Posts filed under “Science”

Every Space Mission Ever Flown On One Map

This is a very cool depiction of every space mission over the past 50 years, overlaid on one map of the solar system

Each line traces the path of a different space mission or satellite launch.

Notable missions (including failures) are included, as are those from different countries . . .

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Original image via National Geographic

http://books.nationalgeographic.com/map/map-day/index

via flickr

Category: Science, Weekend

Fantastic Photos of our Solar System

In the past decade, extraordinary space missions have discovered new features of the Sun, the planets and their moons. The Cassini spacecraft, which is now orbiting Saturn, looked back toward the eclipsed Sun and saw a view unlike any other. The rings of Saturn light up so much that new rings were discovered. Saturnian moons…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Carl Sagan – Glorious Dawn (ft Stephen Hawking)

A musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn – Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Stephen Hawking’s Universe series. Cosmos Remixed

Category: Science, Weekend

Ultra Low Cost Space Photography

> 2 MIT students put together Project Icarus — an ultra low cost rig which they lofted a digital camera via weather balloon to the edge of space. Ingredients: Helium, a styrofoam beer cooler, a cheap Canon A470 camera, and instant hand warmers to prevent the camera batteries from freezing. They added a prepaid GPS-equipped…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Voyage in the Milky Way

This video makes us travel through our galactic home, the Milky Way. Using the magnificent 800-million-pixel, 360-degree panoramic image featured in the GigaGalaxy Zoom project, launched by ESO within the framework of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), we move towards the Galactic Centre, then across the Galactic Plane that runs horizontally through the image.

Source:
Voyage in the Milky Way
European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere
EuropeanSouthernObservatory

http://www.eso.org/gallery/v/Videos/Galaxies/vid-32a-09_FLASH.flv.html

Category: Science, Video

Celestial Sphere

click for ginormous photo > This is the entire celestial sphere as seen from the best vantage points on Earth. The 800-million pixel image comes from the European Southern Observatory’s GigaGalaxyZoom project. The Milky Way, viewed edge-on, shows its central bulge and both dark and glowing nebulae – birthplaces of new stars. > Sources: ESO…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Movie: Darwin’s Origin of the Species

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Category: Film, Science, Video

Big Bang Briefly

Introducing the Briefly series. Taking theory and presenting it in it’s most concise form.
We start with the Big Bang because the theory is important and amazing, but often misunderstood.
This video was produced without any funding from any outside sources. It was put together with donated creative time from a group with a desire to further public cognition of science.
Science has many amazing stories to tell, this is the first. The Big Bang Briefly.

Category: Science, Video

Where Will Growth Come From ?

I got into (yet another) one of those useless, interesting, unprovable debates on exactly where growth is go to come from. My colleague sees no US job growth in the near or distant future, much more pessimistic than I. My view is that there are several fields that are potentially big growers, but their best…Read More

Category: Economy, Science

Dan Pink on Incentives & Rewards

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Dan Pink on Ted

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html

Category: Science, Video