Category Archives: Science

Eye Watering Eyeball Stitches

Have you ever wanted to see eyeball stitches…well today is your lucky day.  Here is a close up of an eye after having a cornea transplant.  I’m not gonna lie I’m mesmerized but it’s also making my eyes water something fierce.  Really though isn’t it crazy what medical science can do.

Mother Nature Shows Her True Colors

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.

56 Years of Tornado Tracks

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.

56 Years of Tornadoes in the United States of America

The Anatomy of a Supercell Thunderstorm

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.

This is a NASA DC-8 on which approximately 100 researchers were aboard in pursuit of the perfect setup for severe thunderstorms.

A visible satellite shot of a massive line of severe thunderstorms in the Midwest United States.

An actual picture taken from the DC-8 showing the formation of the cumulonimbus clouds that make up a thunderstorm. It clearly depicts the anvil, overshooting tops breaking through the tropopause, as well as the clear updraft which when it is strong enough can be a major factor in hail production.

 

Dry Erase Board Wall

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.

Have You Ever Seen 60,000 Dominos Fall?

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.

 

Flying People Over NYC!?

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.

Amazing Art Made With Lights

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.

The Ultimate Trekky Accessory

This dude has created an actual Star Trek Phaser.  What the what!?   A must have accessory for any true Trekky.

Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams….Well Not So Much But How About Sharks With Glowing Bellies

This miniature pygmy shark lives well below the surface of the Pacific Ocean a certain type of melatonin allows their tummies to glow.  It is believed by scientist that the purpose is as a means of communication as well as camoflauge.  Very interesting.