Thursday, 30 April 2015

Fascinating Satellite Photos of Seaweed Farms in South Korea


NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center just shared these fascinating satellite photos taken in January 2014 over the shallow waters around Sisan Island, South Korea. The tiny patchwork of small squares are entire fields of seaweed that are held in place with ropes and buoys to keep the plants near the surface during high tide but off the seafloor in low tide. Via NASA Earth Observatory:

Since 1970, farmed seaweed production has increased by approximately 8 percent per year. Today, about 90 percent of all the seaweed that humans consume globally is farmed. That may be good for the environment. In comparison to other types of food production, seaweed farming has a light environmental footprint because it does not require fresh water or fertilizer.

You can see much more of what’s happening at NASA lately by following the Goddard Space Flight Center on Flickr.





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9 Squares: A Collaborative GIF Project for Nine Designers Using Four Colors in Three Seconds

Top: David Stanfield, Al Boardman, Brent Clouse; Middle: Skip Hursh, Erica Gorochow, John Flores; Bottom: Austin Saylor, Adam Plouff, Bran Dougherty-Johnson


Top: David Stanfield, Allen Laseter, Jimmy Simpson; Middle: Skip Hursh, Al Boardman, Jeff Briant; Bottom: Marcus Chaloner, Erik Blad, Fede Cook


Top: Sara Bennett, Bran Dougherty-Johnson, Brandon Wall; Middle: Zac Dixon, Oliver Sin, David Stanfield; Bottom: Al Boardman, Skip Hursh, Jeroen Krielaars


Top: Skip Hursh, Damien Correll, Cindy Suen; Middle: Justin Cassano, David Stanfield, Joshua Hollars; Bottom: Al Boardman, Jorge R. Canedo Estrada, Estelle Caswell

9 Squares is a collaborative motion graphics project where 9 designers are given a 350-pixel square, four colors, and three seconds to create any kind of animation they like. The results are gathered together to create a single GIF. 9 Squares is organized by Skip Dolphin Hursh, David Stanfield, and Al Boardman and they hope to post a new collaboration every two week or so. (via Quipsologies)

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Dreamlike Autochrome Portraits of an Engineer’s Daughter From 1913 Are Among the Earliest Color Photos


Mervyn O’Gorman (1871-1958) is best known as one of the greatest British engineers, and during WW1 was head of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. O’Gorman was also known as an early pioneer of color photography, and was an artist in addition to his interest aeronautics. Many of his images are included in exhibitions referencing early color photography, including this dreamlike series of his daughter Christina using the Autochrome process in 1913. The Autochrome process, patented in 1903, was the first fully practical single-plate color process that was accessible to the public.

The beach images are from Lulworth Cove, Dorset and feature her in a bright red swimming costume—a color the early process captured well. Christina is also captured in red in every other scene, drawing the eye immediately to the subject and her long strawberry blonde hair. The up-close image of Christina has an oddly modern feel as her clothing is hard to pin to a singular time period. O’Gorman’s wife Florence and second daughter are featured in the last portrait, the photographer’s camera box seen just to the left of his family. (via PetaPixel, Mashable, and National Media Museum)



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Rosetta blog: CometWatch 18 April

This view of Comet 67P/C-G was taken on 18 April from a distance of 101 km from the

The post Rosetta blog: CometWatch 18 April has been published on Technology Org.

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Exploding stars help to understand thunderclouds on Earth

How is lightning initiated in thunderclouds? This is difficult to answer – how do you measure electric fields

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Magnificent Aerial Footage of Antarctica Shot by Kalle Ljung

While touring Antarctica for a few weeks with his 73-year-old father, Stockholm-based filmmaker Kalle Ljung brought along a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter to film their excursion from above. The footage he captured is extraordinary, from isolated shots of crewmates teetering on lone icebergs to pods of whales breaching the surface shot directly overhead. In a deluge of nature/travel films shot with GoPros and drones, this really stands out. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)





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Mars Orbiter Views Curiosity Rover in ‘Artist’s Drive’

A view from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on April 8, 2015, catches sight of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover

The post Mars Orbiter Views Curiosity Rover in ‘Artist’s Drive’ has been published on Technology Org.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Thanks to +Bebops Place for choosing my sympathy card for her Daily Rainbow blog. :D

