November 9, 2017

Miscellany #88

There’s so much going on in this breathtaking new Hubble photo you could stare at it for years

The photo, which NASA says is of “a random patch of sky” is absolutely stunning, and it’s packed with lots of different objects in all different shapes and sizes. You’ve got bright blue spiral galaxies, bold orange clusters of galaxies, and smudges of deep red which indicate galaxies that are so far away the expansion of the universe itself has warped their color. Oh, and then there’s the bright white “worms,” which have an entirely different explanation.  Original resolution here

 Random Hubble-2

The 12-year-old prodigy whose "first language" is Mozart on 60 Minutes with Scott Pelley

Alma Deutscher was playing piano and violin by the time she was 3 years old and wrote her first opera at 10. For her, making music seems as natural as breathing.

 Alma Deutscher

‘Old fashioned’ nursery rhymes are no longer being sung to children – leaving them badly prepared for school,

Humpty Dumpty may seem old-fashioned, but children who can sing a song and know a story off by heart aged four are better prepared for school. 'Nursery rhymes provide a collective experience and teach a little bit of social history to boot,’ she says. Literacy consultant Sue Palmer, author of the book Toxic Childhood, said nursing rhymes were vital for a young child’s 'language development’. But she said many children were simply being played the classic songs by tape or video, when the secret to their success was in the interaction between the singer and child. She said: ‘These old rhymes have hung round, mothers have sung them through the ages. It is ancient women’s wisdom that is getting lost now. ‘They have been sung throughout the ages because the child responds well to them, and the reason the child responds well to them is that the child can imitate that song and…. develop their language ability.’

Incredible restoration removes 200 years of grime from oil painting in seconds

“A remarkable Jacobean re-emergence after 200 years of yellowing varnish … after Restorer Philip Mould  tested a special mixture of gel and solvent on an ‘oil on panel’ surface before carefully applying it to the picture of the Jacobean lady.  Watch the  mesmerizing 20 second video.

 Restoration Art Varnish

Scottish Jews Have Their Own Official Tartan

 Kosher Tartan

The central colors are blue and white, both of which decorate the Israeli and Scottish flags; they are complemented by lines of gold (representative of the Ark of the Covenant), red (Kiddush wine), and silver (the ornamentation on the scrolls of the Torah).

A Hard Day's Night: Solving a Beatles mystery with mathematics

The opening chord of A Hard Day's Night is probably the most recognizable sound in popular music.  Yet for decades, no-one could figure out exactly how those two seconds of music were made.

The lava lamps keeping you safe online

With 10% of all web data passes through its servers, the internet firm Cloudflare uses lava lamps to create truly random numbers  to create encryption keys for its data.  The lava lamps are constantly recorded and their movements used to create the truly random numbers.

 Cloudflare's Lava Lamps
Cloudflare's 'wall of entropy at its San Francisco headquarters.

Satellite images show ancient mysterious city in the middle of the Pacific ocean

 Mysterious Island-Ocean1

The virtually uninhabitable Nan Madol, located just off the main island of Pohnpei in Micronesia in the Pacific, is reportedly thought to have been built in the first or second century. Nan Madol, which means “the space inbetween”, is 1,600 miles from Australia and 2,500 miles from Los Angeles.  It was described as the Eighth Wonder of the World by early European explorers, with 97 individual geometrically-shaped blocks, separated by narrow channels of water. The city appears to be sit on top of a lagoon and consists of a series of canals and large stone walls. No records exist to explain its foundations or structure.

Gallery of Accidental Camouflage

 Camoflage Beach Woman

Artist Preserves Childhood Memories In Jars

There are some places in the world that you would just love to put in your bag and carry around wherever you go. That is pretty much what the photographer Christoffer Relander did when visiting his childhood environments in Southern Finland and “capturing” them into glass jars with the help of double exposure.

 Artist's Childhood In Jar

4.5 megabytes of data in 1955 on 62,500 punched cards.  That's not enough for a one minute high-quality YouTube video.

 4.5 Megabytes 1955

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