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Maggie Chok

Overnight Motorcycle Music

(Source: Lotus Plaza—Overnight Motorcycle Music EP, 2014)

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Ghost Coast

The ghost coast is a very unusual phenonemon that occurs when drinking large amounts of robitussin. It is when someone begins automaticly walking in a certain direction as if compelled by an unseen force. Its called ghost coast because you seem to be floating or coasting along with no effort. I believe it is caused by a heavy gravity of a future event pulling one toward it. Or it could be like if you read an email from yourself from the future, you would have no choice but to write that email at the time it came from and send it. The fact that you saw it leaves you no choice but to write it. You would coast to the computer at the appropriate time and write the email automaticly. People who are coasting often have their arms out in front of them like a zombie. They do this unconsciously which makes me wonder where the whole cliche came from of zombies holding their arms out like that. Maybe once there really was dead folks whose time was messed up and they were being pulled by the Magnet. Robitussin effects the time/space orientation portion of the brain which happens to be the religious portion of the brain.

Holy piss! I was tussin rockets last night, I even did the ghost coast!
by erik f. neumann May 03, 2006

(Source: Ghost Coast—Urban Dictionary)

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Found Feathers and the Feather Atlas

GOAL

This website is designed to assist feather identification by providing high-resolution scans of flight feathers of major groups of North American birds. This is an ongoing project that will continually add new species.

HOW TO USE THE FEATHER ATLAS

To search the image database by the common or scientific name of a bird species or group, click on “Search Scans.” To browse by taxonomic group (for example, owls or woodpeckers), click on “Browse Images.” Feather identification can be made by comparing an unknown feather with the scans of similar feathers on the Feather Atlas. The range of possibilities can be narrowed down by examining the details of plumage illustrated in bird field guides.

The scans typically illustrate the dorsal surfaces of 12 wing flight feathers (remiges) or six tail feathers (rectrices) from an individual bird (definitions of feather terms, with illustrations can be found on the Glossary page). If the ventral surfaces of the feathers reveal distinct patterns not visible in the dorsal view, then a ventral scan is also provided.

For certain species (e.g., Bald and Golden Eagles, and many ducks), all the primaries are illustrated, and separate scans are provided for secondaries and occasionally other feather types, such as coverts.





(Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Lab—The Feather Atlas)

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Sea of Afar

Normally new rivers, seas and mountains are born in slow motion. The Afar Triangle near the Horn of Africa is another story. A new ocean is forming there with staggering speed — at least by geological standards. Africa will eventually lose its horn.

Geologist Dereje Ayalew and his colleagues from Addis Ababa University were amazed — and frightened. They had only just stepped out of their helicopter onto the desert plains of central Ethiopia when the ground began to shake under their feet. The pilot shouted for the scientists to get back to the helicopter. And then it happened: the Earth split open. Crevices began racing toward the researchers like a zipper opening up. After a few seconds, the ground stopped moving, and after they had recovered from their shock, Ayalew and his colleagues realized they had just witnessed history. For the first time ever, human beings were able to witness the first stages in the birth of an ocean.

Normally changes to our geological environment take place almost imperceptibly. A life time is too short to see rivers changing course, mountains rising skywards or valleys opening up. In north-eastern Africa’s Afar Triangle, though, recent months have seen hundreds of crevices splitting the desert floor and the ground has slumped by as much as 100 meters (328 feet). At the same time, scientists have observed magma rising from deep below as it begins to form what will eventually become a basalt ocean floor. Geologically speaking, it won’t be long until the Red Sea floods the region. The ocean that will then be born will split Africa apart.

(Source: ‘Africa’s New Ocean: A Continent Splits Apart’ by Axel Bojanowski)

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“Portrait of the Ground”






(Source: Clement Valla—Postcards from Google Earth)

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The Unknown Woman of the Seine

L’Inconnue de la Seine (French for “the unknown woman of the Seine”) was an unidentified young woman whose death mask became a popular fixture on the walls of artists’ homes after 1900. Her visage was the inspiration for numerous literary works.

