1. 17:26 14th Aug 2014

    Notes: 541

    Reblogged from supersonicart

    supersonicart:

    Mary Iverson at Thinkspace Gallery.

    This Saturday, August 16th, 2014 artist Mary Iverson will join Stephanie Buer at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California for the two person show “After.”  Mary Iverson’s work features sweeping landscapes filled with geometric additions to enforce a sense of confusion over humanity’s invasion of the natural world.  See more of Mary’s work below!

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  2. 03:19 7th Aug 2014

    Notes: 1749

    Reblogged from scinerds

    pennyfornasa:

    Does the “7 Minutes Of Terror” sound like a cheesy horror flick or a theme park ride to you? It’s not. That’s the phrase NASA used to describe the entry, descent and landing (also known as EDL) sequence of the Mars rover, Curiosity. Seven minutes is the time it took for Curiosity to go from the top of the Martian atmosphere to the surface of Mars. It was by far the most complicated and ambitious Mars landing ever attempted.

    It required a carefully orchestrated set of maneuvers that had to be controlled entirely by computer. Even the slightest error could mean disaster. The spacecraft began to decelerate as it entered the Martian atmosphere and was guided using small rockets, then at approximately 1,000 mph a supersonic parachute was deployed to further slow the descent allowing the heat shield to separate at around 370 mph. Curiosity then separated from its parachute and began its powered descent at 70 mph using retrorockets that slowed the rover and brought it close enough to the surface that it could be lowered to the ground via a sky crane. It was a daring feat of engineering that captivated the world had everyone holding their breath until they heard the words of the mission controller, “Touchdown confirmed. We’re safe on Mars!”

    Watch the “7 Minutes Of Terror” http://youtu.be/Ki_Af_o9Q9s

    Download the full infographic here: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographics/infographic.view.php?id=10776

    Anyone else think the “7 Minutes Of Terror” would make an awesome theme park ride?

     
  3. Dream

    Dream dreams dreamless dreaming others dreams. neil-gaiman

     
  4. 21:23 6th Jul 2014

    Notes: 1723

    Reblogged from robertreich

    robertreich:

    Dozens of big U.S. corporations are considering leaving the United States in order to reduce their tax bills.

    But they’ll be leaving the country only on paper. They’ll still do as much business in the U.S. as they were doing before.

    The only difference is they’ll no longer be “American,”…

     
  5. 05:11 19th Jun 2014

    Notes: 23

    Reblogged from mostlysignssomeportents

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    mostlysignssomeportents:

If you call your Congressional rep today, we can stop NSA mass surveillance in its tracks. Today, Congress will vote on a critical amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill: under this amendment, the NSA will be prohibited from using its prodigious budget to conduct mass, warrantless surveillance and to sabotage security standards and technology. This doesn’t solve all the surveillance problems, but it’s the cleanest, quickest and most plausible way to hamstring NSA spying. The last time this happened, Congress came within seven votes of passing it. The chances are even better now. CALL.
Shut the NSA’s Backdoor to the Internet
(Image: I want you to blow the whistle, Mike, )

    mostlysignssomeportents:

    If you call your Congressional rep today, we can stop NSA mass surveillance in its tracks. Today, Congress will vote on a critical amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill: under this amendment, the NSA will be prohibited from using its prodigious budget to conduct mass, warrantless surveillance and to sabotage security standards and technology. This doesn’t solve all the surveillance problems, but it’s the cleanest, quickest and most plausible way to hamstring NSA spying. The last time this happened, Congress came within seven votes of passing it. The chances are even better now. CALL.

    Shut the NSA’s Backdoor to the Internet

    (Image: I want you to blow the whistle, Mike, )

     
  6. What is significant

    The moment we realize how small and cosmically insignificant we are, is the moment that, perhaps, our hearts can open the widest.

     
  7. 17:56 15th Jun 2014

    Notes: 242481

    Reblogged from poetry-mania

    balsambreath:

    I thought of texting you
    "good morning, I can’t sleep"
    and then I remembered
    that you are on a journey
    which I am not a part of
    and that’s okay
    but
    good morning
    I can’t sleep

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought and felt this…

     
  8. 02:31 12th Jun 2014

    Notes: 85

    Reblogged from syntaxandsemantics

    syntaxandsemantics:

    a soft start from cradling palms
    then the gift of life in movement, 
    birth of a journey rising to the heavens destined
    and the peak
    a pause, a moment closest to the sun, a breath
    and then descent
    towards emptiness,
    the gentle fall to dirt
    the dead landing, so quiet.

     
  9. 02:29

    Notes: 52

    Reblogged from poetry-mania

    alwaysthegrieve:

    let me rest against
    the mollescent
    part of your
    shoulders

    like a comma
    misplaced, hanging
    off my syllables

    the part
    that stretches
    canvases into
    poetry

    perhaps
    I should watch
    my tongue

    what with my
    lips bleeding
    rosaries

    and yours
    blissful scorn.

    (Source: alwaysthegriieve)

     
  10. 22:57 8th Jun 2014

    Notes: 471

    Reblogged from rift-walk

    Math isn’t really science. You don’t do experiments, or collect and interpret data. You just manipulate a bunch of rules (axioms) and get a ‘proof’, an idea that will hold true forever.

    When our cells divide, our DNA packs itself up into tighter and tighter coils. The study of how this packing occurs and what form it takes can be described using knot theory, and the same applies with sphere eversion.

    Did you know that in a gathering of 6 or more people, there will be three that are either mutual friends or mutually don’t know each other? This is a basic result in Ramsey theory, the study of how and where order appears.

    Do you know international shipping is actually a hard problem? The best route to take, delivering everything on time is a problem that sits on the intersection of combinatorics, computational complexity theory, graph theory (topology!!) and logistics. Tangentially, if you want to calculate the odds of getting a full house in poker, you use combinatorics (about 0.144%). If you want to know how long it will take a government to read your encrypted emails, thats roughly a computational complexity problem. If you want to run a successful dating website, or build the next Google, you better brush up on your graph theory.

    The real world, and more generally, the universe is full of surprising interconnections between fields of knowledge. Mathematics is the search for pattern and order, for abstract, unchanging truths in so much chaos.

    Whenever I catch myself thinking, “when will there ever be an application for this”, I remind myself that the universe is not confined by my lack of imagination.

    — Knight of Lambda (via rift-walk)