Sky Watch – Mammatus Clouds

Dear Furiends,mtele

I found this amazing photo of mammatus clouds on Pinterest. This type of cloud usually forms on the underside of a cumulonimbus, but they can develop underneath cirrocumulus, altostratus, altocumulus and stratocumulus. In order for them the form, the sinking air must be cooler than the air around it and have high liquid water or ice content.

Keep an eye on the sky, dear furiends – there are amazing things up there.




16 Psyche

mteleDear Furiends,

Have you ever heard of 16 Psyche? I’m not surprised, if you haven’t … I hadn’t heard of it, either, after all, this 16 Psyche doesn’t have the magnificence of our very own moon. In point of fact, 16 Psyche is one of the biggest asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and is classified as metallic M-class asteroid. That metallic designation might be why there is such a high price on it.

Researchers claim 16 Psyche contains iron, nickel, gold, platinum, copper and other precious metals,  though there is no explanation about how that does us any good.

NASA has teamed up Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) for “Psyche Mission – a journey to a metal asteroid” and is expecting to launch the mission’s spacecraft as early as 2023. and supposedly it will reach 16 Psyche in 2030, but its project isn’t to mine the asteroid. It is going there to map it and analyze its make up. NASA hopes the mission will help researchers examine the inside of a planet and hopefully learn how ones such as ours are formed, but with that sort of commercial value, this old tom suspects they actually hope to figure out how to mine it…. I also admit that I probably think that because that was why Colonel Larwin was in that alien asteroid belt when Star Bridge began.

Mr. M =^.^=

MIT – Glowing Plants

M4Dear Furiends,

Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made plants that glow life fireflies in the dark. I’m serious. The did this by injecting some very tiny special particles into the leaves of a watercress plant…. While I would like to know what on earth possessed them to do this in the first place, I also admit that the result is fascinating. Though the treated watercress did not give off enough light for human eyes to read, it did light the page. The MIT team thinks that if they continue MIT-Engineers-Create-Glowing-Plants-Using-The-Same-Enzyme-Fireflies-Usetheir experiments, they could improve this enough so plants could provide “lights bright enough to illuminate a workspace, or to provide low-intensity indoor lighting, or to even transform trees into self-powered streetlights.”

 Michael Strano of MIT said, The vision is to make a plant that will function as a desk lamp – a lamp that you don’t have to plug in.”

20171211_192321Though I wonder what plants think of this, I couldn’t find one  willing to comment.

Mr. Strano is the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and the senior author of the study,  further added, “The light is ultimately powered by the energy metabolism of the plant itself.”

Apparently their method works on any type of plant…. I am now staring at our Christmas tree and wondering about the possibilities… After all, the MIT team plans on developing a way to paint or spray the particles onto plant leaves, so they can transform trees and other large plants into light sources. Just think what one could do with this concept at Christmas…

Mr. M =^.^=

PS: If you’re interested in learning more about this, the study “A Nanobionic Light-Emitting BPlant” was published in Nano Letters.

The Ocean Hum…

14010035_10206892317162463_871346730_nDear Furiends,

Did you know the ocean could hum? Well it can. Researchers claim the hum is caused by the Earth’s movement, but the exciting thing is that – for the first time – someone actually recorded it!

According to the paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the hum can only be measured with sensitive instruments. While they don’t understand where these vibrations come from, I dare to  wonder if the ocean might be trying to purr….  Previously some suggested the hum was caused by pounding of waves on the ocean floor and the atmospheric turbulences, but I’m much fonder of my purring theory.

Purrseidon >^.^<