So here’s what went down since you logged off.
You could set the whole thing down between Houston and Sugar Land with room to spare (not that the residents would thank you for it) – but that doesn’t make this new photo of Phobos, one of Mars’ moons, any less impressive.
But what if scrubbing the toilet is what’s making me depressed? A new study shows you can boost your mental health by doing housework.
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Off the Kuff points us to a new proposal to get all that wind energy from West Texas circulating through the rest of the state. It’ll cost you, though – $3 to 7 billion. Worth it? Check out the proposal and let us know what you think.
The Olympic flame is virtually unquenchable (and no, I am not speaking metaphorically.) What used to be a stick on fire is now a torch that can withstand winds of up to 40 miles an hour, nearly 2 inches of rain an hour, temperatures of minus 40 degrees, and many other threats to its general flamey-ness.
Apparently, the Olympic torch has been the subject of intense scientific development for years, due to the fact that the “fire lighted at ancient Olympia” must be the very same flame that lights the torch and the games themselves – however many snowy mountain ranges or pouring rain forests you have to traverse to get there. Which begs the question – what if it’s not? Surely someone has dropped the thing in a puddle since we started the Games up again.
So, this isn’t news per se, but I’d just like to put this out there: I like bridges that don’t collapse. I prefer buildings that stay in one piece. And I am also rather fond petrochemical plants that don’t blow up. So I found Mental Floss’ list of “Embarrassing Moments in Engineering“ to be fascinating – but also completely terrifying, and also somewhat more than embarrassing for the engineers involved. (Um, just a quick note to all you future engineers out there – please study hard. If your bridge sways so much that it actually throws people off – that’s bad. Very, very bad.)
And finally – yesterday, our very own David was a guest on FM Houston, a fabulous local radio program, answering ever-curious host Laurent’s probing questions about da Vinci – our exhibit, his inventions, the Renaissance and more. Everyone else will have to wait until this weekend to experience the hilarity, when it airs on all 63 local Clear Channel stations – but you, dear blog reader, can listen to their witty repartee right now: check out the FM Houston blog and download the podcast.