I’m always interested in new and unusual ways of depicting information. This video and sounds, of all the earthquakes in 2011, shows just how many sizable earthquakes there are around the world. Also, the huge Japanese earthquake (9.0) strikes at 1:50 into the video and it just dominates the video for months afterwards. I get USGS text message alerts for earthquakes over 6.0, and the night of the Japanese earthquake I had to shut my phone off as it was getting bombed by texts for the huge number of aftershocks.
One year ago today, I had the incredible opportunity to watch the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.
Thanks to NASA’s Tweetup program, I watched the launch from the Press area, met some astronauts and NASA people, and met a great group of fellow Tweeps!
I also had my awesome “Shuttle” beard. I vowed not to shave until Discovery launched after some launch delays in October 2011. Astronaut Leland Melvin was very brave to get close to the beard. I don’t know if it was his NASA training or his NFL experience that prepared him for the beard.
I’ve always wanted to try ice diving. I’ve heard that you can flip inverted, put some air in your BC, and stand on the bottom of the ice and walk around inverted. These crazy Finns took it to whole new level…..
While talking to people about space, I’ve noticed that many people don’t have a good idea on how low earth orbit satellites orbit the earth. This video about the impending Phobos Grunt reentry does a great job showing what a low earth orbit looks like.
Also, my condolences go out the Russian Space Agency on their loss of Phobos Grunt. It was a very ambitious mission, space exploration is extremely difficult, and losing their spacecraft had to be incredibly hard.
Just in case you are a wildlife biologist married to a mammologist and you are having a baby girl soon and you want to give the girl a name of a genus of mammals ending in “a” because the mom is Czech and Czech girl names end in “a” here is a list of the 209 genera that meet that criteria.
List is taken from Don E. Wilson & DeeAnn M. Reeder (editors). 2005. Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed), Johns Hopkins University Press, 2,142 pp. Thankfully, they have a CSV file and Excel easily handles searches for strings.