Going Deep with David Rees
(yes, that David Rees
) is a TV series about mundane things examined in a far from mundane manner. Episodes to date have explained how to tie one's shoes
, how to make ice
, and how to dig a hole
, among other things. In an interview
in The Atlantic
, Rees explains his philosophy for the show: There are NO fake facts in our show. The humor comes from my interactions with the experts, who have all been incredibly good-natured and (sometimes) silly without compromising the integrity of the information they're sharing with me. That's important to us, because we really do want this show to be a celebration of everything that's right under our noses—and for that mission to succeed, we need to honor the topics by not bullshitting our way through them.
Random Weekend Project shows how to seemingly make magic by creating instant ice from flowing water
The Polar Discovery
team has documented science in action from pole to pole during the historic 2007-2009 International Polar Year, and covered five scientific expeditions
. The science projects explored a range of topics from climate change and glaciers, to Earth’s geology, biology, ocean chemistry, circulation, and technology at the icy ends of the earth. Through photo essays
and other multimedia
, they explain how scientists collected data and what they discovered about the rapidly changing polar regions. From the awesome folks at WHOI
Cassini Reveals New Ring Quirks, Shadows During Saturn Equinox.
"It's like putting on 3-D glasses and seeing the third dimension for the first time," said Bob Pappalardo, Cassini project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "This is among the most important events Cassini has shown us." Latest press images.
- The iron rich red liquid gushing from a buried Antarctica lake shows how life may have existed on a snowball Earth, or on Europa.
If you were doing research in the 60s, You might've heard of Polywater,
A form of water that exhibited wide variety of interesting characteristics and existed under identical conditions to that of normal water. Eventually debunked, none the less is a fascinating story. Naturally one draws parallels to Vonnegut's ice nine, but did you know there actually is an ice nine?
In fact, there's twelve to sixteen types of ice
, depending on your opinion.
More recently, computer simulations have indicated water may structure itself into icosahedra
, which, incredibly, is the platonic solid (described over 2000 years ago!) representing the element water!
And if you don't know what an icosahedron is, I bet you've used one before
. One of the most ubiquitous, and arguably most important,
substances in our lives, our understanding of water
is far from complete.
Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica
UK and US researchers peice together the most detailed map of Antarctica yet
, searching through years of data to find cloud free images.
Video (8MB, MPEG)
of arctic sea ice extent, recorded from January to September 2007. [other formats]
This summer a dramatic decrease
compared to previous years in the extent of the north pole ice cap was observed. Scientists are freaked out [bugmenot]
. This summer, the Northwest Passage
was open for a few weeks, allowing three ships to traverse it. [more inside]
The Sphinx Observatory
atop the Jungfraujoch in the Swiss alps is one of the most amazing man-made objects
I've ever seen. A UNESCO world-heritage site
, it holds the distinction of being the highest (in altitude) structure
in all of Europe. Approachable by a train
that runs inside the mountain (via a tunnel dug between 1896 & 1926
at the cost of a small fortune, not to mention many lives), the Observatory
rests atop a glacier
which has been hollowed out
to feature a year round gallery
of never-melting ice scultptures
(glacial ice is spectacularly pretty
), and an elevator up to the research station.
Great balls of ice falling from the sky!
Not a B-movie
but a reality. Scientists are baffled by the 25-400lb ice balls
falling from clear blue skies.
another canary tips over
as the administration
(more specifically the white house council on environmental quality
and its head james l. connaughton
) continue to ignore and bury the warnings of the effects global warming from their own scientists
Next Thursday, NASA will announce the discovery of huge water ice oceans on Mars
. Lying less than a metre beneath the surface south of 60° latitude, the water ice reservoirs if melted would form an ocean 500m deep covering the entire planet. NASA insiders believe these findings could result in a manned landing within 20 years.
Scientist discovers way to change mechanical properties of ice by changing its electrical charge.
Potential applications: instantly de-ice aircraft wings or car windshields or slow-down skis and snowboards.