31 May 2013

SEASICK | CARSICK

Heavy weather + lightweight stevedoring doomed these cars aboard the cargo vessel Astongate en route from Toyama, Japan, to Vladivostok, Russia.
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19 May 2013

EARTH AND SKY PHOTO CONTEST 2013

Beauties of the dark sky. Winners, finalists, and notables of the 4th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, a program by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration with the Global Astronomy Month and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO).
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Earth and Sky Photo Contest 2013 from Babak Tafreshi on Vimeo.

The winner:


14 May 2013

ANCIENT MARINE BACTERIA ATE SUPERNOVA DUST

Fossil bacteria on the floor of the Pacific Ocean carry radioactive traces of iron-60 isotopes thought to originate from a supernova explosion about 2.2 million years ago
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The remains of a star gone supernova. Credit: ESA | Hubble | NASA | Claude Cornen at Wikimedia Commons.
A team of astrophysicists has reported preliminary findings of fossilized magnetotactic (iron-loving) bacteria in sediment cores from the floor of the Pacific Ocean bearing iron-60——a rare isotope not from Earth and first found on Earth in its crust in 2004. If confirmed, the iron traces in the bacteria would be the first biological signature of a specific exploding star, reports Nature News:
  
No one is sure what particular star might have exploded at this time, although one paper points to suspects in the Scorpius–Centaurus stellar association, at a distance of about 130 parsecs (424 light years) from the Sun.
  
More here.
  

02 May 2013

NAPOLEON WRASSE SWALLOWS AND SPITS OUT A GoPRO CAMERA, WHICH FILMS THE WHOLE THING

Another stellar if unintentional GoPro commercial.
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Fave frame: eyeing his catch.