Sunday, October 21, 2012

STEM links of the week

Atlantis is ready to roll

Decoding A Great Earth Die-Off: Was A Gamma-Ray Burst Really The Trigger?

A planet in a four-star system

Jupiter Photos Reveal Big Changes on Giant Planet

10 inches gone!

I finally did it. (Again.) Goodbye, long locks and hello short hair! Last Sunday, Ulta was having their annual cut-a-thon, an event where you can get a free hair cut with a minimum $10 donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I had been wanting to trim my hair, but I decided why not just go short and donate my hair to locks of love? So I did it! I cut off 10 inches and donated my hair. This is the before, during, and after:

What do you think? I'm loving the newer short hair!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Photo opps with the space shuttle.

One of the coolest things about interning at Kennedy Space Center was getting to see the space shuttles. I got to see the shuttles several times during the two summers I was there, and I got some fantastic pictures. They may not be what you expect, but they are incredible, nonetheless. Aren't they awesome?

Somebody inside of the shuttle snapped this picture of me!

STEM links of the week

Hey everybody! Sorry I haven't been posting much this week; this week and next week are killers for me. I have so much to do and many tests to study for! But as I do every week, I am still posting this week's STEM links. What do you think?

NASA Is Engineering Microbes to Make Bricks on Mars

Focus: Nobel Prize—Tools for Quantum Tinkering

Why the Higgs Boson Didn't Win This Year's Nobel

Giant Eye In Space Seen by NASA Telescopes

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A tribute to Niels Bohr.

Have you checked out the google homepage today? It's a very awesome tribute to the 127th birthday of Niels Bohr! 

Niels Bohr is one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century. He made major contributions to particle physics and atomic theory. (Does anyone remember Bohr's hydrogen atom from chemistry? Well, this is the guy that came up with that.) He was one of the most celebrated scientists in his day. 

In 1922, Bohr won the Nobel Prize for physics for his work on investigating atomic structures. He was friends with Albert Einstein, and mentored Werner Heisenberg. He worked on the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb during WWII, and would seek out a then young Richard Feynman to bounce ideas off of. Feynman was the only physicist in Los Alamos not intimidated by Bohr, and would be blunt if he saw flaws in Bohr's reasoning. Bohr was also one of the founding fathers of CERN! He was such an accomplished and intelligent man, and he left behind a legacy that will carry on for generations to come. 

(On a slightly unrelated note, I'm thinking about adding a badass scientist series... What do you think?) 

Friday, October 5, 2012

The funniest book cover I've ever seen.

I was shelving biographies at the library today (I shelf books there a few hours every week), and I stumbled across what I thought was the FUNNIEST book cover:

Am I the only one that thinks Mr. Darwin looks a bit flamboyant in this pose? The hip jutting out, the crossed legs, the butterfly on his head.... When I saw this, I busted out laughing. It reminded me of these popular internet memes: 

What do you think about the cover? Do you find it as funny as I did? 

STEM links of the week

Mars Rover Finds Ancient Streambed—Proof of Flowing Water 

Have smartphones killed boredom (and is that good)?

Swastika-Bearing Buddhist Statue Was Chiseled From Meteorite

Large Earthquakes Mimicked in the Lab