Category: SCI/TECH

Aug 6, 2014

100 Years Ago this Telephone Tower in Stockholm Connected 5000 Telephone Lines

100 Years Ago this Telephone Tower in Stockholm Connected 5000 Telephone Lines

From 1887 – 1913 this incredible Telephone Tower served as one of the main telephone junctions in Stockholm, Sweden. About 5000 telephone lines were connected here. Even after the tower was decommissioned in 1913 the tower remained as landmark until 1953 when it was torn down as the result of a fire. In this…

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Aug 3, 2014

Picture of the Day: The First Space Selfie, 1966

Picture of the Day: The First Space Selfie, 1966

Photograph by Buzz Aldrin In a tweet last month, astronaut Buzz Aldrin informed the world that he was responsible for taking the first ever selfie in space during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966. The mission took place from November 11-15 lasting 3 days, 22 hours and 34 minutes. The two-man crew included Aldrin…

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Jul 30, 2014

Picture of the Day: Going for a (Space) Walk

Picture of the Day: Going for a (Space) Walk

Photograph by NASA [12 December 2006] Backdropped by a colorful Earth, astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. (left) and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Christer Fuglesang, both STS-116 mission specialists, participate in the mission’s first of three planned sessions of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction resumes on the International Space Station. The landmasses depicted are…

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Jul 27, 2014

Visualizing WiFi Signals Through Color and Photography

Visualizing WiFi Signals Through Color and Photography

Luis Hernan uses long exposure photography and an instrument called a Kirlian Device to try and visualize the wifi signals all around us. On his project website Digital Ethereal, Hernan explains: The Kirlian Device is an instrument designed to reveal qualities of wireless networks. The device is named after Semyon Davidovich Kirlian, who discovered…

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Jul 25, 2014

Happy 15th Birthday Chandra X-Ray Observatory

Happy 15th Birthday Chandra X-Ray Observatory

Fifteen years ago, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision. Chandra, one of NASA’s current “Great Observatories,” along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope,…

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Jul 23, 2014

This Tree Bears 40 Different Fruits

This Tree Bears 40 Different Fruits

The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in…

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Jul 22, 2014

Our Incredible Immune System

Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety of agents, known as pathogens, and distinguishing them from our own healthy tissue. 28 years ago, National Geographic Magazine published an article entitled, Our Immune System: The Wars Within.…

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