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Breathtaking Photos Reveal Sculptural Ice on a Mountain in Slovenia

Posted in THE ART with tags on December 30, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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Photographer Marko Korosec captured the breathtaking results of what happens to a place when it’s subjected to a long period of snow, wind, and ice. For 10 days, extreme weather pummeled the area of Mount Javornik, part of a mountain range in eastern Slovenia as well as a popular ski locale. Korosec later scaled the terrain and discovered something that’s out of this world. High winds and freezing fog formed layers of rime ice and covered a tower, trees, rocks, and more.Thanks to these harsh conditions, large ice spikes emerged from the landscape like a magnificent sculpture. Korosec says that some of them reached well over 3-feet long! His photos appear as a moment suspended in time, and highlight the awesome beauty as well as the great power of Mother Nature.

If you enjoy these frigid photos, be sure to check out photographer Guillermo Palavecino’s images of a frozen waterfall in Argentina.

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A Striking View Of The Dark Side Of Saturn

Posted in THE UNIVERSE & SPACE SCIENCE with tags on December 30, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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A Striking View Of The Dark Side Of Saturn

A Striking View Of The Dark Side Of Saturn

The Cassini Orbiter captures a different view of Saturn, in which the planet and its rings seem to vanish into darkness.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab explains exactly what we’re seeing here:

Saturn’s main rings, seen here on their “lit” face, appear much darker than normal. That’s because they tend to scatter light back toward its source — in this case, the Sun.

Usually, when taking images of the rings in geometries like this, exposures times are increased to make the rings more visible. Here, the requirement to not over-expose Saturn’s lit crescent reveals just how dark the rings actually become. Scientists are interested in images in this sunward-facing (“high phase”) geometry because the way that the rings scatter sunlight can tell us much about the ring particles’ physical make-up.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 6 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 12, 2014.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 152 degrees. Image scale is 86 miles (138 kilometers) per pixel.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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NASA Black Hole Telescope Snaps Dazzling View of the Sun

Posted in THE UNIVERSE & SPACE SCIENCE with tags on December 30, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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NASA Black Hole Telescope Snaps Dazzling View of the Sun

SPACE.com

A NASA space telescope designed to peer at faraway black holes has snapped a stunning image of the sun, showing that its sensitive X-ray eyes can investigate mysteries in Earth’s own neighborhood.

The new image, which was taken by NASA’sNuSTAR spacecraft (short for Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array), is the best-ever view of the sun in high-energy X-ray light, space agency officials said. The photo, and others taken by NuSTAR in the future, should help researchers learn more about our star, they added.

“NuSTAR will give us a unique look at the sun, from the deepest to the highest parts of its atmosphere,” NuSTAR team member David Smith, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, said in a statement. [Images: NuSTAR, NASA’s Black Hole Space Telescope]

The new image, which was released Monday (Dec. 22), overlays NuSTAR observations (seen in blue and green) onto an image of the sun captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft.

NuSTAR launched in June 2012, primarily to study black holes and other distant sources of X-ray light. But solar scientists had suggested using the spacecraft to look at the sun several years before it got off the ground. (While the sun is too bright for most telescopes to view in visible light, its output of high-energy X-rays isn’t intense enough to damage NuSTAR’s detectors, researchers said.)

“At first, I thought the whole idea was crazy,” NuSTAR principal investigator Fiona Harrison, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said in the same statement.. “Why would we have the most sensitive high-energy X-ray telescope ever built, designed to peer deep into the universe, look at something in our own backyard?”

Harrison eventually warmed to the idea, NASA officials said, after realizing that NuSTAR might help solve some long-standing solar mysteries, such as the “coronal heating problem.”

The sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, is far hotter than the star’s surface — 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit (1 million degrees Celsius) compared to 10,800 F (6,000 C) — and scientists aren’t sure why.

One possible explanation is that “nanoflares” are helping to drive up coronal temperatures (along with the much larger, and easily observed, standard flares). NuSTAR may be the only instrument capable of detecting these hypothesized faint phenomena, NASA officials said.

“NuSTAR will be exquisitely sensitive to the faintest X-ray activity happening in the solar atmosphere, and that includes possible nanoflares,” Smith said. The spacecraft’s sun images will only get better over the next few years, as solar activity decreases, he added. (The sun is currently near the peak of its current 11-year activity cycle, known as Solar Cycle 24.)

NuSTAR solar observations might also reveal more about the nature of dark matter, the mysterious stuff thought to make up most of the material universe.

Dark matter apparently does not emit or absorb light — hence its name — and nobody knows for sure what it’s made of. A number of exotic particles have been proposed as dark matter constituents, including weakly interacting massive particles, sterile neutrinos and axions.

If axions exist, NuSTAR may see signs of them — patches of X-rays in the center of the sun — NASA officials said.

Follow Mike Wall on Twitter @michaeldwall and Google+. Follow us@Spacedotcom, Facebook orGoogle+. Originally published on Space.com.

 

AP PHOTOS: A look back at the tsunami

Posted in WORLD'S HISTORY with tags on December 30, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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AP PHOTOS: A look back at the tsunami

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ATTENTION EDITORS – VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Bodies of tsunami victims float in the water near the Banda Aceh port in this December 29, 2004 file photo. On December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.15 quake off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province triggered the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed around 226,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside/Files (INDONESIA – Tags: DISASTER ANNIVERSARY) TEMPLATE OUT

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Man makes pliers out of solid wood using just 10 cuts and pure genius

Posted in SCIENCE, GEOLOGY,HEALTH, INVIRONMENT, TECHNOLOGY,ANTHROPOLOGY, ARCHAEOLOGY, with tags on December 30, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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Man makes pliers out of solid wood using just 10 cuts and pure genius

Man makes pliers out of solid wood using just 10 cuts and pure genius

Watch David Warther making wooden pliers using a simple pocket knife his dad—famed master carver Ernest “Mooney” Warther—designed in the early 1900s. It only takes him ten cuts and a few seconds—so simple and fast that it feels like magic. Also, I can watch this man talking and doing this forever.

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The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

Posted in SCIENCE, GEOLOGY,HEALTH, INVIRONMENT, TECHNOLOGY,ANTHROPOLOGY, ARCHAEOLOGY,, World Military Corner with tags on December 30, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever                                                                                                                                    The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h).Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It’s still the world’s fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video explains its top secret engine technology.

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

A ground test of the Pratt & Whitney J58 engine’s afterburner at full power.

It’s truly amazing that only 61 years and five days separate this

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

from this:

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

And it’s even more unbelievable that we haven’t been able to top that 51 years later (it will be exactly 51 years tomorrow—the first flight occurred on December 22, 1963.) Absolutely incredible.

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