Wednesday, May 15, 2013
AMON TOBIN ISAM LIVE
For me, this is the most amazing performing art by far. It is beyond “Sound and Light” show. I bought this DVD+CD set of this show, but found this clip on YouTube, so I can share it with my friends far and near. Make sure that you set your player to best quality (1080P) to watch it.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Watch this stunning solar eruption create loops of fiery rain on the Sun's surface
This is incredible. NASA has just released a never-before-seen video of a solar eruption from July of last year that shows a solar flare, a coronal mass ejection, and loops of solar rain all occurring in one breathtaking sequence.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Potential Giant Crystal Pyramid Discovered in Bermuda Triangle
There appears to be a speculative discovery that has been made by French explorers that is being considered a monumental discovery. It is believed they discovered a partially translucent, crystal-like pyramid rising from the Caribbean seabed— its origin, age and purpose are completely unknown at this point. The picture below is fascinating.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Asteroid 2012 DA14: how to spot it
On Friday evening asteroid 2012 DA14 skims closer to our planet than any other known asteroid. Although invisible to the naked eye, binoculars can bring the space rock into focus. Or simply watch the webcast.
Space rock 2012 DA14 is only 50 metres across. It will pass the Earth on Friday evening (UK time) just 17,100 miles above our heads. There is no danger of a collision. Nevertheless, this is closer to the Earth than many artificial satellites.
It will pass from the southern to northern hemisphere and set the record for the closest pass of any known asteroid since systematic surveys of the sky began in the mid-1990s.
Animated visibility map for asteroid 2012 DA14 between 18:00 and 21:30 GMT. The asteroid will be visible from green areas. Image: Geert Barentsen
According to Don Yeomans of Nasa's Near-Earth Object Observation Programme, an asteroid like 2012 DA14 flies this close on average only once every 40 years.
Russian meteor causes blast; hundreds injured - CNN.com
Moscow (CNN) -- A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia's Urals region Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left hundreds of people hurt.
The number of injured continues to rise as new reports come in from across a wide area.
Is this one of the sign of the times, I wonder…
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Super-zeppelin: Revolutionary airship may become cargo-carrying champion (VIDEO)
A functioning prototype of revolutionary airship is undergoing tests south of Los Angeles. A US company is developing a series of gigantic heavy-payload dirigibles with an innovative ballast system that mimics that of a submarine.
The ‘Aeroscraft’ – developed by Worldwide Aeros – more resembles a spaceship from the 1986 sci-fi movie ‘Flight of the Navigator,’ instead of a classic 20th-century zeppelin. Though the Aeroscraft uses the same basic principles as blimps did 100 years ago, it’s as different from its ancestor as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner if from the Wright brothers’ plane.
According to the engineers who developed Aeroscraft, the airship is a considerable advance in aviation technology. The new airship has potential to carry cargo more efficiently than any other aircraft, and could revolutionize long-range hauling in near-future.
Friday, February 01, 2013
Foster + Partners To 3D Print Structures on the Moon (archdaily)
Foster + Partners, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA), has undertaken a study to explore the possibilities of using 3D printing to construct lunar habitations on the moon’s southern pole (where there is near perpetual sunlight). The firm has already designed a lunar base that could house four people, and has begun to test the structure in a vacuum chamber that echoes lunar conditions.
The shell of the base, which has a hollow closed cellular structure inspired by natural biological systems, should be able to protect potential inhabitants from “meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations.” According to Xavier De Kestelier, Partner at Foster + Partners, the firm is ”used to designing for extreme climates on earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials – our lunar habitation follows a similar logic.”
The study will also address the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, and is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as the potential building matter.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Chinese air pollution hits record levels – in pictures
via the guardian
Beijing residents advised to stay indoors as much as possible with severe pollution at levels 'beyond index'
I mean, don’t they have a climate control weapon or “something” which they proudly showcased during the Beijing Olympics? How come they don’t use it NOW?
They should use it to wash the hazardous PM2.5 down while they are still in Chinese territory.
Zhao Jialin, a blogger on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblog site, tweeted: "Thank the government for making this effort to solve the problem. It is a Chinese New Year gift from them to the people."
As I mentioned before, China should seriously consider to slow down their current pace of motorization, put extremely high tax on all vehicles using fossil energy and encourage their people to switch all vehicles to EV or Hybrids, and better yet, go back to bicycles like they used to!
Monday, January 28, 2013
アフリカのリスクを地図で見る。本当に危険な場所はどこ？ アルジェリア人質事件で現実となった “レッドゾーン”
via Nikkei Business
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Appreciating beautiful ceilings (flickr)
and some more here Sumptuous Ceilings (flickr)
Dutch architect plans world's first 3D-printed building (WIRED)
A Dutch architect is planning to construct a Möbius strip-shaped house using the world's largest 3D printer.
