Monthly Archives: June 2008

Casual Friday — Fetch!

Yes, this is downright silly, but still a fun invention from a technical perspective… Continue reading

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Carnivalia — 6/18 – 6/24

The past week’s crop of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals awaits your reading attentions…

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The scientific tourist #26 — Cliff Palace

This week’s picture is another one from Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado — it’s of Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America…

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Casual Friday — Babbage's Difference Engine #2

Charles Babbage (1791-1871) was a computer pioneer who invented some interesting (and quite workable) mechanical computers, but never got around to actually building them… Continue reading

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Carnivalia — 6/11 – 6/17

The past week’s selection of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals…

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The scientific tourist #25 — Echo (echo… echo… echo…)

For this week’s science-related travel image, we’re going back to the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamagordo. It’s a life-size model of the Echo II satellite in its launch canister

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Casual Friday — The Machine That Changed the World

Courtesy of Andy Baio via Waxy.org come digital scans of a 1992 VHS documentary titled The Machine That Changed the World. It’s a beautifully produced documentary on the history of computing…

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Carnivalia — 6/4 – 6/10

As usual, there’s plenty of good reading material waiting for you in the past week’s selection of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals…

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The scientific tourist #24 — Lowell's globes

This week’s “sciencey” image comes from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona…

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Casual Friday — Ulysses at mission's end

It’s always sad to see an old friend fade away, even when that friend is a robot. Such is the case for the international (but largely ESA-driven) Ulysses mission to study the Sun. Launched in 1990, the spacecraft has been powered by RTGs (radioisotope thermoelectric generators), and they are now generating so little power that the spacecraft is slowly freezing to death. Here’s a video from happier times — a 15th anniversary commemoration put out by NASA in 2005…

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