Monthly Archives: September 2011

Casual Friday — a 3D rendered film, from 1972!

A pioneering piece of computer animation from the very early days of the technology…

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Carnivalia 9/21 – 9/27

A day late (if not a dollar short), here’s the past week’s selection of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals for you

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The scientific tourist #193 — Canopic jars, in Italy

A set of Canopic jars in the Museo Archeologico Centrale dell’ Etruria in Fiorenze (Florence), Italy.

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Carnivalia — 9/14 – 9/20

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

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The scientific tourist #192 — bad, bad lands

From the southwest corner of South Dakota comes today’s image for you — a landscape panorama the Badlands…

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Casual Friday — how big are “massive” solar flares?

The press love to use the word “massive” when talking about solar flares. They do this partly, I suppose, because they’re trying to get people’s attention. But I suspect they’re also just running to the end of what language alone can describe. So how big is a solar flare?

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Carnivalia — 9/07 – 9/13

The past week’s selection of science-related blog carnivals for your reading enjoyment

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The scientific tourist #191 — Glacier tracks

It’s back to Alaska this week, for another look at traces of a glacier’s passage. This shot’s from the Tracy Arm fjord: You can see faults in the rock running roughly vertically. But those horizontal grooves? They’re the tracks of … Continue reading

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Casual Friday — Apollo landing sites revisited, again!

You might recall that two years back, the LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) spacecraft team released some images of Apollo lunar landing sites. But these were relatively low-resolution images, taken from about 70 miles above the surface.

Well, the LRO spacecraft (and its human support team) have done that one better, and have taken more site images from a much lower altitude — about 14 miles (22 km), roughly twice the altitude of a commercial airliner flight back on Earth. And boy, are they impressive!

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Carnivalia — 9/01 – 9/06

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

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