Came across this really interesting article about art forgeries and the science and scientists behind proving that the Perfect Fake is fake, but not perfect.
So for a little light bedtime reading, it’s usually a science book or something similar. I recently bought a science reference book (it’s useful to have a periodic table handy when my mind wanders) and read about the accuracy of Cesium clocks and other (mis-)uses of radioactive materials……
We count the rot of Cesium to mark time;
we are obsessed with measuring the past
as it come at us, from a future cast
quite randomly; yet we strive to align
the whirl of planets circling the stars
above us. Slicing time up like a pie
in pieces with precise equality
so we can note the passage of the hours.
We watch the atoms split, then split them more,
note and love the difference in decay,
and harness it to blow ourselves away,
then realize we cannot close that door.
We know that action made the world a mess
but that’s one thing we couldn’t second guess.
Concrete is the most commonly used building material in the world. And now, by adding the invisible wonder material graphene to it, researchers have taken a step towards a more sustainable construction industry. The new graphene-laced concrete is two times as strong and four times as water-resistant as the standard stuff, shows a new study…
For those of you who are into science – at least reading about it – can I recommend this blog – sciencesprings. Richard posts a lot of interesting science stuff from earth and around the universe.
From Science Alert: “This Volcano Erupted For 5 Years Straight, And The Photos Are Mesmerising” — sciencesprings
Science Alert 5 APR 2018 SIGNE DEAN You’re looking at a very rare type of lava fountain. (USGS) On 24 May 1969, a deep rumbling started within Kīlauea, the largest of the volcanoes comprising the island of Hawai’i. Looking up the slope of Kilauea, a shield volcano on the island of Hawaii. In the foreground, […]
My beginning students learn that there is a lot of science in art. This is an old article but I kept it to reblog: A neuroscientist working in an art museum. I was prompted to blog it today after having a conversation yesterday with a lady who had just completed her masters in psychology and was hoping to consult in the corporate world, rather than enter private medical practice, and to incorporate art into her work. Maybe we’ll work together on something…..
So often, Wales get bundled in with England. I was glad to see that CNN reported the correct geography on this article about hydrogen cars. We Welsh aren’t noted for engineering like some other countries, but there is a lot of green in the landscape….
Quiver of Quotes came up with some interesting little used words, that piqued my interest for continuing the stream of sonnets. The flow had taken a break after having finally surpassed (in numbers at least) Shakespeare’s collection. Here was the one that came to fruition from The Quote’s list. And thank you as ever to wikipedia.org for giving me enough material!
The mystery of an armillary sphere!
How does it work? How does it turn around?
Rings built to represent what hangs in air,
or how it is positioned from the ground.
I wonder at the workings of the mind
that dreamed up such an engineering feat;
Ptolemaic turns on earth defined,
Copernican with sun at center seat.
Mankind has realized since he looked up
that stars revolve across the deep blue night
and puzzled at the turnings of this cup
and with the armil, tried to show it right.
Stargazers wonder at the skies so clear,
then track it with an armillary sphere.