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August 9, 2012

Sunset on Mars

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Wrote Jon Mitchell, "Sunset on Mars, one of the most amazing photos I've ever seen — in 2005 when it was taken, before it was enhanced."

Concur.

NASA's photo caption: "On May 19, 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover's 489th Martian day, or sol."

"Sunset and twilight images are occasionally acquired by the science team to determine how high into the atmosphere the Martian dust extends, and to look for dust or ice clouds. Other images have shown that the twilight glow remains visible, but increasingly fainter, for up to two hours before sunrise or after sunset. The long Martian twilight (compared to Earth's) is caused by sunlight scattered around to the night side of the planet by abundant high altitude dust. Similar long twilights or extra-colorful sunrises and sunsets sometimes occur on Earth when tiny dust grains that are erupted from powerful volcanoes scatter light high in the atmosphere."

August 9, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Prism Glasses

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From the website:

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Read a book or watch TV lying down — no more neck cramps or eye strain.

These glasses transform your view to a 90° downward angle, eliminating the need for you to raise your head.

You can even read a book that's resting on your chest.

Perfect for people with limited mobility or those just wanting to relax.

High-impact styrene.

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$24.99 (book/TV not included).

August 9, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

"America's Insane Attempt to Build a Harbor with a 2-Megaton Atomic Bomb"

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Fascinating piece by Derek Mead on Motherboard.

Above, a graphic from the story.

[via @olivia_solon]

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Wall Cord Organizer Clips

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From the website:

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Get rid of dangling cords and cables — secure them neatly and safely against wall or baseboard with these plastic adhesive clips.

Peel off the backing and press into place.

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Set of 24: $4.99.

August 9, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China"

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The above-titled show is at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Britain through November 11.

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Excerpts from a review in the August 4 issue of The Economist follow.

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The suits of eerily beautiful, head-to-toe armour are made of thousands of small jade plaques. They look astonishingly like precious jewels, each the size and shape of a man (pictured below). In a way, that is what they are. Made in the Han dynasty (206BC–220AD), the suits were designed for the bodies of dead kings, to protect them for eternity. Now they are the stars of "The Search for Immortality", a new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. This is the first time they have left China, along with many of the other 350 objects in the show.

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Everything on view came from Han dynasty imperial tombs, which served as palaces for the afterlife and were furnished accordingly. Half of the objects are from the excavated tombs of kings of Chu in the north of China; the other half are from the tomb of the king of Nanyue, a thousand miles to the south. This is the first time these artefacts have been seen together, even by many Chinese scholars. The exhibition's four rooms offer "the grandest display of Chinese Han tomb treasures to have been seen in the world," explains Yinde Li, director of the Xuzhou Museum, which loaned many of the objects.

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The jade burial suit of the king of Nanyue is the centrepiece of the third room, while that of the second king of Chu is the highlight of the last. Each king is accompanied by treasured ornaments and possessions. The most poetic object in the show is the king of Nanyue's faceted jade cup, used to collect dew. It was believed that drinking dew would prolong life and help to achieve immortality.

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The king of Chu's burial suit is shown near a jade-covered lacquer coffin, which offered yet another level of protection from evil spirits. The presence of so much fine jade — varied in colour and cut with such skill that some pieces glitter like diamonds and others look like melting, translucent fat — illustrates why it is more highly prized than even gold in China today. A last reminder of this is the plump, milky jade bear placed near the exit, as if bidding visitors farewell. Some kings kept menageries of exotic wild beasts. This bear, with its oddly endearing face, may have been modelled on a particular favourite. It was used as a weight; it is also a work of art.

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Off the Hook Shower Head

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Apply within.

August 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

10 sites where you can read Ebooks online

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Ebook Friendly has them.

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Ebooks, E-books, eBooks, e-Books, ebooks, or e-books? 

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I've seen all six and none seems to have achieved critical mass.

eARLY days.

[via @namenick and Paul Biba]

August 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Monthly Sticky Note

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Wrote Katie Hagar on Better Living Through Design: "For us visual planners, a small overview of the month is pretty necessary, and these sticky notes seem like they would accompany our weekly planner or notebook quite well. Each pad has 15 sheets showing an empty grid; quickly jot down the current month’s dates and you’ll have your calendar wherever you want it."

Each note measures 5.9" x 2.8".

Set of 15: $1.95.

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