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Things cut in half

Posted on April 9th, 2014 at 23:46 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: Great Picture


All those tiny pellets…

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This is my human. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Posted on April 6th, 2014 at 14:52 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. “I picked this ‘cos it matches my outfit.”

Periodic Table of Typefaces

Posted on April 4th, 2014 at 21:50 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: Great Picture



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  1. @pete: Don’t you need one of those huge particle accelerators to make that?

Science Lab

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 at 2:28 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. You forgot the caption, John. It should run:

    I have no idea what I’m doing…

  2. How about “I have ruff idea what I am doing?”

  3. I thought it was a typical day at the Discovery Institute’s science lab…

  4. What do you call it when Science Lab sniffs a fire hydrant?

    Pee Review!

  5. See that gray thing next to the other gray thing?

  6. “…and this is why you shouldn’t eat your own poop…”


Posted on March 17th, 2014 at 9:39 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. Probably it’s next to that World War II bomber that they reported to be on the Moon a year or so after their first issue…

A Hole in Mars

Posted on March 9th, 2014 at 15:17 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture



What created this unusual hole in Mars?

The hole was discovered by chance in 2011 on images of the dusty slopes of Mars’ Pavonis Mons volcano taken by the HiRISE instrument aboard the robotic Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently circling Mars. The hole appears to be an opening to an underground cavern, partly illuminated on the image right. Analysis of this and follow-up images revealed the opening to be about 35 meters across, while the interior shadow angle indicates that the underlying cavern is roughly 20 meters deep. Why there is a circular crater surrounding this hole remains a topic of speculation, as is the full extent of the underlying cavern. Holes such as this are of particular interest because their interior caves are relatively protected from the harsh surface of Mars, making them relatively good candidates to contain Martian life. These pits are therefore prime targets for possible future spacecraft, robots, and even human interplanetary explorers.

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  1. The hole is the CPAC core mentioned in the article above


Posted on March 3rd, 2014 at 10:24 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, News

Here are two pictures with different angles on the big news today:

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  1. Mixed up your titles and images again, John? As skilled a web surfer as you are, I know you didn’t have trouble finding Ukrainian news on any US news outlet.

    The west can’t do much more than wag fingers at Russia and hope a ceasefire emerges. Economic penalties don’t do much and anything else is pretty much out of the question but if its pictures you’re looking for, try USA Today, NBC News, CNN, CBS News, New York Times, Washington Post, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning Star, etc …

  2. @Rob …hhmmm…did not know a Russian and Ukraine shooting war had begun thereby justifying your “ceasefire” comment. Perhaps you better check your sources.

  3. Poor choice of words on my part, Mykolas. Hoping for withdrawal now, ceasefire if it comes to that. That’s pretty much all we can do. We have to hope for it. We can’t impose it.

  4. I think Mr. P’s plan all along has been to divide Ukraine along ethnic lines. Enhanced military in the region to “secure the Sochi Olympics” etc. Best option now for the West may be a federated state of some sort but it’s not likely.

The steaks have never been higher

Posted on February 24th, 2014 at 17:50 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. “How do you like your steak?”


The star spangled pants

Posted on February 23rd, 2014 at 13:04 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!, Great Picture


I pledge allegiance, to the pants of the United Slacks of America and to the button for which it holds…

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The art of science: Stunning, psychedelic images from Fabian Oefner

Posted on February 21st, 2014 at 22:42 by Paul Jay in category: awesome, Great Picture



Millefiori No. 01 (2012) Ferrofluid is a magnetic, hydrophobic liquid that forms colorful curves and channels when deposited onto a magnet and injected with watercolor paints. More starting at 5:20 in Oefner’s talk.


Formally trained in art and design, Oefner says that he has always been interested in science. Though he can’t pinpoint the exact moment when he became interested in pairing his two loves, he views both pursuits as inextricably linked by a crucial bond: “The most important quality of science or art is curiosity,” Oefner tells the TED Blog. “That’s what keeps me going and always finding something new.”

On the TED stage, Oefner demonstrates the science at work behind three of his photographs. As he explains his process, the mystical quality of the images gives way to understanding. But how important to him is it that the casual viewer of his artwork know the underlying scientific principles? Actually, not very. “I’m not too didactic about my work. If people just want to appreciate it for its beauty, that’s absolutely fine,” he tells us. “And if I present it without an explanation, people tend to come up with their own, which is often even more poetic.”

