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Posted on March 11th, 2014 at 17:36 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

This data visualization was created from real flight data. It shows the air traffic which flies on a typical summer day and highlights the intensity of the operation in Europe – an operation which runs 24x7x365.

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  1. Wow! It’s amazing that there are so few serious accidents, imo.

    I love the latitude separation lanes over the Atlantic, btw. (They look like 1 degree apart).

  2. It really is remarkable – to me, anyway, when I think of all the technology behind this animation. Things like this make me realize people can be pretty awesome when we’re not being arseholes…
    Question for the better informed, tho – what are those flight paths that seem to go in tight loops like a NASCAR track? Is that just an optical illusion or did somebody forget something and have to go back to the terminal?

  3. Mark, I think what you’re probably seeing are the airport approach paths. Each airport has a specific route to follow to approach the runway, so planes can slot into the queue, and they follow each other on that route on intervals of 1 to 3 minutes. (In fact, usually a route per runway and per direction, and the approach route is paired with a farther-away “holding pattern” loop in case the plane has to wait for a slot.)

    You see similar predetermined-route patterns in the neat parallel paths over the north Atlantic.

  4. Stacks?

Some people have to tell you how religious they are because it isn’t apparent by their actions.

Posted on March 11th, 2014 at 15:53 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. I used this photo to test the Sell Your Car advertisement, it said you just had to input the registration number of the car and a valuation would be forthcoming. But no, they seem to want far too much information, honestly, I would just be guessing at the mileage.

    The Ford Freestar is not even sold in Europe.

    I can confirm that praying didn’t help the search.

  2. Wh isn’t it in mirror writing?


Posted on March 11th, 2014 at 14:23 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Neil deGrasse Tyson tells CNN: Stop giving ‘equal time to the flat Earthers’

Posted on March 11th, 2014 at 14:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of Fox’s documentary series Cosmos, said on Sunday that the news media should stop trying to “balance” the debate on scientific issues by hosting people who deny science.


“They are saying, ‘I don’t like science. Oh, GPS just told us to go left,’” he laughed. “So it’s time for people to sit back and reassess what role science as actually played in our lives. And learn how to embrace that going forward, because with out it, we will just regress back into the caves.”

Stelter observed that the news media often tried to balance the climate change debate, even when the two sides were not equal.

“What responsibility do you think the members of the media have to portray science correctly,” the CNN host wondered.

“The media has to sort of come out of this ethos that I think was in principle a good one, but it doesn’t really apply in science,” Tyson explained. “The principle was, whatever story you give, you have to give the opposing view. And then you can be viewed as balanced.”

“You don’t talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say let’s give equal time to the flat Earthers,” he added. “Plus, science is not there for you to cherry pick.”

Tyson recalled that he once said that “the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”

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A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami

Posted on March 11th, 2014 at 10:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

You can become a beta tester

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1 RC Car, 25 GoPros and 30K Stick Bombs

Posted on March 11th, 2014 at 8:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

Making of

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