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Picture of The Day: Baby Elephant in Orange Raincoat


In the picture you can see baby elephant Shukuru wearing a custom made raincoat in order to protect him from cold and rain. Baby Shukuru is a victim of incessant poaching and human-wildlife conflict occurring in the jungles of Kenya. Elephants who used to walk free in the jungles are now endangered. Like many other baby elephants in these jungles, Shukuru is an orphan and is being taken care at David Sheldrick Wildlife trust in Nairobi where he is being fed, protected and rehabilitated. Once they are no longer milk-dependent they are moved from this elephant nursery to other centers. Slowly they are moved to their natural habitat, but this can take few years (8-10) before they are ready to move in the wild. Baby elephants are dependent on their mother’s milk for about 2-4 years and that causes serious problems in raising young orphan elephants. You can read more about Shukura and many other baby elephants in NatGeo article. These beautiful pictures have been taken by Michael Nichols and if you are interested in some good Nature pictures, you might consider getting his App for your iPad.

 

Image Credit: Michale Nichols | National Geographic

Leave a Comment September 6, 2011

Picture of The Day: Simultaneous Sunset And Moonset

This incredible image of simultaneous sunset and moonset was taken by astronaut Ron Garan on Jul 31 from the International Space Station. ISS orbits around the earth every 90 minutes so the astronauts aboard ISS get a chance to witness this amazing event about 16 times a day!! Ron also took picture of one of the 16 sunrises, here it is:

Image Credit: NASA

Leave a Comment September 5, 2011

Science Is Supercool

Comic strip credit: Abstruse Goose A Web comic | Used under Creative Commons License

Leave a Comment September 5, 2011

Hurricane Irene’s life span

Hurricane Irene spanned from Caribbean to Canada and lasted for more than a week. NASA/NOAA satellite GOES-13 kept a track of the hurricane and NASA posted a video of the hurricane dating Aug 21st to Aug 29th which covers almost entire life-span of the hurricane. In the video you can see the formation of eye (at about 30 seconds in the video). Right after the formation of eye, you can see a burst of white clouds on the right of the eye which then merges with the core of the hurricane. This burst is due to warm air rising the clouds , also called as overshooting tops, and resulting in severe rainfall. Hurricane Irene at it’s strongest was a category 3 hurricane and turned out to be one of the top ten most destructive hurricanes in the history of US since 1980. About 27 lives were lost, entire transportation system in east coast was affected and more than 5 million people lost power.

Leave a Comment September 5, 2011

Mirror O Magic Mirror Tell Me What To Wear…


Magic mirror which you have read about in fairy tales is not far from becoming reality. Nieman Lab ( a collaborative effort between NY times and Nieman Journalism foundation at Harvard) has come with an interactive mirror which can deliver world news to you right in your bathroom while you are brushing your teeth , can help you in deciding your outfit, can scan your bar-coded medicines and tell you when you need to refill your prescription, can provide you coupons for off the shelf medicines…. The mirror uses Microsoft’s kinetic motion-sensing technology, voice sensing technology and Time’s APIs for dynamic updates. So what do you think of magic mirror, will you install one in your bathroom if it comes out in the market?

Leave a Comment September 4, 2011

Weekend Video: Everything Nice| Timelapse and Tempest Milky Way


After a long hiatus from blogging, I am back to blogging world!! My work is keeping me busy, so my posts will be relatively shorter but be assured that I will keep posting interesting stories. To begin with lets watch some beautiful and creative videos. First  video by Randy Halverson simply is breathtaking. There are so many things to look for in the video- our galaxy milky way in the night sky, falling meteors (look for one at 3:24 min), brewing storm on the grounds, white-tail deer (look for it at 1:57 min) and much more. The video was shot in Dakota during June-August.  So turn on the volume, click on HD button and enjoy this beautiful video.

This weekend’s  second  video has been submitted by Ceri titled “Everything Nice | Timelapse”. I hope you enjoy his video.  More stories and videos in coming days, have a nice long weekend!!

 

Leave a Comment September 4, 2011

Weekend Video: Story of Titles And Remixing in Movies

Last week has been really hectic for me and work kept me away from publishing any new post. Hopefully, next week I shall be able to post some new stories from the world of science. For this weekend, here are two very cool and creative videos about movies. Movie buffs will love these. The first one titled “A Brief History of Title Design” walks us through various movie title designs. Watching the video will make you realize why you shouldn’t skip the title sequence of movies, sometimes they might be more interesting than the movie itself. Thanks to folks at artofthetitle.com for creating this video. Do checkout their website for some more cool videos.

The second video is the second edition  the four part video series titled ” Everything is a Remix” in which Kirby Ferguson shows how remixing technique is frequently used in movie productions, more than what you might think. He uses clips from “Avatar”, “Star Wars” and “Kill Bill” to prove his point. After watching this video you might think -are there truly any original movies?. Very creatively done video with awesome narration and great editing. Enjoy the videos and have a nice weekend!

Leave a Comment June 25, 2011

Weekend Video: Plan Of The City


I am back with weekend video segment of my blog showcasing some of the most beautiful and creative videos out there. This weekend’s video “Plan of the City” is a 13 minute long audio-visual treat. What would it be like settling in Mars by transporting all the sky-scrappers from New York and Shanghai? Ofcourse you are allowed to carry  bunch of canned food (Tang cans) to survive the trip. The video creatively utilizes animation, live action footage, illustrations and photographs to create a beautiful visual collage. In fact, in order to give more realistic feel to the visuals,  images taken by Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity were used. The audio for the video, Change,  was created by Judd Greenstein and performed by NOW Ensemble who also star in the video. The audio and visuals were both developed in parallel and compliment each other in the video but they also stand out on their own expressing artistic intentions. The whole project was conceived and directed by Joshua Frankel. About the video and live performance of the audio-video in New York, Washington Post writes:

An antic piece with repeated, shifting patterns that snap together like building blocks, it (Change) was played alongside a film by Joshua Frankel called “Plan of the City,” starring the members of the ensemble, in which the buildings of New York shoot rocket-like to Mars. This proved one of the best matches of visuals to music I’ve seen: The film’s low-key jokiness was tailored to the loose conversational tone of Greenstein’s music, and neither overpowered the other. Judge for yourself… [Washington Post]

Leave a Comment June 18, 2011


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