ucresearch:

How ocean dust makes rain clouds

When storm clouds form over the ocean they’re drawing that moisture into the atmosphere to form clouds.  At that point it takes many water vapor molecules to freeze and bond with one another to fall from the sky, but how does this bonding process start?  

It begins with tiny particles of organic matter such as parts of cells of dead organisms that the water vapor can bond to (as ice). Scientists at UC San Diego now theorize that these particles get into the air from waves in the ocean crashing into one another.

However not all of these particles are organic.  For example, pollution particles can gather ice, but since they’re much smaller in size and reflective the ice tends to melt before it can get heavy enough to fall back to the ground. 

Read more about these particles here →

missingmoe:

Bland soundtrack aside, Auto Modellista is the Initial D game I’ve always wanted. It even has Akagi as a course, virtually identical to the real road and how it appears in Initial D Arcade Stage. The PS2 version is super cheap and emulates pretty well. It looks damn fine in 1440p.

86bros:

Initial D - 20th Anniversary Lego Set

Kudos go to LEGO Ideas user and Initial D fan Denil Oh, for creating this splendid Initial D set, complete with Toyota AE86, Tōfu shop and Fujiwara Takumi minifig. What he needs is our help.

LEGO Ideas is an official platform for new ideas by the community to make dreams reality. Everyone can submit a project and collect supporters. The goal is to collect 10.000 supporters within a year to reach the review phase. Once through, the set will then be added to the LEGO catalog.

To make this project happen for the 20th anniversay of Initial D in 2015, we need every support we can get, so please spread the word, reblog, share on other platforms and help.

LEGO Ideas Project page for Initial D - 20th Anniversary

t-raverse:

loki-laufysbum:

balloonpony:

tyleroakley:

peterfromtexas:

Next time you go walking around barefoot in the water…

NOPE

No worries, that’s a Bobbit Worm. They live on the ocean floor, and unless you’re able to withstand a ton of pressure, you likely wouldn’t have your toesies nipped off by one since they live deeper than people walk on the ocean floor.

Bobbit Worms are kinda cool. And they were named after Laurena Bobbit, who cut off her abusive husband’s penis and threw it out of her car window as she drove off.

Wait.

omfg

s-c-i-guy:

600 Million Years and Counting…

I was pretty bored so I decided to make some GIFs of the last 600 million years of our planet’s plate tectonics.

The first GIF is a global mollewide projection. The second one is of the Colorado Plateau and the North American Southwest. The next GIF is of the entire formation of the North American Continent. The fourth GIF is of geologic and tectonic evolution of Europe. And finally the last one is the same as the first except in rectangular format.

I obtained the images from Global Paleogeography and them compiled them one by one into Photoshop with the end result being the above GIFs.

Geology rocks