You can huff, you can puff, but you won’t blow down the pillow fort

Thursday, 20 November, 2014

There are pillow forts, and there are pillow forts. When it comes to building the best such structures, you couldn’t go wrong by consulting an architect

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Misconceptions so common you could fill a chart with them

Thursday, 20 November, 2014

Goldfish have three second memory spans.
Albert Einstein failed mathematics.
Bulls hate red.
Waking a sleep-walker is dangerous.
Chewing gum takes seven years to digest if swallowed.

True or false?

False.

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Can you compose music using only a theme word? Now you can

Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

Xhail, an application that essentially composes unique compositions, may prove to be a boon for film producers who are emerging, and or on a tight budget. Getting started looks to be as straightforward as typing in a theme word, such as crime, action, or drama, and then tinkering until the desire result is achieved.

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London’s commuters photographed by Nick Turpin

Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

Do they know they’re being watched? Through a Glass Darkly is a collection of, at times, almost other-worldly images of English bus commuters, by London photographer Nick Turpin.

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Star date now, news headlines at the speed of light

Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

We all know that when we gaze up at the stars in the night sky, we’re looking at passed history.

Of a star, all we see is a point of light that has been radiating outwards, and into our line of sight, at the speed of light, for, in some cases, thousands of years. The star itself may have long since met its demise, but it could be decades, centuries even, before we learn that.

But have you ever wondered what was happening here on Earth, the day, or thereabouts, that the light from a given star started on its epic journey towards us? StarDate attempts to tell some of that story, with representations of the one hundred stars closest to us, that link to a New York Times article published that day.

The stars in question don’t look to be named, at the moment anyway, but I’m sure the astronomers among us will have no trouble identifying them, based on their distance from us.

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The force awakens… I didn’t know it could sleep

Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

Star Wars 7, the J.J. Abrams directed next installment – just over a year from release now – of the much loved sci-fi saga has a title… The Force Awakens.

Certainly intriguing, but I don’t know… somehow I have a bad feeling about this.

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Creative thoughts are child’s play in this giant birds nest

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014

Photo by OGE CreativeGroup

I suspect that the giant birdsnest for creating new ideas, complete with egg shaped cushions, an item of furniture that – as the name would suggest – is intended to trigger creative thoughts, will not just appeal to adults.

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Drift the solar system on the Interplanetary Transport Network

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014

And still on matters Interstellar related… we may not be able to zap around the cosmos as the film’s astronaut explorers did, but gravity pathways of sorts, that weave among the planets, may make for a low energy way of moving around the solar system.

The energy demands may be low, but travelling from one point on the network to another may take a while, like drifting along on ocean currents possibly:

The Interplanetary Transport Network (ITN) is a collection of gravitationally determined pathways through the Solar System that require very little energy for an object to follow. The ITN makes particular use of Lagrange points as locations where trajectories through space are redirected using little or no energy. These points have the peculiar property of allowing objects to orbit around them, despite lacking an object to orbit. While they use little energy, the transport can take a very long time.

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Take a look at the work of Sydney artist Tom Ferson

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014

Artwork by Tom Ferson

While I’ve seen the work of Sydney based artist Tom Ferson at shows a couple of times now, I don’t think I’ve ever linked to him before. So here I am now.

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An “Interstellar” Earth, can it be averted?

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014

The world in which Interstellar, US director Christopher Nolan’s latest feature, is set, is not one many of us would wish to live in, on account of an abundance of pestilence and dust storms. In fact, humanity is looking into finding another planet to move to, so bad are conditions on Earth.

But can we avoid such a bleak future in reality? Quite possibly, yes. Would we, however, want to give up on the search for another planet to migrate to, should, for whatever reason, the need arise? No, quite possibly not (warning, “Interstellar” spoilers):

Even with our efforts to keep Earth pumping out enough food to feed the billions of people who live here, there is some chance that the planet will not forever be a safe home for humanity. In that light, we should be looking for other places to live, a backup plan in case of global failure.

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