10 stories to read this weekend - April 18, 2014

Did a lot of catching up in the last two days to put up this list. Hope you find this week’s picks interesting.

Have a great weekend!


Kurt Vonnegut's 1999 commencement address

Best thing i’ve read all day. 

(Reblogged from explore-blog)


Source: http://bit.ly/1mhN4jv

(Reblogged from asapscience)

Cachoeira (by Rodrigo EBA!)

I’ve not seen anything like this before. Stop Motion vid made using water drops. Lovely!

Anonymous asked: What should someone do if s/he is bad in his/her interests, but is good in stuff s/he dislikes?


I am of the personal opinion that one should always be moving toward a place of happiness and personal fulfillment. With that being said, I would rather do something I love and struggle at it than be miserable doing something I am good at. We spend our lives saying things like “after this I can finally…”, “one day I’ll …” or “my life will be better when …”

Instead of saying these things we should be making changes to be in a state of happiness and fulfillment now. Why wait to be happy or to be doing something you like when you can start moving directly to it now?

So I guess my advice would be to do something that you like even if you aren’t the best at it. I wish you the best in what ever choice you make! Thanks for the ask


“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Great Advice! 

(Reblogged from astronomicalwonders)

Today’s random fact of day comes via kidsneedscience:

When designing the Shuttle program, NASA was looking for a word to signify reliability, cost savings and re-usability.  The noun shuttle entered English first, in the mid-14th century to signify a weaving tool, from Old English scytel meaning a dart or arrow.  A hundred years later the verb shuttle arrived meaning to move back and forth quickly or to move rapidly to and fro, no doubt taken from the speedy action of the shuttle in use during weaving.  It did not acquire the modern sense of to move via a shuttle service until the advent of buses and public transportation.  NASA began using the word around 1969 as they began working on the Shuttle program.  Interestingly, the word rocket also derives from weaving:  the word rocket entered English in 1610 from the Italian word rocchetto, meaning a bobbin or spool head.  The Italian root probably derived from a Germanic root such as rocko with the same meaning.  The word was first used in English to describe a device propelled by a rocket engine in 1919. 

Image of the STS-1 Launch and crew courtesy NASA.

(Reblogged from kidsneedscience)

10 Stories to read this weekend - April 12, 2014

My recommendations for this week: 

Have a great weekend!

Random fact of the day - Apr 11, 2014

Ammonia was named after the Egyptian god Amon. It was called so by the Romans because they first discovered it near a temple dedicated to the said god. 

You can read more such random facts in the archive.


A Diagram of Current Space Missions

This diagram shows the currently active space missions around our solar system. It shows satellites in orbit around various planets as well as the rovers that have landed on Mars. The Pioneer 10 & 11 space craft do not fit on this diagram because they are now so far away. However, the Voyager 1 space craft is the farthest and is currently passing through the edge of our solar system.

This diagram has been updated for April 2014. To see previous diagrams click the link here: (previous diagrams)

Credit: Olaf Frohn / The Planetary Society

WOW! that is quite impressive. 

(Reblogged from astronomicalwonders)
There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Ep 2: Some of the Things that Molecules Do)

(Source: ckerouac)

(Reblogged from infinity-imagined)