sosuperawesome:

10 Awe-Inspiring Photos of Lightning

What better way is there to show both the beauty and power of nature than with these incredibly electrifying images of lightning? While sometimes it just takes being at the right place at the right time, like for amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik and his photo of a brightly illuminated Eiffel Tower, for others, like Dan Ransom, it requires carefully assembling a composite image or “stacking” multiple photos together to showcase a wild electrical storm (like the one Ransom stunningly captured at the Grand Canyon). Whether these magnificent shots were the result of luck, hard work or patience, they all give us a deeper appreciation for a part of nature we rarely get to see.

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tytodiem:

“It is as beautiful as it is rare.  A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.”

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8bitfuture:

Sonar Vision system allows the blind to perceive shapes.
An international team has developed a sonar vision system which allows congenitally blind people to perceive shapes such as faces, houses, and even words and letters.
A small video camera embedded in a set of glasses is connected to a laptop or smartphone, which transforms images into stereo sounds:


For instance, an oblique line is transformed into an increasingly high-pitched sound or an increasingly lower-pitched sound, researchers said. 
After 70 hours of training, researchers claimed that the blind can correctly classify images into specific categories such as faces, houses. They are also able to perceive where people are located in a room or some facial expressions. They can even read words and letters. 

8bitfuture:

Sonar Vision system allows the blind to perceive shapes.

An international team has developed a sonar vision system which allows congenitally blind people to perceive shapes such as faces, houses, and even words and letters.

A small video camera embedded in a set of glasses is connected to a laptop or smartphone, which transforms images into stereo sounds:

For instance, an oblique line is transformed into an increasingly high-pitched sound or an increasingly lower-pitched sound, researchers said. 

After 70 hours of training, researchers claimed that the blind can correctly classify images into specific categories such as faces, houses. They are also able to perceive where people are located in a room or some facial expressions. They can even read words and letters. 

(via 8bitfuture)


traptinaturkeydinner:

The thing I love about NASA is that if something doesn’t work or doesn’t exist, THEY BUILD A NEW THING, on a relatively small budget

and then they don’t bogart the technology with copyright stuff

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kickstarter:

Tyler Keillor is a paleoartist who wants to build the most realistic, accurate  full-body reconstruction ever of a predatory dinosaur called the Dryptosaurus. Working with digital technology instead of the more traditional clay and rubber, this version of the Dryptosaurus will be infinitely scalable and editable — meaning that it can be easily updated according to new discoveries and evolving knowledge about the appearance and life of the ancient dino. Clever! Also, our Project of the Day.

kickstarter:

Tyler Keillor is a paleoartist who wants to build the most realistic, accurate full-body reconstruction ever of a predatory dinosaur called the Dryptosaurus. Working with digital technology instead of the more traditional clay and rubber, this version of the Dryptosaurus will be infinitely scalable and editable — meaning that it can be easily updated according to new discoveries and evolving knowledge about the appearance and life of the ancient dino. Clever! Also, our Project of the Day.


kickstarter:

A spectrometer is an ubiquitous scientific tool used to identify unknown materials (like oil soil residue or coal tar in urban waterways, for example) — which is awesome, but they also tend to cost thousands of dollars be very difficult to use. That is, until Public Lab came along and designed this super nifty, super cheap open hardware version they call the DIY Spectrometry Kit. They’ve also created an open source software system to collect, analyze, and compare user-contributed data, and created an experimental version which converts your phone into a spectrometer on-the-fly. Woah. In the spirit of spectrometry and citizen science, we’re  making them our Project of the Day.

kickstarter:

A spectrometer is an ubiquitous scientific tool used to identify unknown materials (like oil soil residue or coal tar in urban waterways, for example) — which is awesome, but they also tend to cost thousands of dollars be very difficult to use. That is, until Public Lab came along and designed this super nifty, super cheap open hardware version they call the DIY Spectrometry Kit. They’ve also created an open source software system to collect, analyze, and compare user-contributed data, and created an experimental version which converts your phone into a spectrometer on-the-fly. Woah. In the spirit of spectrometry and citizen science, we’re making them our Project of the Day.


dynamicafrica:

The earliest evidence of ancient dentistry we have is an amazingly detailed dental work on a mummy from ancient Egypt that archaeologists have dated to 2000 BCE.

