Archive for December 16th, 2010
A really really awesome science fiction short movie, made without a budget, that can compete with Star Trek in terms of its looks. Love the Kubrick references. This really blew me away.
Made with no money, just a little time and a lot of passion
via Minds Delight
Yeah I know it’s a big commercial hit that’s everywhere on the airwaves. I still like it though. Good clip too.
Extended version here.
- Update. Well, here is the sequel to part 1. I didn’t know it was a prequel, but apparently. The “epic” story of Martin Solveig continues, with a remix of the original track.
A very trippy sea creature.
A humble marine snail has a unique luminescent shell that brightens its glow, say scientists.
The snail, Hinea brasiliana, produces flashes of green light, which scare away predators.
Its tiny “bioluminescent” body part is lodged permanently within its shell, but the shell amplifies the light, and the faint glow it produces illuminates the whole shell surface.
The findings are published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B.
Dr Dimitri Deheyn from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, US, led the study.
He specialises in the study of bioluminescent organisms – living things that produce their own light.
Dr Deheyn has worked on glowing snails before, but he was intrigued by this one because, when it retracted into its opaque, yellow shell to avoid a predator, it still glowed.
“The shell actually amplifies the light – making the light source appear much bigger,” he told BBC News.
Examining the bright little creature further, the research team discovered that its shell was a far more effective “light diffuser” than the best commercially available product.
“It’s also colour-specific,” Dr Deheyn explained. “If you shine red light through it, it doesn’t work; if you shine blue light it doesn’t work.
“It only works for blue-green light that the snail produces.”
The team now plans to study the shell in detail, to find out how it works and possibly copy its specialised light-amplifying structure
This looks like something from Dostoyevsky. What a night this must have been.
A dispute over the existence of God between four Russians, drunk on a litre of pure alcohol, resulted in two of them being killed, news agencies reported.
The disagreement began over the weekend when the female house owner, her son, a male roommate and undisclosed male relative drank the litre of pure alcohol, “which they downed with snow,” a police investigator told RIA Novosti.
“Soon after the drinking session, the suspect [the son] and the two other men got into a fight about the existence of God,” the police official in the western Siberia region of Tomsk reported.
The son ended up attacking both men with a knife, killing them both, the report said.
The suspect, who has a prior conviction record, faces life in prison if found guilty.