Tuesday, February 27, 2007


For your reading and viewing pleasure.

First off, from Sirius, a link to some of the most astounding photographs I've ever seen. They're called "Pictures From the Sky," and they are truly spectacular. See them here.

Daniel Quock sent me a link to highlights of a Top Gear episode where the fellows converted a Robin Reliant (or Reliant Robin, if you read the Wikipedia entry)--into a space shuttle. It's as funny and clever as all the Top Gear episodes, some of the video footage is spectacular, and you can watch it here.

Also in the world of rockets, researchers at Georgia Tech have invented a five-stage rocket engine that uses 40% less fuel. How they did it was ingenious, and you can read about it here.

Here's a link to a story about Islamic mathematical knowledge as revealed through fifteenth century architecture. Here's an excerpt:
Magnificently sophisticated geometric patterns in medieval Islamic architecture indicate their designers achieved a mathematical breakthrough 500 years earlier than Western scholars, scientists said on Thursday.

By the 15th century, decorative tile patterns on these masterpieces of Islamic architecture reached such complexity that a small number boasted what seem to be "quasicrystalline" designs, Harvard University's Peter Lu and Princeton University's Paul Steinhardt wrote in the journal Science.

Fascinating, and you can read about it here.

Finally, also from Sirius, a link to a story about the world's hottest pepper. Peppers are rated for hotness on something called the Scoville scale. A japapeno is rated at 10,000. This new pepper is rated at over 1 million, and it's twice as hot as the hottest pepper previously known to exist.

This newly discovered pepper is known as the "ghost chile," comes from northeastern India, and you can read about it here.

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