Category: Cool Science!

Scaling the Universe. A modern version of ‘Powers of Ten’

January 13, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

One of the problems with understanding the size of the universe and everything in it, is it’s size. The famous 1977 film ‘Powers of Ten’ by Charles and Ray Eames first tackled this first (see below). In 2012, Cary & Michael Huang created a modern version of the classic video Powers of Ten through a […]

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Inside Gaia’s Billion Pixel Camera: How it Works

January 9, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Gaia is the European Space Agency’s latest mission to map the distance to stars in our galaxy. The below ESA animation / video explains how the Gaia mission will map the distance to a billion (!) nearby stars. Video description text: ‘ESA’s Gaia mission will produce an unprecedented 3D map of our Galaxy […]

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Can You Walk on Water? How about an Oobleck filled swimming pool?

January 9, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Sorry, you can’t (to answer the question in the title) but you can walk on the next best thing – Oobleck. Oobleck is a non-newtonian fluid made up of a mixture of corn starch and water. I have played with a small quantity of it in a bowl but have never been able to walk […]

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