Posts filed under “science”

Bardarbunga Drone and Ontake Hikers

Going back to volcanoes again, here’s a DJI Phantom drone, piloted by director of aerial imaging Eric Cheng (whom I had previously met a long time ago in Palau), visiting the currently erupting Bárðarbunga Volcano in Iceland: Meanwhile, in Japan, a surprise eruption on the volcano Ontake has stranded and killed hikers on its slopes. […]

Day in Pompeii

Still on the topic of volcanoes, here’s a “A Day in Pompeii,” a vivid 3D animation of the destructive eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD, by Zero One for Melbourne Museum in 2009.

Tavurvur Eruption

Here’s a video of active volcano Tavurvur erupting in Papua New Guinea in August, recorded by an Australian taxi driver named Phil McNamara. It’s an impressive explosion, with a visible condensation shock and a loud, delayed sonic boom. Tavurvur has killed people before, but current conditions during this eruption have spared surrounding populations from ash […]

Bill Murray on Mendel and the Philippines

Interesting quote from the Bill Murray Reddit AMA thread about how a visit to the Philippines made him think of Gregor Mendel: But I would like to know about Mendel, because i remember going to the Philippines and thinking “this is like Mendel’s garden” because it had been invaded by so many different countries over […]

Natural History Sunday

Spent Sunday afternoon after church browsing through the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Did you know the Fénykövi Elephant in the museum rotunda is affectionately known as “Henry?” And the Morganucodon is named “Morgie.” Technological artifacts reveal themselves in the Gems and Minerals galleries: interactive touchscreen kiosks from the 1990s with old Apple Computer and […]

Eduardo San Juan and the Lunar Rover: Message from “Skeet”

Got an email from Otha “Skeet” Vaughan Jr., who worked with Wernher von Braun at ABMA, and on the Apollo program and the lunar rovers: Reference the “The Lunar Rover and Ed San Juan,” you are correct; he did some early work on developing a mobility program for Hayes International in Birmingham and later at […]

Speed 3: The Lake House

Apparently there is a movie with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock called The Lake House coming out tomorrow. (Amee tells me it’s a remake of another Korean film called Il Mare.) I really can’t help but think back to the last big movie to feature these two actors (much like how, as a child, I […]


“They’re made out of meat.” Remember: if we ever meet extraterrestrials, they may turn out to be weirder than anything we carbon-based meat units could ever imagine. I have no idea what kind of aliens are talking here, but I like to think that they’re Blue Hooloovoos. Speaking of which, John Malkovich will have a […]

Cumulative Effects

This comes rather late, considering that The Butterfly Effect was “hooted off the screen” weeks ago, but for those of you who are still unaware of the reference, the original “cumulative-effects” concept of time travel was first popularized in Ray Bradbury’s 1952 short story A Sound of Thunder. I hear that a Sound of Thunder […]

Visible Human Project

The Visible Human Project, in which modern science brings us cool animated cross sections of human bodies. Here are some movies. They make me think of ham.