A Strange Lake in India

A Strange Lake in India

Weird Magnetic Anomalies Abound

I found this one over at The Science Channel. I thought it worth a quick post. A perfectly round lake with magnetic anomalies near it.

Artificial Leaves as Mini-Factory for Drugs

Artificial Leaves as Mini-Factory for Drugs

One of the challenges to long distance space travel is being able to manufacture things along the way. Having to escape the Earth’s gravity is a challenge. Granted, it is improving with a competitive new space race but it still costs anywhere from 11.2 to 34.5 dollars per ton to launch a rocket.

While there is an abundance of solar energy available in space, plants are the most efficient harvesters of sunlight. It makes sense to mimic them for both energy and manufacturing. While the journal article is paywalled, Science Daily reports that this new process uses new materials called luminescent solar concentrators. These LSCs mimic what a leaf already does. It is reported that, even on a cloudy day, the process is 40% more productive than processes without using LSC.

360 Degree Geology Field Trip

360 Degree Geology Field Trip

One of my favorite podcasts is Science Friday. Check out the 360 degree virtual geology field trip. This educational tool is the work of Ryan Hollister. Ryan has a masters in geoscience and is dedicated to education. You can find out more about what he does at The Wild Link Club and his photo journals from the educational trips. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Snowman Gets Small, Real Small – Three Microns Tall

There are great advancements occurring in nanotechnology daily. Just in time for the holidays, researchers have constructed a three-micron tall snowman. I agree with the author over at The Verge. It is difficult to grasp how small that actually is. I thought I would get my math on and try and illustrate it as best I can.

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Lumpy’s Links for 2016-12-24

Lumpy’s Links for 2016-12-24

Sorry for being a day late this week but my Christmas baking and cooking was more of a priority. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all. Here is this week’s list of links and stuff.

The categories are (click on the category to jump right to it):

  • Ludicrous – Funny, odd, strange, bizarre or humorous
  • Useful – Software, references, lists, etc.,
  • Music – Music, music tech, music videos and album releases
  • Photo – Pictures, drawings, animation and videos
  • Yours – Something from email or social media
  • Science – Anything science or technology related

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Propane Bubbles

Propane Bubbles – Passing the Flame Ball

More Stuff You Shouldn’t Try but Probably Shall

I shall not lie.  I have done this.  We did it in high school chemistry class and we were all carefully supervised.  While it is reasonably safe, you can still get hurt.  I do not endorse trying this without supervision.

Space Photos and Donald Pettit

Space Photos and Donald Pettit

Space photos are awesome. Donald Pettit is credited to have shot tens of thousands of photographs from space. Mr. Pettit is an astronaut, engineer and an astrophotographer. He spent 370 days on The International Space Station.  What an awesome photographic specialty!

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