Landscape House, designed by Janjaap Ruijssenaars of Amsterdam firm Universal Architecture, will contain around 1,100 square meters of floorspace throughout the twisted structure. The 3D printer -- which can "print" objects as large as six meters by nine meters using a mix of grinded-down rocks or sand, held together with a liquid binding agent -- has been designed by Italian roboticist Enrico Dini.
Dini has been printing huge objects with his printer for a couple of years, but this will be the first building that he's produced that's actually designed to be occupied just like any other. For a house that will be a solid whole, without any visible seams, a Möbius strip makes perfect sense as a design shape.
via WIRED JAPAN
「Landscape House」と名付けられたこの家は、アムステルダムに本拠を置くUniverse Architecture社のヤンヤップ・ライジシェナーシュ（Janjaap Ruijssenaars）が設計した。このねじれた構造の建物の中に、およそ1,100平方メートルの床面積が確保される予定だ。
The awesome power of a tornado displayed in Mapleton, Iowa April 11th, 2011. (© Timothy Wright)
Well, this is NOT a work of a great architect Frank Gehry…
Sistine Chapel in Virtual Reality (Vatican)
Sistine Chapel painting by Michelangelo in Virtual Reality. For your viewing pleasure….
The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling is that of the large Papal Chapel built within the Vatican between 1477 and 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV after whom it is named, and was painted at the commission of Pope Julius II. The chapel is the location for Papal Conclaves and many important services.
The ceiling's various painted elements form part of a larger scheme of decoration within the Chapel, which includes the large fresco The Last Judgment on the sanctuary wall, also by Michelangelo, wall paintings by several leading painters of the late 15th century including Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino, and a set of large tapestries by Raphael, the whole illustrating much of the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which the Creation of Adam is the best known, having an iconic standing equalled only by Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations. The complex design includes several sets of individual figures, both clothed and nude, which allowed Michelangelo to fully demonstrate his skill in creating a huge variety of poses for the human figure, and have provided an enormously influential pattern book of models for other artists ever since.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Check out this amazing cloud art exhibit (global post)
via global post.com
Young Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde's clouds are real, made by controlling moisture and using smoke machine, according to the photography magazine Vignette.
KOALAS TO THE MAX : For Dots Manias
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Never-Before-Told Story of the World's First Computer Art (It's a Sexy Dame)
via the Atlantic
In the late 1950s, an anonymous IBM employee made a lady from the pages of Esquire come to life on the screen of a $238 million military computer.
David Bowie–Where Are We Now?
Never expected a new album from him. I’m so happy just to see him doing what he’s been doing for all these years, and never lost it.
Can You Spot the Possible UFO in This Time-Lapse Video of a Meteor Shower? (THE BLAZE)
via THE BLAZE
Time-lapse videos of meteor showers are stunning. Footage of alleged UFOs are intriguing. But what do you get when you put the two of them together? A “dreamlapse.”
The video “Death Valley Dreamlapse” shows one team’s trek to the Eureka Dunes on Dec. 13, 2012, to catch the peak of the Geminid meteor shower.
” … we had to conquer epic climbs, sand roads with the 4×4 Jeep, and the occasional UFO,” Sunchaser Pictures writes on the video’s description.
UFO or not, this clip is absolutely beautiful and intriguing.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Search for life on Mars goes underground
Up to half of all life on Earth consists of simple microorganisms hidden in rocks beneath the surface and for some time scientists have suggested that the same may be true for Mars. Now this theory has been supported by new research, which suggests that the ingredients for life have been present in the Martian subsurface, a zone of more than three miles below ground, for much of the planet’s history.
When meteorites strike the surface of Mars, they act like natural probes, bringing up rocks from far beneath the surface. Recent research published in the journal Nature Geoscience shows that many of the rocks brought up from the Martian subsurface contain clays and minerals with a chemical make-up that has been altered by water, an essential element to support life.
Sundance Filmmakers Can Self-Distribute Films Online After Festival
The Sundance Film Festival, which kicked off last week in Park City, Utah, has long been one of the go-to events for filmmakers hoping to get their projects noticed by some of the industry's top players.
This year, the institute announced its partnership with an online video platform called Reelhouse, which filmmakers from the event can use to self-distribute their work online.
Isn’t this a Great Idea!??
Leaked UN climate report slammed for citing WWF, Greenpeace
via Fox News
Critics are blasting a draft U.N. climate change report that combines studies by advocacy groups like the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace alongside scientific research papers -- the same issue that led independent auditors to slam the U.N.'s last report.
