Better Than A Van Gogh: NASA Visualizes All The World’s Ocean Currents
We imagine the ocean as having high tides and low tides, water that comes in and out in waves. Beyond that, how does water actually move around the world? What’s that flow look like?
NASA Scientific Visualization Studio assembled this remarkable animation of the surface currents of our oceans. It’s called Perpetual Ocean, and the full work is 20 minutes of HD video, assembled from a huge amount of satellite, on location, and computational data generated by ECCO2 (Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase 2). ECCO2 itself exists to better understand our oceans and their role in the changing global climate.
What you’re looking at is the surface current flow (not anything deeper) of oceans around the world, recorded from 2006 to 2007. The white lines are the currents, and the darker blue colors of the water represent bathymetry (the fancy word for misnomer “ocean topography”).
pbsthisdayinhistory: APRIL 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated
Forty-four years ago, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee.
Watch this American Experience clip of King describing the teachings of the nonviolence movement.
King also shares his thoughts on Malcolm X’s criticism and President Kennedy’s strides to help the Civil Rights Movement.
thedailyfeed: These piping hot pictures cost photographer Miles Morgan a tripod and pair of shoes, and almost turned him to toast when he came within a foot to capture lava reaching the sea from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.
From the Sun’s superhuman strength to leaving a permanent mark on the Moon, fascinating facts about space:
- Despite its serene appearance when viewed from Earth, the energy produced from the Sun is so strong that every second its core releases the equivalent of 100 billion nuclear bombs.
- The next time you’re cloud watching, ponder this: by studying the skies, you are essentially staring into history. Why? The light you presently enjoy travels from distant stars and galaxies takes hundreds, thousands and sometimes millions of years to reach us.
- While Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, its temperatures can reach a biting -280 degrees Fahrenheit as Mercury lacks the atmospheric pressure necessary to trap heat. Venus, on the other hand, has a thick atmosphere to trap heat and is markedly hotter than Mercury, despite being farther away from the sun.
- If you are ever lucky or wealthy enough to gallivant to the moon, you can expect your presence to remain much longer than anticipated. As there is no air or wind on the moon, your footprints are likely to last forever (barring a meteoric collision, of course).
Microsoft, West Coast Customs Create the Ultimate 400-hp ‘Device’
How do you remake an automotive icon? If you’re West Coast Customs, it starts with some oversized dubs and copious quantities of neon lighting. If you’re the Microsoft skunkworks development team, it means incorporating the company’s entire suite of mobile and gaming services into one of Motown’s greatest pony cars.
Despite what you see above, this isn’t a 1967 Ford Mustang. The fastback body is a replica produced by Dynacorn, but underneath are the modern components of a 2012 Mustang chassis. But like momma always said, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and that’s where the West Coast Customs crew and their compatriots at Microsoft went wild.
Please click here to continue reading the original article by Damon Lavrinc at Wired.
Photo: Courtesy of Microsoft
Happy 6th Birthday, Twitter
On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey tweeted the first ever tweet on Twitter.
The sheer fact that you can understand that sentence shows you how far Twitter has gone since then. It has become the de facto short message system of the internet and the favorite social networking service of celebrities all around the world.
And, with over 500 million users, it is the largest one-to-many open communication platform on the web.
However, the service’s beginnings were modest. The service started out as an off-hand project from the creators of podcasting company Odeo, and though it immediately showed potential, it was plagued by frequent downtime in its first couple of years.
Stability problems seem to be a thing of the past now, and Twitter handles and hashtags have become a part of popular culture – they are regularly seen on TV and movie trailers. Ask a celebrity how you can reach them, and the most likely answer will be their Twitter nickname.
When it comes to business plans, in the last 12 months Twitter has been somewhat eclipsed with Facebook’s IPO. The questions about Twitter still remain the same as on its last birthday: Will it go public, will it be acquired by a giant such as Google, Apple or Microsoft, or will it simply keep growing?
We’ll see. In the meantime, happy birthday, Twitter!
Prometheus is an upcoming science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron. The plot follows the crew of the spaceship Prometheus in the year 2085, as they explore an advanced alien civilization in search of the origins of humanity.
Conceived as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 science fiction horror film Alien, rewrites of Spaihts’ script by Lindelof developed a separate story that precedes the events of Alien, but which is not directly connected to the films in the Alien franchise. According to Scott, though the film shares “strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak”, and takes place in the same universe, Prometheus will explore its own mythology and ideas. Principal photography began in March 2011, with filming taking place in England, Iceland, and Spain. Prometheus is scheduled for release between May 30 and June 8, 2012 in various territories through 20th Century Fox.
My Los Gatos estate for your Facebook shares, Silicon Valley exec says
In a Silicon Valley real estate market crazed by the impending Facebook public offering, this may be worth a second look.
A valley executive says he’ll swap his 11.5-acre estate in Los Gatos for about $29 million worth of pre-IPO Facebook shares.
The owner, Ken Raasch, says the offer is genuine, although he won’t turn down cash.
“We’re serious,” said Raasch, who has lived with his wife, Linda, and four children in the palatial home for the past 15 years.
Tucked away in a parklike setting in the Los Gatos hills, the 10,000-square-foot house was built in 1989 and purchased by the Raasches in 1997.
Please click here to continue reading the original article by Pete Carey at San Jose Mercury News.
Image Source: Alain Pinel Realtors
Kate’s Irish charm: An emerald Duchess presents St Patrick’s Day shamrocks to guardsmen (and she’s a knockout for one soldier)
The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant today as she presented soldiers with shamrocks to mark St Patrick’s Day. Kate wore an elegant green dress coat with a chocolate brown hat and an Irish Guards brooch that belonged to the Queen Mother as she attended the traditional parade in Aldershot.
But the excitement was all too much for one young soldier, who fainted to the ground in his stiff red uniform.
The Duchess watched the ceremonial military parade with a dazzling smile before bestowing lucky three-leafed clovers on 40 officers - and even their Irish Wolfhound mascot. She glowed in her Emilia Wickstead dress and Lock & Co hat on her first solo military engagement, at the start of what will be a long-standing relationship with the Irish Guards.
Ireland shrugs off austerity for St. Patrick’s Day
Parades and festivals were being held throughout Ireland on Saturday as the debt-ridden country shrugged off economic austerity measures for the traditional Saint Patrick’s Day party.
The centrepiece of the celebrations, the Dublin parade and its marching bands, attracts about half a million people onto the capital’s streets, about 120,000 of them from abroad.
Some 60 million people worldwide claim Irish heritage and the feast day for Ireland’s patron saint has become one of the world’s most recognised national holidays.
There are parades around the globe, based on “craic”, or fun, music, green-coloured beer and fancy dress echoing the Emerald Isle’s favourite mythical creature — leprechauns.