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Hubble Space Telescope Sees a Gravitationally Lensed Quasar

Photo: NASA, ESA and J.A. Muñoz (University of Valencia) You’re looking at a picture of a quasar that’s beeing sucked into a black hole, taken by the Hubble Space telescope. ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope [...]

The Late Movies: “Billie Jean” Twelve Ways

When I came across an amazing acoustic cover of Michael Jackon’s “Billie Jean” performed by Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden and Audioslave), I thought it would be fun to locate a dozen versions. “Billie Jean” was released as a single on January 2, 1983 — hard to believe that it and the whole Thriller album [...]

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Irene, here’s a look at how these storms are named. Since Europeans first came to the Americas and the Caribbean, hurricanes have been named using a variety of systems. First they were named after Catholic saints. Later on, the latitude-longitude positions of a storm’s formation was used as a [...]

Infographics in Real Life

Jose Duarte, a graphic designer, has lately been presenting information using physical objects. These balloons, for example, represent the number of Internet users in (from left to right) China, the EU, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Portugal. Link via Urlesque

Baby Numbats

I’ve learned two things from this post over about ZooBorns. First, there’s such a thing as a numbat: a termite eating marsupial that lives in Australia. Second, numbat babies are so darned cute! The Perth Zoo has successfully hand-reared four baby Numbats after keepers noticed they were not suckling and losing weight. Numbats are termite-eating marsupials [...]

Sterile Giant Tortoise Lawnmowers

In a story that sounds like it came straight from a Flintstones episode, Pinta Island conservations are using giant tortoises to regulate out of control native vegetation. The island was home to Lonesome George once thought to be the last of the Pinta giant tortoise breed. These lawnmowers on the half shell were sterilized to [...]

The Late Movies: Christmas Day Music

On Christmas day, while you have the family gathered round sharing cookies, candy, and memories, you can accompany the company with these classic Christmas songs. If you aren’t busy, you might enjoy the videos as well! Merry Christmas Baby The original, performed by Charles Brown. * Snoopy’s Christmas A Christmas followup to the song “Snoopy and the Red Baron”. * Adeste Fidelis Performed [...]

The Late Movies: Christmas Eve Music

On Christmas Eve, while you have the family gathered round sharing cookies, candy, and memories, you can accompany the company with these classic Christmas songs. If you aren’t busy, you might enjoy the videos as well! Merry Christmas Baby The original, performed by Charles Brown. * Snoopy’s Christmas A Christmas followup to the song “Snoopy and the Red Baron”. * Adeste Fidelis Performed [...]

5 Clever Convicts Who Flew the Coop

While we would never condone anyone breaking out of the joint, we can’t help but be impressed with these folks who did so using brains (and dental floss) over brawn. 1. FedEx-Con While in jail, accused murderer Jean-Pierre Treiber worked in the prison’s stationery manufacturing department. In September 2009, Treiber constructed a cardboard box like he did [...]

6 Theories on the origin of the Bullpen

No one really knows where the term bullpen comes from, and no one theory has enough compelling evidence to support or refute the origin. No more certain is the debate about when the word bullpen was first used. OED sites the earliest use dating back to a 1924 Chicago Tribune article, while other sources say [...]