For an imagination-friendly, explanation-free viewing of Oefner’s work, watch the first 45 seconds of his talk. For viewers who’d rather forego the poetry in favor of learning, here are 10 close-up views of Oefner’s fascinating work – and, just as fascinatingly, how he made it. This gallery includes works from series both new and old (the first three are the examples featured in the talk), inspired by everything from scientific papers to household chores.

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Posted on February 16th, 2014 at 17:08 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

“I’ve seen things you other gnomes wouldn’t believe…
Tiger lilies, like fire in the morning light.
Dew glittering on the hinges of the garden gate.
All these things… will be lost… like…
snails… in the rain.

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  1. Some Blade Runner homage. Awesome. :) One of my faves.

  2. Ah, escargot! Can I have some butter with that? :-)

  3. Time to die?

  4. Rob, this is for you:

  5. :)

A Spectacular New Martian Impact Crater

Posted on February 6th, 2014 at 9:07 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


A dramatic, fresh impact crater dominates this image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Nov. 19, 2013. Researchers used HiRISE to examine this site because the orbiter’s Context Camera had revealed a change in appearance here between observations in July 2010 and May 2012, bracketing the formation of the crater between those observations.

The crater spans approximately 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter and is surrounded by a large, rayed blast zone. Because the terrain where the crater formed is dusty, the fresh crater appears blue in the enhanced color of the image, due to removal of the reddish dust in that area. Debris tossed outward during the formation of the crater is called ejecta. In examining ejecta’s distribution, scientists can learn more about the impact event. The explosion that excavated this crater threw ejecta as far as 9.3 miles (15 kilometers).

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A Maldives Beach Awash in Bioluminescent Phytoplankton Looks Like an Ocean of Stars

Posted on January 28th, 2014 at 22:24 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture



While vacationing on the Maldives Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton.

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  1. Wow! That even beats the running of the grunion in California! :-)

  2. Here is what to wear when swimming there…

  3. I was sailing in British Columbia once. Flushing the marine toilet at night could be a very exciting experience :-)

Hurricane Sandy

Posted on January 27th, 2014 at 18:28 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

Take one step forward

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The Most Mind-Blowing Space Photos of 2013

Posted on January 4th, 2014 at 14:38 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


Another year has gone by and left us with a stack of incredible, mind-blowing pictures of space. We’ve gathered the best of 2013′s images of stars, galaxies, planets, and nebulas into our second WIRED Space Photo of the Day collection.

We’re celebrating with a gallery of our favorites from among the 365 we hand-picked every day this year. Highlights include young stars being born in the Large Magellanic Cloud, new views of both the Andromeda Galaxy and Horsehead Nebula, and the achingly beautiful picture of Saturn above. Here’s to another amazing year of space photos and the never-ending wonder of the universe.


It’s not everyday you get to see a familiar face in a new light. The Horsehead Nebula, one of the most famous celestial objects, is known for its black color. But here we get to see it in infrared wavelengths, making visible many typically invisible features. As NASA wrote:

Looking like an apparition rising from whitecaps of interstellar foam, the iconic Horsehead Nebula has graced astronomy books ever since its discovery more than a century ago. The nebula is a favorite target for amateur and professional astronomers. It is shadowy in optical light. It appears transparent and ethereal when seen at infrared wavelengths.

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How to tell if your dog is involved in a sex scandal

Posted on September 30th, 2013 at 22:19 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. That is one guilty looking bunch of dogs.

  2. Your next sex scandal is made possible and sponsored by the NSA.
    Here’s tom with the weather.

You’re Not A Train

Posted on September 18th, 2013 at 16:24 by Paul Jay in category: awesome, Great Picture


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Egg chairs

Posted on August 25th, 2013 at 17:59 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


this was taken in this bar called Le Nid (The Nest) which is on the 32nd floor of a building called Tour Bretagne in Nantes (France).

I don’t know why they have so many of those chairs. One should be un oeuf!

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  1. I don’t suppose they serve omelets? :-) Being a lacto-no-ovo vegetarian, I can’t say that this place would eggsactly be my cuppa…

  2. What kind of bad yolk is that?

  3. That bar is just a shell company…

  4. Maybe it’s an over-easy chair…

  5. They all appear to be broken to me.

  6. Oeufs corses they do.

20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 at 13:31 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the Sifter’s personal favourites is r/ColorizedHistory. The major contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers that bring historic photos to life through color. All of them are highly skilled digital artists that use a combination of historical reference material and a natural eye for colour.

