A modern crew learns the secrets of sailing a restored New England whaling ship.
Okay, the Navy can’t risk sailing the Constitution, but someone decided to risk the second oldest sailing ship in the US from the mid-19th century! Great to see under sail and so true that only by “doing” can we discover what our ancestors knew. And remember this is knowledge that is less than 200 years old. Imagine what we have forgotten from 2000 years ago!
For three weeks, the five surviving members of the Pythons have been performing a series of shows in London, called Monty Python Live (Mostly). Thousands of fans have seized the opportunity to see the Pythons reunite and perform familiar routines. Sunday was its final performance.
NASA engineers use origami as inspiration when they fold up solar panels for their trip to space. Shown here: the Miura fold. Once a piece of paper (or solar array) is all folded up, it can be completely unfolded in one smooth motion. You can read more about origami in space here, and learn how to do the Miura fold in this video:
Image: Astronaut Scott Parazynski repairs a damaged ISS solar panel (NASA)
Who knew that folding paper wiould help the space program?
via pbsdigitalstudios and laughingsquid: Bohemian Gravity and a cappella version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Brilliant. Although now I’m waiting for the “volcano version” where “MAMAAAAA” becomes “LAVAAAAAA. OOooooOOOooo!” Quantum Queen! Brilliant way to start the day. McGill University master’s student Timothy Blais turned his thesis on three-dimensional gravity into a rock opera cover tune. He has also apparently learned to clone himself. When you consider that Brian May is an actual astrophysicist and Freddie is named for the closest planet to the sun, this just gets better.
It’s Queen. It’s science. And it is amazing. Please watch this