Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Seven Minutes of Terror


I was super excited to hear that we launched another rover to Mars. I had heard that the rover, Curiosity, would be far larger than the rest. But I hadn’t heard that landing the thing would be the incredible feat that it is. Check out this “trailer” that JPL has created for the landing. It’s got all the suspense of a Christopher Nolan movie, minus Christian Bale and a pain-killer-addicted nemesis.

Wind Map

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I could stare at this beautiful wind map all day. Built by Hint.Fm, it uses hourly forecasts from the National Forecast Database to give you an idea of how air is traveling across the United States at any given moment. It’s incredible.


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The rings on a cross section cut of a tree can tell scientists a lot about the conditions of its surroundings at different time periods as well as the overall age of the tree itself. But it can also help us tell what the tree sounds like thanks to this fancy record player-like contraption that uses light and some other electronics to transcode the rings in to piano notes.

Time Lapse From Space

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I’ve heard before, that maybe if everyone got to see our planet from space, the question of whether or not we should preserve it would be a non-issue. If that’s the case, we need to get as many people as possible to see this video. It was shot using a special 4k lowlight camera by the crew of Expedition 28 and 29 on the International Space Station. It’s absolutely stunning.

Posters for The International Year Of Chemistry


Hat tip to Sarah Bout for this one, who earlier today turned me on to the posters of Simon C Page for the International Year Of Chemistry. As readers of this blog know, I love science, so anything help promote it in a clear and clever way goes far in my book. Knowing how big of an impact chemistry has on our lives, this project is a noble (get it?) one to undertake. Head over to Simon’s store on inPrnt to get one.

Note Cards

Vaquero y’all.

Let’s jump rope!

The internet, it’s open.

Not your typical Walgreen’s pharmacy.

It’s called the spoon prank, and it is hilarious.

Brine Icicles don’t mess around. They’re killer.

Would you ride a giant spoke-less ferris wheel?

Stop annoying your neighbors with these cheap soundproofing techniques.

One of our favorite Austin spots¬†receives¬†FFFest praise for their “Slayer Dog”

One used time traveling DeLorean for sale. $600,000 OBO.

How good at Kerning are you? Why not test yourself?

It’s October, so why not celebrate with some Dia De Los Modernists posters?

While we’re talkin’ food, how about a pencil sharpener that dispenses parmesan pencil shavings? Yum!

Need to peel an entire head of garlic in under 10 seconds? Do it with two bowls.

This is the kinda Garden Gnome that lets people know you mean business.

Darth Vader blows some hot air.

You really need to be following Adam Garcia’s sketchbook blog.

That’s a really cool fountain. I want that in my yard.

Hey Portland! Cheat Local!

Marty McFly and Doc Brown have a backstory finally.

It’s the cartoon color wheel.

What if Charles Schulz wrote Jaws?

If there’s anything you learn from this, it’s that you shouldn’t get a discount taxidermist.

Not that you don’t already, but keep in mind that chain emails are bad.