Nick’s

Thoughts, news, and other articles of interest.

matthen:

Though 3753 Cruithne is sometimes called our second moon, it does not actually orbit the Earth. Its eccentric orbit just happens to be in 1:1 resonance with ours, taking a year to go once around the Sun.  From our frame of reference, Cruithne appears to be moving in a bean-shaped orbit about the Earth. This animation shows a similar orbit, and how the two motions can combine to give the illusion of the oddly shaped orbit. [more] [code]

matthen:

Though 3753 Cruithne is sometimes called our second moon, it does not actually orbit the Earth. Its eccentric orbit just happens to be in 1:1 resonance with ours, taking a year to go once around the Sun.  From our frame of reference, Cruithne appears to be moving in a bean-shaped orbit about the Earth. This animation shows a similar orbit, and how the two motions can combine to give the illusion of the oddly shaped orbit. [more] [code]

matthen:

The bending of a light ray depends only on the angle it hits the lens, and not on the thickness of the glass. This means thick lenses can be made thinner, as shown here.  This is called a Fresnel lens, and is used to make magnifying sheets as well as in lighthouses. [more] [video] [code]

matthen:

The bending of a light ray depends only on the angle it hits the lens, and not on the thickness of the glass. This means thick lenses can be made thinner, as shown here.  This is called a Fresnel lens, and is used to make magnifying sheets as well as in lighthouses. [more] [video] [code]

(via astrotastic)

Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing.
Neil deGrasse Tyson (via socio-logic)

(Source: alwaysmoneyinthebnanastand, via sagansense)

Font Men - SXSW 2014 Official Selection - dress code

You may not have heard of Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones but you’ve seen their work. Before their recent split, they collectively ran the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world, creating fonts used by everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the President of the United States.

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