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“Use The Horse, Luke!”

Another gem from webcomic XKCD.com:

horse

Ack! It’s a squirrel invasion! Run for your lives!!!

sqwerl invasion

Wisdom Tooth

Had an impacted wisdom tooth extracted on Saturday. It’d been growing sideways into the second molar. Got the bastard to take home as a souvenir. You can see the root was growing at a right angle to the rest of the tooth:

Such a little thing can cause SO much pain.

Such a little thing can cause SO much pain.

The antibiotics and painkillers make me feel crappy, tired, and nauseated. Plus I haven’t been eating very much.

And I still have one left in there to unexpectedly ruin a week’s sleep, probably at the least convenient time possible.

The Goat

Three short films by YouTuber James Button about a couple of guys adopting a goat.

The Goat:

The Goat’s Christmas:

The Goat’s Birthday:

A cascading pine bonsai by artist Lubos Masar.

cascading pine-lubos masar

Beer Bottle Cavitation

The Slow Mo Guys use science (the principle of cavitation) to break the bottom out of a beer bottle with the palm of Dan’s hand, and filmed the cool trick in super slow motion at 2,500 frames per second.

Who’s up for a stairs workout? Anyone? … Hello?

staircase

Emu Tango

Emus and an ostrich vs. a weasel ball (and set to tango music, natch):

 

 

A cascading juniper bonsai by artist Mario Komsta.

cascading juniper-mario komsta

Check out the most detailed map of a continent never truly seen by human eyes: the de-iced surface of Antarctica. By virtually peeling back the frozen ice sheet and studying the land beneath, researchers can get a better sense of how the southern pole of our planet could react to climate change.

Bedmap2 was created by the British Antarctic Survey, and used decades of data to produce this detailed view of the frozen continent. NASA’s contribution to the dataset includes surface measurements from its now-retired orbiting Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat), and results from  several years of flyovers by specialized aircraft that collected radar and other data measuring changes in the thickness of sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets as part of Operation IceBridge.

The work improves on the decade-old Bedmap project, which virtually thawed the continent, but at lower resolution. Both maps combine information on ice thickness, bedrock topography, and surface elevation. Bedmap2 added millions of extra data points and also covers a wider swath of land than its predecessor. Over on NASA’s site, you can compare the two datasets by sliding between them.

Researchers need good information about the under-ice ground of Antarctica to better simulate its response to changing environmental conditions. Antarctica’s ice is not static but constantly flows to the sea. Knowing the shape of the bedrock and the thickness of the ice allows scientists to model these movements and predict how they could change in the future.

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