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Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Winners
10.10.2009
03:08 am
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Anglerfish ovary by James Hayden from the The Wistar Institute
 
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This section of flower stem was photographed by Gerd Guenther.
 
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This image of olivine within the igneous rock gabbro was taken by Bernardo Cesare.
 
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Arlene Wechezak from Anacortes, Washington, took this image of algae and diatoms.
 
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Veterinary optometrist Havi Sarfaty took this image of discus fish scales.
 
From New Scientist:

Crossing a microscope with a camera gives you a micrograph, a tiny photograph that allows artists and scientists to show the beauty inaccessible to the naked eye. Every year the Small World competition run by optics giant Nikon celebrates this hidden world. This year the winners range from an anglerfish ovary to the sex organs of plants via a rusted old coin.

 
New Scientist: The world’s smallest art prize
 
Small World: 2009 Winners

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.10.2009
03:08 am
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Sesame Street’s Pitch for Television (1969)
10.09.2009
08:47 pm
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From Time:“The biggest juggernaut in children’s-television history sprang forth from mundane origins. At a Manhattan dinner party in 1966, a Carnegie Foundation executive named Lloyd Morrissett mentioned that his young daughter was so enthralled by television that she would park herself in front of the family’s set to gaze at early-morning test patterns. That story prompted a public-television producer named Joan Cooney to investigate how television could be used to package education as entertainment: “What if it went down more like ice cream than spinach?” The ensuing creation ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.09.2009
08:47 pm
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Cross-Carrying Man Completes Journey
10.09.2009
04:57 pm
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imageAfter five months and 2,500 miles of walking, James Strickland reached the top of Clemons Hill in Central Park with his cross upon his back ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.09.2009
04:57 pm
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Amusing 8-bit “Dallas” Intro
10.09.2009
01:26 pm
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Thanks Iila Alii!

 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.09.2009
01:26 pm
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Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 Shoe Collection
10.09.2009
01:00 pm
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10.09.2009
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Dancing With The Dinosaurs!
10.09.2009
11:32 am
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I’m not so sure I would have clipped my cable line if American TV carried the German television show, Wetten, Dass..? (Wanna Bet..?), a show that attracts up to 50% (!) of Europe’s German-speaking viewers whenever it airs.  I mean, could you see these amazing dinosaur puppets (an animatronic extravaganza spun off from from the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs) popping up on Jay Leno?  The below clip features a dinosaur trio stomping their way into the studio, shocking and delighting the Wetten, Dass..? audience.  Is some of it due to the blue jeans on that ‘raptor?  I think so!

 
Bonus video: T-Rex Fight!

(via Coilhouse)

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.09.2009
11:32 am
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Atomic Number 79
10.09.2009
02:51 am
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Scene the First: Some time around the early days of the universe, neutron stars collide. Superdense stars with the mass of our sun but contained in a diameter of only about a dozen miles. So dense that even a handful would be billions of tons. Unable to resist each other’s gravitational pull, these stars careen into each other, spiraling inward, colliding and producing explosions from which, among many other elements, gold is formed. It is these cosmic sex acts that are the origin of the gold that exists in our universe.

Scene the Second: In the latter days of our universe, our Earth forms, and there’s gold in them thar hills.

The animal kingdom loves shiny objects?

Posted by Jason Louv
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10.09.2009
02:51 am
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Frank Sinatra’s One of a Kind Record for Ringo Starr’s First Wife
10.08.2009
11:07 pm
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Dangerous Minds pal Michael Simmons writes: “This is one of the rarest records in the world, though with the advent of the internet, rare ain’t what it used to be.  For Maureen Starkey’s 22nd birthday, someone at Apple arranged to have Frank Sinatra record a private version of “The Lady Is A Tramp” for Mrs. Ringo Starr with new lyrics by Sammy Cahn called “Maureen Is A Champ.”  Allegedly only one copy existed—the one Ringo gave to Maureen.”

Download the MP3 here

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.08.2009
11:07 pm
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Hitler’s Fillings Forged From Those Of Jewish Teeth
10.08.2009
05:25 pm
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There you go again, Hitler!  Always gotta be one-upping Ahmadinejad!  First ancestry, now teeth—this race to see who’s so much more totally Jewish has got to stop!

Adolf Hitler had dental fillings made from gold torn from the mouths of Jews in concentration camps, a new book on the F?ɬ

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.08.2009
05:25 pm
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World Economy, As Seen from Space
10.08.2009
05:01 pm
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This is a great idea. Really shows who the greediest human beings are and where they live don’t it?

Reliable data on economic growth is hard to come by in many parts of the world, especially in developing countries. Yet according to scientists, outer space offers a new perspective for measuring economic growth.

Using satellite images of nighttime lights, J. Vernon Henderson, Adam Storeygard, and David N. Weil from Brown University have created a new framework for estimating a country or region?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.08.2009
05:01 pm
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