links for 2010-05-27

  • The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by Voyager 1 from a record distance, showing it against the vastness of space. By request of Carl Sagan, NASA commanded the Voyager 1 spacecraft, having completed its primary mission and now leaving the Solar System, to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space.
    Subsequently, the title of the photograph was used by Sagan as the primary title of his 1994 book, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.[1]
    In 2001, this photograph was selected by Space.com as among of the top ten space science photographs.[2]
  • It’s the twentieth anniversary of the famous “pale blue dot” photo – Earth as seen from Voyager 1 while on the edge of our solar system (approximately 3,762,136,324 miles from home). Sagan’s words are always worth remembering:
  • When you go to the supermarket and buy fish, you rely on the label to tell you what kind of fish you're getting.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to seafood, you may not be getting what you pay for.

    Using cutting-edge technology, we test more than 150 pieces of fish — everything from halibut to pickerel, sea bass to shark — bought at supermarkets in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver

  •  Develop a Mindstorms/Technic creation (not competition) in which people of all building levels can participate.  Each person can build one (or more) module(s).  All modules will be assembled to form a large "Rube Goldberg "-ish bucket-brigade type contraption. 

    With other themes, Adult Fans of LEGO (AFoLs) have designed standards, that allow people in different geographic locations to build sections that will be included in a common display.  A couple examples are the Moonbase and Classic Castle standards.