Monthly Archives: September 2012

Elk in the streets

My dad recently forwarded an email to me containing a video clip from the BBC production of Human Planet. It had all the telltale marks of something not to be believed, including large font size, numerous forwarding lines on the … Continue reading

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Aveiro colors, cont.

To continue our tour of the brilliance of Aveiro: It is practically required to take a canal tour on a moliceiro. Here’s a tip: avoid boat operations on the main canal. That’s where all of the tourists go, and the … Continue reading

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The colors of Aveiro

Aveiro is home of one of the nation’s most dynamic universities, a gorgeous canal system (giving it the nickname of “the Portuguese Venice”), great food, and…brilliant colors. Half a day in Aveiro was not enough to fully explore, but it … Continue reading

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Rainy Days and Mondays

This video caught my attention for three reasons. First, it’s rainy outside right now, and that is a marvelous thing! You know you live in the Algarve when you look out the window at gray skies and wet pavement and … Continue reading

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Endeavor’s clipped wings

I confess to wildly conflicting feelings about the space shuttle Endeavor’s last flight, this time bound to the back of NASA’s carrier 747 as she made one last, low pass over the landscape before arriving at her final destination, the … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

Double Triglav lake, in Triglav National Park, Slovenia. Magnificent! I don’t know if this is new, or if it’s been a common thing and I just now noticed it, but the photographer included the coordinates from which the photo was … Continue reading

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Saturday picture show

Yesterday, commenter Cathy White reminded me that the Greenwich Royal Observatory has announced the winners of its 2012 astrophotography competition. That needs to be brought out of the comment section and into its own post, because these shots are gorgeous. … Continue reading

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Ping pong balls and liquid nitrogen

Jeez, I never had a physics instructor like this! A roomful of lucky students at Plymouth University (UK) are about to learn from Dr. Roy Lowry the difference between gas and liquid physical states, and the energy transfer that occurs … Continue reading

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The helicopter-sucking hole in the ground

Russia has recently revealed that it’s been sitting on top of “trillions of carats” of diamonds, a secret it has kept until now in order to avoid competing with its other giant diamond deposit, Mirny Mine. The idea of Russia … Continue reading

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Porto tour finale: Taylor’s port cellar

Our day tour in Porto started with francesinhas for lunch, went on to peek into the famous Lello Bookstore and climb to the top of the Torre dos Clérigos, trekked across the city and the Ponte Luís I, and finally … Continue reading

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