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Used to work in that building and took time to look at this display more than a couple of times. 

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Nice looking landscaping
Outdoor Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Installation -

Outdoor lighting can make a huge difference when it comes to the mood, utility and safety of outdoor areas. Installing landscape lighting may not seem like a DIY project. But, surprisingly, you won’t need to hire a professional to integrate low voltage landscape lighting into your outdoor a...

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Another project I've enjoyed being part of. Fun stuff
NASA recently tested a full-sized tail from a 757 commercial aircraft that was modified and equipped with tiny jets called "sweeping jet actuators" to blow air across the rudder surfaces.

The test vertical tail is an actual 757 tail that came out of an aircraft bone yard in Arizona and was refurbished into a wind tunnel model.

The tunnel hosted the 26-foot 757 tail for a series of tests of an innovative Active Flow Control system that one day might allow airplane builders to design smaller tails, which would reduce weight and drag, and help improve fuel efficiency. The “flow control” comes from the actuators, which are devices that essentially blow air in a sweeping motion along the span of the tail and manipulate that flow of air.

The image was taken inside the National Full-Scale Aerodynamic Complex, a massive wind tunnel located at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett, Ca. In the image, an engineer braces himself against the strong winds in the tunnel as he holds a wand emitting a stream of smoke that’s used to visualize “in flight” air flow across the tail.

Actuator technology will be installed for flight tests on the tail of Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program 757 flight test aircraft in early 2015 as part of an agreement with NASA.

Image Credit: NASA/Dominic Hart
#nasaaero #aviation #aircraft #airplane #planes #plane #nasa #aeronautics

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Great work to get this shot
So the Snowflake-a-Day project is over, what in the world will I post now?

How about the Earth, trapped inside a water droplet? One of the easiest concepts that's painfully difficult to execute, playing with water droplet refractions. Perfect for #MacroMonday curated by +Kerry Murphy, +Kelli Seeger Kim and +Jennifer Eden - view large or your missing out... just like with the snowflakes. :)

The snowflake book project is now over 1/3rd funded thanks to everyone's support, and there is still a lot more to go! Check out the book project here: - for a $35 contribution you'll get a copy of the 300-page hardcover book when it's published, if the funding goal is met. If the goal isn't reached then no books for anyone (and I go cry in a corner).

Now, this image! There are only a few ingredients here:
- Printed map of the Earth
- Whiskey glass filled to the brim with water
- Eye dropper

I have a special tool to drop water at specific times and amounts, but it was broken when I tried to create this image. My lovely fiancée and willing assistant helped by dropping the water drops and I held the camera and off-camera flash to get the shot. We make a great team!

The trick is timing, and without a controlled environment you're working with chance. The droplet has to be in exactly the right spot - too high or low and the refracted image of the Earth would appear incorrectly. We took a few thousand images before getting this one.

No focus stacking or Photoshop editing tricks, just fun physics making a curious image. :) I took a similar image last year that is currently on the cover of Outdoor Photography Canada: ( +Roy Ramsay )

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I sure hope this is true as I was beginning to think that NASA was pretty well dead.
The first "A" in NASA is helping to make future air travel safer and faster while using less energy and causing less noise.

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interesting use for an old airplane. business jet that never flies?

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And this is what I love about the ocean....such beauty
The Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug may look like something out of a Final Fantasy game, but this tiny creature is all too real and can pack a nasty sting! It is one of the few creatures able to feed on P. physalis or the Portuguese Man o'War due to an inherent immunity to it's toxic nematocysts. After ingestion, G. Atlanticus collects the venom in specialized sacs or cnidosacs that lie on the tips of thin feather-like fingers on its body. Because this venom is stored, it can eventually be even more powerful than the original toxin from the Man o' War itself.
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Reef tank cleaned (way overdue) and rescaped. Now I need to wait for the fog to clear to see if I like it.

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Just once I'd like to fly in these pods.
Today we unveil the modern interior of our new Boeing 777-300ER! What's your favorite feature?
Boeing 777-300ER Interior (4 photos)
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