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Got a light?

by mdr on May. 09th, 2014

Check out this mesmerizing, ultra-slow video of a match firing up and recorded at 4000 frame per second by the guys over at I've seen something like this before but never one drawn out this long (over 3 minutes!).

This is something you don't see everyday: a plethora of life existing in a single drop of seawater, magnified 25 times, and captured by photographer David Littschwager. Another reason not to swallow the ocean.

Curious of what sort of creatures appear in the photo? Go here for an explanation.

Last week some impressive photos of whales riding the surf in Hawaii made their rounds on the internet. Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) can often be seen in Hawaii between December and May as they migrate north but rarely as close as they were at Pipeline, a legendary surfing location on Oahu's North Shore. Now a spectacular video of the unusual event has surfaced. Using a camera drone, videographer Eric Sterman captured some pretty amazing footage of the whales (including a calf), swimming and breaching just off shore of the popular surfing site.

Gooseberry Falls in calmer times
Gooseberry Falls in calmer timesCourtesy Mark Ryan
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of "ice-out" is: the disappearance of ice from the surface of a body of water as a result of thawing. After the long winter we've been through it's a welcomed event, and a pretty spectacular example took place earlier today at Gooseberry Falls on the North Shore of Lake Superior. You can watch it on this video provided by the Duluth News-Tribune.

Here is footage from a helmet cam of a base jumper who leaped off 1 World Trade Center in lower Manhattan last fall. This is an illegal activity and three of the four people involved in this jump were arrested yesterday. But the footage is so cool.

Look at us!

by mdr on Mar. 14th, 2014

What's that up in the sky?: it's the planet Earth seen from the Martian surface.
What's that up in the sky?: it's the planet Earth seen from the Martian surface.Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU
Check out this NASA photograph of Earth taken January 31st from the surface of Mars by the Curiosity rover. I hope everyone had their eyes open. If you're having trouble making out our dazzling planet in the Martian evening sky, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory page points it (and our moon!) out for you here.

I want to fly like an eagle to the sea.....
fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me.

Moon Saturn Occultation - 22 Feb 2014 from Colin Legg on Vimeo.

Photographer Colin Legg in Perth, Australia shot this very cool real-time video of our Moon passing in front of the planet Saturn. The event, which in astronomical circles is known as an occultation, occurred on Saturday (a day named after the same planet) February 22, 2014.

When I read that the Smithsonian's dinosaur hall will be shutting down for five years for remodeling, it struck me as taking an awfully long time. Then I read this story and it makes perfect sense. It takes a lot of time to clean dinosaurs.