Tuesday, May 31, 2016

360TB data practically to be stored for forever

This popped up in my news feed some time ago, but I've seen it today discussed on Reddit again, so I thought to share it. Its essentially coin-sized quartz (something like glass) disk, that can store loads of data. Its on stage "proof of concept", but judging by the evolution of other inventions, likely it will turn to be the norm in some not very far future.


Hava Nagila - Karaoke

Transliteration Hebrew text English translation
Hava nagila
הבה נגילה
Let's rejoice
Hava nagila
הבה נגילה
Let's rejoice
Hava nagila ve-nismeḥa
הבה נגילה ונשמחה
Let's rejoice and be happy
Hava neranenah
הבה נרננה
Let's sing
Hava neranenah
הבה נרננה
Let's sing
Hava neranenah ve-nismeḥa
הבה נרננה ונשמחה
Let's sing and be happy
Uru, uru aḥim!
!עורו, עורו אחים
Awake, awake, my brothers!
Uru aḥim be-lev sameaḥ
עורו אחים בלב שמח
Awake my brothers with a happy heart
(repeat line four times)
Uru aḥim, uru aḥim!
!עורו אחים, עורו אחים
Awake, my brothers, awake, my brothers!
Be-lev sameaḥ

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Possible 175,00 Years old Neanderthal Building

In this article I found something pretty fascinating, possible Neanderthal building and on top of that the age of it 175,000 years is even more incredible. Also this article is being discussed on Reddit

Part of the structure

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Scientists want to recreate Pleistocene ecosystem with Woolly Mammoths

I wrote time ago about finding of preserved mammoth carcasses and then there were talks for de-extinction of the species, but time passed and there were not much practical progress, but I still look around for updates and news on the topic.

Today this article looks again into the issue of the cloning of extinct animals and attempt to recreate the Pleistocene ecosystem with Woolly Mammoths included.
Comparison of a woolly mammoth (left) and an American mastodon (right)

The Oldest Surviving Examples of Music

While browsing today's Reddit front page, I stumbled on curious topic, "What is the oldest surviving piece of music" and I thought that it would be interesting hear how sounded the music somewhere closer to its roots. So the Reddit Research Institute pointed very fast to the answer and I found it rather fascinating.

The 2200 year old Seikilos Epitaph (direct link to the music) is the oldest surviving complete musical composition, including musical notation, from anywhere in the world. There also is Hurrian hymn n6, which is 3400 years old but there are some issues with the reconstruction, however we can get somewhat the idea of what used to sound like that melody.

Another step into the future. It seems the progress is accelerating really really fast.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wild ocelot playing with human

I am somewhat experienced with the wildlife, but this is something I couldn't imagine happening. Wild ocelot simply allowing a human to pet it??? Incredible.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Fermi Paradox, Imgur edition

The Fermi Paradox, Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they lo

Some people stick with the traditional, feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. Personally, I go for the old “existential meltdown followed by acting weird for the next half hour.” But everyone feels something. Physicist Enrico Fermi felt something too—”Where is everybody?”...

This is how starts this Imgur post. Go there and read further.
The Fermi Paradox (I haven't seen this on here yet so I hope you enjoy)

Babel Fish tech

Another dream of the humanity is on its way to become true. I am not going to do a lot of explanations, just watch the video.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Loituma - Ievan Polkka rare techno version live

Now I am on wave to search for rare music video clips and I'll be posting the most interesting of them. Here I found this rare techno version of the Loituma's Ievan Polokka and actually I like it even better then the original. Listen and enjoy!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Carmina Burana - O Fortuna

Carl Orff's masterpiece O Fortuna, based on 13th century poem:

O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
dissolvit ut glaciem.

Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.

Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Largest snake

Common consensus is that the Green Anaconda is the biggest existing snake. In therms of length some species of python are even longer, but they are not nearly as heavy as the anacondas. In short, largest one recorded was 6.27 m (20.6 ft)  and around 100kg. But is believed that in wild they can reach nearly double weight and 8m length.

And from Wikipedia: "The largest size verified for E. murinus in captivity was for a specimen kept in Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, which grew to a length of 6.27 m (20.6 ft) by the time she died on July 20, 1960. When this specimen was 5.94 m (19.5 ft) long, she weighed 91 kg (201 lb)"
View post on imgur.com

Photo of huge anaconda believed to be authentic (see reddit for the discussion)
Swiss diver Franco Banfi's picture taken in Mato Grosso. And cool story about the picture.

Thursday, May 12, 2016