Monthly Archives: October 2008

Casual Friday — melting steel with a solar furnace

One relatively straightforward way to generate solar power is via a technology called solar thermal — mirrors are used to focus sunlight on a boiler, which then generates steam, which powers turbines, which run a generator…

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Carnivalia — 10/22 – 10/28

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

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The scientific tourist #44 — Pioneer 4

This week’s image is of a model of the Pioneer 4 spacecraft, on display at JPL at the time (1989) this picture was taken…

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Casual Friday — taking down a building, one floor at a time

Some time back I wandered across this interesting time-lapse movie of a new way of demolishing a tall building — one floor at a time, with all the work done at ground level…

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Carnivalia — 10/15 – 10/21

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

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The scientific tourist #43 — Apollo 9 capsule

This week’s image comes to you from the San Diego Air & Space Museum — it’s the Apollo 9 Command Module…

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Casual Friday — Beached

Tilt-shift photography is a technique that allows a photographer to take an image of a real-life scene, but which looks like it was made from a miniature. Keith Loutit is an Australian photographer who has taken this a step further, and made time-lapse movies done in tilt-shift…

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Carnivalia — 10/8 – 10/14

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

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The scientific tourist #42 — behold, the gecko (ecce gecko?)

For this week’s image, I present to you a well-adapted (if poorly camouflaged) little climber…

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Casual Friday — 10 optical illusions in 2 minutes

Sheer, eye-confusing fun (even if it is a viral video ad by Samsung)…

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