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Scientists snap first ever pictures of molecules before and after reaction
Using a new state-of-the-art atomic force microscope, scientists at UC Berkeley were able to capture the first images of a molecule just before and after it reacts. The images show the molecule's structure in detail, even the bonds connecting atoms. Until now, scientists have only been able to infer this type of information.
The series of images on the left side (labeled A) show the molecule before, while the images on the right (labeled B) display the after.
Non-contact atomic force microscope (nc-AFM) images (center) of a molecule before and after a reaction improve immensely over images (top) from a scanning tunneling microscope and look just like the classic molecular structure diagrams (bottom). Source: UC Berkeley News Center.
Put a GIF in your bike wheel
If you love GIF animations and love to cycle safely, here's a new crowd-funded product you'll love: The Monkey Light Pro. The bike accessory uses LED light bars that fit in the spokes of your wheel to create a rideable display system. Kind of ridiculous, but kind of great, too?
Happy Birthday Robert Moog!
Correction: The original entry referred to Robert Moog as still alive. He died in 2005.
Robert Moog would have been 79 today. He invented the analogue Moog synthesizer that first gained notoriety at a performance during the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. It's been used by keyboard lovers like Stevie Wonder ever since.
Retired cop makes awesome robot from appliances
Mark Haygood's humanoid robot HEX was pointed out by Damn Geeky. But Gizmodo gets points for noticing the resemblance to Johnny Five. The robot's hands at least are a dead ringer for those on the best robot from the 1980s. But even if you don't see the similiarities, you have to be impressed by a guy who spent that much time putting together a robot from basic home electronics. It's been a long time since I've seen the film, but this clip holds up pretty well. No dissassemble! No dissassemble!
Canadian astronaut covers David Bowie on International Space Station
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has become a big hit in cyberspace with his Twitter postings from outer space. After five months on the International Space Station, Hadfield will head home to Earth today. Before he left, he made a video commemorating his time in space by covering David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Check it out below.
Japan's brilliant Microsoft Excel artist
It takes an artist to transform the truly mundane into a thing of beauty. From Japan comes the story of Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 73-year-old artist who took Excel, the dreary spreadsheet program, and made gorgeous digital paintings -- cherry blossoms, hummingbirds, and landscapes. Check it out, via Kotaku.
Watch this video animation based on sine waves
Most of us know that sound can be broken down into sine waves. But Daniel Sierra took that knowledge and turned it into a stunning video animation for a thesis project called "Oscillate." He says drew inspiration from the idea that sine waves are the "building blocks of sound." The animation is great to watch, and the music is well done too. H/T Gizmodo.