Category Archives: Odds and ends

Casual Friday — how much does the internet weigh?

It all comes down to electrons (direct link): For an earlier estimate of this weight, you might want to compare this. H/T: Andrew Sullivan Possibly related posts (auto-generated list): Casual Friday — an early peek at the internet Casual Friday … Continue reading

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Casual Friday — Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

I’d originally planned on posting a light but science-related video for today’s slot. But in light of the passing of Steve Jobs, thought that a more appropriate and fitting bit of video would be his commencement address at Stanford…

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Radiation doses, in perspective

Courtesy of Randal Munroe (of xkcd fame), there’s now a comparison chart of radiation doses to help you put the Japanese reactor troubles in perspective (click on the image to get to the full-size image on the xkcd site)

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The Solar System to Scale

Just ran across this great infographic on Space.com and couldn’t keep from passing it along… Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration Possibly related posts (auto-generated list): The scientific tourist #3 — Kepler's early solar system … Continue reading

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Casual Friday — walking in circles

Why can’t we walk straight? A great explanation via animation, from NPR…

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Casual Friday — a birds’ eye view of birds of prey

The amazing abilities of a Peregrine Falcon and a Goshawk — as seen by a camera mounted to their backs…

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Casual Friday — and you thought *your* weather was bad…

National Geographic cameraman was filming elephants in Mali when he got to experience a dust storm first-hand…

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Casual Friday — life in slow motion

It’s just plain fun and interesting to watch what life looks like in super slow motion. Courtesy of Philip Heron, here’s a short film on the subject — Tempus II…

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Casual Friday — like a bolt from the blue

A 9,000 frames-per-second view of some lightning in Rapid City, South Dakota…

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Sad but true…

SMBC on risk tolerance

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