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Standing on Mars | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Standing on Mars | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine | Kool Look | Scoop.it
Astronomy | Curiosity | What would it look like to stand on Mars?

[I had to shrink this image considerably to fit the width of my blog; click to properly enaresenate.]

Space enthusiast Denny Bauer created this spectacular panorama of the Martian landscape using images from the Curiosity rover; he arduously stitched raw images together in Photoshop. The original shots were taken on Sol 64 (October 10, 2012; a "sol" is one Mars day and is slightly longer than an Earth day) using Curiosity’s MASTCAM.

The view is wonderful: you can see small rocks in the foreground, all kinds of geology as you let your eye move upwards, and then finally the horizon and the central mountains of Gale Crater, Curiosity’s home, looming in the distance. It almost looks like a dusty summer day in northern California… except it’s the cold, distant, almost airless yet still dust-stormy surface of another planet.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jardmaster/8091648674/sizes/l/

http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=36952c05-441e-4463-9999-22a12e0fbb64

 

Not only that, but Denny made an even bigger, high-resolution image made of 65 subimages which I have no hope of showing you here. You can take a look at it at that link, or you can go to the 100+ megapixel pan-and-scan version where you can surf around the surface of Mars. It’s tremendous.

Looking at this image I was thinking of what it would be like to stand there – properly outfitted in an insulated pressure suit, of course. And then I saw this 3D anaglyph picture Denny put together and really felt like I was standing on the Red Planet:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jardmaster/8090416212/sizes/l/in/photostream/

If you have red/cyan glasses, click that to get a bigger view and soak it in. He did a fantastic job of matching up the images (from Sol 60 using NAVCAM shots), and there’s no trace of the usual color edges you see in such images. It really is like you’re standing there!

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Do you know where you are in the Milky Way? – Sarah Scoles – Aeon

Do you know where you are in the Milky Way? – Sarah Scoles – Aeon | Kool Look | Scoop.it
We can point to our home on a globe and find Earth in a model of the solar system but where are we in the Milky Way?
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A Crash Course in the Language of Twitter

A Crash Course in the Language of Twitter | Kool Look | Scoop.it
If you remember being a little baffled by Twitter the first time you tried it, you’re not alone. Sometimes, you can understand everything in a tweet, like this one: But other tweets are filled with codes, shorthand, and weird formatting — which nobody bothers to explain. Before we dive in, though, remember that a tweet can’t be more than 140 characters long. Because in Twitter’s original conception, tweets were intended to arrive on cellphones as text messages, and those are limited to 160 characters.
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The Case for Using Shitty Passwords

We all know it's important to take our online security seriously, but hold on just a second before you stuff that next password full of just the right combination of symbols, numbers, upper and lowercase letters. Shitty passwords have their place.
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I Forgot My Phone - YouTube

I Forgot My Phone - YouTube | Kool Look | Scoop.it

43 Million views

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▶ Are We Real? - Documentary - YouTube

There is a fundamental chasm in our understanding of ourselves, the universe, and everything. To solve this, Sir Martin takes us on a mind-boggling journey t...
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9-Volt Nirvana

9-Volt Nirvana | Kool Look | Scoop.it
Learn a new language faster than ever! Leave doubt in the dust! Be a better sniper! Could you do all that and more with just a zap to the noggin? Maybe. Sally Adee, an editor at New Scientist, was at a conference for DARPA - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - when she heard about a way to speed up learning with something called trans-cranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). A couple years later, Sally found herself weilding an M4 assualt rifle, picking off enemy combatants with a battery wired to her temple. Of course, it was a simulation, but Sally's sniper skills made producer Soren Wheeler ...
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Time Capsule To Mars

Time Capsule To Mars | Kool Look | Scoop.it
Uploads in the Developed World will cost $.99; uploads in the Developing World will be free of charge for basic uploads, thanks to generous sponsorships that will be announced soon. We want everyone on Earth to have an equal chance to participate in this grand planet-wide mission.
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Cloud Wars: It’s Real, It’s Happening and It’s Awesome

Cloud Wars: It’s Real, It’s Happening and It’s Awesome | Kool Look | Scoop.it
The battle for your Internet based storage business is now a full-scale ware where the winner will be you and your data.
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The end of aging: Do naked mole rats have the secret to long, healthy lives?

