Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tornado Close Encounter


On my way home from work one afternoon a few years back, I had a close encounter with a borderline F-2 tornado (winds in excess of 113 mph or 182 km/h) near Shabbona, IllinoisPhotographer: Claude Oesterreicher

By | May 31, 2011|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , |

Virtual conquest of Mount Everest

Mount Everest

DLR researchers recreate the ‘Roof of the World’ using optical satellite data at a resolution of 50 centimetres – a collaborative venture with DigitalGlobe and 3D RealityMaps

By | May 31, 2011|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , |

The Speed of Light

Light If you’re driving down a dark road on a starry night, you might want to check the odometer. Earlier this month, when traveling astronomer Dennis Mammana did he was greeted with the significant mileage reading of 186,282 miles. That’s the number of miles light travels in one second.

By | May 31, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , |

Blue Crystal ice Cave

ice Cave

The blue Crystal Cave ice cave is illuminated by the evening sun in Svinafellsjokull in Skaftafell, Iceland.  Picture: ORVAR ATLI THORGEIRSSON

By | May 31, 2011|Categories: Natural phenomena|

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Aston Martin

Aston Martin V12 Zagato has won the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes on the shores of Lake Como, Italy.

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Brilliant but Solitary Superstar

Brilliant Superstar

An extraordinarily bright isolated star has been found in a nearby galaxy — the star is three million times brighter than the Sun. All previous similar “superstars” were found in star clusters, but this brilliant beacon shines in solitary splendor.

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Ultrasound scan for pregnant Dolphin

pregnant Dolphin

Dolphin Tapeko, is given an ultrasound scan to confirm that

By | May 31, 2011|Categories: Animals|Tags: |

Graffiti Ren

Graffiti Ren

Those are some of the art works of the contest “Graffiti Ren” (graffiti renaissance). A Classical art, improved with spraypaint, by Worth1000.

By | May 31, 2011|Categories: Modern Art|Tags: |

Sunset Storm


A thunderstorm is coming from the West. Behind the storm, red sun sets.

By | May 30, 2011|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , , |

Alaska Airlines replaces flight manuals with iPads

Alaska Airlines

Alaska airlines is the first commercial airline to switch to paperless reference materials for pilots, replacing each flight bag with an iPad that contains hyperlinked colour PDF versions of 41 flight manuals, aeronautical navigation charts, systems reference cards, and other materials.

By | May 30, 2011|Categories: Aviation, Computers|Tags: |