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Archives for February, 2008

A Lake Effect White-Out

Check out this composite radar image from the National Weather Service, 20:18 UTC, February 10, 2008: This is great imagery of lake effect snow bands. For folks who live to the immediate east of any of the Great Lakes, this is a well-known effect responsible for significant accumulations of snow. The basic idea is that…

DIY Neuro-Motor Experiments: Arm Circles

Here’s a fun experiment you can perform to test your coordination and, if you’re like a lot of people, experience the precise moment when your brain and muscles go off to la-la land. First, stand up and extend your arms directly out in front of you. Rotate your right arm clockwise (CW) and your left…

Friday Flower Porn: The Movie

Cue boom-chukka-chukka soundtrack. First, hat tip to loyal reader Suesquatch for calling my attention to the photos that have been making the rounds. In a vain attempt to find credits for the work, I stumbled across a video by LukaIsntLuka (that link is rated SI for extreme self-indulgence but with a certain appealing eccentric banality)…

Frankly, I think the Pan troglodytes pictured here could do a better job than some of our congress critters, but never mind that cheap shot of a slippery banana peel. However, I wonder if our presidential candidates could identify the genus and species of our close primate cousins or if they could estimate the percent…

But Can Spock Do This?

Just how well-wired are your brain and muscles? Co-ordination and drummers is a common theme here at the refuge, but it’s time for something you can try at home with just your bare little fingers. We’re in the midst of an ice storm, so what better time to whip out the camera, put on some…