The Engine Burns Blue
This image shows a cutting-edge solar-electric propulsion thruster in development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., that uses xenon ions for propulsion. An earlier version of this solar-electric propulsion engine has been flying on NASA’s Dawn mission to the asteroid belt.
This engine is being considered as part of the Asteroid Initiative, a proposal to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system where astronauts can visit and explore it. This image was taken through a porthole in a vacuum chamber at JPL where the ion engine is being tested.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
I spend half my time at work on ion propulsion so I’m into this NASA image of the day.
I love when Science Fiction becomes just Science.
Creedence Clearwater Revival dining at Taco Bell in 1969
Sometimes the world is so beautiful.
From this day forward I will imagine that every CCR song is about Taco Bell, and my life will be better as a result.
Inexplicably exhausted. Going to bed. Here’s the weekly picture of me making a weird face. Goodnight.
I know a lot of good people there… but unfortunately there are about 16 million other people who I don’t know - and it’s those 16 million humans who make me look forward to leaving before I even arrive.
At least it wasn’t Google.
In Jayden’s defense… this is what that little girl actually looks like.
(Apologies to this poor little girl’s photo that I stole from a random google image search for “eight year old girl.” My punishment is that I’ve probably set off multiple alarms and tagged myself as a child predator.)
Why are you so grumpy when we have science?
Science got us here, science can get us home
My Explodingdog print arrived last week! I float-framed it and hung it in my (freshly painted) kitchen and I absolutely LOVE IT! The colors match wonderfully and I particularly enjoy the message. Sam even included a bonus custom “thanks!” drawing!
If you’re a fan of Explodingdog, you should definitely check out his store.
Robert and Brian Greene discuss what’s beyond the horizon of our universe, what you might wear in infinite universes with finite pairs of designer shoes, and why the Universe and swiss cheese have more in common than you think.
So… this was a good way to wake up my brain on the drive to work this morning.
I kind of hate Brian Greene a little bit - but not always… just sometimes. I think it’s because I find the tone of his voice to be constantly condescending. It doesn’t help that Robert Krulwich is pretending to be dumber than he actually is (perhaps for the audience’s sake?).
(Yes. This is 5 years old. I’m a bit behind on my podcasts. So sue me.)
Tis the season for yard work followed by afternoon showers.
This map shows unregistered user edits to Wikipedia articles in real time. Unregistered users account for only about 15% of English language Wikipedia edits, so this only represents a small portion of the total edits being made to Wikipedia. That being said, it is still wicked cool.
Technology, man. Awesome.
My Mucha lady told me she was lonely, and I’ve been wanting to add Audrey Kawasaki inspired pieces to my body for years…
so last night Phoebe stabbed me a bunch of times with many needles and this is the result!
I go back in a few weeks to finish up the shading, and my arm is a little puffy and pink and temporarily stained from the ink we used to touch-up her hair but hey, pretty peonies!
I was a little worried when I heard that some crazy lady named Fee Bee attacked my girlfriend with needles and ink… but it all worked out in the end.
There’s just too much pretty in these pictures for me to handle. It makes me want to quit my job and get in my car and drive to Ithaca right now.
I’m very happy with my lilacs this year!