April 14, 2017

Miscellany #65

The desert comes to life: Colorful wildflowers carpet the sands of California after extreme rainfall.

 Blooming Desert

Graphene-based sieve turns seawater into drinking water, BBC

A UK-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater.
The sought-after development could aid the millions of people without ready access to clean drinking water.

With a change of perspective, a very familiar icon can look very different. Sylke Scholz, a photographer based in Dresden, Germany, took this amazing photo.  Can you guess what it is?

 Lookingup Eiffeltower

Flower power! 'Old Cornish Red'

Britain's widest single stemmed rhododendron, measuring 30ft high and 40ft wide was planted 120 years ago by Victorian explorer Frederick Du Cane Godman.

 Old Cornish Rhod

Incredible moment stunned military buffs discovered five gold bars worth £2million hidden inside an Iraqi tank ...

bought for £30,000 on eBay was captured on camera.Nick Mead and Todd Chamberlain expected to find rusty guns when they investigated the diesel container of a tank they had just bought for £30,000 on ebay. Mr Mead, who runs Tanks-a-Lot in Helmdon, Northamptonshire, filmed their search and was left gobsmacked when instead of artillery his mechanic pulled out a stash of glistening bullion.

Why your shoelaces won't stay tied.

Oliver O’Reilly, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley,  and his colleagues, used high-speed cameras to discover...that poor knot takes a tremendous amount of force when your foot strikes the ground—sometimes as much as seven times the force of gravity which deforms the shape of the knot. At the same time, the flapping motion of the shoelaces as your foot swings adds additional forces. Those forces combined take your laces from tied to untied with ease.

Bulb River reaches full bloom in early May.


The wind blowing through 35,000 bright purplish-blue grape hyacinths creates the illusion of a true river on the grounds of Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Like any river, the Bulb River is bordered by “eddies,” in this case made up of 1,500 bright yellow daffodils to compliment the lovely purple-blue flow. They are arranged at intervals on both sides of the river, which flows down a gentle hill and winds around the trees and bushes that populate the grounds.
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