Monday, September 19, 2011

What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

An amazing video of how you would see the part of earth without sunlight (night time) and move towards sunlight, when day light breaks!! Truly great experience. The description is below as in youtube:
A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy. Raw data was downloaded from;

The Gateway To Astronaut Photography of Earth
" ".

Virtualdub was used to create the final movie.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Why It's Good to Think You Are the Greatest : Discovery News

From the quality of one's ability to drive to being able to predict the stock market, humans tend to be overconfident creatures. A new study helps explain why.

Despite the risks of car accidents, market bubbles and violence that come along with hubris, overconfidence is often a good strategy for individuals, especially in situations that are full of uncertainty, according to the new study.

The basic message is it's worth it to fight back or take risks, even if you think your opponent might be stronger than you, because you never know. You might just not have the full story. And it's not about pretending or bluffing. Truly believing you are stronger or smarter than you are can make all the difference.

The findings offer insight into a variety of situations throughout history, from financial crises to wars. In offering a new way to understand human behavior, the results may also help prevent similar disasters from happening in the future.
"Our model shows that all you really need is false beliefs about yourself," said James Fowler, a social scientist at the University of California, Davis. "When you're bluffing, you make statements like, 'I'm going to kick your butt.' We're not talking about this kind of trash talk here. This is internal."
"Muhammad Ali always talked about being the 'greatest fighter in the world,'" he added. "I'm sure his internal belief that he was that person contributed to him becoming that person." 

Read more

'via Blog this'

Monday, September 5, 2011

Why we crave creativity but reject creative ideas

People including most of us favor creativity but on confrontation we often back off from a novel creative idea. Keeping this question in mind researchers at University of Pennsylvania report the experiments in journal Psychological Science. The important points of the studies are given below:    
  • Creative ideas are by definition novel, and novelty can trigger feelings of uncertainty that make most people uncomfortable. 
  • People dismiss creative ideas in favor of ideas that are purely practical -- tried and true. 
  • Objective evidence shoring up the validity of a creative proposal does not motivate people to accept it. 
  • Anti-creativity bias is so subtle that people are unaware of it, which can interfere with their ability to recognize a creative idea.

'via Blog this'

Giant George, Guinness World Record Tallest Dog

These are some of the awesome photos of this amazing and lovely dog! For more details see here.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported LicenseCreative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.