- All living creatures of the earth, and all material objects on it, are subject to the pull of one great force: the force of gravity. Were that to be suspended even for a moment, the most extraordinary things would begin to happen. I for example would suddenly float into the air.
Vintage NASA/McDonnel Douglas concept art, circa 1975, depicts a future space station imagined in the Manned Orbital Systems Concept program.
Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”
Voronoi Map of Closest International Airport to any Point on the Globe
(Source: Washington Post)
Great Britain Railways by Operator
This is such as mess and is the reason why we have the one of the most expensive and yet the most frustratingly dysfunctional railway system in Europe.
The taxpayer already pays for the upkeep of the infrastructure, it’s only the actual running of the trains that’s in the hands of the private sector, with each operator having a monopoly on their own routes.
The bottom line is you don’t choose your destination based on which company runs the trains, in the same way you might choose your supermarket. You have to use the company that goes to where you want to go, so there is absolutely no competition whatsoever (except when the contracts are under review, but this only happens every roughly every 10 years).
I really think that the only way forward is to re-nationalise the rail system, like every other developed European country. See here for more: http://www.bringbackbritishrail.org/
Water Experiment No. 33 Automata
What a beautiful work of craftsmanship.
By: Dean O’Callaghan
Can’t look away…
The Western Veil
A vital reminder from the fourth episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos series.
Perhaps Bertrand Russell put it best in his 10 commandments of learning, where he admonished:
Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
Pair with Carl Sagan’s toolkit for critical thinking.
Someone make this into a billboard please, including mechanical raising eyebrow.