August 20, 2014
smartereveryday:

Ever wonder how a Jellyfish “stings”?  Turns out, it’s actually like a Needle.  Check out this awesome graphic that Emily Weddle created from the latest episode of Smarter Every Day.
As you can see in the graphic, a Jellyfish actually stings you with needles.  The process in the photo spans the time of approximately 20 milliseconds. If you watch the video I incorporate timing data so you can perform measurements.  
What’s so cool about this is scientists don’t really understand HOW they nematocyst fire.  They’re pretty confident that they’re triggered by mechancial contact on the outside, of the tentacle… but they’re NOT sure how the stinger “inflates”.  Dr. Seymour thinks it’s too fast to be osmotic.  There’s obviously a channel somehow that opens and creates flow and pressure into the organelle.  I bet it’s some kind of REALLY quick chemical process.
I think we’re going to call graphics like this “Smarter Every Day InfoGifs”.    

smartereveryday:

Ever wonder how a Jellyfish “stings”?  Turns out, it’s actually like a Needle.  Check out this awesome graphic that Emily Weddle created from the latest episode of Smarter Every Day.

As you can see in the graphic, a Jellyfish actually stings you with needles.  The process in the photo spans the time of approximately 20 milliseconds. If you watch the video I incorporate timing data so you can perform measurements.  

What’s so cool about this is scientists don’t really understand HOW they nematocyst fire.  They’re pretty confident that they’re triggered by mechancial contact on the outside, of the tentacle… but they’re NOT sure how the stinger “inflates”.  Dr. Seymour thinks it’s too fast to be osmotic.  There’s obviously a channel somehow that opens and creates flow and pressure into the organelle.  I bet it’s some kind of REALLY quick chemical process.

I think we’re going to call graphics like this “Smarter Every Day InfoGifs”.    

August 15, 2014

ted:

It’s still Shark Week! Most sharks are pretty terrifying (perhaps it’s their nasty habit of biting people’s limbs off…) but they need our empathy too. “We’re killing over 100 million sharks every single year,” photographer Brian Skerry says in his talk from the Mission Blue Voyage. “I didn’t want to continue to portray sharks as monsters.” That’s a tough sell with their hammerhead noses and giant teeth, but hey, these sharks turned out to be pretty friendly. 

Watch the full talk here »

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Filed under: stopfinning 
August 15, 2014
theworldofchinese:

When in doubt…

theworldofchinese:

When in doubt…

(Source: tripps42)

August 12, 2014
fastcompany:

Square, the payments startup from Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, has prototyped a Square credit card. The plastic card is all black, and save for the card holder’s name emblazoned on the face, features no logos—not even Square’s. Over the past year, multiple sources indicate Square employees have been carrying the card—seen here below, partially blurred to protect the card holder’s identity—around in their wallets.

However, despite buzz about the potential of a Square credit card, other company sources indicate the project was recently killed.
Details of the rumored prototype came to light during reporting for Fast Company's profile of Square, published this week. As Square seeks to unearth new sources of revenue beyond its core business of payments processing, the company has launched a slew of new products, including Square Market, Cash, Feedback, Invoices, Capital, Dashboard, and on Monday, August 11, Appointments. Some insiders expected the Square credit card would be a promising addition to the mix, potentially opening the company up to a swath of lucrative consumer loyalty and rewards services. But after pressing the company multiple times about the project, Square finally confirmed that it’s not launching a credit card. Or, should we say, the company is no longer launching one. And the reason why highlights the difficulties Square faces in the immensely complex financial space.
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fastcompany:

Square, the payments startup from Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, has prototyped a Square credit card. The plastic card is all black, and save for the card holder’s name emblazoned on the face, features no logos—not even Square’s. Over the past year, multiple sources indicate Square employees have been carrying the card—seen here below, partially blurred to protect the card holder’s identity—around in their wallets.

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However, despite buzz about the potential of a Square credit card, other company sources indicate the project was recently killed.

Details of the rumored prototype came to light during reporting for Fast Company's profile of Square, published this week. As Square seeks to unearth new sources of revenue beyond its core business of payments processing, the company has launched a slew of new products, including Square Market, Cash, Feedback, Invoices, Capital, Dashboard, and on Monday, August 11, Appointments. Some insiders expected the Square credit card would be a promising addition to the mix, potentially opening the company up to a swath of lucrative consumer loyalty and rewards services. But after pressing the company multiple times about the project, Square finally confirmed that it’s not launching a credit card. Or, should we say, the company is no longer launching one. And the reason why highlights the difficulties Square faces in the immensely complex financial space.

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August 11, 2014

stuffmomnevertoldyou:

What makes names masculine or feminine?

Breaking down the phonetics of gender, iPhone calculator not required.

August 11, 2014
3eanuts:

September 20, 1986 — see The Complete Peanuts 1983-1986

3eanuts:

September 20, 1986 — see The Complete Peanuts 1983-1986

August 11, 2014

archiemcphee:

Cotton candy is so sweet and yummy that we’ve always happily eaten it without paying any attention to the fact that it usually looks like the end of a giant cotton swab. That has all changed since we first watched this hypnotic video in which a skilled street vendor in Ciqikou, Chongqing, China creates servings of spun sugar that look like enormous, colourful flowers.

Great big, fluffy flowers of sugary awesomeness.

[via That’s Nerdalicious!]

(via theworldofchinese)

August 8, 2014
huffingtonpost:

SUPERMOON ON AUGUST 10 WILL BE BIGGEST OF 2014
There’s going to be an extra-special moon this weekend. Find out all the details including what time you can see it here.

huffingtonpost:

SUPERMOON ON AUGUST 10 WILL BE BIGGEST OF 2014

There’s going to be an extra-special moon this weekend. Find out all the details including what time you can see it here.

August 7, 2014

00sjams:

Summertime | Aaron Carter (ft. Baha Men)

My actual summer jam

August 7, 2014

00sjams:

All I Do | B5

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Filed under: nostalgic 
August 7, 2014

burgertv:

You tell ‘em, Louise!

(Source: BURGERTV, via newsweek)

August 6, 2014
http://www.tourimagination.com

Win a trip for two to KOREA now! Take the chance to make your imagination become a reality (7/15~8/31) http://www.tourimagination.com

(Source: tumblr.com)

August 5, 2014
austinkleon:

Opera styles of great composers (via ‏@grahamfarmelo)

austinkleon:

Opera styles of great composers (via ‏@grahamfarmelo)

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August 5, 2014

(Source: hoa-dao, via vegan-hippie)

August 5, 2014

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