Our Hearts are Breaking.
Boruch Dayan HaEmes.
May their neshamas have an aliyah.
Explanation: June 24th marked the first full Martian year of the Curiosity Rover’s exploration of the surface of the Red Planet. That’s 687 Earth days or 669 sols since its landing on August 5, 2012. To celebrate, consider this self-portrait of the car-sized robot posing next to a rocky outcrop dubbed Windjana, its recent drilling and sampling site.
The mosaicked selfie was constructed with frames taken this April and May using the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), intended for close-up work and mounted at the end of the rover’s robotic arm. The MAHLI frames used exclude sections that show the arm itself and so MAHLI and the robotic arm are not seen. Famous for panoramic views, the rover’s Mastcam is visible though, on top of the tall mast staring toward the left and down at the drill hole.
Thanks, as always, to NASA and their amazing site, Astronomy Picture of the Day!
Boys and girls…
It’s time again to delve into my bacon fascination.
For those new to these posts…
I need to make something clear…
I am not obsessed with bacon, per se.
I am, however, fascinated by people’s obsession with bacon…
And the myriad ways that obsession expresses itself.
Here are but a few examples…
Some more alarming than others!
There seems to be no limit to how bacon can be inserted into people’s daily lives…
As well as their tummies.
The range of bacon uses is only limited…
By the imagination of the bacon users…
And, presumably, the pork marketing boards.
They provide bacon lovers…
And those of us who study them…
Countless hours of harmless fun…
As bacon sits there…
On a plate…
Waiting to kill them.
And most of all…
Thank you once again to the many friends & readers who have sent me bacon-related photos and suggestions.
I couldn’t have done it without you… or people very much like you.
Godzilla planets? 12 billion year old gamma rays? Evidence of the planet that crashed into Earth and caused our moon to form?
This is the kind of stuff scientists were doing last week!
Here are the links to the articles. Please check them out!
Godzilla planet: http://bit.ly/RZCW46
Hybrid star: http://bit.ly/SbvliX
Hubble deep field: http://bit.ly/1pRBFbi
Gamma ray burst: http://bit.ly/1kD36oV
Plastic rocks: http://bit.ly/SdukXM
Thanks once again to the gang over at IFLS.
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I’ve always loved Japanese red maples.
Saw this photo the other day and it simply took my breath away.
Mount Fuji with Japanese red maples.
While the rest of us were gearing up for summer and firing up the barbecues and whatever it is we do in anticipation of summer, my lovely geeks and nerdlings in the world of science were coming up with stuff like this!
Virgin Galactic: http://bit.ly/1mEcfMa
Velociraptor robot: http://bit.ly/1kc1wvb
Robot skin: http://bit.ly/1hNPLFO
Driverless cars: http://bit.ly/1gBIqxC
Dragon capsule: http://bit.ly/1hG7q1V
Aircrafts flown by thought: http://bit.ly/1kRZ4ZE
Thanks, as always, to the ILFS Facebook page!
Check out the ILFS website.
They’ve done it again, kiddie-winkers.
While we were out planning our gardens and trying to figure out how to hurt ourselves with fireworks, the devoted geeks and nerdlings in the world of science have come up with these findings!
Prehistoric girl: http://bit.ly/1j45bcI
Lucid dreaming: http://bit.ly/1glhORI
Well done, folks. Very well done indeed.
The world owes you a huge debt of gratitude!
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