Category Archives: Science
In the African country of Senegal there is a lake called Lake Retba. Your eyes do not deceive you…that is not a lake of liquid bubblegum the water is actually pink. The color is caused by a micro-algae called dunaliella salina.
Again I’m going to get on my weather girl geek soapbox. This map produced by NOAA depicts the tracks of tornadoes over the last 56 years in the United States of America. The brighter the line stroke the more severe the storm was that produced the tornado. Basically what it seems like is if you live anywhere east of Colorado you’re getting jacked up by severe weather during the spring/summer months. Personally I’m from SW Missouri and have been in a few tornadoes in my day and I can assure you that it’s not nearly as fun as the movie Twister makes it seem.
As someone who forecasts weather for a living I found this particularly interesting. Researchers aboard a NASA DC-8 went on a six week hunt for the perfect set up for severe thunderstorms over the Midwest. They were finally able to find what they were looking for when a large band of thunderstorms formed over Oklahoma and stretched through eastern Kansas. Here are some pictures of that amazing event. Click on the link to read even more information about the project.
Well after a bit of an extended break Geektrovert is back in force. Lets kick it off with what the what….a dry erase board wall. A company called IdeaPaint has created some kind of clear coat that you can paint on your wall and it will essentially turn it into the biggest dry erase board known to man. Imagine you could write your grocery list all over your room or perhaps if you’re in an office you can keep track of stats or some such nonsense. Needless to say I probably won’t be doing this anytime soon as I’m almost positive my friends would just erase any useful thing I wrote and replace it with a drawing of a giant penis….TMI….sorry sort of…not really.
Some patient soul built a bunch of walls made of Dominos. It took 65 hours and 8 days of work and the payoff is a cool effect that takes place in 0:55 seconds.
Apparently in hopes of generating buzz for the movie “Chronicle” 3 RC Planes shaped like humans and made by advertising firm Thinkmodo were released over NYC. Looking at them up close it is clear they are in fact a human invention, however, I imagine that if you’re driving over the Brooklyn Bridge and you glance up and see them they just look like flying people. Truth is if I would have seen this I probably would have crapped my pants. It’s a pretty cool idea though. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of it until now.
This cathedral in Ghent, Belgium is brilliantly lit by 55,000 LED lights. If I attended a mass/service here I wouldn’t be listening to anything being said I’m pretty sure.
Artist Eric Franklin is the creator of this glowing skeleton, which took him over two years to make. It is called “Embodiment” and is made of 10 separate units of glass formed from borosilicate glass tubing. The skeleton is filled with krypton to create a neon-like glowing effect.
Artist Bruce Munro created this stunning display by placing over 5,000 Christmas lights on top of acrylic stems. The work of art is appropriately called “Field of Lights”.
Urban artist Bill Fitz-Gibbons specializes in illuminating urban areas with neon lights as seen here with The Alamo in San Antonio, TX and a bridge underpass.
Sculptor Jim Sanborn is the creator of this stunning work of art. It is actually a metal sculpture with phrases of poetry printed on it. It is lit from the inside at night which cast the words on the surrounding area.
This dude has created an actual Star Trek Phaser. What the what!? A must have accessory for any true Trekky.