Thanks to +Bebops Place for choosing my sympathy card for her Daily Rainbow blog. :D

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Father Draws a New Maddeningly Intricate Maze for His Daughter


Two years ago we stumbled onto the story of a girl in Japan who was going through her father’s old belongings when she discovered a hand-drawn maze rolled up in a tube. Kazuo Nomura spent 7 years drawing the sprawling labyrinth while working as a janitor and it hadn’t seen the light of day since 1983. After posting photos of it to her Twitter account, Nomura’s work went viral around the web, and it was quickly turned into a print so others could have a try at solving it.

Responding to pressure from his daughter to draw a second maze, Nomura initially said he had “had enough of mazes.” But, after a 32 year hiatus, he finally sat down to try again earlier this year with the hope of drawing a puzzle that was a bit clearer and easier to solve. After two months of drawing he’s finally done, and if you posess the patience of a saint you can try your hand at solving it: Papa’s Maze 2.0. Nomura assures the maze has a solution, but according to reports from people insane enough to try, it’s actually more difficult than the last, and takes about two days to work through. Read more on Spoon & Tamago.





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LHC breaks energy record

Around midnight exactly one week ago, engineers at CERN broke a world record when they accelerated a beam

The post LHC breaks energy record has been published on Technology Org.

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Supernova differences could change our understanding of dark energy

Measuring distance in the Universe is very challenging—you can't simply run a tape measure out to the Cosmic Microwave Background. What astronomers have done instead is find classes of objects that have a consistent brightness. By measuring how much dimmer than the expected value an object is, you can infer its distance. These objects have been termed "standard candles."

The most useful object for measuring great distances is the type Ia supernova. These supernovae are created when a white dwarf star reaches a specific mass, which triggers a thermonuclear explosion. Since the explosions always happen through the same process, it's thought that the light output is always more or less the same. Type Ia supernova have thus been used to measure the expansion of the Universe out to great distances. They're what were used to spot the apparent acceleration of the expansion, which led to the recognition that much of the Universe is composed of dark energy, a feature we know extremely little about.

Recently, however, a paper was published that suggests that these distance estimates may not be entirely reliable. The supernovae, it seems, are not quite as standard as we thought.

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Blogger Love: Spring Blogging

Spring is the thing this week at IFB. Bloggers are talking about everything from spring makeup to interiors to bucket lists—oh, and of course spring style. Thank goodness, because I’m ready for some serious closet cleaning and a fresh spring look. Weddings are also on the horizon and on bloggers minds. And as always, you’ll find posts with helpful blogging and shopping tips. On to the roundup!

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NIST Develops NMR ‘Fingerprinting’ for Monoclonal Antibodies

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) have

The post NIST Develops NMR ‘Fingerprinting’ for Monoclonal Antibodies has been published on Technology Org.

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Monday, 27 April 2015

Pulsing light may indicate supermassive black hole merger

As two galaxies enter the final stages of merging, scientists have theorized that the galaxies’ supermassive black holes

The post Pulsing light may indicate supermassive black hole merger has been published on Technology Org.

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Book Conservator Nobuo Okano Repairs Tattered Books to Make Them Look Brand New

For the past 33 years Japanese craftsman Okano Nobuo has been repairing tattered books and reconstituting them to look brand new. When a customer brought in an old Japanese-English dictionary that looked like it had been through a few wars, Okano approached it like an art conservationist repairing a painting. Using very basic tools like a wooden press, chisel, water and glue, Okano reconstituted the book to make it look like it was just purchased.

The tedious job required Okano to take each page—all 1000 of them—and flatten out all the creases with tweezers and an iron. But not everything is repaired. Okano makes some things disappear, like the initials of an old girlfriend. And much like the way a sculptor removes pieces to improve on it, Okano applies a subtractive process to bring the book back to life.

Once the job was done the book was returned to the customer, who presented it to his daughter as she was on her way to college. “It’s not their shape or form but what’s inside them that attracts us to books,” says Okano. For a man who makes it his job to repair the shape and form of books it’s an incredibly humbling statement and is a testament to the value we still hold in physical books. (via Reddit)






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Complex dark matter

In this video, U.S. CMS Education and Outreach Coordinator Don Lincoln discusses how dark matter might have a

The post Complex dark matter has been published on Technology Org.

