April 27, 2017

Miscellany #66

Massive icebergs float down "Iceberg Alley" by seaside town in Newfoundland

 Iceberg Alley

A 'hydrogen halo' surrounds the Milky Way

After combining more than 700,000 wavelength patterns, scientists have discovered that this hydrogen gas engulfs the entire galaxy, accounting for much of its ‘missing’ mass.  This particular state of hydrogen different from most found in the universe.  ‘It’s like peering through a veil.’

 Galaxy Halo

Indonesia's Flores 'hobbits’ may be the earliest human species to have left Africa 1.75 million years ago

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Homo floresiensis, female. Reconstruction based on LB-1 by John Gurche.

Dubbed ‘hobbits’, Flores Man found in Indonesia were an entirely different species and not a shrunken version of early humans, homo erectus.  The ancient hobbits, homo floresiensis, would have stood at 3.5 foot tall, were found at Liang Bua on the island of Flores in 2003. Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU)  think they were related to a sister species of Homo habilis – one of the earliest known ancestors of modern mankind which lived in Africa 1.75 million years ago

Amateur Skywatchers Spot New Atmospheric Phenomenon and call it 'Steve'.

The Alberta Aurora Chasers Facebook group first spotted the phenomenon last year and called it Steve in a reference to the movie Over the Hedge “in which a character arbitrarily conjures up the name Steve to describe an object he’s not sure about.”

 Steve Proton Arc

Eric Donovan, a Canadian physicist and astronomer who studies aurorae at the University of Calgary used data from the European Space Agency’s Swarm mission which didn't show a proton aurora. Instead, it showed something that had never been observed before: a temperature spike of over 5400 degrees Fahrenheit in a spot about 186 miles above Earth’s surface combined with a gas ribbon over 15 miles wide that was flowing west more slowly than the other gases that surrounded it.

Money Laundering the the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco

takes 10 hours a week and uses buck shot to make even once-rusted copper pennies turn into shimmering bronze coins.  They take coins from a fountain that were so dirty no bank would accept them.  Watch the one-minute video to see how.

The Rise of Slime Videos

 Slime Videos

For Donna Boyd, a 17-year-old from Harrisburg, Virginia, slime is therapeutic. She’s never purchased slime, or made it herself. She just watches hundreds of videos from her five favorite accounts over and over again. “It honestly just makes me happy and de-stresses me,” Donna told me. “I suffer from anxiety, and slime videos help me a lot during panic attacks.” She says she gets lost in them after watching a few, going into a kind of meditative state.

American Gothic Barn in Mt Vernon, Iowa

 American Gothic Barn

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