The Beauty of Galaxy Formation (Simulation Videos)

Well, we all know just how beautiful our very own Milky Way Galaxy is…

Mily Way Galaxy

But how much thought have you put into how these galaxies form? For starters, and to give some frame of reference, it takes billions of years for a galaxy to form. And considering that humans live less the 100 years on average, this truly puts things in perspective (i.e., creating beauty takes time… a lot of time).

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has really done something incredible. Simulating the formation of how a galaxy is formed (while also identifying some interesting trends), like I’ve never seen in such astonishing detail.

Here is a video simulating a galaxy being formed:

Another related video, including trend analysis of various sizes of galaxies with commentary from some of the researchers on the project, below:

The full article regarding this research can be found on this NASA page.

… thank you NASA (and the universities associated with this project, and all others) for being relentless in your effort to further strengthen our understanding of the universe .

 

  • note: To simulate 13.5 billion years in the life of a single disk galaxy, NASA needed more than your average desktop PC. The memorable video below is the direct work of the agency’s Pleiades supercomputer and, by NASA’s estimates, approximately 1 million CPU hours.
  • see also: NASA.gov (Maggie’s Blog), shows detailed frame-by-frame of small and large galxies forming over billions of years.

YouTube has 3D Option for Select Videos – I never knew…

First time I have seen this was today (while checking out the AngelHack Hackathon site).

YouTube has 3D option

Usually, I do not see this feature while watching videos at YouTube.com–pretty neat!

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Update 1: When I when back and refreshed the ‘3D’ option went missing… I am not sure if this was because YouTube is only randomly (and selectively) offering the feature to 3D-compatible videos… or, if it was because I had too many additional apps (using memory) the second time I went back (after I refreshed the page). Supposedly, the latter is the more likely.

YouTube no 3D option

Update 2: Revisiting today (5-4-13), I toggled the video resolution to 1080p HD. Only after this, the ‘3D’ option would then appear. Apparently, you must put the embedded player into an 1080p HD mode (by clicking the ‘gear’ icon in the lower-right). Possibly, the 3D icon/option becomes visible when the embedded player is in any HD setting, e.g. 720p.

 

Two of the Best Web Apps I’ve Ever Seen — leveraging HTML5 and JS

 

Two of my all-time favorite interactive (and most user-friendly) web apps were discovered both this week…

 

First honors (but just barely) would have to go to thedevs behind famo.us. Using only JavaScript and HTML5, they have taken the growing physics-driven web apps to an entirely new level. As one Forbes.com article puts it,

“…the company’s HTML5 development platform that incorporates a fully featured physics engine into its revolutionary surface rendering engine. And all of it is pure HTML5 and JavaScript. No plugins. No third-party libraries. Just unbreakable 60 frames per second animation of hundreds of 3D surfaces with physics. And Famo.us allows an app to do all of these things with the content itself. In developer-speak, these are manipulations of objects in the DOM (document object model), the core method of representing content on the web.”

 

famo.us:

famo.us peek 1

Famo.us Peek 1

famo.us peek 2

Famo.us Peek 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a close finish for second-place, a web app which shares information in a way that is not only interactive and fun, but also very design-savvy.

 

Vienna, Austria:

A story about Vienna

Interactive Vienna Website Preview

Autism and Quantum Computing

A thought just occurred to me.

Matter-of-factly, Autism research has shown distributed brain activity with far more diffusion in the MRI scans of patients with autism than those without.

Does the potential power of the record autistic brain activity pattern (while performing computations of high-complexity) have its counterpart in quantum computing? In which, quantum computing equates to autistic brain diffusion, compared with current processing complexity maximums (whether it be in the most efficient A.I./ANN classifier, sFFT algos, or distributed computing algos) being equivalent to average human brain diffusion (again, while performing computations of high-complexity).

I am making no attempt to discern any difference above in the autistic brains of the highly-functional and the not highly-functional. Instead, I am assimilating the high-complexity computing power of autistic brains that can function to output results at a processing power that is nearly-infinitely more efficient than the average human brain.

A Must Read for Every Entrepreneur

This document has made it way around a bit by now. I originally found it through a HN posting sometime early last year. Nevertheless, this document contains crucial information for any entrepreneur. Even if you are familiar with most of the elements within, the verbiage is simple and to-the-point… worth a read.. or re-read.

Just wanted to take a moment to say how cool Google’s new Flu Trends graphs are. They aggregated data from anonymous users’ search and came up with this outstanding visualization (at least, it’s something that I’ve been interested in knowing about for some time now).