The end of aging: Do naked mole rats have the secret to long, healthy lives? | Kool Look | Scoop.it
What humans can learn from creatures who spend their entire lives underground
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▶ Pot Theft (A Radiolab Adventure) - YouTube

A collaboration with Radiolab (http://www.radiolab.org) - thanks to Jad, Robert, Dylan, Molly, Lynn, Andy, Jaime, Soren, and all the rest. MinutePhysics is o...
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'Trust hormone' oxytocin helps old muscle work like new, study finds

'Trust hormone' oxytocin helps old muscle work like new, study finds | Kool Look | Scoop.it

"This is the hormone that makes your heart melt when you see kittens, puppies and human babies," said Conboy, who is also a member of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center and of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). "There is an ongoing joke among my research team that we're all happy, friendly and trusting because oxytocin permeates the lab."

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Things

Things | Kool Look | Scoop.it
This hour we investigate the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight or just let go.
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How to Protect Your Identity - YouTube

How to Protect Your Identity - YouTube | Kool Look | Scoop.it
Don't let identity theft ruin your life. This video will change your life, save you money, keep your credit intact, and protect your online identity.
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Ma Forteresse - a short film about a valiant mantis shrimp - Aeon

Ma Forteresse - a short film about a valiant mantis shrimp - Aeon | Kool Look | Scoop.it
This 5-minute documentary is High Noon for the mantis shrimp, who defends its underwater home to the last, replete with an Ennio Morricone-esque soundtrack.
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I kept one for more than a year, very kool

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The Tree of 40 Fruits (Yes This is For Real) - The Wall Breakers

The Tree of 40 Fruits (Yes This is For Real) - The Wall Breakers | Kool Look | Scoop.it
The Tree of 40 Fruits (Yes This is For Real)
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Some Infestations Are Cuter Than Others

Some Infestations Are Cuter Than Others | Kool Look | Scoop.it
If you haven't seen any hummingbirds lately, it's because this guy is hanging out with all of them.
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Turn Your Home Into a Spa With These 5 Frugal Stress Relievers

Turn Your Home Into a Spa With These 5 Frugal Stress Relievers | Kool Look | Scoop.it
Science says you really need a vacation, but your budget says no way. What to do? Bring rest and relaxation home on the cheap!
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▶ iPad Zauberer Simon Pierro Liveauftritt [subtitled] - YouTube

▶ iPad Zauberer Simon Pierro Liveauftritt [subtitled] - YouTube | Kool Look | Scoop.it
Simon Pierro der iPad Zauberer live auf der IFA 2011! â–ºAbonniert Simons Kanal iOSmagic: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=iOSmagic Mit über...
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How Moto Tech and Pixar Brains Turn Phones Into Storytime

How Moto Tech and Pixar Brains Turn Phones Into Storytime | Kool Look | Scoop.it
If you own a Moto X, chances are last fall you noticed a small, red hat appear in your notification tray. You either assumed your phone had been hacked and set it on fire, or you boldly clicked the mysterious chapeau and were whisked off to a 3D world that was like being inside a Pixar movie.
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Hey, remember that time Google accidentally made Skynet?

Hey, remember that time Google accidentally made Skynet? | Kool Look | Scoop.it

The driver smirked. "Then you know. These things. They’ve already happened." He dug shells out of his pockets, feeding them into the shotgun by feel. "Making cars that can drive themselves. Buying up military robots. Artificial intelligence. Just a small leap to hunting machines." He racked the shotgun. "They were building a system. One that was just waiting to be turned on."

"I still don’t understand what this has to do with me."

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Prezi - Blog - The #PreziTop100 Online Resources Every Presenter Should See

Prezi - Blog - The #PreziTop100 Online Resources Every Presenter Should See | Kool Look | Scoop.it
We have scoured the web looking for the most inspirational and useful resources for anyone ...
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▶ OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall - Official Video - YouTube

▶ OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall - Official Video - YouTube | Kool Look | Scoop.it
Pre-order the new album, Hungry Ghosts (Oct 14) now at http://bit.ly/okghosts and get this song and 3 more as instant downloads. LYRICS: Listen, I know it's ...
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DESIRE - Animated Musical Short

A small robot is born and sets out into the world, happily performing his simple tasks. Suddenly, in a small but profound way, the world as he knows it changes.…
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The Difficulties of Interstellar Travel, or How the Hell do I Calculate the Way Home? - YouTube

Motion, Speed and Direction of Travel of Earth Through Space based on a study by R. Schmidt July 21, 2006 Disclaimer:The figures included are approximate val...
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The three-day fast: Day Four

The three-day fast: Day Four | Kool Look | Scoop.it
Last week, an article about the cell biology of fasting made headlines in the science news press. Valter Longo cites evidence that a 3-day fast can rejuvenate our immune systems, with broad anti-a...
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Did a four day fast cleanse with black cherry juice. Worth doing.

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