Fast forward to 29,029 ft (Mount Everest)

Mount Everest is high. No. It’s the highest point on Earth and it is 29,029-feet high. Do you see what it really means? This is too high to easily recognize. So, Richard Johnson, Bonnie Berkowitz, and Lazaro Gamio provided a web page with a long graphical representation of this height. You can visit at Scaling… Read More

Happy Birthday HAL-9000!

It’s on January 12th, 1992 that, according to Arthur C. Clarke, was born HAL-9000, the computer from “2001, A space Odyssey” (the book from Arthur C. Clarke and the movie from Stanley Kubrick). Actually, the first time it was powered on. So, it is exactly 23-year old today. Happy birthday HAL-9000! HAL-9000 is an Artificial… Read More

Polar bear hunting – Seen from the prey’s eyes

Filmmaker Gordon Buchanan, while shooting a BBC documentary in Svalbard, Norway, experienced being considered as a prey worth hunting. Despite ending with no killing (the glass cage was strong enough), this must have been a real moment of stress. Some of the photos shot by Gordon are in the article published in the Daily Mail… Read More

Let Particle Physics have fun

I don’t know why but this video clip attracts me strangely. Even if I don’t understand all the advanced notions that are evocated quickly one after the other, (I am not really up-to-date despite all my efforts to understand some of it), I bow in front of the enormous work to adapt Queen’s music (Bohemian… Read More

Space and tennis collide in Roland Garros

30 years ago, on May 28, 1983, in the middle of a tennis match between John McEnroe and Drew Gitlin, the public suddenly started to applaud with no apparent reason. The first US space shuttle, Enterprise, was flying over the Roland Garros stadium during an in-flight demonstration for the Bourget air show. Even McEnroe did… Read More