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Friday, October 22, 2010

1,000,000 Frames Per Second Bullet Impact Footage

It's more or less the same thing over and over, but nonetheless always intriguing...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Benoît Mandelbrot Lives

News of Mandelbrot's death at the ripe age of 85 spread like a wildfire through the geek community (which I'm a proud member of) today. In highschool I remember seeing an image of the Mandelbrot Set and since then have been fascinated with it. In college I wrote a computer program to generate the Mandelbrot Set myself and became even more fascinated because of the complexity of the Set that comes from an absurdly simple equation:

z = z^2 + c.

In fact, the broader implications of his (as well as Fibinocci's) discovery has been a key component is how I view the world and try to make sense of it all.

As a sidenote, I also recently learned German and discovered that his name means Mr. Almondbread in English! :)

Anyway, here's a video I found an share with you in honor of Mr. Mandelbrot. I always wanted to make a video like this but never got around to it. Enjoy.

Mandelbrot Fractal Set Trip To e214 HD from teamfresh on Vimeo.

See also: Fibonacci Sequence

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Super Hydrophobic Carbon Nanotube Surface

Wow, that's hydrophobic. Very cool fluid dynamics video they made with their new hydrophobic surface...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Non-marsupial Birth

In light of my previous post on Kangaroos, which, being marsupials, give birth to a fetus the size of a jellybean, here's a medical animation video of a human birth.


Marsupials. What a cool evolutionary track! From the Marsupials Wikipedia page: "Marsupials have an extremely short gestation period (about 4–5 weeks), and the joey is 'born' basically in a fetal state. The blind, furless, miniature newborn, the size of a jelly bean, crawls across its mother's fur to make its way into the pouch, where it latches onto a teat for food." The whole article is interesting. Here are some pics I took of the kangaroos at the zoo in Munich, Germany.

See also: Wolf Fight

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