ponedjeljak, 24. studenoga 2014.


That’s right! This picture created at night by looking through the earth at the sun.
It wasn’t made with light though — it visualizes the flux of neutrinos coming from the sun. Neutrinos are sub-atomic particles created in the nuclear furnace of the sun, and they can pass through nearly anything. Billions of neutrinos shoot through our bodies every second, and they fly with ease through the rocky bulk of the earth.
Scientists have built a giant neutrino observatory in an abandoned mine shaft 3,000 ft below Mount Kamioka in Japan. It’s called the Super-Kamiokande - and it’s essentially a 13 milliion gallon tank of ultra-pure water, rigged with sensors that can detect the extremely weak interaction of neutrinos with other matter. This picture shows the tank when it is empty and undergoing renovations.
This observatory looks down through the earth itself — to collect data from solar neutrinos. This image is the result of about 18 months of data collection.
(Why does the observatory need to be underground? The rock shelters the observatory from the noise of cosmic rays.)
Sun image: Robert Svoboda and K. Gordan
Super-K image: courtesy of Kamioka Observatory, ICRR (Institue for Cosmic Ray Research), The University of Tokyo

subota, 15. studenoga 2014.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk, an attraction located two hours from Las Vegas on the Grand Canyon’s West Rim that hosts more than 620,000 visitors per year.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk Development LLC employs about 100 people and is headquartered in Las Vegas.

David Jin, owner of the Skywalk, said the company is proud of its relations with the Hualapai Tribe, which shares profits with the Skywalk.
“Ted lends the Skywalk an important perspective as a member of the Hualapai Tribe, as a former tribal law enforcement officer and as Chairman of the Nevada Indian Commission,” Jin said. “We are proud of his service to his community.”

The Indian Law and Order Commission will study tribal criminal justice systems, including issues related to jurisdiction over crimes on reservations, the relation between tribal jails and the federal prison system, juvenile justice systems and the Indian Civil Rights Act.
Quasula served as chief of police for the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe from 2003 to 2007.  He also served for 26 years in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Law Enforcement Services within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where he worked his way up from field criminal investigator to director of the national program from 1990 to 2000. Quasula started his law enforcement career with the Flagstaff, Arizona, Police Department in 1972.

Currently, Quasula serves as Chairman of the Nevada Indian Commission and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association. Mr. Quasula is a graduate of the Government Program for Senior Executives at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.  He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in police science and administration from Northern Arizona University.
Located at the Grand Canyon’s West Rim, the Grand Canyon Skywalk allows visitors to “Walk the Sky” with its unique glass-bottomed cantilever U-shaped observation deck that spans 70 feet (21.34 meters) over the canyon’s rim and sits 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above the Colorado River.  A construction masterpiece, the glass – which is the only element that separates visitors from the deep canyon floor – weighs 1.2 million pounds.

Completed in March 2007, the Skywalk is located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in northwest Arizona and is the only architectural wonder of its kind that allows visitors to truly take in the experience of this beautiful and majestic place.

petak, 14. studenoga 2014.

Smart Highway ~ Van Gogh Bicycle Path by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure

This solar powered glow in the dark cycle path that was inspired by the artwork of world famous Van Gogh is the perfect fusion of old art and modern technology, with the two coming together to create this amazing idea.

The path in Nuenen, Netherlands was unveiled by Studio Roosegaarde which is an innovative social design lab the aims to explore where public space, art and technology can all meet, one of their most notable research projects being with Smart Highways which could potentially charge electric cars whilst they drive as well as alert road users of any hazards.
During the day it looks like a normal path, but at night is when it comes to life. Lit by both special paint that charges during the day and multiple LEDs that are charged during the day through nearby solar panels the cycle path resembles the style of Van Gogh’s art which is fitting as the artist lived in Nuenen from 1883 through to 1885.

Smart Highways are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and road signs that interact with the traffic situation.

Glowing Lines are lines that charge at day-time, and glow at night for eight hours. The first road has been realised, and will be further launched international.

The recent Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands twinkling stones inspired by 'Starry Night'. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the city of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.

New designs include Dynamic Paint, Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane and Road Printer.

The collaboration between Roosegaarde and Heijmans is a true example of innovative industries. The design and interactivity from Studio Roosegaarde and the craftsmanship of Heijmans are fused into one common goal: innovation of the Dutch landscape.

Smart Highway has been awarded with a Dutch Design Award, Accenture Innovation Award, and is winner of the INDEX Award 2013.

nedjelja, 12. listopada 2014.


This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it’s the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover.

subota, 27. rujna 2014.


Penny4NASA is a campaign run by the Space Advocates nonprofit, a nonpartisan organization seeking to promote the expansion of funding for the economic, scientific and cultural value of the United States' national space program by advocating an increase in the budget for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to at least one percent of the United States Federal Budget. Penny4NASA also attempts to promote public awareness of the NASA mission and budget, and has produced a series of outreach videos, as well as performing educational outreach via social media.



