FiveThirtyEight posted an article recently comparing the recent Hurrican Harvey to past hurricanes. It goes without saying that the people impacted in Texas got the brunt of the storm and will need our help in the coming months/years to rebuild. Some of the graphics were worth sharing. See the original article at FiveThirtyEight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=10&v=3Iu1Z0h1i1Y Khan Academy and Pixar Animation Studios have partnered to create Pixar In a Box, an all-in-one walkthrough of how Pixar movies are created. Its an incredible many-step process that describes character and environment modeling, animations, lighting, rendering and more. Each of these topics includes descriptions and video examples and even goes as far as giving a few math examples relating to the movie magic. I will probably be looking through this in the next few weeks, but I wanted to share as I know how excellent the many other Khan Academy videos are. Check out the article I found on Lifehacker or start learning more about the Pixar process over on Khan Academy!
Today, I read a post on Buzzfeed entitled "26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence" and it truly lives up to the title and arguably will leave viewers pondering long before the final image. My personal favorite was scaling down our Sun to the size of a white blood cell and stating that our Milky Way Universe would be equivalent to the United States. Lot of food for thought to start this week out right. Check it out for yourself over on Buzzfeed!
Elon Musk has dropped the gauntlet yet again, this time in the car industry with his company, Tesla Motors. Musk claims that Tesla cars will be able to function autonomously about 90% of the time that they are used. With a statement like that, I can't wait to see what kind of technology the company will be rolling our in 5-10 years! Check out the video below that inspired this post. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJmhpgW0Dmc
[ezcol_1half][/ezcol_1half]This just in: Life can exist in space! The Guardian is reporting that samples of plankton were found on the windows of the International Space Station (ISS). Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Solovyev hypothesizes that air currents carried the organisms to stellar heights, but I am hesitant to accept that they could be carried over 200 miles into the atmosphere. However, in the name of science, never say never and never says always. It's incredible nonetheless. Read the full story here. Have a theory on how the plankton got there? Leave a comment below!