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Designer Sylvain Viau Imagines the Hover Cars We Were Promised


For his ongoing series Flying Cars, French designer Sylvain Viau digitally edits photographs of cars into sleek, wheel-less hover cars that appear to float just above the ground. Viau not only uses his own photography to create these sci-fi cars, but is fortunate to claim many of the actual cars among his own collection. He originally worked only with 80s Citroën vehicles because of their classic space-age design, but has continued to branch out over the last few months to include cars from Peugeot, Toyota, and Renault. You can see many more here. (via Designboom)

Update: Photographer Renaud Marion created a similar series of works in 2013.









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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Gender balance in small groups makes a big difference for women in STEM

A new study published in PNAS reports that female engineering students who are exposed to a higher percentage of female peers in small group interactions have increased levels of motivation, greater verbal participation, and feel more confident in their engineering career aspirations. This finding could have far-reaching implications for the gender imbalance that currently exists in engineering and related fields.

A hallmark of the public conversation regarding science education is the issue of gender parity. Fewer women than men pursue jobs and education in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and those women who do enter these fields are more likely to leave than their male counterparts. In the US, women comprise only 28 percent of the workforce in these areas, despite being half of the population and getting closer to parity in others.

This gender differential begins during education. In their first year of college, women are less likely than men to state an intention to pursue STEM education, and those numbers continue to fall throughout their first few undergraduate semesters. Though the women who initially said they’re intending to major in STEM fields are well prepared academically, they report feeling less confidence in their skills and a decreased motivation to pursue a STEM career compared to male peers.

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Isabelle Armstrong Bridal Spring 2016

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isabelle armstrong spring 2016
Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Isabelle Armstrong bridal imagined their romantic collection around the beauty of a diamond. Sure, the diamond is a classic symbol of an engagement ring, but lots of elements inspired by the gem were involved.

First, lots of light. The fashion show was presented on a sunny Saturday morning on a sun-drenched rooftop. The natural beams shone down on the sparkling embroideries and reflected off the luxurious fabrics of the collections. There were lots of re-embroidered laces, feathers, hand-cut organza petals and silks.

Isabelle Amstrong designers are clearly a fan of the dramatic train Gown after gown took up half the runway (I don't have the space for all of the full train photos!) Imagine how gorgeous they look walking down the a full wedding aisle?

wedding dress embroidery

The embroideries. There were crystals that glittered like diamonds in a sprawling floral vine motif or all over corsets. There were also geometric diamond shaped motifs on sashes and embroidered along skirts.

In the end, the diamond symbolized the Isabelle Armstrong bride herself. Like a diamond, she is strong, brilliant and extraordinary. Now who wouldn't want to commit to that?
All photos by Mariana Leung
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Two Higgs are better than one

It seems like only yesterday that scientists were combing diligently through their data looking for single Higgs bosons.

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The Inverted Architecture and Gravity-Defying Worlds of Cinta Vidal


In her latest series of paintings, Barcelona-based artist and illustrator Cinta Vidal Agulló defies gravity and architectural conventions to create encapsulated scenes of intersecting perspectives. Painted with acrylic on wood panels, Vidal refers to the paintings as “un-gravity constructions” and says that each piece examines how a person’s internal perspective of life may not match up with the reality around them. The intersecting planes on many of her paintings are somewhat reminiscent of drawings by M.C. Escher, where every angle and available surface is inhabited by colorful characters going about their daily lives. She shares in a new interview with Hi-Fructose:

With these un-gravity constructions, I want to show that we live in one world, but we live in it in very different ways – playing with everyday objects and spaces, placed in impossible ways to express that many times, the inner dimension of each one of us does not match the mental structures of those around us. The architectural spaces and day-to-day objects are part of a metaphor of how difficult it is to fit everything that shapes our daily space: our relationships, work, ambitions, and dreams.

Vidal just opened a new exhibition of work at Miscelanea BCN in Barcelona and you can read an in-depth conversation with the artist on Hi-Fructose.







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