A strange underwater phenomenon they called “icicle of death” has been filmed by BBC crew in Antarctica.
Equipped with high end timelapse cameras, the group recorded salt water being excluded from the sea ice and sinking down to the ocean floor. The temperature of this brine is below 0C, causing water to freeze in an icy casing called “brinicle.”
When “brinicle” met the sea bed, a web of ice formed that froze everything it touched, including sea urchins and starfish.
Funny… “ice finger of death” is what I used to call my ex’s cold hands in the morning when he tried to initiate sex by grabbing my junk while I was warm under the covers.
The science story here is that an ancient prehistoric species of fish was discovered in the barrier reef, or something or other. But, um, doesn’t this angler fish look like a Pretty Pretty Princess? Look at her pearl necklace and shiny dress, er fins. I couldn’t help but see a ballerina/princess. Oh right, and it’s an amazing scientific discovery!
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Kirk Cameron plans to distribute thousands of copies of Darwin’s Origin of the Species with a “special” 50-page intro filled with propaganda about how evolution is linked with Hitler (!), Darwin was misogynistic (unlike the Church…), etc. Above, check out a really funny mash-up of Cameron’s doltish announcement and one young woman’s scathingly effective pushback. She’s like an Orly Taitz for the left! Except pretty and smart!
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I watched this a few weekends ago on the Discovery channel or some other such educational channel. Oh, and I got to see it in HD too, which was so cool. You can watch this YouTube clip in HD too. I highly recommend it.
The first tv images of World War II are about to hit Aldebaran star system, 65 light years [ly] away. If there’s anybody out there alive and with eyes to see it, the barrage of actual and dramatised footage of WW2 will keep them shocked and/or entertained for decades to come. Which is just as well, for they’ll have to wait quite a few years to catch the first episodes of such seminal series as The Twilight Zone and Bonanza (both 1959), just about now hitting the (putative) extraterrestrial biological entities of the Mu Arae area (appr. 50 ly). The Cosby Show, Miami Vice and Night Court (all 1984) should be all the rage on Fomalhaut (25 ly). Meanwhile, the sentient, tv-watching creatures near Alpha Centauri (4.4 ly), our closest extrasolar star, are just recovering from the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” during Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s halftime show during the 2004 Superbowl.
All this is assuming, of course, that the aforementioned extraterrestrials prefer American tv to, say, German Fernsehen. And – this surely is the greater assumption – that our terran television signals are able to penetrate the universe in a way that makes them receivable in the far-flung corners of our galaxy.
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