The Moon appears to have more craters and scars than Earth because it has a lot less natural activity going on, the Earth is constantly reforming its surface through earthquakes, erosion, rain, wind and plants growing on the surface, while the moon has very little weather to alter its appearance.
Image Credit & Copyright: Simon Smith
Geez, I’ve always thought that it was the Moon’s absence of atmosphere that made it look like that. =/
So recently, my Urgent Care changed our “Sign In” procedure, so that patients themselves have to write down their Chief Complaint for the visit.
Did you know people can’t spell?
See if you can figure out these mysterious symptoms:
- Soar Throw (Hi, Brett Favre!)
- Twisted Ancul (I loved their first album)
- Ichi Rash (Ooh, Asian Food!)
- Problems with my
sighnessessinises (Sighness. Ahhhh, LOVE IT.)
- Soljer Pain (Crank That, Shoulder Boy!)
Dyar Diurr DyurehaLots of poop (We’ve all been there, buddy.)
Hahaha! This made my boring review-read-comprehend-day alive. It’s hard to pick a favorite, though.
This is what it looks like when you open a can of mixed nuts in space.
See, the mixed nuts aren’t floating, they’re just falling around the Earth at exactly the same speed as the space station and Commander Hadfield (the finest Canadian ever put in space).
Freakiest mixed nuts ever? Or scrumptious space snack?
Dr. Cranquis came up with a funny little flow chat called “The Krebs Cycle Cycle” and asked his followers to come up with their own revisions. This is mine, motivated mostly by the fact that I hate it has so many !#@$@% names and I wanted that addressed.
Cranquistador Poppyash’s revision of the Krebs Cycle Cycle is simultaneously elegant and cathartic. Good job! Your therapist will be pleased. :)
It’s been a long time since I’ve handed out a Cranquis-nym, but here goes: Poppyash, for your excellent work, I dub thee Poppyash, Cranquistador Alpha-level, and Official Nomenclature Wrangler to the Stars.
My professor in Cell Bio used to tell our class, “You don’t have to memorize this. These are just one of the nice-to-know cool things in Biology… And don’t worry, this is not included in the exams.”
This Day in Space: 1927. Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov born. He would be the first person to die during a spaceflight.
So there’s a cosmonaut up in space, circling the globe, convinced he will never make it back to Earth; he’s on the phone with Alexei Kosygin — then a high official of the Soviet Union — who is crying because he, too, thinks the cosmonaut will die.
The space vehicle is shoddily constructed, running dangerously low on fuel; its parachutes — though no one knows this — won’t work and the cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov, is about to, literally, crash full speed into Earth, his body turning molten on impact. As he heads to his doom, U.S. listening posts in Turkey hear him crying in rage, “cursing the people who had put him inside a botched spaceship.”
This extraordinarily intimate account of the 1967 death of a Russian cosmonaut appears in a new book, Starman, by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, to be published next month. The authors base their narrative principally on revelations from a KGB officer, Venyamin Ivanovich Russayev, and previous reporting by Yaroslav Golovanov in Pravda. This version — if it’s true — is beyond shocking.
Starman tells the story of a friendship between two cosmonauts, Vladimir Kamarov and Soviet hero Yuri Gagarin, the first human to reach outer space. The two men were close; they socialized, hunted and drank together.
In 1967, both men were assigned to the same Earth-orbiting mission, and both knew the space capsule was not safe to fly. Komarov told friends he knew he would probably die. But he wouldn’t back out because he didn’t want Gagarin to die. Gagarin would have been his replacement.
The story begins around 1967, when Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Union, decided to stage a spectacular midspace rendezvous between two Soviet spaceships.
The plan was to launch a capsule, the Soyuz 1, with Komarov inside. The next day, a second vehicle would take off, with two additional cosmonauts; the two vehicles would meet, dock, Komarov would crawl from one vehicle to the other, exchanging places with a colleague, and come home in the second ship. It would be, Brezhnev hoped, a Soviet triumph on the 50th anniversary of the Communist revolution. Brezhnev made it very clear he wanted this to happen.
The problem was Gagarin. Already a Soviet hero, the first man ever in space, he and some senior technicians had inspected the Soyuz 1 and had found 203 structural problems — serious problems that would make this machine dangerous to navigate in space. The mission, Gagarin suggested, should be postponed.
“ He’ll die instead of me. We’ve got to take care of him.”
- Komarov talking about Gagarin
The question was: Who would tell Brezhnev? Gagarin wrote a 10-page memo and gave it to his best friend in the KGB, Venyamin Russayev, but nobody dared send it up the chain of command. Everyone who saw that memo, including Russayev, was demoted, fired or sent to diplomatic Siberia. With less than a month to go before the launch, Komarov realized postponement was not an option. He met with Russayev, the now-demoted KGB agent, and said, “I’m not going to make it back from this flight.”
Russayev asked, Why not refuse? According to the authors, Komarov answered: “If I don’t make this flight, they’ll send the backup pilot instead.” That was Yuri Gagarin. Vladimir Komarov couldn’t do that to his friend. “That’s Yura,” the book quotes him saying, “and he’ll die instead of me. We’ve got to take care of him.” Komarov then burst into tears.
Get hypnotized by this wave pendulum … seriously, I can’t look away.
A wave pendulum like this is built of equally weighted objects suspended by different (and carefully calculated) lengths of string. Released simultaneously, their differing periods (frequencies of oscillation) cause them to form a “wave” image together that cycles through all possible patterns.
It’s mind-boggling. Looking for a science fair project? This would be a great one.
(via Citadel Physics)
Some people use Physics for good… Some use it to design a roller coaster that will kill you by the end of the ride. Behold, the Euthanasia Coaster!
“Euthanasia Coaster” is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death. Thanks to the marriage of the advanced cross-disciplinary research in space medicine, mechanical engineering, material technologies and, of course, gravity, the fatal journey is made pleasant, elegant and ritualistic. Celebrating the limits of the human body but also the liberation from the horizontal life, this ‘kinetic sculpture’ is in fact the ultimate roller coaster: John Allen, former president of the famed Philadelphia Toboggan Company, once sad that “the ultimate roller coaster is built when you send out twenty-four people and they all come back dead. This could be done, you know.”
Geez… I’m out of words. =/