Archive for October, 2018

China Plans to Launch an ‘Artificial Moon’ to Light Up the Night

According to Time.

Scientists are hoping to hang the man-made moon above the city of Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwestern Sichuan province, according to a report in Chinese state media. The imitation celestial body — essentially an illuminated satellite — will bear a reflective coating to cast sunlight back to Earth, where it will supplement streetlights at night.

Continue reading HERE.

Also, this video pokes holes in the idea.

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Finalists From The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

From Popular Science –

Award-winning wildlife photographs usually feature an elk set against a backdrop of trees or a lion during golden hour. Not these. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, founded in 2015 by wildlife photographers Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, encourage humans to celebrate the hilarious frames created in the field.

The 2018 entries didn’t disappoint—think a face-palming grizzly, a smiling lion, and some dancing Komodo dragons. The overall winner will be announced on November 15 and will be invited on a one-week safari in Maasai Mara, Kenya with Alex Walker.

Go to the photos HERE.

World’s Fastest Camera – 10 Trillion Frames Per Second

According to Phys.org –

. . . nothing beats a clear image, says INRS professor and ultrafast imaging specialist Jinyang Liang. He and his colleagues, led by Caltech’s Lihong Wang, have developed what they call T-CUP: the world’s fastest camera, capable of capturing 10 trillion (1013) frames per second (Fig. 1). This new camera literally makes it possible to freeze time to see phenomena—and even light—in extremely slow motion.

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Keeping The Flavors of Ancient Mexico Alive [video]

5 Universal Laws of Human Stupidity

From Qz.com –

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity. Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are abundant, they are irrational, and they cause problems for others without apparent benefit to themselves, thereby lowering society’s total well-being.

Continue reading HERE.

Keeper of the Ghost Trees [video]

Photos Of The Week – Oct. 12, 2018

From The Atlantic –

A seal pup in Wales, a luxury hotel in a quarry pit in Shanghai, horse racing in Cambodia, space-suit testing in a cave on a tropical island, dancers in Tanzania, damage from Hurricane Michael in Florida, human towers in Catalonia, Swiss fighter aircraft in the Alps, and much more.

Go to the photos.


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