Mad Quickies: The Super Shiny New Year Edition
It’s the first day of 2016! Time to start fresh. Time to make some lists. Time to really dig in and get things done! … But hey, not so fast, you guys, *I’ve* got some lists and other cool link you’ll want to check out first. Onward!
The Bad Astronomer shares his list of The Top Space and Astronomy Stories of 2015 including tons of Pluto, some Elon Musk and a rubber ducky.
Colossal gives us the Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2015 National Geographic Photography Competition.
Start planning an American road trip right now! Scientific American has posted an early edition of Science Art Exhibits in 2016 adn has listed them by geographic section of the US with little descriptions of the installation. I want to go to all of them! [Thanks to Kalliopi Monoyios for the data.]
Twitter find: <a href="https://twitter.com/ESA_XMMESA XMM-Newton, ESA’s X-ray satellite, in earth orbit since 1999. Check out this gorgeous visualisation of the polarisation of the Cosmic Microwave Background. Via Charlie Payne
Flavorwire listed the media’s best articles of 2015 that qualify as game-changing journalism.
Oh my stars and little comets! The USPS is ALSO going to feature Pluto and planets and the Moon, too.
Here’s something clever and practical from Chemistry Life Hacks.
How to Sharpen Your Knife Without a Sharpener
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Dull knives are a drag. Not having a knife sharpener is an even bigger drag. This chemistry life hack is going to have you going straight MacGyver up on that lame point of yours. Check out Jeff Potter’s book, Cooking for Geeks for more interesting kitchen hacks:
Featured [excerpted] image and caption by Places winner Francisco Mingorance.
From the pages: National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest. “Asteroid” On the occasion of the preparation of a report on Ríotinto from the air, I decided to include phosphogypsum ponds located in the marshes of red and whose radioactive discharges has destroyed part of the marsh. As an environmental photojournalist had to tell this story and report it but had to do with an image that by itself attract attention of the viewer. I discovered this on a low-flying training that caught my attention for its resemblance to the impact of an asteroid on its green waters. Location: Cardeñas, Andalusia, Spain.