Category Archives: Science

The Transit of Mercury

On Wednesday, 2006 Nov 08, Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2003. The transit or passage of a planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence. As seen from Earth, only transits … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Space

"In the 60’s, space exploration was an American obsession. But the growing reality of space has turned the romance to cynicism. We chart the path from then to now. We begin with Ann Druyan, widow of Carl Sagan, with a … Continue reading

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Newton’s Dark Secrets

Sir Isaac Newton, the eccentric genius who helped define modern science, was also an obsessive alchemist……If there’s one word to describe Isaac Newton it is "genius"… Newton’s Dark SecretsPBS LINK [Thanks John!]

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The Writings of Charles Darwin

A huge compilation of Charles Darwin links, including these beautiful illutrations. The Writings of Charles Darwin ON THE WEBLINK [Merci Louis!]

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Reminder: Solar eclipse of Wednesday, March 29, 2006

"If you could move freely on the globe, you could enjoy the awesome spectacle of a total eclipse of the sun pretty often. The next one is scheduled to darken the daytime skies on Wednesday, March 29, 2006. This week, … Continue reading

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They’re coming!

Surely, summer can’t be far behind… The 2006 Hummingbird Migration Maps (as of 3.15) LINK

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Number Spirals

"Number spirals are very simple. To make one, we just write the non-negative integers on a ribbon and roll it up with zero at the center. The trick is to arrange the spiral so all the perfect squares" Number SpiralsVisit.

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Aurora Borealis

The onset of cold weather always remind me of these heavenly wonders.   "Northern lights is the name of a light phenomenon often seen in the northern regions. The lights have been around since Earth formed an atmosphere -the dinosaurs … Continue reading

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Orrery

"These are the principles that Danny Hillis used in the initial stages of designing a 10,000 Year Clock. We have found these are generally good principles for designing anything to last a long time. LongevityWith occasional maintenance, the clock should … Continue reading

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Is Octopus Ink Similar to Fountain Pen Ink?

"What Is Octopus Ink? The ink of the octopus, or any cephalopod, is composed of highly concentrated melanin. This is the same dark pigment that we humans have, and which is responsible for skin color and the color of dark … Continue reading

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