Archive for March, 2012

All These Stars Will Explode Together Like a String of Firecrackers [Space]

via Gizmodo by Jesus Diaz on 3/12/12

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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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30 Beautiful Pictures of Scotland

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.
scotlandScotland by Moyan Brenn

scotlandCaithness (jan 09) by Hermés

scotlandScotland by Moyan Brenn

scotlandView Of Rum From Beinn Na Cille, Kingairloch by H Matthew Howarth

scotlandAonach Meadhoin, Glen Shiel by H Matthew Howarth

scotlandHeylipol Church, Tiree by atomicjeep

scotlandLight here! by Angelo Amboldi

scotlandAilsa Craig by atomicjeep

scotlandLoch Duich from Eilean Donan by atomicjeep

scotlandrannoch moor early morning by mike138

scotlandLoch Ness from Fort Augustus Scotland by dave conner

scotlandlandscape by mike138

scotlandroad and mountain bw by mike138

scotlandbarn by mike138

scotlandrannoch moor by mike138

scotlandscottish scenery by mike138

scotlandOld Man of Storr – Scotland by Moyan Brenn

scotlandIsle of Skye by Moyan Brenn

scotlandLandscape by Maciej Lewandowski

scotlandFields of Gold by RonAlmog

scotlandBuachaille Etive Mòr (in morning light) by KENNETH BARKER

scotlandforest sun by mike138

scotlandImage by mike138

scotlandscenery by mike138

scotlandRocks by The Grim Atheist

scotlandaground by mike138

scotlandB.C. (before colour) by KENNETH BARKER

scotlandImage by mike138

scotlandloch lomond by mike138

scotlandcastle stalker by mike138

Starling Moot in Europe

via Flickr Blog by Kay Kremerskothen on 3/9/12

Starling Murmuration - BEST VIEWED LARGE
Starlings starlings being hunted! Starlings at Ham Wall
Formation flying in thousands Starlings Starlings
12th January 2012

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.

Photos from Alan-Mackenzie, JimD36, danny beath, BSc, PhD., GrahamMcPherson, Gregory Hunt, Fiona in Eden, Mark Eastment, Mike Hannon, and Andy Holden.

The First 3D Model of DNA Looks Like a Spinning Beach Ball of Life [Dna]

via Gizmodo by Kristen Philipkoski on 3/12/12

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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 »

David Gilmour performs at the Douglas Adams 60th Birthday Party

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.

DISCLAIMER: Please notice that the article above is syndicated from Brain Damage and was originally published on 03-11-2012 05:53 PM. As such, APFFN is not responsible for its content. Read the original article here.

Pour Guinness Cans Perfectly [Guinness]

via Lifehacker by David Galloway on 3/11/12

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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 More »

Strange Effects: The Mystifying History of Neutrino Experiments

via Wired: Wired Science by Adam Mann on 3/9/12

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What is a Neutrino?

  • What is a Neutrino?
  • Beta Decay Puzzle
  • Neutrinos Discovered
  • The Solar Puzzle
  • The Atmospheric Puzzle
  • A New Neutrino?
  • More Strangeness
  • Future Experiments

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)

Can LSD Cure Your Addictions? [Science]

via Gizmodo by Jamie Condliffe on 3/9/12

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You might not expect one of the most potent hallucinogens of all time to be useful in the treatment of addiction. But weirdly that’s exactly what a new study shows. More »

Awesome Photos of Musical Instruments’ Interiors Make Me Want to Live In Them [Image Cache]

via Gizmodo by Jesus Diaz on 3/9/12

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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 »

A close look at the Windows 8 SkyDrive app

via by Michael Gillett on 3/7/12

As the dust is now pretty much settled from Microsoft’s significant announcement and release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview last week it’s about time we took a close look at some of the apps that come with the preview. as followers of mine on Twitter will know I am keen SkyDrive user and advocate and so it makes sense that I take a close look at that app.
I have only been able to try out the SkyDrive app on a PC with a mouse and keyboard and both and app and OS are both only preview and not feature complete.
When first opening the app users are presented with a lovely Metro display of all the folders and files found in a user’s root location. Scrolling to the left (with finger, keyboard or mouse) will present more files if they can’t all be shown on one screen, this works just like the Windows 8 Start Screen and most of the Windows 8 Preview apps. Folders are shown as a double width tile whereas files are shown as square tiles and if available the folders and files will show a thumbnail of the content.
When clicking on a folder the contents in shown in the exact same way as the root folder, however, the folder title is shown along side the name of the of the parent folder. Note the “(public)” beside the title which denotes that the folder is visible to anyone, if a folder is not public then no additional notation is provided.
Clicking on a photo then displays a single photo to the user. Sadly there is no way to continue to move through the contents of the folder in this view and a user has to go back from a single file and then click the next one. I would hope to see this changed so that users could browse the contents of a folder in this “zoomed in” view as well as the folder view when the final app is released. However, it is possible for a user to zoom into the image using the scroll wheel or multitouch if the image was uploaded at a large enough resolution.
Right clicking (or swiping up from the bottom of the screen) presents some actions that a user can perform. The top left arrow is to move back to the folder view, the bottom left button allows a file to be saved to the PC from SkyDrive and in the bottom right is a feedback button and refresh button.
When saving a file the default Windows 8 Metro file explorer is used. Sadly there is no way to save a file on SkyDrive to another app or service through an app which is possible within the Metro UI but seems to have been disabled so users can only save files locally.
It might seem like a limitation to not allow users to save to another service however it perhaps makes sense as it is possible to “share” a single file using the Charms Bar on the right. This allows a file to be shared with any app installed that makes use of the share contract within Windows 8; on my system that is only Mail and WordPress.
Going back to the SkyDrive London folder if a user were to click on the PowerPoint file then they would be taken to the Office Web App. For this it was the Metro version of Internet Explorer that opened however this could be configured to being the desktop version or even a different browser I believe.
There are some other folder available within the SkyDrive app that mimic some of the functionality found in the web version. If a user clicks on the arrow beside the folder name then a drop list appears with three locations; the root folder (Michael’s SkyDrive in this case), the recent documents folder and the shared items folder. These same locations are listed on the left hand sidebar within the SkyDrive website.
Some other notable features of the SkyDrive app are that right clicking in any folder presents the app bar with additional functionality. There are the feedback and refresh options already shown but there is also an add option which allows users to add anything to the folder that is being looked at.
When adding a file the user is presented with same file explorer as when saving a file. However, this time there is access to other Metro apps installed on the PC so that a user can upload a file to SkyDrive from a different app or service.

That is pretty much all I have discovered within the SkyDrive Metro App and bearing in mind it is only an App Preview it feels very reliable and fairly feature rich. Having said that though there are a few things that seem to be missed from the app such as being able to save or share more than 1 file at a time. It would also be great to browse through a folder when only seeing a single file and even slideshow functionality would be good. I think it would also be helpful to allow users to specify whether they wanted a document to be opened in an Office Web App or in a locally installed app.
Please let us know about anything else the SkyDrive app does that I might have missed.
Obviously we are still many months away from Windows 8 shipping and in that time a lot of work could be done on the SkyDrive app but even in it’s current state it’s a great app and well worth trying out if you haven’t already.
You can download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview if you haven’t already; the SkyDrive app comes bundled with it.

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