an altogether higher class of gibbonindex
Expect some jumbo-sized uploads to Flickr quite imminently, but I've recently found myself unexpectedly exploring multiple Canadian research establishments with a camera.
Your intrepid correspondent has braved ionising radiation (dosage in the order of consuming three bananas), strong magnetic fields and radio-quiet valleys in order to bring you these glimpses of SCIENCE in Canada.
In other astrophysical news, pioneering radio astronomer, hero of the Space Race and arboriculturalist, Sir Bernard Lovell, has died aged 98. Of note: I once pointed a radio telescope at the radio telescope.
Following a vast journey across unfathomable emptiness, a lone explorer shall survey the empty, potentially lifeless wastes of ... Canada?
In case they don't have the intertubes in Canadaland, here's an EMERGENCY SUNDAY THINGS, prepped and launched some time prior to Sunday, its eventual arrival now fully automated.
Looking for a good place for up-to-the-minute news, discussion and occasional insider information? Try the Unmanned Spaceflight forums. Go Curiosity!
I HOPE IT WORKS I HOPE IT WORKS I HOPE IT WORKS.
The Sunday Things series continues its unstoppable march with a miscellaneous batch of non-Olympian links this week:
Bonus Soviet Radioactivity corner:
- Surviving Disaster: Chernobyl - Vyvyan Basterd from The Young Ones (sorry) stars in this serious BBC docu-drama about Valery Legasov, a key member of the government's investigatory commission, and his mysterious suicide...
- Chelyabinsk-40 and the implausibly radioactive Lake Karachay. Compare: the Hanford Site.
- Abandoned RTGs on the Kola Peninsula - small image, but when you know what a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator is, utterly terrifying.
First of all, let's get the particularly SPAAAACE-oriented link out of the way:
Now on with the merely space-oriented linkage:
Bonus Peculiar Cartography corner:
- Strange Maps - "all kinds of intriguing maps - real, fictional, and what-if ones". (By the way, I love maps. Scattered around my flat: a huge nautical chart for the San Juan Islands, a geological map for where I grew up in the coal-mining East Midlands, 1950s geological maps and plans for mineral mines from Central America (a box filled with the things courtesy of Powell's Books!), an old walker's map of the Lake District, large-scale maps of Brussels, etc. etc. etc. - then I make fictitious ones in my day-job. Nice.) via isoma
- Baarle-Nassau - ridiculously complicated border between Belgium and the Netherlands. There's a bit of the Netherlands surrounded by Belgium surrounded by the Netherlands...
- Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River, Part IV - I think I'm going to be printing out these maps...
Bonus Weird History corner:
- Quite Likely the Worst Job Ever - 19th century toshers, crawling through the rat-infested sewers of London to pick coins and other valuable items from the raw sewage.
- The Anatomical Machines of Cappella Sansevero - preserved corpses of murdered servants, with arteries, veins and organs 'marbilised' through some strange alchemical process - or something altogether less grisly?