National Geographic Photo of the Day

Sunday, November 7, 2010

X-Ray doodle - 115th anniversary

It was a hundred and fifteen years ago on the late afternoon of 8th November 1895 that Wilhelm Röntgen discovered and produced X-Rays with a cardboard covered Hittorf-Crookes tube.

Above is his wife Anna Bertha's hand's photo, the very first actual X-ray image ever taken, one that made her exclaim "I have seen death!". Quite ironic given the fact that this would give the medical fraternity a powerful diagnostic tool in the decades to come.

Roentgen later won the very first Nobel Prize in Physics for his work.

And to commemorate the 115th anniversary of said event, Google has put out this most wonderful doodle on their search page:

Observe this carefully crafted animated (shimmering) gif. If it doesn't shimmer for you, just click on the image and open it separately. Trust Google when you need to be reminded of an important date.  :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

TRON : Legacy

Considered a cult success, TRON is one of those films that made a big impact among the geek crowd. Now with Disney's sequel coming to theaters real soon, the excitement is at a fever pitch again.

The tale of a once-wronged programmer taking his fight to a computer program will now get its sequel Tron : Legacy where Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Kevin Flynn. The stunningly electro-luminescent world of TRON comes to life this time following the exploits of Sam Flynn, when he gets pulled into the computer world of light cycles and illuminated discs trying to find his father.

 Slated for a December 17, 2010 release, the flick has already generated a lot of hype across the net, and Daft Punk have been busy doing the music for it.

Here are a few samples to whet your appetite while you wait.

Derezzed by joinlick

  Daft Punk - Tron Legacy (Original Mix) (New track / Nov. 2010) by

You'll definitely like the tracks if you're of a techno bent of mind.

Prepare to have the bugs in your code derezzed ;-)