Wednesday, February 09, 2005
- Hasbro is reissuing the classic line of Star Wars™ action figures and toys, including the Millennium Falcon [Boing Boing] Did you ever notice that 1970's and early 1980's action figures had reasonably normal anatomical proportions, while post-Reagan era toys have steroid-size shoulders and tiny heads?
- As a Capricorn, I'm especially enjoying this rare true-color image of the traditional Cappy planet, Saturn. Like most people, I've grown accustomed to imagining Saturn as orange-yellow...but, surprise: the planet is blue! [via FARK]
THE first true colour image of Saturn reveals that the ringed planet is not the silver orb visible from Earth but a deep shade of blue. Instead, the image - released yesterday by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado - shows that Saturn's northern hemisphere is a soft azure, striped by the shadows of the planet's rings. The blue hue is a moody backdrop for Saturn's icy moon Mimas.
So far, the team - located at the Boulder Institute's Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations - suspects the colour is linked to the apparently cloud-free nature of the upper atmosphere of the northern latitudes. The new blue view was snapped by the Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera on January 18, at a distance of roughly 1.4 million km from Saturn. [News.com.au]
- Train [Not] in Vain: the late Joe Strummer will have a locomotive named after him [via mp3 Blogs]
- Some very attractive Chinese melon sculptures [via FARK]
- Have of you heard of that useful new pen for teachers, the Dictapoint? [via Wither in the Light]
- Caterpillars attack Malaysian village; insecticides ineffective, and residents develop mysterious rash [via Trish Wilson]
- Japanese Happy Meal Toys [via Senses Working Overtime]