Posts filed under “Science”

History of the Sky

This is a year-long time-lapse study of the sky. A camera installed on the roof of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco captured an image of the sky every 10 seconds. From these images, I created a mosaic of time-lapse movies, each showing a single day. The days are arranged in chronological order. My intent was to reveal the patterns of light and weather over the course of a year.

This video is designed to be viewed in a large format, so it’s best viewed in full-screen mode at 1080p.

More information on the project site:

http://www.murphlab.com/ahots

And my recent blog post:

http://www.murphlab.com/2011/11/15/a-history-of-the-sky-for-one-year/

Category: Science, Weekend

Seeing Relativity: Mind-bending tour of the solar system

Seeing Relativity: Mind-bending tour of the solar system Via New Scientist

Category: Science, Weekend

Earth Missions to Mars

click for ginormous chart Source: io9

Category: Science, Travel, Weekend

Japan Marks 6 Months Since Earthquake, Tsunami

Via the Sacramento Bee, we see these astonishing before and after photos of Japan — during, 3 and 6 Months after the terrible Earthquake and Tsunami:

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Category: Science, Weekend

7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West.

As higher standards of living and better health care are reaching more parts of the world, the rates of fertility — and population growth — have started to slow down, though the population will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

U.N. forecasts suggest the world population could hit a peak of 10.1 billion by 2100 before beginning to decline. But exact numbers are hard to come by — just small variations in fertility rates could mean a population of 15 billion by the end of the century.


Produced by Adam Cole
Cinematography by Maggie Starbard

Category: Science, Video

The UN Predicts The World’s Population Explosion

Click on countries to select: Source: The UN Predicts The World’s Population Explosion The Guardian, October 26, 2011

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Science

NASA: Working on Tractor Beams

‘Tractor beams — the ability to trap and move objects using laser light — are the stuff of science fiction, but a team of NASA scientists has won funding to study the concept for remotely capturing planetary or atmospheric particles and delivering them to a robotic rover or orbiting spacecraft for analysis. This animation shows…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

The World At Seven Billion

The world’s population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Click below to find out where you fit into this story of human life? Source: The World…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Science

How Stellar Novae Get All Mixed Up

In a nova, gas drawn off one star ends up exploding off the surface of its companion. When you think of a nova explosion, you probably associate it with a supernova—a similar, but fundamentally different, stellar explosion. The word nova is Latin for “new,” referring to what early astronomers thought was a bright new star…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Meteor, Milky Way and Northern Lights

Here is another view of that meteor tearing through an aurora (shown previously here) An Amateur photographer, Tommy Eliassen, composed the image in Ifjord, Finnmark, Norway. Eliassen made the photo on Sept. 25 using a Nikon D700 with a wide angle lens and long exposures between 25-30 seconds: > click for larger photo Source: MSNBC

Category: Science, Weekend