Archive for the ‘H is for Hidden’ Category

Plan C: Secret Mission to Chernobyl

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Image via Plan C

In the Summer 2010 a group of six artists who barely knew each other embarked on a journey to Chernobyl, to develop a secretive Plan C. They came from different parts of Europe and the US, and met-up at a random apartment in the suburbs of Kyev, Ukraine.  The one thing they had in common: an obsession for Tarkovsky’s 1979 movie Stalker.

The Chernobyl Zone of Alienation Administration—responsible for the protection of this highly radioactive area—issued the group’s authorization which included: Ryan Doyle, “The Machine Artist”; Eve and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, “The Conspirators”; Jeff Stark, “The Organizer”; Todd Chandler, “The Director”; Tod Seelle, “The Photographer”; and Steve Valdez, “The Fabricator.”

While details on the mission remain sealed, images can be viewed at Plan C.

Seafloor Lakes

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Photo via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Deep below the sea exists underwater lakes and rivers that boast their own mini ecosystems.

Seafloor lakes are actually brine pools. Brine is water with extremely high concentrations of salt, so high that the mixture is heavier than water and lies underneath the normal sea salted water.

Brine pools are formed by salt tectonics but in the Mexican Gulf, specifically, during the Jurassic period, the seas were shallow and soon dried out to form a think layer of salt up to 8km thick. As water returned to the area, it filled again with normal sea water and the super-saline layer that had been covered with sediment, and preserved to became an underwater lake.

During an expedition in the Gulf of Mexico in 2007, Natural Marine Sanctuaries captured images of a brine channel at the base of East Flower Garden Bank. Hypersaline water flowing from under the sea floor created a concentrated brine lake and river measuring about 10 inches deep.

Because of the high salinity of seafloor lakes, nothing can live in the brine but bacteria, and a few other creatures like molluscs or shrimp can live near it.

Source: Yahoo! Green

Explore a seafloor lake with David Attenborough:

During the Deep Slope 2006 Exploration, the Alvin submersible dive scientist observed an extraordinary sight. Listen to scientist Harry Roberts, Mandy Joye, and Gavin Eppard as they witness an underwater wave pass across the surface of a Brine Lake, at the interface between the ‘lake’ and overlying ocean:

Neutrinos

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Photo via flickr by The Nothing Corporation

Most neutrinos passing through the Earth emanate from the Sun, and more than 50 trillion solar electron neutrinos pass through the human body every second.

Following, artist Hiro Yamagata, discusses the mystery behind these weak-powered traveling particles.

“We base everything we think, we capture thought in 3D. There is something we call zone, area, territory, or another world or this other world we talk about so many things explain, but we don’t know. For example neutrino, neutrino, the most weakest power from the edge of the cosmos. They go through Earth to the edge of the cosmos. They journey, travel. The neutrino is the most weakest power and their frequency travel. But the neutrino particles we know people capture now the neutrino. Might neutrino carry something else with each particle, for example? We don’t know. We call the focus of neutrino here. Now we capture the neutrino, but not only neutrino. There’s a neutrino carry something else together, stick on, or time-wise, field-wise, we don’t know where the neutrino come, how it comes through your body. We don’t know. Just basic we capture it now, the neutrino now, but we don’t know. 2.7% we know about light. 99% we don’t know what’s going on the light or all the knowledge of the light. How they put on the 2.7%, even that number we don’t know. So there are so many where light come from: original light, meta particle, or proton between the electron; one of the particle of the electron, they are hitting the light and releasing like gravity, they come to light. All light like that.”

A Place With No Frequency

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Photo via flickr by Pulpolux !!!

In Docket No. 11745 in the year 1958, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established The National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ) bounded by NAD-83 meridians of longitude at 78d 29m 59.0s W and 80d 29m 59.2s W and latitudes of 37d 30m 0.4s N and 39d 15m 0.4s N. The vicinity encloses a land area of approximately 13,000 square miles near the state border between Virginia and West Virginia for the purpose of minimizing possible harmful interference to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, WV and the United States Navy in Sugar Grove, WV.

The NRAO is a state-of-the-art radio telescope facility for the international scientific community.

via The National Radio Quiet Zone

H is for Hidden

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

If you look close, all sorts of things are happening, they’re just hidden in plain site. For instance, in the room you are sitting in right now, there are molecules bouncing off the walls, yet when you look, the air is still, doing nothing at all. So, what scientists do, is use mathematics to make predictions. Because, the fact is, we live in a mathematical world. In fact, currently scientists suspect that not only is nature fractal, but the quantum world is fractal, a hyper-realization that there is a geometric code to life, and everything is interconnected after all. However, this could all be an illusion. Because the fact is, we have pattern-seeking minds, we are hard-wired for pattern-recognition. But it’s likely that there’s more information “out there,” but our brain acts like a filter. For example, science says we live in a multi-dimensional universe. Can you see it? No, because we are trapped in 3D. We can only move forwards and backwards, left and right, up and down. But there could be another universe less than a millimeter away! Perhaps its time, that you and I, develop an eagle-eye, like artist Trevor Paglen, for instance, who uses limit-telephotography to capture covert military operations that our taxes are paying for. Perhaps.