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Jul 25

fozmeadows:

scienceofsarcasm:

Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”

I would love to know what this means.

I think that might be code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”.

(via iguanamouth)


chroniclesofamber:

70sscifiart:

Here’s a bigger copy of that NASA piece, which was done by Roy Scarfo.

And here is the exterior view…

…from Roy Scarfo’s Beyond Tomorrow - Civilizations in Space.  The idea of an asteroid modified as a space ark is still seriously considered as one possible method for crossing interstellar space, and is probably best-known from the Star Trek episode “For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky”:
In fact, researchers and scientists are working on space arks and starships right now.

chroniclesofamber:

70sscifiart:

Here’s a bigger copy of that NASA piece, which was done by Roy Scarfo.

And here is the exterior view…

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…from Roy Scarfos Beyond Tomorrow - Civilizations in Space.  The idea of an asteroid modified as a space ark is still seriously considered as one possible method for crossing interstellar space, and is probably best-known from the Star Trek episode “For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky”:

In fact, researchers and scientists are working on space arks and starships right now.

(via 70sscifiart)


Jul 24
mingland:

humanoidhistory:

Vintage NASA press photo shows Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard, foreground, and Ed Mitchell on the Moon, February 1971. (via)

Houston, we’re about fifteen minutes into extravehicular activity. Ed is preparing to take samples and setting up the rest of the equipment. I’ve exited the lunar module and am now on my way to help him.
but first, let me take a selfie

mingland:

humanoidhistory:

Vintage NASA press photo shows Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard, foreground, and Ed Mitchell on the Moon, February 1971. (via)

Houston, we’re about fifteen minutes into extravehicular activity. Ed is preparing to take samples and setting up the rest of the equipment. I’ve exited the lunar module and am now on my way to help him.

but first, let me take a selfie

(via humanoidhistory)


tfwnojutsu:

thatruskieyakattack:

completed-nihilism:

Vantablack

British researchers have created the ‘new black’ of the science world - and it is being dubbed super black.

The material absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of light, a new world record, and is so dark the human eye struggles to discern its shape and dimension, giving the appearance of a black hole.

Named Vantablack, or super black, it also conducts heat seven and half times more effectively than copper, and is ten times stronger than steel.

It is created by Surrey NanoSystems using carbon nanotubes, which are 10,000 thinner than human hair and so miniscule that light cannot get in but can pass into the gaps in between.

Article

i don’t like this

(via aromaladyrose)


70sscifiart:

Robert McCall

70sscifiart:

Robert McCall


Jul 23

summersynthesis:

Home chemistry: Precipitation of diphenhydramine by basifying a solution of diphenhydramine hydrochloride with NaOH.

(via centralscience)


sixpenceee:

Did you know that sperm whales sleep vertically? 
SOURCE

sixpenceee:

Did you know that sperm whales sleep vertically? 

SOURCE

(via mad-as-a-marine-biologist)



Jul 22
mapsontheweb:

The size of North America compared to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter.
Great Red Spot, an enormous, long-lived storm system on the planet Jupiter and the most conspicuous feature of its visible cloud surface. It is generally reddish in colour and oval in shape, approximately 20,000 km long and 12,000 km wide (12,400 by 7,500 miles)—large enough to engulf Earth and Mars side by side.

mapsontheweb:

The size of North America compared to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter.

Great Red Spot, an enormous, long-lived storm system on the planet Jupiter and the most conspicuous feature of its visible cloud surface. It is generally reddish in colour and oval in shape, approximately 20,000 km long and 12,000 km wide (12,400 by 7,500 miles)—large enough to engulf Earth and Mars side by side.

(via probablyapyro)


humanoidhistory:

July 15, 2009 — The Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (NASA)


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