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Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse or Three Minutes of Telescopes Shooting Lasers into Space

October 9, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Shot over a period of three nights in April of this year, this timelapse from Sean Goebel shows the myriad telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The clear view at 14,000 feet is the premiere location for astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. The lasers you see are called laser guide stars and they help astronomers correct the atmospheric distortion of light by creating an artificial “star” to use as a reference point. (via Coudal)

 

 



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Video Demonstrates a Chickens Ability to Stabilize Its Head

September 24, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Yes, it’s an ad, but it’s a darn good one. This fun video from Mercedes-Benz demonstrates a chickens (as well as many other birds) ability to keep its head almost perfectly positioned in the same place despite moving its body from side to side. Destin over at SmarterEveryDay discussed the phenomenon back in 2008 and I’ve included it above for reference. Y’know, for science.

 

 



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Mesmerizingly Creepy Kaleidoscopic Fingers Filmed by Dave Razor

August 28, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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So I’m not exactly sure what’s going on in this video from designer Dave Razor. Suffice to say there are lots of fingers, bizarre sounds, and generally it’s all a little creepy. And yet I can’t stop watching. (via Jason Sondhi)

 

 



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Timelapse Video of Hundreds of Snails Tagged with LEDs at Night

August 23, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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As part of ongoing research into the transmission of lungworm from snails to dogs, a team of researchers from the Ecology department at the University of Exeter lead by Dr. Dave Hodgson created an experiment to track the movement of snails through a garden at night. The team tagged hundreds of live snails with an array of LEDs and UV paint and then tracked their speed and patterns of movement at night. Apparently lungworm infections are potentially fatal in dogs and nobody is exactly sure how the organisms make the leap from snails to dogs in the first place, though the assumption is accidental ingestion. You can watch the awesome timelapse of glow-in-the-dark snails starting around 2:15 in the video above, or watch the entire clip here. Be Lungworm Aware! (via Hungeree.com)

 

 



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Incredible Footage of Trees Being Swallowed in Seconds by a Louisiana Sinkhole

August 22, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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In this clip shot yesterday by members of the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness in Louisiana, an entire stand of trees is suddenly swallowed by an underwater sinkhole above a collapsing salt mine. The sinkhole is part of an ongoing environmental disaster in Bayou Corne, and efforts are underway to prevent it from spreading, however it has already forced the evacuation of an entire town. (via Stellar)

 

 



Art Documentary Science

A Retired Chemistry Teacher Merges Art and Science by Sculpting Porcelain Objects Inspired by Molecules

August 7, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Educator, scientist and artist Bobby Jaber retired from teaching chemistry over 20 years ago and decided to dedicate the next chapter of his life to combining his passions for science and art. To do this he began to mimic some of the most beautifully shaped molecules in existence using porcelain. Jaber says that because he spent so much of his life studying chemistry, the study of change in matter, that ceramics were a perfect extension as they dramatically demonstrate chemical change, especially at the physical level.

Filmmaker Dave Altizer filmed this brief documentary about Jaber’s artistic philosophy and how the 76-year-old continues to find meaning and success over 20 years into his artistic career. Make sure you catch the last few seconds.

 

 



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What Happens When you Mix Ammonium Chromate & Mercury(II) and Set it on Fire

July 18, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This is what happens when you mix Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) and Ammonium chromate (NH4)2CrO4 and then set it on fire. I was honestly expecting the fiery volcano part, but at about 30 seconds in something… horrifying happens. The kids witnessing the experiment really make the video. “The kraken!!!!” (via The Awesomer)

 

 

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