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Day of May 25th 2014

  • A full frame camera has a 35mm sensor. Many camera types have a smaller sensor and therefore produce less detailed images.
  • A camera’s sensor has tiny photosites covering its’ surface. These photosites process details and light. More photosites means better photos.
  • Snapsort, LensHero, GeekaPhone and Carsort are all sites created by the same team. The sites compare products in great detail and can help make informed purchases.
  • An 8.7 ft long skull is the largest skull of any land vertebrae. The creature was a dinosaur and was aptly named the Titanoceratops.
  • Diamond drillbits are very effective at drilling through ceramic and glass.

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LED Day – 54

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Day of May 24th 2014

  • The American passport is granted access for travel purposes to 172 countries. Many of the 172 (countries) will automatically grant a visa to visitors rather than allow visa free stays.
  • The American passport is ranked 2nd place in terms of travel freedom. Germany, Denmark and Luxembourg tie with the US. The Finnish, Swedish and British passport tie for #1 at 173 countries.
  • April is amputee awareness month.
  • A man diagnosed with both HIV and cancer (a variation of leukemia) survived both and was “functionally cured” of HIV.
  • Under a microscope and polarized lenses, drops of varying alcoholic beverages produce some amazing images.

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LED Day – 53

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Day of May 23rd 2014

  • Many places (restaurants/bars/hangouts) will give you free stuff if it’s your birthday.
  • The Chinese have stringent standards in the Ministry of Culture and State Council. For this reason, game consoles have been banned in China since the year 2000.
  • It is thought that pain tolerance (particularly within athletes) is a combination of genetics, training/discipline and environment.
  • Scientists have begun to research and obtain quantifiable data indicating that much of culture and society’s development comes from fiction. (Clear explanation in source video)
  • Mercury is the only metal that is in liquid state at STP (standard room temperature).

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LED Day – 52

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Day of May 22nd 2014

  • You can decide what your mailbox looks like and where it is placed. The USPS does however, have certain guidelines to help smooth out the mail delivery process for both delivery men and recipients.
  • The Ford Model T (first mass produced affordable consumer car) had the nickname “Tin Lizzy” in the early 1900’s.
  • Lobsters, snails and spiders have blue blood due to high levels of hemocyanin in the blood.
  • Hemocyanin differs from hemoglobin in that the former carries copper, while the latter carries iron.
  • Water is referred to as the universal solvent because more substances dissolve in water than in any other liquid chemical.

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  • While walking down the street, I saw a what appeared to be a rock atop a wooden rod, but it turned out to be an oddly shaped mailbox. I wondered if the USPS had set standards for mailboxes. Turns out they do!

    https://www.usps.com/manage/know-mailbox-guidelines.htm

  • A news feed I follow mentioned the Ford Model T and linked to its Wikipedia page. Citations on the page indicate that it was called a Tin Lizzy or Tin Lizzie for quite some time.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Model_T

  • A news feed I follow noted that lobsters have blue blood. I was curious about this phenomenon and found that lobsters, snails and spiders all have blue blood! Hemocyanin is chemical responsible for this color.
  • Further research on hemocyanin taught me that it carries copper while hemoglobin (found in humans and most mammals) carries iron.
  • I overheard a colleague of mine teaching a science lesson. He referred to water as the universal solvent and I resolved to research why this was the case. (Though I had a good idea of why.)

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LED Day – 51

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Day of May 21st 2014

  • The East River Ferry connects Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Single fares are $4 on weekdays and $6 on weekends. Full day, weekly and monthly passes are also available.
  • SD (in SD Card) stands for “secure digital”.
  • SDHC stands for “secure digital high capacity and SDXC stands for “secure digital extended capacity”. SDXC cards typically have more than 32gbs of storage capacity and write speeds above 60 mb/s.
  • The OnePlus One smartphone is a very well equipped and designed device. It retails (starting at) $299, but is (at the time of writing) only available by invite.
  • The hottest day of the year is July 24th; this is due to the earth’s proximity to the sun.

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LED Day – 50

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Day of May 20th 2014

  • Virtual keyboards exist are available for purchase. The keyboard is a projector unit which uses infrared lights to project a keyboard onto a flat surface.
  • Virtual keyboards use a CMOS (complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor) and a sensor to determine the location of your finger based on depth and electromagnetic disturbance.
  • Socrates Sculpture Park is near a large Costco. The park is something of an outdoor museum, with large scale artistic constructions.
  • Maroon 5 produced the song: She Will Be Loved in 2002.
  • Adam Levine is ambidextrous; he plays the guitar with his right hand, but writes with his left hand.

