A simply wondrous time lapse video of the Earth, taken from the International Space Station. This is a follow-up to the equally brilliant All Alone In The Night time lapse, which I posted earlier this year.
“This montage of time-lapse photography from the International Space Station is collected from many taken in Expeditions 29, 30 and 31. The goal with this sequence was to bring a bit more attention to the station itself, including the humans aboard it, particularly Don Pettit (appearing in the final shot) who took many of the sequences in this montage.” (YouTube)
I love seeing the ISS in each of the shots, contrasting with the Earth below and space above, and the final shot of the sequence is great. Onwards!
Posted in Science, Photography
Tagged All Alone In The Night, Don Pettit, Earth, Fill My Heart, International Space Station, ISS, space, The World Outside My Window, time lapse, Two Steps From Hell
Melodysheep – Steve Irwin Tribute – Wildest Things in the World.
The wonderful Melodysheep strikes again. “A musical tribute to the legendary conservationist & crocodile hunter Steve Irwin.” (YouTube)
If you want to download this track, head over to Melodysheep’s bandcamp and check out Remixes for the Soul Volume II. All brilliant songs.
“Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behaviour as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clueless.” (YouTube)
This is a great TED talk, and really shows the smoothness of Apollo Robbins.
Are you watching carefully? Onwards!
Posted in Ramblings, Science
Tagged Apollo Robbins, attention, Frank, Gentleman Thief, human behaviour, perception, pickpocket, pickpocketing, reality, TED, TEDGlobal 2013, The art of misdirection
“Exploring the evolutionary tree of life is now as easy as navigating an online map, thanks to a new interactive website.” (YouTube)
That new interactive website is OneZoom. The above video introduces OneZoom, and what it is all about. It’s basically an interactive, zoomable, evolutionary tree of life, shown as a wonderful fractal. There’s a wealth of information contained at each zoom level, and it’s very easy to lose yourself exploring within its depths. There’s also links to wiki, giving even more information.
I find the description of Homo sapiens both amusing and kind of depressing. Conservation status: Least Concern. Population increasing. Ho hum. Ten points if you can find humans on the tree of life in less than 10 seconds. Onwards!
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is here soon!
To prepare yourself, why don’t you take a Journey through Middle-Earth? It’s an interactive website, showing Bilbo’s journey in The Hobbit, and giving you the chance to play out iconic scenes from the film.
So far, only three locations are available to explore: Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, and Dol Guldur. I’m guessing that upon release of the new film, three new areas will become unlocked: Thranduil’s Hall, Lake-Town, and Erebor.
I’m looking forward to exploring them. Onwards!
Posted in Films
Tagged A Journey through Middle-Earth, Bilbo, Bilbo Baggins, Dol Guldur, Erebor, interactive maps, journey, Lake-Town, Middle Earth, Rivendell, The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit, Thranduil's Hall, Trollshaw Forest
Cherry Ghost – Roses.
This song was a free song on iTunes a long time ago, and I downloaded it on a whim, but ended up really liking it!
Chromosome trailer for the Royal Institution Advent Calendar 2013. Last year, the RI gave us an advent calendar of a different figure in science presenting their favourite element each day. This year, it’s all about the 23 pairs of human chromosomes.
“This year’s Ri advent series is an ambitious video journey through the human genome. Inspired by the forthcoming ‘Life Fantastic’ CHRISTMAS LECTURES with Dr Alison Woollard, we’ll release a different video each day between 1 December and Christmas Eve. The short films will explore the 23 pairs of human chromosomes and the mitochondrial DNA that make up the building blocks of human life.
Highlights include geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford exploring what ‘junk’ DNA is, a light-hearted look at male baldness with former Christmas lecturer Mark Miodownik, and a visit to Alison’s lab at the University of Oxford to learn more about the genetic control of ageing. We’ll explain Nobel Prize winning science, take a trip to the zoo and delve into the mysteries of ginger hair.
The series will also raise awareness of several rare and not-so-rare genetic disorders such as Alkaptonuria (AKU) as well as other more well known diseases with a hereditary link including breast cancer. Through interviews with experts and personal stories we’ll reveal the genetic secrets behind these conditions and highlight the latest cutting-edge research to help prevent, treat and manage them.” (YouTube)
I’m looking forward to seeing a new video each day. Onwards!
Posted in Ramblings, Science
Tagged 2013, Adam Rutherford, Advent Calendar, AKU, Alison Woollard, Alkaptonuria, chromosome, DNA, life, Life Fantastic, Mark Miodownik, Ri, science, The Royal Institution