Caledonia, Japan and Mexico City. The little gnome gets sent with a set of precision scales all around the world, in the name of science. I'm not joking - look it up!
This is really cool! It's a collection of 3D printable documents that let you (well, provided you have a 3D printer) pump out connectors that'll connect just about any kind of childhood building component to any other kind. K'Nex to Duplo! Lego to Tinkertoys! And more!