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via Gizmodo by Jesus Diaz on 3/12/12
This is one of the most impressive Hubble Space Telescope’s images I’ve ever seen. It shows a massive group of young stars called R136, in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. But that’s not what makes them so special: More »
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via Photography Blogger by Tim Kok on 3/12/12
Scotland must be one of the most photogenic places on earth. The following pictures make it seem like no matter where you point your camera in Scotland, there will always be a majestic view of a loch, ben, or castle.
Scotland by Moyan Brenn
via Flickr Blog by Kay Kremerskothen on 3/9/12
Every year in autumn and winter, amazing Starling formations can be seen in parts of Europe including South England, Denmark and France. During the cold months, the birds become highly gregarious and turn into huge flocks of highly variable size.
Hundreds of thousands of birds can be part of the flocks. They form tight sphere-like formations in flight, frequently changing their shape providing stunning sights.
via Gizmodo by Kristen Philipkoski on 3/12/12
Scientists have created the first 3D model of DNA, thanks to a new software buit by a young Harvard scientist. Depicting the way DNA packs itself inside a cell, we couldn’t help but see it as a beach ball of life. More »
via All Pink Floyd Fan Network by RSS feed on 3/11/12
11 March 2012 would have been Douglas Adams’ 60th Birthday. To celebrate this event, Douglas’s family and friends decided to hold a virtual birthday party in London, which turned out to be a stunning, star-studded event with chat, comedy and music filling the evening.The event, which was benefitting two charities – the EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency), but mainly Save The Rhino – was a sell-out with devoted Adams fans taking the lion’s share of tickets. When tickets went on sale in early December, there was a small rumour on Hitchhiker-related websites that David might be taking part, but all the sites which mentioned that very quickly removed all mention. Since then, there was no mention that David might be participating.Of course, David and Douglas had known each other for some years. The original Hitchhiker TV series included a few bars from Shine On You Crazy Diamond, as hummed by Marvin the paranoid android. Later, Adams was to provide the title of the Floyd’s final album, and subsequently appeared on their final tour one night in their Earls Court run in October 1994. The chances, then, of David participating in this event were inevitably quite high. And, to the delight of the audience, he clearly couldn’t miss this celebration of his friend.
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via Lifehacker by David Galloway on 3/11/12
Don’t worry about 45 degree angles, the best way to pour a can a Guinness into a 16oz pint glass is to open the can and immediately place it upside down in the pint glass. The beer won’t overflow, and after the bubbles stop foaming you can gently remove the can and have a perfectly poured pint as shown in the video from culinary weblog Chow.com. More »
via Wired: Wired Science by Adam Mann on 3/9/12
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Late last year, scientists with the OPERA collaboration in Gran Sasso, Italy reported an incredible finding: neutrinos that appeared to be moving faster than the speed of light.
The news spread at a barely slower pace, fascinating the public. One thing everyone knows is that a very famous physicist named Albert Einstein once said that nothing should travel faster than light speed.
In February, the OPERA researchers found a couple small problems with their experimental set-up, calling into question the original faster-than-light neutrino result. The event highlighted the difficulty of science at the edge of the unknown — and neutrinos are especially tricky.
More often than not, neutrino experiments throughout history have turned up perplexing results. While most of these experiments didn’t get the high-profile attention that disputing Einstein provides, they’ve challenged scientists and helped them learn ever more about the natural world.
In this gallery, we take a look at some of the strangest historical neutrino results and the findings that still have scientists scratching their heads.
What Is a Neutrino?
Neutrinos are tiny, elusive and very common. For every proton or electron in the universe there are at least a billion neutrinos.
Researchers need to know how neutrinos work because they’re relevant to many areas of physics. These ubiquitous specks came into existence milliseconds after the Big Bang, and new neutrinos are created during the radioactive decay of elements, nuclear reactions within stars and the explosive collapse of supernovas.
“They’re one of the dominant particles in the universe but we still know very little about them,” said physicist Bill Louis of Los Alamos National Lab, co-spokesperson for the MiniBooNE neutrino experiment.
Neutrinos are so hard to study because they barely interact with other matter. Unlike the more familiar electron, they have no electromagnetic charge. They pass as easily through lead walls as through mist, and are so light that scientists long thought they had no mass at all. Detecting them requires closely watching a large tank of material, such a water, on the off chance that a neutrino will hit another particle and produce an observable change.
Image: Researchers sit in a boat inside the Super-Kamiokande neutrino experiment in Japan. The detector is made from a tank filled with 50,000 tons of water and lined with more than 11,000 photomultiplier tubes. (Kamioka Observatory/ICRR/University of Tokyo)
via Gizmodo by Jesus Diaz on 3/9/12
These macro photographies taken from the interior of actual music instruments make my head spin a bit. I would have never imagined the interior of musical instrument would look so beautiful and cozy. I would love to live in that violin. More »