"… I’m charmed by the idea that when a school teacher writes her name on a blackboard on the first day of class, what she’s really doing is crushing the skeletons of terribly ancient earthlings into a form that spells out the name “Mrs. Guttenheimer.” Does she know?"
Joseph Maria Auchentaller
Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. They died so that you could be here today.
— Laurence M. Krauss, 2009
"I do not know much about writing rap lyrics, but I’m guessing that most rappers do not meet with physicists and cosmologists from MIT and Cornell before sitting down to write. But that’s exactly what Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA did during the creation of his new album, Dark Matter — a project the rapper hopes will turn his audience on to science."
this is the best. i am not even joking - this makes me feel better about humanity.
Early testing of hydrogen filled balloons for radiosonde measurements.
Theodolite used to track balloon to limit of visibility.
[From the NOAA Photo Library]
um…awesome!!! Great representation and excellent detail. Love it. Thanks Shah!
Called the Tissue Series, artist Lisa Nilsson has constructed a range of anatomical cross sections of the human body using rolled pieces of Japanese mulberry paper. It’s a technique known as quilling, or paper filigree, and each piece takes weeks to assemble.
A study shows that Design Squad, an NSF-funded public television show about engineering, improves children’s understanding of what engineers do, as well as children’s skills in designing processes. Here, Design Squad season two cast members Leah and Nick brainstorm ideas with host Nate Ball and discuss their cardboard furniture design. Photo: Anthony Tieuli
Friend Him: Isaac Newton is now Online
The University of Cambridge has begun the process of posting its Sir Isaac Newton collection online. The digital library includes his college notebooks to later sketches, musings and drawings from his work on gravity, mathematics and optics.
Via the University of Cambridge:
The project aims to make Cambridge a digital library for the world and will move on from Newton to some of the University Library’s other world-class collections in the realms of science and faith. These include the archive of the celebrated Board of Longitude and the papers of Charles Darwin…
…Launching the website with more than 4,000 pages of its most important Newton material, the University Library will upload thousands of further pages over the next few months until almost all of its Newton collection is available to view and download anywhere in the world…
…In opening up Newton’s papers to the eyes of the world, the newly digitised archive reveals that not all his peers would have approved of his output being shared quite so openly.
Several of the manuscripts in the collection contain the handwritten line ‘not fit to be printed’, scrawled by Thomas Pellet, a Fellow of the Royal Society, who had been asked to go through Newton’s papers after his death and decide which ones should be published.
Of course, if Newton and Pellet knew then what we know now, nothing created quite remains private.