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.
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 World’s Biggest Public Companies – Forbes.
Look at the size of the Chinese oil giant. It is the first company to exceed $1T in market value.
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.
A homeowner in southern Sweden got a shock when he found a drunken elk stuck in his neighbour’s apple tree.
The animal was apparently on the hunt for fermenting apples when she lost her balance and became trapped in the tree.
via BBC News – Drunk Swedish elk found in apple tree near Gothenburg.
This is an interesting post.
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.
Went apple picking this weekend. What a load of fun.
Apples just couldn’t be fresher and came back with a big bag of them.
Now need the recipes however..
Archibald Orchards Apple Market Apple Cider, Pick Your Own.
How long does it take for alcohol to burn off during cooking? Is this time the same for all forms of alcohol? Boil? Simmer? How about in baking? Yours may be the question of the year. We thought it was pretty cut and dried. We were wrong. And it has taken a while for us to accept what we’ve found out.
via Does alcohol burn off in cooking?.
A six tonne Nasa satellite is set to fall uncontrolled out of orbit, potentially raining debris over swathes of the planet including Britain, the US space agency has admitted.
via Nasa warns of fresh risk from £468m satellite falling from space – Telegraph.
I used to have this thing about airline flights not being long enough.
You can get some much done on the plane.
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.
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.
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.
A thin band of antimatter particles called antiprotons enveloping the Earth has been spotted for the first time.
via BBC News – Antimatter belt around Earth discovered by Pamela craft.
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.
in 2010, the world consumed about 5 mbpd (million barrels per day) more oil than it produced.
via The World Is Consuming More Oil Than It Produces, And Survived 2010 By Drawing Down Reserves.
“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.
I spent time with this team doing an underwater archaeology course.
This is a fascintating field and a good group of people.
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.
I thought that now would be as good of a time as any to take a closer look back at 110 years of the Dow/Gold ratio to see where this relationship may be taking us.
via 110 Years Of The Dow/Gold Ratio (Chart) |.
This unusual specimen might look like something out of a horror movie, but it proved to be one of the highlights of Peter Bailey’s most recent trip to the prolific waters off the north of Norway.
via Horrific prehistoric fish landed off the Norway coast | Coarse Fishing Catch Reports | Angling Times | Gofishing UK.
Versatile solar Pebble looks to replace dependence on kerosene
via Versatile solar Pebble looks to replace dependence on kerosene.