June222014

misslucyjane:

edgebug:

monobeartheater:

arachnescurse:

Today I learned that the Curiosity sang itself ‘Happy Birthday’ on its year anniversary of being on Mars.

All alone.

Hundreds of thousands of miles from anyone or anything.

Guys I am depressed over robots now.

oh god this is the saddest thing i have ever read

Guys, shhh. No, this isn’t sad.

Curiosity isn’t hundreds of thousands of miles from anyone or anything. Curiosity has Spirit, Opportunity, Mars 3, Sojourner, Viking 1, and Viking 2 to keep him company on the red planet.

Opportunity is still exploring; Spirit, while still functional, is stuck in a crater, so cannot move around very much. The rest of them are quiet, asleep; old and beautiful and dignified in their silence

Curiosity sang Happy Birthday to himself and he had Spirit and Opportunity with him—and he had an entire planet down below to celebrate his life, his achievements, his brilliance

Curiosity sang Happy Birthday to celebrate an entire year of doing what he was designed to do; an entire year of exploring a planet on which he was not born, an entire year of roving and collecting information

an entire year of Mars becoming his home to share with his precursors, several of which are miraculously still doing their jobs (Opportunity was only expected to last 90 days; he’s lasted TEN YEARS)

it was a song of absolute euphoric joy, not one of loneliness

Curiosity is the exact opposite of lonely; he has hundreds of thousands of people down below who adore him, family at ground control to communicate with him constantly; and plenty of kin on the red planet’s surface to keep him company.

This is the exact opposite of sad.

(via charnanigans)

May312014
the-exercist:

fitblrholics:

If you look at the ingredients list and it’s a bunch of words you don’t even know… neither does your body (x)

Just like if you break apples and grapefruit down into their chemical components, I’m willing to bet that most people wouldn’t recognize the “ingredients” either. It’s a bunch of words you don’t even know:

Don’t use these scare tactics - Chemicals aren’t inherently bad. Literally everything is made up chemicals. Trust me, your body knows what niacin is. It knows how to digest fructose and calcium sulfate. Even if you only consume the most basic and “real” foods that are pulled directly off the vine, you’re still ingesting a series of chemical compounds that you probably can’t pronounce. That’s okay. 

Plus, it doesn’t hurt to learn what those words are. Ignorance is never a good reason for anything.

the-exercist:

fitblrholics:

If you look at the ingredients list and it’s a bunch of words you don’t even know… neither does your body (x)

Just like if you break apples and grapefruit down into their chemical components, I’m willing to bet that most people wouldn’t recognize the “ingredients” either. It’s a bunch of words you don’t even know:

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Don’t use these scare tactics - Chemicals aren’t inherently bad. Literally everything is made up chemicals. Trust me, your body knows what niacin is. It knows how to digest fructose and calcium sulfate. Even if you only consume the most basic and “real” foods that are pulled directly off the vine, you’re still ingesting a series of chemical compounds that you probably can’t pronounce. That’s okay. 

Plus, it doesn’t hurt to learn what those words are. Ignorance is never a good reason for anything.

(via wyste)

May242014

wyste:

iguanafish said: I haven’t read this yet. What is the upkeep like on this kind of road? How much does said upkeep cost? I want to be optimistic but I shudder to think of potholes in solar panels.

It’s a modular hexagonal system, so damaged panels could be removed/repaired without causing integrity problems for the roads as a whole.

I’ve been doing some reading about cost myself this morning - their FAQ is a good place to start. http://www.solarroadways.com/faq.shtml

My impression right now is that their plan for the next phase of the project is sensible - hire professional material engineers to work on the manufacturing issues including keeping costs down, install some driveways and parking lots, move on to rural roads, with highways as a last step once things get smoothed out in the manufacturing process.

Cost calculations are complicated because they’re trying to combine various functions - keeping roads clear of snow, water runoff filtration, solar electricity generation, being a road, adding better night lighting, warning for animals in the road - so you can do a straight calculation from ‘installing road costs A, installing solar road costs B’ but it’s a little unfair. The straight calculation is: solar road costs more than asphalt road, maybe 50% more, right now. The 2009 version of the panels was $7000 a panel, but that number is five years old - they are coming out with new Phase 2 cost figures in July.

Semi-tangentially: while I haven’t read up on the technology myself, the fact that they are discrete hexagonal panels eliminates the possibility of pot holes.The majority of road damage (potholes, those big cracks, etc.) is caused by the expansion of water when it freezes in the winter. A smaller, but still significant amount of damage to the road surface (cracks, unevenness, etc.) is caused by heavy vehicle wear, like shipping trucks.

The hexagonal panels would not be damaged by the former because the expansion of freezing water could just push the panels away from each other, so the only damage to the panels themselves that you would need to worry about would be the latter - and that only if you’re going to put them on major highways. I don’t expect that they’re intending to do that until very late stages of implementing them on a national scale.

Now, I don’t know how the materials they’re using compare in durability to asphalt, so it may be that they wear down faster. I’d say that means they’d cost more to maintain, but it would require a complex cost comparison of usage wear vs. weathering which I don’t have nearly enough information on any side to make even a wild estimate.

