Gotland and van Gogh [Landsat Week]

Today we have reached the final picture of Landsat week. I am starting to ask myself if someone at NASA is trying to follow in van Gogh’s footsteps. We have featured a video on ocean currents visualized in a van Gogh’esque fashion. This picture seems very much like the masterpiece ?The Starry Night?. This picture […]

Fractal Art at the Yukon River Delta [Landsat Week]

Today's Landsat week post brings to you: art! I really don't know how to better describe this wonderful picture. But I will do my very best to try. While on first sight this could be many things, even biologically grown structures, this shows a river delta. To be exact it's the Yukon River Delta in […]

Erg Iguidi [Landsat Week]

Today’s Landsat post leads us to Algeria. The yellow streaks crossing this picture show us Erg Iguidi. This erg is part of the Sahara. If you direct your view on the fascinating background, you can distinguish between black sandstone in the middle and sand plains as seen on the lower left. Take a really close […]

Lake Eyre [Landsat Week]

Landsat Week! First of all, I have to admit that this picture kind of creeps me out. It just looks like a huge deranged face. It shows lake Eyre in northern South Australia. Although it is a lake, in its usual state Lake Eyre is a huge salt crust covering most of the lakes bed […]

Greener cities = Greener cities!

Polution in the city still is hazardous. Especially nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and microscopic particulate matter (PM) exceed those levels and can be a threat to human health. We already do quite a big deal to decrease polution from traffic. Special filters can get most of the microscopic dust out of the exhaust. But a lot […]

Jurassic Pork

For most of us this might be more on the humorous side of science. But actually studying the mating habits of dinosaurs might lead paleontologists on some important clues of how dinosaurs evolved. Dr. Halstead, known for his candid talk about Dino sex, said the following to “Omni”: “All dinosaurs used the same basic position […]

The Gulf Stream myth

Climate change might stop the gulf stream and then we in Europe are pretty much doomed, tumbling into another ice age, right?! Wrong. It’s nice and cozy in Europe and we like it that way. It is common belief that the gulf stream is the main reason for this mild climate. However, research at Columbia […]

Theory of an Expanding Earth

In the comments to our post on continental drift, someone suggested the theory of a growing Earth. (http://on.fb.me/Mv6bSr) The theory of an expanding Earth has been around quite a while. In the 1950s and 60s it was a highly discussed topic but modern day measurements were able to rule this theory out. It isn’t easy […]

When continental drift was considered pseudoscience

Remember when the earth used to be flat and to behave nice and static? Well it has only been hundred years that we know the face of the earth changes. But the idea of continental drift was very much debated back then. It was ridiculed for being pseudoscience and a stranger to geology. And there […]