My picks, 2015-4

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. Janicki Omniprocessor
  2. Dr. Dieter Zetsche – Mercedes-Benz – Keynote 2015
  3. Hubble Return to the Eagle Nebula
  4. Missions Take an Unparalleled Look into Superstar Eta Carinae
  5. Woody the Wild Raccoon
  6. Leaf Geckos: Awesome Stealth Hunting – Madagascar w/ David Attenborough
  7. Electron microscope image capture with an oscilloscope
  8. Determine Longitude
  9. Eric Schlosser on Command and Control

Janicki Omniprocessor

the gates notes

Bill Gates recently got to check out the Omniprocessor, an ingenious machine designed and built by Janicki Bioenergy, which turns human waste into water and electricity. In places without good waste treatment plants, it could be a real game-changer.


Dr. Dieter Zetsche – Mercedes-Benz – Keynote 2015

CES 2015

Dr. Dieter Zetsche discussed autonomous vehicle technology and its impact on society, mobility and environment, as well as raised ideas and questions for the future. In addition to his insights on the future of Daimler Intelligence Drive, Dr. Zetsche’s 2015 CES keynote also featured the world-debut of a new car concept.


Hubble Return to the Eagle Nebula

Space Rip

From HubbleCast. The Hubble Space Telescope has returned to one of its most famous landmarks: the Eagle Nebula, also known as the Pillars of Creation. The revolutionary space telescope has delivered a new visible-light image as well as a revealing infrared image. These two images show the Eagle Nebula in more detail than ever before.


Missions Take an Unparalleled Look into Superstar Eta Carinae

NASA

Eta Carinae is a binary system containing the most luminous and massive star within 10,000 light-years. A long-term study led by astronomers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, combined data from NASA satellites, ground-based observing campaigns and theoretical modeling to produce the most comprehensive picture of Eta Carinae to date. New findings include Hubble Space Telescope images that show decade-old shells of ionized gas racing away from the largest star at a million miles an hour, and new 3-D models that reveal never-before-seen features of the stars’ interactions.


Woody the Wild Raccoon

National Geographic Wild

Kristin and her son Grant have a showdown with an aggressive raccoon named Woody.


Leaf Geckos: Awesome Stealth Hunting – Madagascar w/ David Attenborough

BBC

By day they camouflage themselves to hide from predators, but by night, the Madagascan leaf gecko turns hunter and goes on a stealth mission of its own.


Electron microscope image capture with an oscilloscope

Electron microscope image capture with an oscilloscope
The Scanning Electron Microscope


Determine Longitude

Science Online

This video demonstrates how to use observations of the sun combined with local and Greenwich time to determine longitude. An interesting project for anyone interested in navigation and the geometry of our relationship with the sun.


Eric Schlosser on Command and Control

RSA Spotlight
Stockpile Stewardship: How we ensure the nuclear deterrent without testing

How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

In the 1990s, the U.S. nuclear weapons program shifted emphasis from developing new designs to dismantling thousands of existing weapons and maintaining a much smaller enduring stockpile. The United States ceased underground nuclear testing, and the Department of Energy created the Stockpile Stewardship Program to maintain the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without full-scale testing.

This video gives a behind the scenes look at a set of unique capabilities at Lawrence Livermore that are indispensable to the Stockpile Stewardship Program: high performance computing, the Superblock category II nuclear facility, the JASPER a two stage gas gun, the High Explosive Applications Facility (HEAF), the National Ignition Facility (NIF), and the Site 300 contained firing facility.

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