Archive for November, 2011

November 14th, 2011 - 5:34 am § in Uncategorized

Are you faster than a marathon runner?

This is just a really neat ad apparently put up in a subway station in New York. A timer counts down and then a video of Ryan Hall at his normal marathon speed. It really puts in to perspective how much distance he’s actually covering. If you see normal wide video of a marathon runner [&hellip[...]

November 11th, 2011 - 5:21 am § in Uncategorized

Cooler than any music box I’ve seen.

I love giant musical projects like these. The end result is always so simple but I’m sure the planning takes massive amounts of calculations and engineering prowess. Turns out it’s all for a cell phone commercial but that doesn’t make it any less spectacular.[...]

November 10th, 2011 - 5:33 am § in Uncategorized

Serco: The most powerful company you’ve probably never heard of

There are many things I never think about who controls, like traffic lights and Greenwich Mean Time. It turns out, for the UK, Australia and many other places in the world, the control is in the hands of a company called Serco. But that isn’t even the tip of the power this company has. This [&[...]

November 9th, 2011 - 5:54 am § in Uncategorized

Inspiring speeches of the 20th century.

The 20th century was home to some of the most forward thinking and inspiring people of all time. There’s no telling before a speech whether it will stand the test of time and be remembered, but after the speeches included in this video people knew the gravity of what they’d just heard. I[...]

November 8th, 2011 - 5:56 am § in Uncategorized

Music without repetition.

It’s amazing how much of the music we listen to every day is filled with repetition. It’s not just repetition of verses, but the underlying structure of songs is often completely full of repeating chords and motifs. Well of course, as scientists often do, an attempt was made to create a [...]

November 7th, 2011 - 5:07 am § in Uncategorized

Massive asteroid will travel near Earth tomorrow.

Just a heads up, an asteroid unmatched since the 70s will possibly be visible for us at some point tomorrow. All doomsday theories aside, I really think it’s amazing that months ago, they were able to see this thing coming and already knew its general path. Keep your eyes open.[...]

November 4th, 2011 - 5:03 am § in Uncategorized

Steam engine made entirely out of glass.

If there’s one way to get a good visual representation of how an intricate piece of machinery works, it’s to make it entirely out of glass. I’m not saying it would be easy or even possible for most people to make something like this, which is why it’s good that we have this v[...]

November 3rd, 2011 - 5:59 am § in Uncategorized

More art in nature: Murmuration.

There are some people who are able to see something like this about twice a year. I’ve seen something similar before but it wasn’t nearly this extravagant. If I were caught up in something like this I would have a hard time convincing myself I wasn’t dreaming. Murmuration from Soph[...]

November 2nd, 2011 - 5:23 am § in Uncategorized

Sound waves illustrated through sand.

WARNING: This video gets loud. If I remember correctly, I may have posted a video similar to this before, but the one I’ve run across in the past doesn’t cover nearly as large a spectrum of sound as this one. It’s really interesting to watch how more and more complicated and intric[...]

November 1st, 2011 - 5:43 am § in Uncategorized

Carving a pumpkin with Science

I know this would’ve been more appropriate for yesterday but I just ran across it today. This Chemistry teacher decided to teach his students a little bit about the usefulness of science by using it to carve a traditional pumpkin. I can’t say this is the method I would suggest for most f[...]