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Which of the following would be brighter, in terms of the amount of energy delivered to your retina:

1. A supernova, seen from as far away as the Sun is from the Earth, or
2. The detonation of a hydrogen bomb pressed against your eyeball?

Applying the physicist rule of thumb suggests that the supernova is brighter.

And indeed, it is … by nine orders of magnitude.


Print Circuit Boards at Home


imageImage via Kickstarter

There have been big changes in circuit design lately, and it’s all thanks to conductive ink. I still think conductive ink-producing pens like Circuit Scribe are super cool, but this new Kickstarter project might take the cake.

Ag Inkjet Circuit (AgIC for short) turns your home printer into circuit-board manufacturing equipment via special ink and special paper. Wowza! It’s a quick, easy, and cheap way to create a precise prototype of a circuit pattern. Check out their Kickstarter campaign. They’ve already crushed their goal! 


"It was a mouth agape, I-can't-stop-giggling-out-of-pure-incredulity kind of leap."


Jordan Kushins:

I was asked to sit down, and was given a pair of Oculus HD goggles that were hanging from a cord suspended from the ceiling. I was handed a pair of headphones. At this point, everything was black and completely silent. I was only slightly anxious. And then they pressed play.

Immediately I was standing directly in the middle of a skate park. The sun was shining. There was a guy going back and forth over the shallow peaks and valleys directly to my right. There was no break in the scene as I looked left, and up, and all the way around behind me, and the sound remained true to the direction of his wheels along the concrete. This was a very real—like, shockingly real—3D transportation. It was a mouth agape, I-can’t-stop-giggling-out-of-pure-incredulity kind of leap.

Seems like a pretty great way to describe the first-time experience using Oculus. It’s the kind of description that makes $2 billion sound cheap.

As is this:

Can you imagine seeing a version of Gravity where the action wasn’t just taking place on a screen in front of you, but in every single direction? Where you could view the same footage an infinite number of times and still catch details you’d never seen before, simply because you turned your head ever-so-slightly—or all the way around, or up, or down—and shifted your perspective? No one will ever view the exact same cut of the exact same footage; it is completely personalized based on where you look at any given moment. That and it’s totally immersive. It’s a revolutionary idea, but not without its challenges.

Such technology, if nailed, would fundamentally alter the experience of watching a movie. 3D is a shitty coat of paint, this is the real deal. 


Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Riddle Finally Solved

Ever wonder why zebras have stripes? Scientists have too, and now they have an answer.

Researchers going as far back as Charles Darwin have offered a number of theories about how stripes might benefit zebras. Did they develop their unusual multi-hued coats as camouflage to help deter predators? To keep cool beneath the harsh African sun? Do their stripes help them identify each other? A new study topples all of those theories, leaving just one still standing….

Full Story: Discover Magazine

Hi there, 

If anyone wants to help me out with HTML/CSS coding in web design on WordPress (just normal CSS mostly) that would be wonderful. 

I would be open to pretty much any interesting tutorials, but right now I want to know this:

if I have a photo, and I want it to look different when you mouseover it (have another image overlay, likely a faded version with a word saying where the link is directing you to), can I do that in CSS or do I need JavaScript? Because I don’t know any JavaScript. 

Again, any interesting web design tutorials are welcome. 

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