Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Two Men Are Walking Every Block in New York City

William Helmreich and Matt Green plan to walk over 6,000 miles of streets across New York City's five boroughs - that's every single block. Though they are doing the same thing, Helmreich and Green have vastly different approaches and reasons for embarking on the journey.

Via: Laughing Squid

In The Ether Dome

The scene above reenacts one of the most important moments in medical history. On October 16, 1846 William T.G. Morton demonstrated the first public surgery using anesthetic (ether) in Massachusetts General Hospital’s surgical amphitheater, now known as the Ether Dome. The designated guinea pig was Edward Gilbert Abbott who had a tumour on his neck. During the operation, Morton administered the ether, after which Dr John Collins Warren removed the tumour. The operation was a success, although it seems Abbott’s tumour changed very little in size.

The Ether Dome is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

Dances of the Planets

The planets move in exquisite orbital patterns.  A Little Book of Coincidence by John Martineau illustrates these  patterns and their geometrical relationships. If one were to take the orbits of two planets and draw a line between their positions every few days interesting patterns evolve because the inner planet orbits faster than the outer planet. The positions of Earth and Venus over 8 years produce a five-petal flower with the sun at the centre (below).

Read more: Ensign Software - ESPL: Dances of the Planets
Thanks Bruce!

Gorgeous Photos Of Carnivorous Plants

Finnish photographer, Joni Niemelä, captures beautiful nature images. His favourite work is macro photography of  Drosera, also known as sundews, one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants. Niemelä's photos are beautiful.


A Polaroid Printer That's Finger-Lickin' Good

Chicken chain KFC is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Canada with the "Memories Bucket", a device that allows customers to connect their smartphones to the bucket via Bluetooth and print photos from their camera roll.  Here's how it works:

Via HUH.