Monthly Archives: September 2014

Gravitational waves, part II

Remember how, back in March, the science-heads were agog about new evidence of gravity waves from the Big Bang? I wrote a happily awed post about it, in which this sentence is particularly relevant: Of course, the results must be … Continue reading

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Aurora in real time

Not a slideshow of still photos, not a time lapse, but real time video of a gorgeous aurora display in Yellowknife, Canada. How could a person ever look away?

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The rescue

Last night while I was prepping dinner, I heard the most god-awful ruckus of dogs outside. Wild barking is not all that unusual around here. People frequently walk their dogs through the courtyard, and if the dogs aren’t trained — … Continue reading

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Happiness is…

…a box full of spices and teas from my favorite local spice merchant. One great thing about living in the Algarve is how many of these bags are produced from locally grown crops, including two of my favorite “too late … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

Winner of the Earth and Space category and overall Winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2014 — a glorious aurora photo by James Woodend. You can read more about it on the Greenwich Observatory’s page, and look at … Continue reading

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Scotland referendum results in one image

This might be the most perfect thing I’ll see all week. I sincerely hope that as Scotland is reinstalled, the divisions caused by the campaign don’t cause any bugs. Or perhaps I should say, more bugs than already existed. May … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Wednesday

It’s not really large enough to be a good wallpaper (975 x 650 pixels), but what a shot! This is the lava flow, smoke, and ash clouds of an eruption from Holuhraun Fissure, near Iceland’s Barbabunga Volcano. If Mordor existed, … Continue reading

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Filed under “What the hell is that?”

Pilots of ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) are always getting to see cool stuff in the ocean depths, but this one takes the cake. Tentatively identified as a siphonophore — a collective group of organisms operating as a single entity — … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Wednesday

The Farol de Felgueiras (or Felgueiras Lighthouse) near Porto, Portugal, gets some massive waves during winter storms. This photo is actually a combination of two images: the original showing the wave topping the lighthouse, and another to introduce lower waves … Continue reading

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Odds & ends of cool stuff

Ever see the shockwave of a volcano erupting? Phil and Linda McNamara did—and videotaped it—while vacationing in Papua New Guinea. Hearing that nearby Mount Tavurvur was erupting, they hopped a boat for a closer look, and…wow. You can see the … Continue reading

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