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Dean Kamen shows off his insanely cool water purifying machine on the Colbert Report.

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Vast online catalog of illustrations, publications, and manuscripts from Darwin’s career. He was a pretty amazing illustrator.

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Edward Lorenz, the man who discovered the strange attractor and pioneered the creation of chaos theory, died yesterday at age 90. It seemed only fitting to at least mention this news story. Washington Post article, NPR sound bite, Wiki article.

The sun in motion

10 April 2008

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Witness the surface of the sun in motion. Each of the little “tiles” in the top picture is the size of a continent.

Also check out this site for more footage of the solar surface.  Hot.

Presentation about rockets and science nerds. From TED.

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“For more than a century, since he captured the spoken words “Mary had a little lamb” on a sheet of tinfoil, Thomas Edison has been considered the father of recorded sound. But researchers say they have unearthed a recording of the human voice, made by a little-known Frenchman, that predates Edison’s invention of the phonograph by nearly two decades.”

Listen to the 10 second clip here. NY Times article here.

Thanks for the tip jonny records.

Hm. . .

27 March 2008

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“My God, it’s full of stars!”
2001: A Space Odyssey (book version)

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Endeavour

21 March 2008

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Spectators watch the space shuttle Endeavour launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

From TIME, Pictures of the Week.

Nano-Explosions

19 March 2008

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This photo was the 1st place winner at the annual Science as Art competition in San Francisco, held by the Materials Research Society.

“Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of an overflowed electrodeposited magnetic nanowire array (CoFeB), where the template has been subsequently completely etched. It’s a reminder that nanoscale research can have unpredicted consequences at a high level.”

Credit: Fanny Beron, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, Canada

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“Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!” -Arthur C. Clarke

Listen to the remembrance from NPR, which includes snippets from a recording he made for friends and family in December ’07, entitled How it feels to have completed 90 orbits around the sun. Watch the whole video here.

He was also responsible, in part, for some of the cooler book covers to come out of the 20th century.