On this post I'm planing to collect amazing scans I come across. I'm so sorry for the lack of informations on these photographs that are mostly made from magazines.
From National Geographic magazine from cca 1960s

Pigeon Point beach on Tobago
National Geographic | January 1953
New York City, 1978
Cars waiting at a polling station
National Geographic | October 1990
The Thinker,

National Geographic May 1965

subota, 7. lipnja 2014.

Man saved by train conductor

The hapless selfie-taking tourist who has become an internet sensation over footage of him being kicked in the head by a Peruvian train driver, instead of saying 'Ow!', or 'Maybe I was too close to the train', exclaims, 'Wow! I got kicked in the head! I think I got that on film!'.

But what really happened is:

If he was not 'kicked' (looks more like a push to me), that metal thing would pierce his head like a melon.                                             

'He wasn’t on the front of the train, he was on four feet off the front of the train kind of a thing. So if the train was going to hit me, it was going to hit me before his boot ever reached me.' said Canadian tourist.

Kicked in the head by a train - YouTube

Now who's the dummy? Student kicked in the head by train conductor set to earn $250,000 after his YouTube video receives more than 23 million views

srijeda, 4. lipnja 2014.

ponedjeljak, 28. travnja 2014.

18 Meters Tall Image

"the redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. no one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. the feeling they produce is not transferable. from them comes silence and awe. it’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes. no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time."
so wrote john steinbeck. but it was photographer michael nichols’ ambition to attempt such a photograph, an ambition finally made feasible given today’s technology and equipment. so over a period of nineteen days, nichols took 84 separate photographs, each of which needed over an hour to complete, to capture this 1500 year old, 300 feet tall giant redwood in california’s prairie creek redwoods state park. the resultant stitched image stands 18 meters tall (click to see it displayed).
coast redwoods house a complex ecosystem, with dense mats of soil (up to three feet thick) on the tree’s limbs and trunk folds which support ferns, confiers and berry bushes. this particular redwood has the most complex crown ever mapped by scientists. but as one of the most valuable timber species in the lumber industry, 90 to 98% of old growth redwood forest has now been felled. 

 At least 1,500 years old, a 300-foot titan in California’s Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park has the most complex crown scientists have mapped. This photo, taken by Michael Nichols, is a mosaic composed of 84 images.



utorak, 15. travnja 2014.

Colosseum Carved into (real?) Tooth by ILLUSION CO.LTD.

First I find it here, and as it claimed to be real tooth that Colosseum was carved into, I've done a little research and discovered that it is toothpaste advertisement campaign, which was to convey this “Roman Civilization Cavity”, i.e. not to let germs settle down on your teeth, or else you will have to end up with such a “Colosseum” cavity.
The two CGI sculptures related to Civilization-Egypt and Civilization-Rome.
Therefore, the CGI picture neither shows a real tooth, nor a colosseum carved into it. It is not so amazing fact, but a good health campaign nevertheless!

utorak, 8. travnja 2014.

A GYMNAST BASE jumper attempts a somersault on a high bar, perched on the edge of a cliff! What
 could go wrong? Well, a lot really.

The presenter Arde Sende Osen admits he thought the base jumper would be killed after witnessing the 'worst' accident he has ever see at work
A second camera shows the startling danger that that the daredevil is left in when it all goes wrong

But the helpless crew are relieved to see the parachute open as he gets closer towards the ground

Richard Henriksen, a Norwegian surgeon, who doubles as a daredevil was a victim of a stunt gone wrong.

While filming a daredevil segment for the “Normal Madness” TV show, his plan was to swing around the high bar and somersault off the cliff but while he was swinging around the bar, the frames broke loose and he disappeared from site, flying off the 4,000-foot cliff. Luckily he did not crash into the rocky surface and was able to open his parachute for a safe landing.

Credits: Mediakraze and Daily Mail

srijeda, 2. travnja 2014.

Palm Oil: The Other Kind of Oil Spill

 I really get upset seeing things like this on net! A photo of devastated nature circling as nature(???)... I understand that beauty is in shapes and forms... and image itself is beautiful, but its purpose is to raise awareness of ever growing destruction of nature, deforestation in particular, and also to hazards of monoculture, and peatland clearance, practices which release vast amounts of carbon dioxide.
 Now I know there are ignorant people and people who simply don't care, so I don't react on first, but when things like this turn viral; that's a different pair of shoes! Then I need.....

 Picture DEFORESTATION FOR PALM OIL Deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations is getting to be a huge problem.
Palm oil can be found in many of our household products.
Acres of forests are cleared to make way for palm oil plantations.
The United Nations links this to global warming directly.
Not only is this leading to climate change, but endangered species such as the orangutan population, is being completely wiped out!

 Visit http://a-z-animals.com and sign the petition against palm oil.

Products Containing Palm Oil

Licorne thermonuclear test in French Polynesia

It has been fired at 18.30 on July 3, 1970, and yielded 914 kilotons, quite less than Canopus, but still impressive and dreadful.

These images made by the French Army are scanned from a hard-copy and processed to remove dust and scratches by  Pierre J.