Sacrebleu!

This is just an amazing image….

A lightning strike gives a vivid backdrop to the iconic Eiffel Tower, while the Paris landmark is illuminated in vibrant blue lights. Amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik captured the shot which will appear in an exhibition titled “Lumieres celestes, lumieres des hommes”, in Issy L’eveque, Burgundy. It was taken 21:02 GMT, 28 July 2008 during a storm in the French capital.

via Sacrebleu!.

Is dark energy an illusion? – space – 30 March 2007 – New Scientist

The quickening pace of our universe’s expansion may not be driven by a mysterious force called dark energy after all, but paradoxically, by the collapse of matter in small regions of space.

Astronomers were astonished to discover in 1998 that the expansion of the universe is happening at an ever-increasing rate. The mysterious repulsive force responsible for this was dubbed dark energy, though scientists still do not know what it is (see Dark energy: seeking the heart of darkness).

Now, physicist Syksy Rasanen of CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, says we might not need dark energy after all. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the increasing rate of expansion might be due to the collapse of small regions of the universe under gravity, he says.

via Is dark energy an illusion? – space – 30 March 2007 – New Scientist.

The Billion Prices Project @ MIT

The Billion Prices Project is an academic initiative that uses prices collected from hundreds of online retailers around the world on a daily basis to conduct economic research.This page shows our most recent research leveraging high-frequency price data, as well as the US daily inflation index updated monthly on this page.

via The Billion Prices Project @ MIT.

Private jets to go on show at Brighton Photography Biennial – Telegraph

This is an interesting post.

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This year Brighton’s international photography festival has been curated by British photographer Martin Parr, and, rather than plump for well-known headline names, he has decided to showcase the work of obscure or niche practicioners. Among the most left-field on the shortlist is Nick Gleis, who photographs the pimped up private jets that belong African dictators and other heads of state.

via Private jets to go on show at Brighton Photography Biennial – Telegraph.

Work Smart 2: Staying Organized After Being on the Road | Fast Company

I used to have this thing about airline flights not being long enough.

You can get some much done on the plane.

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Welcome to another edition of Work Smart with Gina Trapani. This week, Daniel Beck, a technical writer for WebFaction in Philadelphia, PA, asks for advice on how to get and stay organized after traveling. Syncing desktop computers with a laptop and other devices can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Along with offering Daniel my tips, I called on David Allen, author of Getting Things Done–my favorite productivity book of all time–to offer his solutions as well.

via Work Smart 2: Staying Organized After Being on the Road | Fast Company.

Getting stuff done the BSF way | Email Marketing Strategy – Blue Sky Factory Blog

I liked the comments on email

Do- Delete – Defer, keep your email inbox clean.  This is something that I have followed before I found really useful.

Also good comment on evernote.  Being able to sync across multiple devices is going to be so important.

Worth a look.

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What started out as a brief internal memo to the WhatCounts marketing team has morphed into a productivity blog post you can use for yourself, your team, and your company.

via Getting stuff done the BSF way | Email Marketing Strategy – Blue Sky Factory Blog.

Nitty Gritty: The Wonder & Glory of Magnified Beach Sand | WebEcoist

Dazzling in their variety and as individually unique as snowflakes, the sands of the world’s beaches take on a whole new level of awesomeness when viewed under high magnification. Dr. Gary Greenberg has been doing just that since 2001 using high-definition, three-dimensional light microscopes of his own design.

via Nitty Gritty: The Wonder & Glory of Magnified Beach Sand | WebEcoist.

Bilingualism seems to boost tots’ minds

“Our study showed that bilingualism in young children strengthens what is known as executive attention, which helps orient individuals in the sea of information coming in,” said Sujin Yang, Ph.D. ’07, lead author and now a professor at Tyndale University College in Canada. “It helps them know what to pay attention to, what to ignore and what action to take.”

via Bilingualism seems to boost tots’ minds.

Divers find Northwest Passage discovery artifacts – Canada – CBC News

I spent time with this team doing an underwater archaeology course.

This is a fascintating field and a good group of people.

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A musket and other artifacts from HMS Investigator, the ship abandoned in the Canadian Arctic in 1854 during the hunt for Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition, have been recovered by divers. The ship is credited with discovering the Northwest Passage.

via Divers find Northwest Passage discovery artifacts – Canada – CBC News.