a boy and his box, off to see the universe.
“He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe. And… He’s wonderful.”
Brian Cox and Jenna Coleman at the 2013 BAFTA Television Awards
Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller from the Brno University of Technology reveals the awesome beauty of the solar corona with these amazing composite images that he created by using 47 photos taken during a total solar eclipse.
To achieve the crystal clear effect the shots are comprised from some 40+ photos taken with two different lenses. Additional clarity was achieved due to the incredibly remote location chosen to view the eclipse from, a pier just outside the Enewetak Radiological Observatory on the Marshall Islands, smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can see several more images from the project at Druckmüller’s website and don’t miss this much higher resolution version including some 209 stars.
The New Arctic
It’s time for a little Real Talk™, folks. We know that the climate is changing. Science has made it clear that humans are having a major effect in accelerating that change. What most people don’t realize is just how fast those changes are taking place.
The video above, from UT-Austin’s Dan Oppenheimer and featuring marine scientist Ken Dunton, is a cry for help. But if we’re not careful, it could be a funeral procession for the Arctic as we know it. Why?
Arctic ice, as it begins its spring melt, may disappear altogether in the very near future. This is because of an effect called “feedback”. Dark oceans and dark land, once covered by reflective ice, absorb more of the sun’s energy with their dark surfaces, and that leads to more melting, which leads to more heating, which leads to more melting … you see how this works.
I don’t mean to bring everyone down, but sometimes you have to stare a difficult situation right in the face in order to commit to making a change. So look. If you see something, say something. Then do something, change something.
NRA peddling guns for kids after 5 y/o shot little sister
Mere days ago, a young boy shot his little sister using a rifle made for youths. A tragic event, for sure. And one that exposes a culture that needs to be stopped, before more kids find themselves on the wrong end of a gun. Unfortunately, there’s the National Rifle Association to deal with.
The NRA’s Annual Meeting in Houston was pushing firearms in the hands of children by means of on-site sales of rifles, an official NRA publication and a youth day hosted at the conference itself.
Clearly, the NRA is only interested in making money for the gun industry. They’re shifting blame away from guns themselves and point fingers at videogame’s, quoting faulty studies and misconceptions to make sure that their precious guns aren’t touched. They’ve been a huge part in creating an environment where nothing is standing in the way of the gun companies, resulting in events like getting the Assault Weapons Ban dropped to even getting Gun Control Legislation dropped that was drafted by a Republican and a Democrat. Whenever anyone even dares mention gun control, you can rest assured that they’ll be there to slap them down. And now they’re even pushing guns in to the hands of little kids.
Someone told me today that at his son’s high school in Missouri, they’re raffling off a youth hunting rifle for a school fundraiser. The school sees no problem with giving away a gun to any high schooler who happens to have the right ticket.
Topographically accurate LED moon light by NOSIGNER
“The so called Supermoon – the lunar occurance on March 19th, 2011 in which the moon appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter – shined down on the people of Japan, inspiring them to believe in, and have hope for, rebuilding what they had lost just over a week ago. The Moon is a topographically-accurate LED light that was created based on data retrieved from the Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft Kaguya.”
These are… actually pretty inspiring.
“you are never taller than when you stand up for yourself”
thats just awesome
“You’re the result of 4 billion years of evolutionary success; F***ING ACT LIKE IT.”
My fave right there.
“You are never taller than when you stand up for yourself” My all time favorite.
“A solid foundation” That is a good way to think of it.
My all time favorite meme! I have a lot saved on my computer for when I need motivation, it works everytime.