When we see old photos in black and white, we sometimes forget that life back then was experienced in the same vibrant colours that surround us today. This gallery of talented artists helps us remember that :)

Below you will find a collection of some of the highest rated colorized images to date on r/ColorizedHistory.


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This is the Most Surreal and Chilling Photo You’ll See From Egypt

Posted on August 20th, 2013 at 12:17 by Paul Jay in category: Great Picture



It’s like a postcard gone wrong: This stunning photo showing the beach in Marsa Matrouh, Egypt, with the city on fire in the background, was reportedly taken on Wednesday, the day the violent crackdown on Egyptian protesters began by state police and military officials wich has now claimed the lives of over 500 people.

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  1. Looks like a nice day at the beach in Lebanon in the, what, 80′s?

The apartment owned by an unskilled bonsai tree grower.

Posted on August 15th, 2013 at 20:00 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Bloodshed in Egypt – The Big Picture

Posted on August 15th, 2013 at 11:25 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


Hundreds were killed across Egypt today as security forces stormed the two protest camps in Cairo filled with supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Violence erupted in streets throughout the capital city and the country. A one month state of emergency across the country was declared and the interim vice president resigned. ( 27 photos total)


An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded youth during clashes that broke out as Egyptian security forces moved in to disperse supporters of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi in a huge protest camp near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in eastern Cairo on August 14. (Mohammed Abdel Moneim/AFP/Getty Images)

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NASA Releases Images of Earth by Distant Spacecraft

Posted on July 23rd, 2013 at 13:15 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


Color and black-and-white images of Earth taken by two NASA interplanetary spacecraft on July 19 show our planet and its moon as bright beacons from millions of miles away in space.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured the color images of Earth and the moon from its perch in the Saturn system nearly 900 million miles (1.5 billion kilometers) away. MESSENGER, the first probe to orbit Mercury, took a black-and-white image from a distance of 61 million miles (98 million kilometers) as part of a campaign to search for natural satellites of the planet.

In the Cassini images Earth and the moon appear as mere dots — Earth a pale blue and the moon a stark white, visible between Saturn’s rings. It was the first time Cassini’s highest-resolution camera captured Earth and its moon as two distinct objects.


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  1. Is there any way to tell the difference between a faulty pixel in the camera image of a featureless portion of sky and a genuine snap of a faraway point of light that may or may not be a planet?

One of the last of its kind dies in captivity

Posted on July 21st, 2013 at 17:44 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. They may rise again. More privacy than mobiles.

  2. No they won’t, Mykolas. They were dying out long before mobile phones took over the universe. The phone companies couldn’t secure them and neither could private owners. Thieves would destroy them trying to get the $50 or so worth of coins they held. The only ones you see now are in the most conspicuously public places. Not much privacy to be had.

This Is What It Would Look Like If You Dropped Manhattan Into the Grand Canyon

Posted on July 21st, 2013 at 14:30 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture



When Swiss photographer Gus Petro took a trip to the United States last year, he was struck by the juxtaposition of “emptiness and density.”

Petro is used to seeing plains and mountains (staples of Switzerland’s landscape), but massive skyscrapers in the same country? “One is so full and the other so empty,” he says. “One goes up, the other down.”

Petro came up with a clever way to highlight this phenomenon during his visit to the Grand Canyon, one week after seeing New York City. The “contrast between the two was so strong and overwhelming that I had to express it somehow,” he says. So he created a photo project he calls Merge.

(more pictures at the link)

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44 years ago

Posted on July 20th, 2013 at 20:32 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Take a picture of Saturn

Posted on July 19th, 2013 at 14:46 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download<br />
 the highest resolution version available.

Take a picture of Saturn in the sky tonight. You could capture a view like this one. Recorded just last month looking toward the south, planet Earth and ruins of the ancient temple of Athena at Assos, Turkey are in the foreground. The Moon rises at the far left of the frame and Saturn is the bright “star” at the upper right, near Virgo’s alpha star Spica (picture with labels). If you do take a picture of Saturn or wave at Saturn and take a picture, you can share it online and submit it to the Saturn Mosaic Project. Why take a picture tonight? Because the Cassini spacecraft will be orbiting Saturn and taking a picture of you.

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He exists!

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 22:55 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Morning Coffee

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 22:33 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Also a lot of hydroxylic acid

Posted on July 11th, 2013 at 11:16 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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