‘Einstein’s Telescope’, A Brief Explanation of Gravitational Lensing as Theorized by Albert Einstein

Einstein’s Telescope” is the latest episode of the New York Times astronomy series Out There. The episode provides a brief explanation of gravitational lensing, which was first theorized by Albert Einstein. As light passes massive objects like galaxies or galaxy clusters it is bent by that object’s gravity, and given the right conditions can provide us with a view of what’s behind the object.

Recently, astronomers have benefitted from gravitational lensing to get four separate views of an exploding supernova more than nine billion light-years from Earth.

Art Prints Featuring the Unique Grill Designs of Major Automobile Manufacturer’s Iconic Vehicles Throughout History

Chicago-based architect and designer Jerome Daksiewicz of NOMO Design has created a collection of serigraph art prints featuring the unique grill designs of major automobile manufacturer’s iconic vehicles throughout history. According to Daksiewicz, screen printing will be handled by VGKids in Ypsillanti, Michigan. He is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for help with print, packaging, and shipping costs.

I’ve carefully crafted 28 illustrations of each manufacturer’s iconic automobiles. From the 1908 Ford Model-T to the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air to the BMW i Series. I’ve tried to depict the most important and iconic vehicles in each manufacturer’s history. All icons are drawn to the same scale. Shown together on one print, you can see their design evolve through the years.

The Auto Icon prints 18″x24″ serigraphs, each limited to an edition of 500. Your prints will be stamped and signed on the back, rolled and shipped in a heavy-duty kraft tube. Final print colors will slightly vary from what’s shown on screen. Pledges are for prints only, they ship unframed.

Ford
Ford

BMW
BMW

Ferrari
Ferrari

Porsche
Porsche

Auto Icon Screen Prints

images via Jerome Daksiewicz

via Visual News

An Experiment Demonstrates What Happens When an Entire Roll of Toilet Paper Is Rolled out on an Airplane Then Flushed

In the latest episode of his new kids comedy series 2 Juice Minimum, comedian Mark Malkoff performs an experiment to see what happens when an entire roll of toilet paper is rolled down the aisle of an airplane and then flushed.

In the video, Malkoff explains that he was told the experiment would result in the entire roll being flushed down the toilet at once, but he decided to try it for himself.

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Doxie Flip, An Extremely Portable Flatbed Scanner Designed for Digitizing Photos on the Go

Doxie

The Doxie Flip is a small, ultra-portable flatbed scanner created by hardware maker Apparent that is designed for digitizing photos, sketches, and other small papers on the go. The diminutive scanner features a transparent window for aligning images and a removable lid to scan objects like notebooks that aren’t perfectly flat, saving all of those files to a Micro SD card. The Doxie Flip is currently available for 32% off at the newly launched Laughing Squid Store.

Doxie

Doxie

Doxie

Doxie

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Homer Simpson Nearly Calculated the Mass of the Higgs Boson ‘God Particle’ Years Before It Was Discovered

homer boson

In his book The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, author Simon Singh claims that in the 1998 episode of The Simpsons titled “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace“, the character Homer Simpson nearly calculated the mass of the Higgs boson “God particle” more than a decade before it was discovered.

The Higgs boson was first theorized in 1964 by a team of physicists including Peter Higgs, for whom the particle was named. The Higgs boson and the Higgs field are believed to be what gives certain fundamental particles mass. Scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider tentatively confirmed their discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. They calculated the mass of the particle to be between 125 and 127 giga-electron volts (GeV).

Homer’s equation, when solved, gives a mass of 775 GeV, more than five times the actual mass of the Higgs boson, but as Singh explains in the book it was, “not a bad guess, particularly bearing in mind that Homer is an amateur inventor and he performed this calculation fourteen years before the physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, tracked down the elusive particle.”

The full chapter of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets that deals with the specific equation in question can be read in a post by Singh on Boing Boing.

image via Simpsons World

via The Telegraph

Lightors, Reusable AA and AAA Batteries That Can Be Recharged Via a Built-In Micro-USB Port

Lightors are standard-sized reusable AA and AAA batteries that have a built-in micro-USB port, letting users refill their charge up to 500 times using a stand USB cable. The batteries display a red light when charging and a blue light when they’re finished, a process that should take around three hours all told. The project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

Lightors

Lightors

images via Lightors

via Geeky Gadgets, The Awesomer

A Look at the High-Intensity Workouts Firefighters Use to Stay Fit in the Line of Duty

The New York Times takes a look at 555 Fitness, a charity organization designed to help keep firefighters in shape. At present, four-fifths of American firefighters are overweight, while around half of deaths in the line of duty are due to heart attacks. The group’s workout is similar to the sort of high-intensity functional fitness training cropping up in gyms across the country.

Functional fitness training is the newer trend in the American fitness craze, and it works out great for our particular job, because it involves full body movements. There’s no bicep curl at a fire-ground. You all are depending on each other and you all are suffering together.

Photographer Snaps Stunning Shots of a Camping Trip on Top of a Frozen Lake Erie in the Dead of Winter

Lake Erie

Cleveland-based photographer Mike Sutadji snapped some stunning photos of a camping trip he and his friend Ariel Travis took on top of Lake Erie in the dead of winter, setting up a tent on the ice of the fourth-largest Great Lake. The campers experienced temperatures as low as nine degrees during the night.

Lake Erie

Lake Erie

Lake Erie

Lake Erie

images via Scene Magazine

via Scene Magazine