Posted on April 3rd, 2018

Reaching Orbit – Or Whatever

I’ve been told that modern day humans have short attention spans. Something to do with the internet/Netflix/memes/Tide Pods. I’m not really sure. I just skim the headlines. I will take this opportunity to indulge, if only briefly, in click bait for your reading pleasure.

For example, this MIT robot that solved a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds. You can even watch it in slow motion. I’d be more impressed if the robot didn’t make it look so easy. To beat the previous record of 0.637 seconds, the mechanics of the robot in question were improved, not the algorithm. I’d tell you more… But who cares?!

Video Credit: MIT/Ben Katz/Jared Di Carlo

Remember the Rosetta mission? Of course not, don’t front. Data from that long forgotten 2014 mission shows that the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet was formed from the collision of two comets. The material dislodged from these kinds of collisions doesn’t go winging into space, but clumps back together and assimilates into the newly formed comet. Boring, right? To satisfy your burning desire for immediate gratification, watch this sweet simulation showing how a comet can quickly reform after a collision.

Video Credit: ESA/Rosettta/NavCam/S. R. Schwartz et al.

If swanky videos aren’t your breed of entertainment, how about a debate on which Star Trek captain did it best? Captain Kirk of course. The Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos disagrees, and since he’s met Patrick Stewart in person (and people care about his opinion) I suppose I will allow a difference of opinion on the subject, even if he’s wrong. You can waste a precious eternity on this heated debate while desperately avoiding doing anything productive. Mission accomplished.

Want to know how much you don’t know? National Geographic has a video for that. Learn about rivers of boiling water, large flying mammal migration and our planet having a pole-flipping good time. The video is a teaser for their longer series called, One Strange Rock. Instead of a boring scientist telling us all about it, we can hear it from Will Smith. You’ll watch it if it’s Will Smith. Though I think Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would be a better choice. Get it, eh… eh…?

My personal favorite time waster is the Comedy Wildlife Photography awards. If you ever need a good chuckle; they have owls falling off perches, foxes nose diving into snow and a penguins going to church. I highly recommend it.

Katie Nelson
Geospatial Ninja
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