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  • A friend of mine directed me to a page selling infrared keyboard devices, and I did some quick research.
  • Howstuffworks gave me insight on how virtual keyboards work.

    http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/travel/virtual-laser-keyboards1.htm

  • I vaguely remember visiting Socrates Sculpture Park a few months ago. Looking it up online gave me a better idea of the park’s theme and purpose.
  • I heard this song playing in a store and a friend of mine identified it for me. He sent me the link via Facebook and I looked up the song.
  • After searching the Maroon 5 song, I went off on a tangent and looked up facts about Adam Levine. I found his ambidexterity to be the most interesting thing.

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LED Day – 49

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Day of May 19th 2014

  • Sofia Vergara’s bra size is 34F.
  • Kwashiorkor is a disease which is the direct result of malnutrition; usually caused by low protein in the diet.
  • Marasmus is a disease caused by under-nutrition. Victims slowly waste away as the body is forced to take necessary nutrition directly from the muscles.
  • The Shelterbelt program was implemented in 1935 to combat the effects of the Dust Bowl in the southern United States. The program resulted in the planting of 218 million trees.
  • An urban environment is one which has a population of at least 2,500.
  • Municipal Waste (or common trash) amounts to 8 billion tons per year.

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  • A friend mine was on the phone with a friend of theirs, who made a comment about the size of Sofia Vergara’s breasts. The information was passed on.
  • Studying for my environmental science final brought a lot of forgotten facts to my attention!
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LED Day – 48

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Day of May 18th 2014

  • The reason batteries lose charge capacity over time is wearing out of the cathode. A worn out cathode makes it difficult for ions to flow freely in the battery.
  • I’ve been writing (for quite some time now) IFL to refer to I Fucking Love Science blog. I should have been writing IFLS. I left out the “S” for Science which is arguably the most important word in the title.
  • There are mood playlists on Spotify which I had underestimated without trying. On a whim, I gave them a shot and found lots of good music!
  • Star trails can’t be taken in cities or large towns because of massive amounts of ambient light. Darkness is key to taking star trail photos.
  • The problems depicted in the film Gravity are dramatized, however, there is a real concern for space debris; accidents have resulted in calls for control over said debris.

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LED Day – 47

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Day of May 17th 2014

  • Supercritical fluid: A substance at a temperature and pressure above its critical point, where distinct liquid and gas phases do not exist. It is considered by many to be its own form of matter.
  • Ophelia is a fictional character in Shakespeare’s play: Hamlet.
  • X-Men Days of Future Past has received a 9.3 on IMDb. It opens in theaters on May 23rd, 2014.
  • Plasma is the 4th state of matter. Plasma is comprised of both positively charged ions, and negatively charged electrons. This allows plasma to flow freely and be controlled by electromagnetic fields. Examples of plasma include the northern lights and lightning.
  • As I’m maturing, I’m starting to realize that life is rarely ever simple or black & white. Figuratively, life is majorly grey area and multi-faceted; good solutions account for this.

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  • While browsing science articles on IFLS, I came across the an article discussing states of matter. It was then that I found the term supercritical fluid.
  • I discovered a song by the name of: Sweet Ophelia. For some reason, (possibly the cover art) I thought that Ophelia was a flower. Turns out, Ophelia is the name of a character from Shakespeare’s famous play: Hamlet.
  • I was discussing recent movies with my friends and we decided to watch the new X-Men film on the day of its’ release. A Google search on the movie provided me with the aforementioned info.
  • Curious about states of matter, I looked up the other states of matter and did some scattered research on plasma.
  • As I start to face and wrap my head around more complex problems, I realize that there are always so many perspectives to consider. A debate on a certain topic may have only two sides, but each side has multiple points, each of which has its own debate. Treating issues without the care they deserve tends to create more issues.

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LED Day – 46

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Day of May 16th 2014

  • In Latin, Ludi means “game” and Ludos means “games”.
  • On Sunday mornings, the F train (Queens bound) consistently arrives at the Roosevelt Avenue station at 10:22 AM.
  • Lucid dreaming can be induced via electrical pulses delivered to the brain.
  • MERS stands for Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. The virus based disease is in the same family as the common cold but has proven to be less easily transmitted and fatal about 30% of the time. As its name suggests, it seems to have originated in the Middle East.
  • Two step authentication requires a code to be confirmed on your mobile device before account access is permitted. This requires hackers or cyber thieves to have access to your mobile device as well as your password.

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  • A colleague of mine informed me of the words’ definitions.
  • I first noted time of the F train’s arrival on Sunday mornings about a month ago, and decided to test the accuracy of the timing again last week.
  • I first found information on this discovery on IFL, but found this article to be more informative.

    http://www.livescience.com/45520-brain-zaps-trigger-lucid-dreams.html

  • I heard about MERS on the news first. Two individuals in the US had been diagnosed with MERS. Curious, I looked for more information on the virus.

    http://time.com/97732/what-is-mers-what-you-need-to-know/

  • WordPress (and many other web services) offer two step authentication now. This is a recent development and it goes a long way to keep your accounts safe.

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