1. enochliew:

    The Midnight Planétarium by Van Cleef & Arpels

    The movement of each planet is true to its genuine length of orbit: it will take Saturn over 29 years to make a complete circuit of the dial, Jupiter will take almost 12 years, Mars 687 days, Earth 365 days, Venus 224 days and Mercury 88 days.

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  2. patsyclash:

    This series is titled: Hollywood Babylon

  3. zestyblog:

    Stevie Wonder, Grover

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  4. s-c-i-guy:

    Monitoring Ocean Waves From Space

    The radar instruments on some satellites can be used to gather all sorts of interesting information. The animation above illustrates wave heights in the North Sea that were derived from satellite radar measurements.

    Wave height and frequency in a large body of water are largely dependent on the speed of the wind moving across the surface. Satellites with specialized radar sensors can measure wind speed by looking at the ocean surface from several angles as it passes over. The radar detects the reflectivity of the water, which is determined by the roughness of the surface. Higher reflectivity means rougher water, which is caused by stronger winds. Wind direction can be estimated by looking at wind streaks in radar images of the water’s surface.

    In response to threats from extreme waves to ships, oil platforms and wind farms in the North Sea, the European Space Agency is using its satellites to monitor the roughness of the sea surface to help spot big waves and feed computer models that try to forecast dangerous waves.


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  8. retroreverbs:

    The Rest of the Robots by Isaac Asimov (Panther, 1974 edition).

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  10. thecraftychemist:

    Top: Long wave UV illumination. Bottom: Ambient illumination.
    Solutions are in order of increasing particle size (longer growth time).

    Bottom: Samsung flexible screen mobile phone flexibility test - GIF video source

    Quantum dots - now in your phone

    2013 was a big year for quantum dots with the first consumer products released using them in screens including some models of Sony Bravia TVs, and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7. Mobile phones including the iPhone 6 are expected to include them in 2014. This is partly because of their improved energy efficiency, but also because they have the ability to be used in flexible and/or curved screens:

    Curved (concave) screens are a major and very important new display technology innovation because they substantially improve display performance by significantly reducing and sometimes eliminating reflections from ambient light sources that washout the on-screen images. That also allows the displays to run at lower brightness, which increases the power efficiency and battery running time for mobile devices.


    But what are quantum dots?

    Simplifying things greatly, quantum dots are incredibly small particles. They range between 2 to 10 nanometers in diameter, which is equivalent to 50 atoms. The colour light that a quantum dot emits is directly related to its size; smaller dots appear blue, larger ones more red. In LCD screens they’re applied as a way of eliminating the need for White LED backlights and colour filters. As Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, President of DisplayMate explains; “Instead of using existing White LEDs (which have yellow phosphors) that produce a broad light spectrum that makes it hard to efficiently produce saturated colors, Quantum Dots directly convert the light from Blue LEDs into highly saturated narrow band primary colors for LCDs.”

    Not only do they have great energy efficiency as colour screens, but they also have applications in solar cells capturing photons and releasing current.

    (Source: education.mrsec.wisc.edu, via curvaceps)

  11. vintageislove:

    Getting obsessed with this on We Heart It.

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  15. shoshooooo25:

    Old Is Gold

    شارع المعز - مصر الجميلة <3

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