Google the past

Check out this visualization tool that Google has pulled together (along with the United States Geological Survey). It allows you to view a couple decades of satellite images anywhere on Earth, which makes changes to the landscape easy to see. Watch, for example, as Las Vegas expands before your eyes.

What do you get if you put mercury on a speaker?

If you take the proper precautions, the answer isn’t “mercury poisoning”. It’s “a weird, dancing, geometric, metal, alien, techno thing”. This is really fun to watch.

(And of course, don’t try it at home…)

Boom goes my brain stuff

Yeah, so, this is insane. Absolutely incredible. It’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. Folks at IBM have created a short animated movie of a character “drawn” with individual molecules. Like, fewer than 100. Just think about that for a minute. And then go watch it. There’s a video there about how they made it as well, and for a little more explanation you can see this BBC story.

A Canadian is taking pictures of you

Hopefully you know that @Cmdr_Hadfield, an astronaut onboard the International Space Station, has been tweeting photos he takes of the Earth. They’re all awesome. In this short video, he talks about how he does it, and what he looks for. If only it were this easy to take amazing photos out your window…