The work shows intricate gold work around the teeth. This mummy was found with two donor teeth that had holes drilled into them. Wires were strung through the holes and then around the neighboring teeth.

via metalonmetalblog

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theatlantic:

A Canard That Will Not Die: ‘Legitimate Rape’ Doesn’t Cause Pregnancy

Here we go again. Trotting out the contemporary equivalent of the early American belief that only witches float, Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, told a local Missouri station in an interview that “legitimate rape” does not lead to pregnancy.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin said in an interview with KTVI-TV that caused a furor online Sunday afternoon after being posted on TPM. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” […]

Akin’s comments were hardly some kind never-before-heard gaffe. Arguments like his have cropped up again and again on the right over the past quarter century and the idea that trauma is a form of birth control continues to be promulgated by anti-abortion forces that seek to outlaw all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. The push for a no-exceptions anti-abortion policy has for decades gone hand in hand with efforts to downplay the frequency with which rape- or incest-related pregnancies occur, and even to deny that they happen, at all. In other words, it’s not just Akin singing this tune.

Read more.

“Through the medieval and early modern period it was widely thought, by lay people as well as doctors, that women could only conceive if they had an orgasm.”

Read about the medieval medical theory behind this concept on Guardian Science



mutedgrey:

extra-d-terrestrial:

jtotheizzoe:

Printing a New Lease on Life

A 3D-printed exoskeleton gives a little girl use of her arms

Just in case landing on another planet wasn’t cool enough for you today: Emma is two years old, and she was born with a rare disease called arthrogryposis. It caused her to not be able to raise her arms above her head or move and play like a normal child. Thanks to a 3-D printed exoskeleton system called WREX, she can now do that.

The best part? If a piece breaks or needs adjustment as she grows, they can print a new one in no time at all. A heartwarming application of technology.

Previously: An amazing robotic exoskeleton that can help paraplegics walk.

(via KurzweilAI)

I’ve been keeping my eye on 3D printers since I was first blown away by the idea of them around 2006/2007.  Great to see the amazing technology finally being applied.

This is so cool and way better than the furniture I saw being built with 3D printing before.

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8bitfuture:

Drawing and writing achieved using eye movement tracking.
Researchers at France’s  National Center for Scientific Research have demonstrated a system which lets users draw or write using an oculometer, which records eye movement.
Test subjects required around two to four training sessions of 30 minutes to be able to write letters. Well trained users can write using the technology at about the same speed as they write by hand. 
The researchers hope the system will allow people with limb paralysis to personalize their writing and express themselves.

8bitfuture:

Drawing and writing achieved using eye movement tracking.

Researchers at France’s  National Center for Scientific Research have demonstrated a system which lets users draw or write using an oculometer, which records eye movement.

Test subjects required around two to four training sessions of 30 minutes to be able to write letters. Well trained users can write using the technology at about the same speed as they write by hand.

The researchers hope the system will allow people with limb paralysis to personalize their writing and express themselves.

(via 8bitfuture)



Big Fat List of Myth-Defying Health Resources

redefiningbodyimage:

redefiningbodyimage:

This is Redefining Body Image’s go-to list of resources, articles, research, videos, etc. providing facts and information regarding health and body image, especially dedicated to debunking the everyone’s favorite myth that fat = unhealthy.

If I referred you to this page and this way of thinking about fat and fat health is new to you, I encourage you to have an open mind.

If you have something to add, please submit! The more this list grows, the more ammo we have to back us up in our fight against the body positive nay-sayers.

Let the facts come marching in.

And that’s where I’m leaving it for now, but not forever!

Thank you.

Hello all! Reblogging this as I’ve added a few links and wanted to know if any of you knew of some sources I should definitely be adding to this list. Drop me a line :)

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wnycradiolab:

sciencesoup:

Abandoned Neuroscience Lab

Science is driven by progress and new discoveries, but sometimes reflection is just as important. Urban exploration is the act of visiting places you’re not supposed to go—places that are often derelict and haven’t seen life in years—and it seems fitting to rediscover a place of past discovery to see the memories held amongst the decaying rooms, abandoned apparatus and gathering dust. Sometimes they tell stories, like these photographs of an abandoned Moscow neuroscience laboratory, showing the remains of sophisticated Soviet-era experiments on human and animal brains.

Image Credit: Brusnichka

Wow. Original link seems to be dead but there’s a little more here.

(via poptech)