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Interest of the day

A blog about miscellaneous topics.

Quantum man

morreale Thursday 02 of June, 2011
IOP has posted a short summary of the book Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science by Lawrence Krauss. I've been a long time fan of Dr. Feynman and have read most of the popular books about him, and use his physics lectures as a reference. What interests me about this book is that it describes his scientific theories and his work instead of his personal history. It's on my reading list.

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Jet engines and volcanic ash

morreale Sunday 22 of May, 2011
The Periodic Table of Videos has an interview with an aeronautical engineer on how a jet engine works, and what happens to it when volcanic ash passes through it. The result is not good. It's very bad as a matter of fact. Volcanic ash contains glass like particles and the combustion temperature in the jet engine can reach over a 1000 °C. The ash melts an coats the turbines with liquid glass. The engines tend to stop after a while.

UFO galaxy

morreale Monday 16 of May, 2011
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the UFO galaxy in the Vergo Cluster which is 85 million miles from earth.

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5 Gigapixel view

morreale Thursday 05 of May, 2011
An amateur photographer created a 5 Gigapixel image of the Milky Way Galaxy using 6 cameras and 37,000 images taken across North and South America.

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Periodic Table shower curtain

morreale Thursday 28 of April, 2011
I just discovered that you can buy a shower curtain embossed with the Period Table. This is the coolest thing ever (well mostly). It is available at Amazon.com and ThinkGeek.com.

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