30 July 2009, jd2020 @ 7:41 pm

Oculus (shown below) is the first luxury yacht from Schopfer Yachts LLC. This 250-foot vessel was designed by E. Kevin Schopfer, founder and owner of his namesake company. Designed to accommodate 12 guests in extraordinary comfort and style, Oculus is a long distance cruising yacht capable of speeds upwards of 25 knots.

Schopfer Yacht’s second design launch was a 300-foot super yacht named The Infinitas. Slide shows here.

Check out this cool animation tour of The Oculus by Tangram 3DS.

The Oculus Luxury Yacht

30 July 2009, jd2020 @ 11:08 am

Eerie daytime shot of the effect of a full solar eclipse, July 22, 2009.Full Solar Eclipse July 22, 2009Enlarge Image

22 July 2009, jd2020 @ 12:56 am

Very cool interactive panorama of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Moonwalk
NASA interactive panorama map of Apollo 11
NASA also put together this awesome audio experience of the entire Apollo 11 mission… in observance of the 40th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon, audio from the entire Apollo 11 mission will be replayed and streamed on the Internet at exactly the same time and date it was broadcast in 1969. The audio retrospective will begin at launch minus two hours, 7:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 2009 and continue through splashdown of the mission at 12:51 p.m. July 24, 2009 and the recovery of the crew shortly afterward.

NASA compiled a set of audio highlights of the Apollo 11 mission here.

There is also an audio database of the mission in MP3 format here.

Check out Google Moon – a Lunar walk through using clickable charts and maps of the different Apollo voyages. Way to go Google!

17 July 2009, jd2020 @ 10:22 pm

Its been high time that weapons are allowed to fend off pirates on the high seas. How about a laser mounted on a ship so as to blast would-be punks out of the water?

Laser for oceanic pirates

Northrop Grumman came away with the $98-million contract for the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) in early July. Next up: installing a prototype of the laser on a ship and testing it on a remote-controlled small boat within the next 18 months.

The same laser can first identify potentially threatening watercraft, and then use illumination to warn the intruder away from Navy warships. As a last resort, the laser can dial up to high-power mode and strike either the craft’s motor or hull. Bring it on, I think its a much better answer than forever litigation and longterm care.
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10 July 2009, jd2020 @ 12:40 am

Ever been confused by all the letters and squiggles used by scientists?

Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos about physics and astronomy presented by experts from The University of Nottingham. Choose a symbol and see a video about it.

9 July 2009, jd2020 @ 4:14 pm

Gundam promotes Tokyo 2016’s Olympic bid
Thursday 09th July, 08:47 AM JST      COOL!!!!

Tokyo 2016’s environmental, technological and youth-engaging credentials were spotlighted Wednesday with the announcement of the Green Tokyo Gundam Project, which kicks off Saturday in Odaiba to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam, the popular Japanese anime series created by Yoshiyuki Tomino.

Check out these photos of the 18 meter tall working robot in Odaiba (click for large view)

3 July 2009, jd2020 @ 4:12 pm

Facts about the Statue of Liberty

The exterior copper covering of the Statue of Liberty is 3/32 of an inch thick (less than the thickness of two pennies) and the light green color (called a patina) is the result of natural weathering of the copper.

During the restoration completed in 1986, the new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold.

Official dedication ceremonies held on Thursday, October 28, 1886

Total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches

Height of the Statue from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches

The face on the Statue of Liberty measures more than 8 feet tall

There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty

A tablet held in her left hand measures 23′ 7″ tall and 13′ 7″ wide inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776)

The Statue has a 35-foot waistline

There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds

Total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds)

At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny

The Statue of Liberty National Monument officially celebrated her 100th birthday on October 28, 1986. Cool Statue of Liberty Light Show.

The Declaration of Independence

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