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Old 04-12-2019, 09:00 PM
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(I doubt I could actually use my physics knowledge to harm someone)
Sounds like a challenge. An origin story even.
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There were a couple of recent cool paleontology things I've been meaning to post.

Really well-preserved Cambrian stuff, including soft-bodied animals.

Possible site preserving the devastation from the dinosaur-killer impact.

And by the way,

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TLR or fragment or someone else who understands physics better than I do
I'm flattered, but my physics is pretty rudimentary too.
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Old 05-13-2019, 01:45 AM
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TIL everyday metals have no smell on their own. That 'metal' smell is a result of the metal catalysing the reducing reactions of certain skin oils, predominately producing 1-oncten-3-one which in very low concentrations has that metallic smell, but in higher concentrations an earthy mushroom smell. You can even test this yourself by washing off a penny, it won't smell metallic until you touch it with bare hands.

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I was originally just going to post this for the following comment:


But then I started looking up the reasons for the different colours. And the causeway is very much the cause.

It is, of course, the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

The causeway was originally built on wooden pilings but they kept needing replacing and they ran out of trees, so filled it in (this is heavily summarised and not strictly the right terminology). That meant the northern half no longer has fresh water draining into it from the Jordan, Weber and Bear rivers, and it has much higher salinity. As a result the phytoplankton that make the southern half blue-green, and brine shrimp, don't live there, and instead reddish algae and bacteria dominate.



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A Lake Divided – Utah Geological Survey
The Great Salt Lake’s Railroad Causeway | Amusing Planet
UP: Striking a Balance on the Great Salt Lake (UP = Union Pacific - it's their causeway)
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Old 05-26-2019, 11:59 PM
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And you can fit :luxembourg: in there. :)
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Old 05-27-2019, 11:02 AM
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And you can fit :luxembourg: in there. :)
Presumably the prime minister is in the pink half :D
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Next, in "Orbit by science":

ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Live stream of what the ISS is seeing. As I post the sun has just "risen" over South America. In 30 minutes it'll be "midday" over Asia.

Another version, also showing where the ISS is now:
Columbus Eye | Live

Sometimes it says the cameras are switching over or connection has been lost. Chill for a couple of minutes.

Also when it's over night-Earth I've yet to see any lights; maybe the camera's exposure setting doesn't adjust.
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There are at least 2 cameras - forward-facing and rear-facing (handy in case they ever have to parallel park the ISS).
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It's a 2009, not 2019. That aside:


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Seals have been taught to sing the 'Star Wars' theme tune - CNN
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They sing better than I do...
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I can think of some words
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Hank Green narrates tiny life. I imediately thought of Specious’s microscope threads.
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Tardigrades rule.
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Hank Green narrates tiny life. I imediately thought of Specious’s microscope threads.
I have videos, too, but they're all years old because I haven’t focused much on live subjects recently. Also, the older the video, the quality degrades by almost every measure...
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Oh hey hereís a gif that a few thousand years ago someone would have happily sacrificed an offering to see, but in this age itís just filler in between Marvel and Stranger Things stories on gizmodo.

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