A close up image of a peppercorn and a grain of sea salt has won this year’s Visions of Science photo competition. Photos get the flavour of science is the byline from the BBC. The image was taken by David McCarthy from the School of Pharmacy at the University of London, using a scanning electron microscope. He used the photo to produce Christmas cards titled “Season’s Greetings.”
It should be noted that the actual image is black and white, this photo has been colorized to hint at the peppercorn’s fiery character and the sea salt’s oceanic origins. But it is still a cool photo. Check out the other winning entrants on the page from the BBC.
Looking for an interesting and offbeat website? Well, that’s probably how you ended up here. I suggest checking Damn Interesting, especially the entry on fainting goats (Jimbo, I’m thinking you…) and an exploration of processed foods and additives that is horrifying and hilarious at the same time. Really, did we need to discover the Potted Meat Museum? And is there really a demand for canned pork brains in milk gravy?
Living On Earth is a great NPR program which airs Monday morning here on KPRG. It’s all about sustainable development and environmental issues. I enjoy listening to it every week, and now I discovered it is available as a podcast! This is especially cool since yesterday’s show was devoted to the promise and peril on nuclear energy. There is an especially interesting segment about pebble bed nuclear reactors and the lead South Africa is taking in developing this time of fission reactor.