The Mars Rover

16 09 2010


Sense of scale

20 08 2010

BBC, with the help of BERG, has launched BBC Dimensions, a website that allows you to orientate important events, places and things within the context of familiar space. For example, if the Greater Pacific Garbage Patch were floating over my flat in Prague, it would stretch from the Eastern boarder of the Ukraine to roughly 740 miles west off the southern coast of Ireland.

More on Outer Space..

24 10 2009

As always, National Geographic as published another awesome map of man’s exploration of our solar system and beyond.


The life of the International Space Station

18 09 2009

A nice animated construction timeline of the ISS

This little piggy went to the crayon. This little piggy went to the train brake.

18 09 2009

PIG 05049 is a new book by Christien Meindertsma, which documents the 185 end products that utilize some portion of each pig

PIG 05049 is a communications design developed in three years of research to track all the products made from a single pig. 
05049 was an actual pig, raised and slaughtered on a commercial farm in the Netherlands. Rotterdam designer Christien Meindertsma was shocked to discover that she could document 185 products contributed to by the animal. 
Meindertsma’s design includes the publication of her book, PIG 05049, which charts and pictures each of the products supported by the animal.  The surprise is in the fact that elements of production contributed to by pig farming include not only predictable foodstuffs – pork chops and bacon – but far less expected non-food items: ammunition, train brakes, automobile paint, soap and washing powder, bone china, cigarettes.


The caption on the page above reads:

Fatty acids derived from pork bone fat are used as a hardening agent in crayons and also gives them their distinctive smell.

Crayons smell like pig bone fat. Crayons will never smell the same again.

Say it ain’t so…

18 09 2009

It looks as if the lastest victim of climate change isn’t an endangered species of aquatic tree frog living in the Amazonian rainforest, but something very near and dear to my heart (no offense to the endangered species of aquatic tree frog living in the Amazonian rainforest).

IF THE sinking Maldives aren’t enough to galvanise action on climate change, could losing a classic beer do it? Climatologist Martin Mozny of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute and colleagues say that the quality of Saaz hops – the delicate variety used to make pilsner lager – has been decreasing in recent years. They say the culprit is climate change in the form of increased air temperature.

Hans Rosling: Moving Data

11 05 2009

Global health professor at Sweden’s Karolinksa Institute, Hans Rosling’s work focuses on debunking myths surrounding the developing world. The presentation of his data is what sets him apart from peers in his field

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