YouTuber Vsauce raises an interesting question about the future of music in the digital age: Since there are a finite number of tones distinguishable to human ears and it could only take a few notes in common for different songs to sound similar, will we ever run out of new music?
I never knew. Silly me:
This never-before-seen footage from a laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Physics and Astronomy shows microscopic particles moving in a drop as it dries:
(The music really adds to the excitement, don’t you think?)
Video achived by “stacking” image sequences provided by NASA from the Crew at International Space Station:
Stacks make interesting patterns visible, for example lightning corridors within clouds.
One can also sometimes recognize satellite tracks and meteors – patterns that are not amongst the main startrails.
Edited using Apple Motion and FCP X. Startrails processed using the great StarStaX app: markus-enzweiler.de/software/software.html
Sequences and images courtesy “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth”, Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Videos/CrewEarthObservationsVideos/
Please be aware of Light Pollution one can see in these images! Join IDA.org for preserving the night skies for our children.
Doing spectacular things with very little code has a long tradition in the ‘demoscene’. Born out of necessity when home computers were slow and memory space scarce, pushing against artificial boundaries became a popular “sport” when PC hardware power blew up. Time and again we’ve seen demosceners tighten the limits in search of a good challenge and do voodoo with 64 and even 4 kilobytes (see Hartverdrahtet here). At the recent edition of Assembly, a demoscene main event in Helsinki (Finland) with a 20 year history, this race for minimal footprint has reached a new low: 1 kilobyte (1024 bytes) or less! While technically 1k (and smaller) intros are nothing new, Assembly’s first ever “1 kilobyte intro competition” marks a breakthrough for the category. The winning entry:
Bill Nye: “If grownups want to “deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them.”
Is music humanity’s drug of choice? What is the mysterious power behind it’s ability to captivate, stimulate and keep us coming back for more? Find out the scientific explanation of how a simple mixture of sound frequencies can affect your brain and body, and why it’s not all that different than a drug like cocaine.Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz). TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/AsapSCIENCE
Bas Lansdorp, the 35-year-old Dutch founder of Mars One, says his company is serious about a one-way mission to Mars. The company will hold a worldwide lottery next year to select 40 people for a training team. They will then set up a mock colony in the desert, possibly somewhere in the U.S., for three months. This initial team will be reduced to ten crew members.
They will then be sent to Mars, never again to return. Lansdorp says: We will send humans to Mars in 2023. They will live there for the rest of their lives. There will be a habitat waiting for them, and we’ll start sending four people every two years.