Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, Scientists redefine our Home Supercluster and name it Laniakea, which means ‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian

Posted in 2014, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

Superclusters are regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies and they’re the biggest structures in the Universe.

But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster and named it Laniakea, which means “immeasurable heaven” in Hawaiian.

Intense Tokyo Timelapse Using City Streetlights in Various Forms

Posted in 2014 with tags , , on September 20, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

With dramatic music and lights whizzing by, this stunning time-lapse video offers a trip to Tokyo like no other.

Created by filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo, who lives and works in the city, the hypnotic footage takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of Japan’s capital.

The 24-year-old made Eye Know: Time-lapse Journey Through Highways Surrounding Tokyo, using the illuminating and dazzling street lights of the in artistic splendour. 

Ultimate Disco Taxi

Posted in 2014 with tags , on September 20, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

A Colorado cabbie has transformed his taxi into a non-stop party-mobile, complete with mirror ball, musical instruments and hundreds of LED lights that change colour in time to the music.

Jon Barnes calls his creation ‘a cross between ‘Bill Gates’ home office, the Starship Enterprise and a Beatles concert’ and it has a attracted a very classy kind of clientele.

Star Wars George Lucas, Clint Eastwood, Ringo Starr and Michael Douglas have all hitched a ride in his wacky wheels.

Multiple Whales Come Out To Play For Whale Watching Tour Group

Posted in 2014, animals with tags , on September 20, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

A shape emerges under the murky green waters as a whale slowly glides, oblivious to the gasps of awe and camera clicks above it.

Soon it is joined by another and the sound of shutter clicks resonate in the still, calm air. 

This was the special moment a group of  lucky sightseers encountered the massive humpback whales of Canada. 

Unaware of the fuss surrounding their appearance, the whales continue to swim calmly.

Furiously taking photographs, the tourists are mesmerised by the graceful movements of the cetaceans as they approach the boat.

The pair of friendly humpback whales seem to have no fear of the boatload of watchers and swim ever closer to the vessel. 

Gasps of awe are heard as they  experience the rare moment.

Doug Davis, the owner of Prince Rupert Adventure Tours who organised the whale watching, spoke to CTV News Vancouver about the experience.

‘People on the boat had never seen a whale before and all of a sudden you have these whales going right up to the boat,’ Mr Davis said of the encounter. 

 

Scientists baffled by strange round objects thought to be a rare type of living algae

Posted in 2014 with tags , on September 20, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

Visitors from outer space or a natural phenomena? Surfers and early morning walkers were stunned to find thousands of ‘alien eggs’ on a Sydney beach this weekend.

Locals in Dee Why, on the city’s North Shore, reported seeing a large number of the strange objects which had washed ashore overnight.

But rather than the green spheres being something from another planet, scientists explained they were a type of sponge-like seaweed that forms egg shapes possibly to protect themselves from predators. 

‘Alien’ algae explained

The balls are thought to be an extremely rare species of filamentous green algae.

The living organisms are known in Japan as ‘Marumo’ and Cladophora ball or Lake ball in English, and are sometimes found in freshwater lakes in the Northern Hemisphere.

‘Aegagropilious’ describes the habit of free living algae (algae not attached to rocks) forming into balls.

Floating algae balls are thought to be brought ashore by warmer weather and the rough wave conditions.

It’s unknown why the algae forms into balls. One hypothesis is that a ball-shape helps protect the algae from hungry fish, another that it may help them roll back into the water and avoid drying out when they wash ashore.

Dogs just don’t want to bath !

Posted in 2014, animals with tags on September 18, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

 

Dr Al Globus, a contractor for the Nasa Ames Research Centre in California, says humanity could soon begin to build space settlements

Posted in 2014, astronomy with tags , , , , , on September 18, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Humans are now spread across all corners of the globe, but what’s the next step?

According to Dr Al Globus, a Nasa contractor and space settlement expert, he says the next logical move is to colonise Earth orbit.

And, he says barring any major national disasters, we could soon have huge habitats floating around the planet by the end of the century.

Dr Globus  is a contract scientist at Nasa Ames research centre and over the years has worked on the  and much more.

But a few decades ago his interest was piqued by the possibility of space settlements, leading to him setting up Nasa’s annual Space Settlement Contest, which challenges students to come up with designs for space colonies.

Now he’s a major proponent for living in space, and believes that it won’t be long before people are visiting cities in Earth orbit as readily as they travel from London to New York.

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WHAT IS A SPACE SETTLEMENT?

A space settlement would be a large structure, comparable in size to a town or small city, built in Earth orbit.

It would have similar amenities and services to towns and cities on Earth, and would enable people to live in space.

The ISS currently houses six astronauts at a time, but a space settlement would have hundreds or thousands of people on board.

Future space settlements may also have artificial gravity by rotating around an axis. 

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