“You'd think that the IPCC would have learned its lesson, that it would have told its authors not to rely on these sorts of publications,” said Donna Laframboise, the head of nofrakkingconsensus.com, an investigative website skeptical of the scientific consensus on global warming.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
PBS' NOVA to Premiere Documentary on 'Rise of the Drones'
The documentary will tackle both the military and civilian side of drone technology, exploring how the military trains drone pilots at the Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico, as well as the role drones will play in domestic law enforcement.
There are controversies in both of these worlds. Are drone strikes in accordance with international law? Are they killing too many civilians? "We’ve entered an era where we’re conducting an array of operations using unmanned systems that in a previous generation we would have called war, and we would have treated like war," Peter W. Singer, an expert in the future of warfare, says in the documentary. "When you’re conducting more than 300 air strikes in a country, you’re conducting an equivalent of at least an ‘Air War’ campaign. But we don’t call it that now."
On the civilian side, most of the questions are related to privacy and security. Can citizens' privacy be respected when there are thousands of eyes in the sky? "I think anybody that can use a device to peer into your activities even if it’s the air outside your window or the air above your property, I think there is a right to privacy," Rep. Rand Paul tells NOVA. "The worry is that in two [to] three years we will have 30,000 drones crisscrossing the sky accumulating all this information."
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Obama to use Lincoln's and Martin Luther King's Bibles for swearing-in | World news | The Guardian
President Barack Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible but on two – one owned by Martin Luther King Jr and one by Abraham Lincoln.
The use of King's Bible is particularly significant since the inauguration is on 21 January, the federal holiday in honour of the civil rights leader, who delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago at the Lincoln memorial. Obama will be facing the memorial as he takes the oath. King's Bible, which his children say he used early in his career as a preacher, has never been part of a presidential inauguration.
There were some great words and phrases in his speech, some of which were historically remarkable actually, and that go in line with “I have a dream” speech by civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr.
But putting his words into action would be very tough job for him during next four years term.
And I sincerely hope that he will not be crucified by his own words.
Monday, January 21, 2013
1972年の旧通産省と旧環境庁との覚書により、国立公園内では新たに地熱発電所は建設 しないことになったこともあり、その後、国立公園特別地域内では調査も困難な状況にな っています。ちなみに、150℃以上の地熱資源量2347万kWの81.9％が国立公園特別地 域内となっているのです。ということは、今のままでは、有望な地域のほとんどが開発で きないことになってしまっています。
今夜放送のJAM THE WORLDで、前「日本地熱学会」会長で、NPO「地熱情報研究所」代表の江原幸雄さんをゲストに迎えて、その辺りを伺いたいと思う。
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The Scale of the Universe 2
Do you remember the film clip called “Power of Ten” released back in 1977?
I was so mesmerized by that film and watched it over and over again.
Well, this graphic tour somewhat resembles that idea, only updated and very much fun to click through.
Original Batmobile sold for $4.2m at US auction
The Batmobile used by actor Adam West in the original TV series of Batman has sold for $4.2m (£2.6m) at a US auction.
The car was bought by Rick Champagne, a logistics company owner from Phoenix, Arizona.
The 56-year-old, who was just 10 when the high-camp TV series began in 1966, said it "was a dream come true".
The Batmobile design was based on a 1955 Lincoln Futura, a concept car built in Italy by the Ford Motor Company.
It was the first time that car had come up for public sale since it was bought in 1965 by car-customiser George Barris, who transformed it in 15 days, at the cost of $15,000 (£9,400), into the superhero's famous vehicle.
The Batmobile was definitely one of my Dream Car when I was a kid… I have not seen it for very long time, but I think it still looks awesome!
Mona Lisa in space: NASA sends masterpiece to moon probe with laser.
NASA has successfully beamed a digital image of the Mona Lisa to a satellite near the moon with a laser, part of an effort to upgrade communications with active spacecraft.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
TWO MOST IMPORTANT VIDEO CLIPS YOU MUST SEE!!
Friday, January 18, 2013
Report: Solar Could Meet All The World's Electricity Needs In 2050 Using Under One Percent Of World's Land | ThinkProgress
Highlighting the fact that a global switch to renewable energy is not just necessary, but doable, a new report released by the WWF concludes that the solar arrays necessary to meet all the world’s projected energy needs in 2050 would cover under one percent of global land area. Obviously this is a theoretical exercise, and 100 percent of the planet’s electricity needs are not actually going to be filled through solar. But several credible scenarios suggest that solar could provide about 30 percent of global total electricity in 2050, up from the 0.1 percent it provides now.