According to an often-repeated story, the body of the young woman was pulled out of the Seine River at the Quai du Louvre in Paris around the late 1880s. Since the body showed no signs of violence, suicide was suspected.

It was then sent to the Paris Morgue, so the story goes, to be put on display in the hopes that a passerby would identify it. No such luck.

In the following years, numerous copies were produced. The copies quickly became a fashionable morbid fixture in Parisian Bohemian society. Albert Camus and others compared her enigmatic smile to that of the Mona Lisa, inviting numerous speculations as to what clues the eerily happy expression in her face could offer about her life, her death, and her place in society.

Fast forward to 1960. An Austrian doctor named Peter Safar was developing the basics of CPR and needed a way for people to practice his new method. He tracked down a toy maker in Norway, Asmund Laerdal, who had constructed prosthetic wounds for use in military training. Ultimately, Laerdal decided the best way to learn artificial resuscitation would to practice on a dummy. All he needed was the perfect face.


(Source: iTriage Health—How It Came To Be: The True Story Behind “CPR Annie”, Radiolab—’Death Mask’ Episode)

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Light Echo

What we’re seeing here is what’s called a light echo. The dust cloud around the star is old, probably thousands of years old. When the star suddenly brightened, it sent out a flash of light that moved outward, illuminating the pre-existing cloud from the inside out.

In the video it looks like the cloud itself is expanding (you can see motion of individual structures), but that’s an illusion. Over just a few years the structure wouldn’t be seen to expand at all; we’re just seeing different structures (or different parts of the same structure, like filaments or compressed regions) as the flash of light moved through the nebula.

(Source: Slate Magazine—Bad Astronomy Video: The Bizarre Eructation of V838 Monocerotis)

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The Great Dying

Permian Mass Extinction

This happened: 248 million years ago
End of the Permian period
Start of the Triassic period

The Permian mass extinction has been nicknamed The Great Dying, since a staggering 96% of species died out. All life on Earth today is descended from the 4% of species that survived. The event turns out to have been complex, as there were at least two separate phases of extinction spread over millions of years. Marine creatures were particularly badly affected and insects suffered the only mass extinction of their history.

A lot of theories have been put forward about why and how, exactly, the vast majority of Earth life went belly up 252 million years ago, but the new study, published in Science, offers some compelling evidence acidification was a key driver.

A team led by University of Edinburgh researchers collected rocks in the United Arab Emirates that were on the seafloor hundreds of millions of years ago, and used the boron isotopes found within to model the changing levels of acidification in our prehistoric oceans. Through this “combined geochemical, geological, and modeling approach,” the scientists say, they were able to accurately model the series of “perturbations” that unfolded in the era.

They now believe that a series of gigantic volcanic eruptions in the Siberian Trap spewed a great fountain of carbon into the atmosphere over a period of tens of thousands of years. This was the first phase of the extinction event, in which terrestrial life began to die out.



(Source: Vice Motherboard—The Last Time Oceans Got This Acidic This Fast, 96% of Marine Life Went Extinct, BBC Nature—Big Five Mass Extinction Events)

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Scenes of mist in this one

Olfactory White

Neither pleasant nor foul-smelling, and in no way overwhelming: this is how researchers sum up the smell they are calling “olfactory white”.

The smell was uncovered during experiments that mixed aroma molecules from across the scent spectrum. Even if two mixtures had no components in common, they tended towards having a similar scent as more aromas were added. By the time they contained about 30 components, most mixtures smelled alike1, and could mask other distinctive smells.

The researchers say that the resulting smell, which is unlikely to occur naturally, has parallels with both white light and ‘white noise’. These are produced by combining the wavelengths of the visible spectrum and different sound frequencies, respectively.

Given that our noses contain hundreds of different odour receptors, the phenomenon is counterintuitive, says Noam Sobel, an neuroscientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, who led the work, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “One might imagine that the more odours are added, the more ‘special’ the odour would become,” he says, “Yet what we show is the opposite.”

(Source: Time Magazine—Researchers Discover ‘White Noise’ of Smell, ‘Olfactory White’)

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