Friday, July 14, 2017

Galaxy Magazine Free Online

The ID guide for the top authors of 1952.
Along with Astounding and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Galaxy Magazine was one of the more important science fiction digests in the 20th century. Ray Bradbury wrote for it-- an early version of  Fahrenheit 451 appeared in its pages--as did Heinlein, Asimov, Pohl, Sturgeon, Cordwainer Smith, Vance, and numerous others.

Now a fairly decent collection of issues (355 in all) is available for your reading pleasure at archive.org for free. It’s not the complete run of the magazine yet, but it’s pretty close.

Just 2 of the stories you can start off with would be the Ray Bradbury story (“The Fireman”), or Robert A. Heinlein’s “The Puppet Masters.”


Friday, June 30, 2017

All the Rivers & Streams in the U.S. Shown in Rainbow Colors

A data visualization to behold



A beautifully rendered multi-color map. Created by Hungarian geographer and map-designer Robert Szucs, using open-source QGIS software, the high resolution map above shows:
all the permanent and temporary streams and rivers of the contiguous 48 states in beautiful rainbow colours, divided into catchment areas. It shows Strahler Stream Order Classification. The higher the stream order, the thicker the line.

When you look at the map, you'll see, as The Washington Post observes,
 "Every river in a color drains to the same river, which then drains into the ocean. The giant basin in the middle of the country is the Mississippi River basin. Major rivers like the Ohio and the Missouri drain into the behemoth."
Pretty cool.
Imugr gallery of originals.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Tediously Accurate Map of the Solar System

A really cool representation of how empty space is. Follow the link below, and grab your favorite drink 'cause it'll take a while to go through all the planets.

If the moon were only 1 pixel.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blue-Green and Red Clouds on Sunday Night

NASA Rocket Launch Will Create Blue-Green and Red Clouds on Sunday

NASA
On June 11, East Coast skywatchers may be in for a lovely show Sunday night, as NASA launches a sounding rocket and brightly colored vapor clouds into the night.

The (dog-inspired?) Terrier-Improved Malemute rocket is an information-gathering craft laden with instruments to capture information about our atmosphere and ionosphere. Its path will follow a sharp U-shaped trajectory, launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, soaring miles into the sky, peaking, then falling back to Earth and plunging into the Atlantic Ocean.

The launch is scheduled to occur between 9:04 and 9:19 p.m. EDT. Experts estimate that the flight will take about eight minutes from start to finish. Approximately four or five minutes after the rocket takes off, NASA will deploy 10 soda can–sized canisters full of reactive chemicals. The cans will burst 96 to 124 miles in the air, producing enormous, vibrant blooms of harmless red and blue-green clouds formed by the interaction of barium, strontium, and cupric-oxide. (These are commonly found in fireworks.) If the weather cooperates, these vapor tracers should be visible from New York to North Carolina and westward into Virginia.
NASA
Scientists will track the movement and dissipation of the clouds to understand how particles and air are flowing through the sky above us. Deploying the vapor tracers at a distance from the rocket should help provide an even fuller picture of just what’s going on up there.

You can catch it via Ustream or on the project’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Full article here.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rise of Cities Across the Globe, 3700BC to 2000AD

Since I'm interested in most things regarding maps this was kinda cool. This goes along with the world population map from a while back.

Last year, a Yale-led research project produced an innovative dataset that mapped the history of urban settlements. Covering a 6,000 year period, the project traced the location and size of cities across the world, starting in 3700 BC (when the first known urban dwellings emerged in Sumer) and continuing through 2000 AD. Done by Yale’s Meredith Reba.

The Yale dataset was originally published in Scientific Data in 2016.

You can read more about the mapping of urban settlements at this Yale website.

And in this day and age what doesn't get turned into a youtube video.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Star Wars - Happy 40th

Almost forgot the date. Star Wars was first released on May 25th, 1977. Today marks it's 40th anniversary.

From a prior post;

The very first Star Wars poster by Brothers Hildebrandt, 1976, before the film was introduced;

A Treasury of Rare and Weird Star Wars Posters From Around the World
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A New Hope, Italy, 1977, by Michelangelo Papuzza

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A New Hope, Romania, 1977

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A New Hope, Israel, 1977




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A New Hope, Japan, 1977

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A New Hope, US, 1977, Drew Struzan

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A New Hope, Poland, 1978, by Jakub Erol

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A New Hope, Hungary, 1979, by András Felvidéki

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A New Hope, Hungary, 1979, by Tibor Helényi

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The Empire Strikes Back, Hong Kong, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, France, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, Japan, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, Japan, 1980, Noriyoshi Ohrai

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The Empire Strikes Back, Turkey, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, Hong Kong, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, Germany, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, Romania, 1981

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The Empire Strikes Back, Hungary, 1982, by Tibor Helényi

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The Empire Strikes Back, Poland, 1982, Jakub Erol

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The Empire Strikes Back, Poland, 1983, Miroslaw Lakomski

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Return of the Jedi, Hungary, 1984, by Tibor Helényi

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Return of the Jedi, Turkey, 1983

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Return of the Jedi, Poland, 1984, Witold Dybowski

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Russia, 1990, by Yury Bokser and Alexander Chantsev

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Russia, 1990, by Yury Bokser and Alexander Chantsev

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Russia, 1990, by Yury Bokser and Alexander Chantsev

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Russia, 1990, by Yury Bokser and Alexander Chantsev

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