Posts filed under “Science”

Interactive Graphics on Earthquakes, Nuclear Accident

The MSM has a series of terrific interactive charts, maps and animations:

Let’s start with the WSJ‘s Pacific/Australian tectonic plates. Note how many major earthquakes have occurred in this region.

click for larger chart, go here for article and interactive graphic


Next up is the NYT, which first looks at both how reactors work:

click for interactive graphics


And then the specific issues in the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station:
click for interactive graphics


Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Escalates (WSJ)

Panic Selling in Japan Weighs on Global Markets (NYT)

How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown (NYT)

Category: Current Affairs, Financial Press, Science

Pacific Ocean Predicted Tsunami Wave Heights

Fantastic interactive graphic at the NYT reviewing how the shifting tectonic plates in the earth’s crust caused the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Here is the most intriguing of the graphics:


Source: NOAA Center for Tsunami Research, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory


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Category: Digital Media, Science

Astonishingly Detailed Photo of Sun

Via Discover, this is a “Jaw Dropping” photo of the Sun: > Ginormous version here

Category: Science, Weekend

Stuart Brown: Play is More Than Fun

Pretty insane:

Category: Psychology, Science, Weekend

Horsetail Falls

Yosemite Nature Notes – Episode 14 – Horsetail Fall Horsetail Fall is a small, ephemeral waterfall that flows over the eastern edge of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. For two weeks in February, the setting sun striking the waterfall creates a deep orange glow that resembles Yosemite’s historic “Firefall.”

Category: Science, Weekend

Want a New Cardiovascular System?

Want a New Cardiovascular System?
By John Mauldin
March 1, 2011


This week’s Outside the Box is again a little unusual. Some of you will think, “There goes Mauldin again, dreaming of a brave new world of biotech.” Except this time the brave new world is here. My friend Pat Cox of Breakthrough Technology Alert has written a piece for me on what he and I think is potentially one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last few decades. Normally I don’t mention specific companies, but in this case we can’t talk about the breakthrough without mentioning the company. Disclosure: I own a small number of shares I bought over a year ago. This is one of a number of companies I am buying as part of my biotech holdings for the very long term. This is not investment advice and you should not replicate my holdings as each individual situation is very different. Always consult your investment professional and read all disclosures below.

Second, Pat gave what I thought was one of the better speeches I have heard in years last summer in Vancouver, and it is still relevant today. It is also one of the best and funniest PowerPoint presentations I have even seen. I was in awe with the creativity. It is about Schumpeter, creative destruction, and why the future is going to be full of dramatic changes. I really urge you to take the 35 minutes or so and listen to the speech and watch the PowerPoint. This is something that will really give you an education. Here’s the link. It is on my website. If you are not a member, you will have to enter your email address.

Now, I know the sales promotion is over the top, typical of investment letters, and not my style at all; it is just what investment newsletter publishers do. But that does not take away from my respect for Pat and the quality of his work. He is one of my real “go to” guys for biotech and all new technology.

As part of the agreement with Pat’s publisher to allow me to use this piece, I offer this link to a way to subscribe to his letter. If you want to subscribe to Pat’s newsletter you can click on this link and get a significant discount (over 50%), for my readers only, available through March 15. I consider Pat one of the really must-read writers on new technology. His record speaks for itself. And the promo has an old date in it they couldn’t change – the real date is March 15.

Your hoping to live a lot longer analyst,

John Mauldin, Editor
Outside the Box

Want a New Cardiovascular System?

Seven weeks ago, on January 3, the father of stem cell medicine made an announcement that will be remembered forever by historians. Dr. Michael West, CEO of BioTime Inc., launched a subsidiary, ReCyte Therapeutics, to commercialize endothelial stem cell therapies to reverse senescence in the cardiovascular and immune systems – the number one killer in the developed world. This newly launched enterprise will have a profound impact on our government and economy as well as our own expectations regarding investment, retirement and lifespans.

West’s announcement elicited the same response that other similarly historic medical breakthroughs have in the past. For the most part, it has been ignored.

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Category: Science, Think Tank

Record Low Arctic Sea Ice Extent for January

Science day continues, via NASA:

Category: Science, Weekend

Kepler Exoplanet Candidates

This is a visualization of the 1236 exoplanet candidates observed by Kepler. As you can see, the vast majority of these planets orbit their stars at a distance less than Earth. This is likely due to the relatively short observation period – it is highly probable that many more planets will be found as the…Read More

Category: Science, Travel, Weekend

North America: Winter Wonderland

via Wired:

Category: Science, Weekend

How Large is the Universe?

The mind-blowing answer comes from a theory describing the birth of the universe in the first instant of time. The universe has long captivated us with its immense scales of distance and time. How far does it stretch? Where does it end… and what lies beyond its star fields… and streams of galaxies extending as…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend