Image of the Week: There is No Biodiversity Crisis
A Univ. of St Andrews study has found that — despite fears of a biodiversity crisis — there has, in fact, not been a consistent drop in numbers of species found locally around the world.
Instead, in a study of 100 communities and a total of 35,000 species that span from trees to starfish, scientists found a consistent change in which species are found in any one place. The researchers, who were surprised by the findings, say that the study should not detract from the threat many of the world’s species are under, but that policy-makers should focus on changes in biodiversity composition as well as loss.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/image-week-there-no-biodiversity-crisis
Image of the Week: How to Wash Eyes in Space
We all know what to do if something harmful splashes into our eyes: wash with lots of water. As with many things in space, however, a simple operation on Earth can become quite complicated when floating around in weightlessness.
Imagine you are an astronaut on the International Space Station and a fleck of dust gets in your eye or you accidently splash chili sauce or something even worse in there. Where do you get the water from and how do you rinse your eyes? There are no flowing-water taps and even if there were cupping water in your hands is impossible in zero-gravity.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/image-week-how-wash-eyes-space
Image of the Week: Cosmic Whirlpool
Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper’s bowl, until you get to the handle’s last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier’s famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula, the large galaxy with well-defined spiral structure is also cataloged as NGC 5194. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (right), NGC 5195.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/image-week-cosmic-whirlpool
Image of the Week: Burrowing Owl
This photo shows a Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) in Brazil standing on one leg. It was photographed by Wagner Lemes.
The Burrowing Owl is a tiny but long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Burrowing Owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts or any other open dry area with low vegetation. They nest and roost in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/03/image-week-burrowing-owl
Computer Sorts Pictures by Artistic Aspects
Until now, it has been a time-consuming process for a program to arrange pictures in a consistent order. It is even more complex to order them on the basis of visual characteristics. Computer scientists from Saarland Univ. have developed a system to arrange pictures into a consistent order. It requires no more than a small number of pre-sorted example pictures. Operators of online portals or museums could use this technique, for example, to arrange complex datasets.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/02/computer-sorts-pictures-artistic-aspects
Image of the Week: Volcanic Smog
The Vanuatu Archipelago is a collection of volcanic islands about 1,100 miles northeast of Australia. Two of the islands, Gaua and Ambrym, frequently vent sulfurous gases.
On Jan. 7, 2014 NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Vanuatu, allowing the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard to capture this true-color image. A broad plume of volcanic vog and ash rises from Ambrym and spreads across the South Pacific. Vog is a combination of “volcanic” and “smog” and is formed when gases from a volcano react with sunlight, oxygen and moisture.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/02/image-week-volcanic-smog
Image of the Week: Rocket at Dawn
An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen on the launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., on Jan. 8, 2014. Dark blemishes can be clearly seen on the face of the sun. These are an intense, magnetically complex sunspot group that erupted with solar flares and coronal mass ejections.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/01/image-week-rocket-dawn
Image of the Week: The Macao Science Center
The Macao Science Center, in Macau, was conceived in 2001 and completed in 2009. The building was designed by Pei Partnership Architects in association with I. M. Pei and construction started in 2006. The center was opened in December 2009 by the Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/01/image-week-macao-science-center
Image of the Week: Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
The beautiful Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are at the northern end of Death Valley’s floor and are nearly surrounded by mountains on all sides. Because of their easy access from the road and the overall proximity of Death Valley to Hollywood, these dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies including films in the Star Wars series.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/01/image-week-mesquite-flat-sand-dunes
Image of the Week: Moral Eel
This image shows a free swimming giant moray eel (Gymnothorax javanicus) with a diver in Cozumel, Mexico. There are approximately 200 species of moray eels in 15 genera are almost exclusively marine, but several species are regularly seen in brackish water, and a few, for example the Gymnothorax polyuranodon, can sometimes be found in freshwater.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/12/image-week-moral-eel
Image of the Week: Lava Flow
This is an image of a pāhoehoe lava flow on Hawai’i. Pāhoehoe is basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating or ropy surface. These surface features are due to the movement of very fluid lava under a congealing surface crust.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/11/image-week-lava-flow
Image of the Week: The Monastery at Petra
This image shows the monastery at Petra. Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the southern Jordanian governorate of Ma’an. It is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/11/image-week-monastery-petra