Awesome Earth Pictures

I came across this site which is pretty cool. It has a collection of 30 pictures taken from around the globe, my personal favourites being 12 and 19. Check them out.

Mountain earth pictures

Mountain Range Grand Teton National Park – Wyoming USA

Awesome interactive map of the Universe

I came across this site a while ago and wanted to share it with you all. It is an interactive 3D visualization of our stellar neighborhood  including over 100,000 nearby stars. It has been created for the Google Chrome web browser, and is pretty much insanely amazing.

Universe Stars Galaxy

Map of the Universe


Mars rover Curiosity “Exciting new discovery”

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery “for the history books,” but we’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out what the new Red Planet find may be, media reports suggest.

The discovery was made by Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, NPR reported Tuesday, Nov. 20. SAM is the rover’s onboard chemistry lab, and it’s capable of identifying organic compounds — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it.

SAM apparently spotted something interesting in a soil sample Curiosity’s huge robotic arm delivered to the instrument recently.

 ”This data is gonna be one for the history books.”

- Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger


“This data is gonna be one for the history books,” Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger, of Caltech in Pasadena, told NPR  ”It’s looking really good.”

Grotzinger said the rover team won’t be ready to announce just what SAM found for several weeks yet, NPR reported. The scientists want to check and double-check the results, to make sure they’re for real.

The $2.5 billion Curiosity rover landed inside Mars’ huge Gale Crater on Aug. 5, kicking off a two-year mission to determine if Mars has ever been capable of supporting microbial life.

The car-size robot carries 10 different instruments to aid in its quest, but SAM is the rover’s heart, taking up more than half of its science payload by weight.

In addition to analyzing soil samples, SAM also takes the measure of Red Planet air. Many scientists are keen to see if Curiosity detects any methane, which is produced by many lifeforms here on Earth. A SAM analysis of Curiosity’s first few sniffs found no definitive trace of the gas  in the Martian atmosphere, but the rover will keep looking.

Curiosity began driving again Friday (Nov. 16) after spending six weeks testing its soil-scooping gear at a site called “Rocknest.” The rover will soon try out its rock-boring drill for the first time on the Red Planet, scientists have said.

Source: 26th November 2012

Eternal Flame Falls

To start things off I have added the image below, which is of a small waterfall located in the Shale Creek Preserve which lies along a section of the Chestnut Ridge Park near Buffalo, New York. The interesting aspect of this is the fact that it sits on a pocket of natural Methane gas, which trickles out through a small fracture in the rocks behind the waterfall. However, despite fittingly being named “Eternal Flame Falls” weather conditions can occasionally lead to the flame being put out (perhaps making it not quite so “Eternal” after all). Nevertheless, there is always a local or visitor around to relight the flame, and leave it burning away once more. Unfortunately no-one knows who first discovered or set fire to the methane.

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Photo by Carl Crumley

Waterfall Nature Science

Eternal Flame Falls

Science Geeks

This blog aims to provide information on new discoveries in various fields ranging from Science to The Universe, and Nature to Space, as well as other random cool stuff I happen to stumble across. I will also provide access and links to other sites with similar interests as this, plus anything else I think is interesting and relevant.