This is why you can’t play frisbee with Cookie Monster.
Turn down the lights, turn up the volume and zone-in as stars appear to cross a moon-less sky. Watch this crazily-receptive telescope recording objects far beyond us.
Mapping the Universe
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is one of the most productive endeavors in the history of astronomy.
Penn State is a partner in this investigation of the structure of our galaxy, the evolution of nearby galaxies and the nature of dark energy, as part of an international collaboration of more than 200 astronomers at over 40 institutions.
The video shows changing a cartridge, opening the enclosure, sunset, moonrise and nightly observing at the Sloan Foundation 2.5m Telescope at Apache Point Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico in fast-mo time-lapse with great music.
Headphones and dim room lighting is recommended!
Multi-colored lights briefly shine through telescope petals as calibration sequences used to check that all parts of the instrument see light the same way and to compare the observations to known standards.
Sloan Digital Sky Survey http://www.sdss.org
SDSS-IV is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Participating Institutions of the SDSS Collaboration.
Moving Ahead with a Full Head of STEM
Mary Elizabeth, one of the top women’s swimmers in Lady Lions’ history, envisions a world in which children with nonverbal cerebral palsy can communicate.
She’s already making it happen by creating a simple new device.
Mary’s major is bioengineering and premedical.
As Lunar Lion X Prize Team sets up Mission HQ at Penn State University Park, team member Kara Morgan, an aerospace engineering major, painted this awesome mural!
It took her 89 hours over eight days.
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In a search to help cure cancer, Bastidas (above) prepares a sample in a ball-point-sized beaker for Penn State’s NMR spectrometer that has magnets so strong they would fry your cellphone.
With this, her team can look inside a protein at tiny tiny tiny magnets inside the protein’s atoms to see the disorder caused by cancer.
You could do this! Could you see yourself working soooo tiny to cure something sooo big?
The mod way to build cities, farm crops, maintain animal herds, avoid skeletons AND LEARN, now, in classrooms.
Home Sweet Home
Usually plastic and the environment do not go hand in hand, but artist Aki Inomata uses plastic to create an environment for her little pet hermit crabs in “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?” (2009, 2010-2013).
With the help of CT scanning to render a three-dimensional model of an empty shell, Inomata creates her base and then builds houses atop these shell renderings. These architectural wonders mimic the style of popular dwellings, from Tokyo house-style to Paris apartments.
With these plastic hermit crab habitats, Inomata wanted to explore not only the hermit crab’s adaptability to new surroundings, but how we adapt as well. Immigration, relocation, even acquiring a new identity or nationality is more or less the human version of growing out of a shell, and finding a new one to call ‘home’.
Not only is this series an amazing symbolic representation of our will to adapt, but also a fun way to learn more about the life and physiology of the hermit crab, as the dwellings are completely see-through. Have you ever wondered what a hermit crab’s body looks like inside its shell?
A video of both the hermit crabs in action and how the artist came about designing the shells can be found here.
3-D print me an RV?
And YOU thought YOUR summer was colder than usual !!!
As part of the Juneau Icefield Research Program, students skied to camp for this overnight trip.
Researcher Don Voigt and graduate student Kiya Riverman, with Penn State’s Ice and Climate Exploration program, made learning an adventure for students in this summer program.
Yes, the dinosaur is Photoshopped, but Goldblum is not.