Archive for April, 2014

Putnisite – The World’s Newest Mineral

putnisite-sAccording to GlobalPost –

What’s got scientists so intrigued by the mineral is its composition. It’s a rare combination of strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen that’s completely distinct from any of the other 4,000 known minerals in the world. Its commercial use has yet to be determined.

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How Birds Really See the World [video]

Can Nissan’s Self-Cleaning Paint End Car Washing?

self_cleaning_car_sExtremeTech reported –

Is the car wash a thing of the past? Nissan is testing a self-cleaning nanotech paint that repels dirt. Nissan describes it as a superhydrophobic and oleophobic paint, meaning it repels water and oils. A Nissan Note subcompact is being tested in Europe with half the car treated and the other half with just its normal paint. Photos and a Nissan video show the treated half is markedly cleaner. Nissan says it’s the first automaker to use the technology, called Ultra-Ever Dry, on car bodywork, creating a protective barrier between the car paint and the outside world. It stops most water and grime from sticking and creating marks on the car. 

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Long View – Zoomed Out Look At Famous Landmarks

zoomed-outFrom PolicyMic –

We’ve seen them in pictures and in guidebooks. The world’s most famous landmarks live in popular imagination in their idealized form, but it can be surprising to see them in person. While some landmarks can be even more awe-inspiring when you take in their natural surroundings, others have been swallowed up by sprawling cityscapes. In our perfection-obsessed society, it’s tempting to crop out distractions and focus on the main subject. But as these images show, it can be just as enlightening to see how a landmark fits into an environment, and how a tourist attraction sticks out from a natural landscape. Here are 15 zoomed-out photos of famous landmarks around the world:

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Scientists Of 1975 Predict Today’s World

2000-sIn 1975, the book “The People’s Almanac” asked scientists to forecast what to expect in the year 2000. Some of the interesting (and accurate) stuff included –

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kotelenikov: [In the 21st century] Miniature television sets the size of cigarette packets will be used as everyday videophones. The images they transmit will be able to be transferred to a wall-size screen for greater detail.

John Pierce: Cable television will bring newspapers directly to homes by wire.

Read more HERE.

 

Very Funny Blog – TL;DR Wikipedia

It’s just like wikipedia, except every entry is very short and funny.

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85,000 British Newsreels Added To YouTube

MailOnline reports –

Nestled among horrific footage of the Hindenburg crash and a woman imprisoned in an underground room are bizarre, forgotten pieces of history – including a 10-stone toddler. Now newsreel archive British Pathé has opened these vaults to the public, uploading all 85,000 of its films to Youtube as a gift to the public. The firm was an iconic part of British life from 1896 to 1976, when for some the dramatic black-and-white reports aired in cinemas would be their only source of news. General manager Alastair White described the films as a ‘treasure trove’ and said: ‘Whether you’re looking for coverage of the Royal Family, the Titanic, the destruction of the Hindenburg, or quirky stories about British pastimes, it’ll be there on our channel. You can lose yourself for hours.’

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British Pathe’ YouTube channel HERE

WrightsWright brothers first flight video – 1903

 


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