March22014

simonjadis:

daftlypunk:

"im writing a research paper so reblog if—"

no youre not

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December122013
ayearofhibernation:


skandolous:
Ink Calendar designed by Oscar Diaz. The ink will slowly color each day of the month as time passes by.

literally the coolest fucking thing i’ve ever seen.
EVER.

I wonder if the material accounts for differences in ambient temperatures and humidities to keep the timing roughly accurate?

ayearofhibernation:

skandolous:

Ink Calendar designed by Oscar Diaz. The ink will slowly color each day of the month as time passes by.

literally the coolest fucking thing i’ve ever seen.

EVER.

I wonder if the material accounts for differences in ambient temperatures and humidities to keep the timing roughly accurate?

(via akillees)

August122013

bloggish:

how the hell did we get the idea pink isn’t a cool colour

because scientifically speaking pink doesn’t even exist; it fits between violet and red on the spectrum but actually what goes there is infrared and ultraviolet and all those things we can’t see

pink is the ambassador of an otherworldly and unknowable realm it is the most badass colour out there

I keep seeing this kind of thing floating around and it makes me want to claw at my hair and scream in incoherent frustration every time.

  1. Between violet and red on the electromagnetic spectrum is THE ENTIRE VISIBLE LIGHT SPECTRUM. Not pink. Not infrared or ultraviolet. Definitely not radio or x-rays. The longest (or lowest) visible wavelengths are red, which go into infrared (infra = below, red = red). The shortest (or highest) visible wavelengths are violet, which go into ultraviolet (ultra = above, violet = violet). Above red you get the oranges, then the yellows, then the yadda yadda until you reach the violets.
  2. Not all colors can be defined as a single wavelength on the visible light spectrum. MOST colors we see in the world aren’t. The majority of colors you see are formed by a combination of different reflected or emitted wavelengths. If you just have one wavelength, you’ve got a laser.
  3. Pink, in the sense we consider the color and in the absolute most over-simplified terms, is a combination of red and violet wavelengths - or, depending on your definition of pink, may even be a range of violets. It is not “between” them.

Okay? Okay.

I mean look, I am all for colors not being societally prejudiced against, but this pseudo-scientific bullshit I keep seeing like “OOOOOO WOW LOOK HOW SPECIAL PINK IS BECAUSE IT’S AN ~IMAGINARY COLOR~” or this one here about pink being, I don’t know, real-life octarine?? is just…

If you’re going to use science to make things cool then make sure you understand what you’re talking about first. Please. Otherwise you’re just spreading misinformation and misleading people and that’s rude.

(via kissofjudas)

May142013
squigglydigg:

notnights:

What the heck is that Is that a horse shoe

That’s Omega!  It stands for “ohm,” which is a measure of electrical resistance.

And the answer is B!
It’s like having two holes in a bucket: smaller resistance is a bigger hole, because less is blocking the current (that’s what resistance means: resisting current, like an insulator). Water flows out through the bigger hole faster than through the smaller hole; more current flows through the weak resistor than the strong resistor.
If they were hooked up in series, i.e. one after another on the same stretch of the circuit, they would have the same current.

squigglydigg:

notnights:

What the heck is that
Is that a horse shoe

That’s Omega!  It stands for “ohm,” which is a measure of electrical resistance.

And the answer is B!

It’s like having two holes in a bucket: smaller resistance is a bigger hole, because less is blocking the current (that’s what resistance means: resisting current, like an insulator). Water flows out through the bigger hole faster than through the smaller hole; more current flows through the weak resistor than the strong resistor.

If they were hooked up in series, i.e. one after another on the same stretch of the circuit, they would have the same current.

(Source: notnights)

May42013
Mathematical equations derived by scientific studies for describing the shape of a ponytail.
Ladies, gentlemen and sundry: science.

Mathematical equations derived by scientific studies for describing the shape of a ponytail.

Ladies, gentlemen and sundry: science.

April242013
the-fandoms-are-cool:

vhanstiel:

girlatsunrise:

doppelrahmstufe:

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WE FOUND IT.
WE FOUND BETELGEUSE FIVE.

Remember when we read about touchscreen and ebook before those things exist? Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find myself a nice towel.

HOLY ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX SOMEBODY GET ME A THUMB A BEER AND SOME PEANUTS I’M NOT GONNA BE HERE WHEN THE WORLD ENDS

I hate to be That Guy but Kepler-22b is nowhere near Betelgeuse. Sorry guys…

the-fandoms-are-cool:

vhanstiel:

girlatsunrise:

doppelrahmstufe:

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WE FOUND IT.

WE FOUND BETELGEUSE FIVE.

Remember when we read about touchscreen and ebook before those things exist? Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find myself a nice towel.

HOLY ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX SOMEBODY GET ME A THUMB A BEER AND SOME PEANUTS I’M NOT GONNA BE HERE WHEN THE WORLD ENDS

I hate to be That Guy but Kepler-22b is nowhere near Betelgeuse. Sorry guys…

(via bibliophage413)

April92013
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