Mars Science Laboratory

Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory rover [image: NASA]

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is one of the most spectacular planetary missions ever. The MSL homepage gives lots of details, and includes a countdown clock to the landing in… read more

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Submitted on 7 February 2012

Laundry and PigeonPhoto Page

Laundry and Pigeon

Laundry is always interesting, the shadow below and the pigeon made it perfect. This photo was taken in Trogir. read more

Framed CloudPhoto Page

Framed Cloud

This arch is part of the archaeological site of Burnum, the remains of a Roman military camp. read more

DiverPhoto Page

Diver

This guy was really going for it, jumping from the falls in the Krka National Park. He did it a few times, so I had time to choose my position for this photo. It looked as if he was jumping straight into the frothy water at the bottom, although he probably knew what he was doing… read more

QR Codes

QR code structure

You have probably already encountered a few QR codes. These codes are becoming more and more common, and can be found on business cards, ads, historical buildings, T-shirts, etc. You're meant to scan them using your smartphone. They can contain all sorts of information, the most common being plain text, URLs, and contact information. The information is… [This article contains a demo in which you can create your own QR codes!] read more

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Submitted on 25 October 2011

Beware of Silently Assuming Linear Intensity in Astronomical Images

Demo of the effect of screen gamma

This article points out the danger of assuming that astronomical images are encoded using linear intensity. It is meant for the many people that are performing astronomical observations using regular cameras. Not because there’s something wrong with that, but because those cameras are optimized for “normal” photography and video, not for numerical calculations on their images. The illustration below… read more

Submitted on 17 September 2011

What's in a Distance

The distance between two points is a concept that is, in every day use, clear and unambiguous. Mathematically, the normal (every day) distance between two points is called the Euclidean distance, but mathematicians generalize this definition. I show how, and I try to make you think by showing how circles look using some of these alternative definitions… read more

Submitted on 6 July 2011

WheelPhoto Page

Wheel

Still on the theme of bicycles, this is the front wheel of one, securely locked to an immovable object. The wall is the bank of one of the canals in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. read more

The Harmonic Series

If you would have to guess the value of the infinite sum 1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/4 + 1/5 + …, what would you do? The value of the individual terms clearly goes to zero. But does that mean that the total sum will be finite? Well, it doesn’t. This was already proven by Nicole Oresme in about 1350. The proof is actually… read more

Submitted on 24 May 2011

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