By going through the numbers, the Solar PV Atlas demonstrates both the practical feasibility of renewable energy, and the possibility of harmonizing solar energy with conservation goals:
The battery that grounded Boeing
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
U.S. officials grounded Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner because the aircraft's advanced batteries appear to be malfunctioning. But what's the problem? And can it be fixed?
To reduce weight on the plane, Boeing relied heavily on lithium ion batteries -- the same type found in mobile phones and laptops.
Can it be fixed? Fixing the fire issue is obviously the main problem. Boeing chose a particularly risky type of chemical makeup in its lithium ion battery, one that provides more power but does not stand up well to overheating.
"Boeing made a conscious design decision, and is now paying the price," he said.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
BBC News - Australian amateur prospector finds massive gold nugget
An amateur prospector in the Australian state of Victoria has astonished experts by unearthing a gold nugget weighing 5.5kg (177 ounces).
OMG, it looks like something Organic!!!
Now's a REALLY good time to update these Facebook privacy settings | How To - CNET
No, Graph Search doesn't affect your privacy settings, but it surely makes digging up information about you really easy. Now's a REALLY REALLY good time to review what you're sharing and how you're sharing it.
Your data. Easily accessible to friends AND….
In the new search bar, a Facebook user can search for something like, "Friends who like 'Star Wars' and cooking." Immediately, Facebook will dig through that user's friends' likes and interests to find relevant matches. Facebook doesn't magically know which of your friends like these things, it will simply use the data they provided.
These are just a couple examples of how Facebook will use the data you willfully surrendered to make its new search tool effective and accurate, but Graph Search goes beyond just Likes and music history. Everything -- I mean, everything -- you've shared with friends on Facebook will be contributed to the index.
- Shared data from apps you use, like Spotify (it's not yet used in Graph Search, but will be in the near future)
- Tagged photos, including those with associated locations and times
- Interests, like music, TV shows, and blogs
- Facebook check-ins
- Your "About" section, including career, relationship status, and religious or political views
No matter how subtle the piece of information, friends can and will dig it up using Graph Search.
So, let’s get to it! RIGHT NOW!! Shall we?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
In pictures: Beijing pollution
And this will affect Our atmosphere soon or later.
My question is, would it be more hazardous than...say Fukushima?
Anyway, I think Chinese government should put ridiculously high taxes on automobiles which uses fossil energies, and encourage all to switch to EVs instead, or better yet, go back to bicycles like they used to...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
大阪：脱･原発依存を率先、メガソーラーや廃棄物発電を臨海地域に展開 - スマートジャパン
自然エネルギー：バイオマスで電力と水素を生成、復興だけでなく新産業創出を目指す - スマートジャパン
2013年の電力メガトレンドを占う（2）：電力自由化の流れは止まらず、地域独占から市場開放へ - スマートジャパン
Obama backs ban on assault weapons - FT.com
Mr Obama’s plan is expected to include both legislative proposals and steps that he can implement by himself using his presidential powers.
Reforming U.S. Drone Strike Policies - Council on Foreign Relations
Zenko puts forward a substantive agenda. He argues that the United States should end so-called signature strikes, which target unidentified militants based on their behavior patterns and personal networks, and limit targeted killings to a limited number of specific terrorists with transnational ambitions. He also calls Congress to improve its oversight of drone strikes and to continue restrictions on armed drone sales. Finally, he recommends that the United States work internationally to establish rules and norms governing the use of drones.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Top tip if you're going out in Beijing: don't breathe | World news | The Guardian
Sooo, it’s like “If you want to live in Beijing, DON'T BREATH THE AIR!!”
I guess Chinese government should seriously consider going back to bicycles instead of modernized motorization, or switch all vehicles to EV, and they need to do it TODAY!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Mysterious Giant Squid Finally Caught on Film | OurAmazingPlanet.com
A Japanese-led team filmed the silvery cephalopod last year off the Ogasawara Islands, about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Tokyo, according to news reports. The footage is to be broadcast in the United States this month.
"It was shining and so beautiful," team leader Tsunemi Kubodera, a zoologist at Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science, told AFP. "I was so thrilled when I saw it first hand, but I was confident we would because we rigorously researched the areas we might find it, based on past data."
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
How Artists Take Advantage Of Human Visual Processing (VIDEO)
The Mona Lisa is arguably the most famous painting in the world. Have you ever wondered why? Leonardo Da Vinci was masterful at manipulating our own visual shortcomings to make us feel something beautiful, complicated, even unsettling. There's just something about her smile.
Monday, January 07, 2013
First Meteor Shower of 2013 Peaks Tonight
Kick off the New Year with the annual Quadrantid meteor shower, which will peak tonight into tomorrow morning.