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Inspirational Stories

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Here is a list of the best stories I collected over time from many of the wonderfully inspiring stories available on the web and elsewhere. If one of those stories resonates with you, moves you …

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Janus and Epimetheus

September 27, 2013 – 1:05 pm | One Comment | 2,286 views

Saturn and Epimetheus © 2008 Chris Christner

Janus and Epimetheus are inner satellites of Saturn. They share the same orbit of 151,472 kilometers from Saturn’s center or 91,000 kilometers above the cloud tops. They are only separated by about 50 kilometers.

As these two satellites approach each other they exchange a little momentum and trade orbits; the inner satellite becomes the outer and the outer moves to the inner position. This exchange happens about once every four years. This behavior is unique in our entire solar system.

Janus and Epimetheus may have formed from a disruption of a single parent to form co-orbital satellites. If this is the case, the disruption must have happened early in the history of the satellite system.

Epimetheus and Janus travel in orbits separated by only 50 km and exchange places every four years.

Epimetheus will pull Janus, slowing it down, increasing its orbital period and increasing its radius (Kepler’s 3rd law)

Meanwhile, Epimetheus  speeds up, orbital period goes down, radius decreases.

See a video of Janus and Epimetheus in their orbital dance here and here.

The Formula of Happiness

August 27, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment | 3,071 views
The Formula of Happiness

This is a guest post by Tatjana Schmidt:
One day my friend shared stories about his life and asked questions about happiness. To be honest, I had never asked myself of which ingredients …

The Precious Present

June 29, 2013 – 12:12 pm | No Comment | 3,288 views
The Precious Present

ONCE there was a boy who listened to an old man. And, thus, began to learn about The Precious Present.
"It is a present because it is a gift," the contented man explained. …

Jeff Hawkins Develops a Brainy Big Data Company

February 20, 2013 – 12:24 pm | No Comment | 1,184 views
Jeff Hawkins Develops a Brainy Big Data Company

While Jeff Hawkins was creating the Palm Pilot, launching the era of handheld computing and amassing hundreds of millions of dollars, a big part of his mind was somewhere else: His true passion is something …

The Immortal Jellyfish: The World’s Only Immortal Animal

January 19, 2013 – 1:00 am | No Comment | 7,126 views
The Immortal Jellyfish: The World’s Only Immortal Animal

A jellyfish’s lifespan usually ranges from somewhere between a few hours, for the smallest species, to several months, and rarely to a few years for the bigger species. Not so for a jellyfish called Turritopsis …

Struggle is Nature’s Way of Strengthening

December 3, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment | 849 views
Struggle is Nature’s Way of Strengthening

This is a scene from Lost. The episode is called “The Moth”.
Background: Charlie is suffering from heroin withdrawal since John Locke took his stash.  Charlie continues to beg Locke to give him back his drugs. …

Image recognition that triggers augmented reality

November 27, 2012 – 9:48 am | No Comment | 2,232 views
Image recognition that triggers augmented reality

Here is a cool augmented reality app that you can try on your smart phone. It is called Aurasma and it’s available for the iPhone and Android. Watch the following video to see how it …