Valentine Makhouleen
This is a scrapbook of ideas. Here I file away things I find interesting (like shiny pebbles).


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Machines rule the world

October 28th, 2014 at 10:25 am

A magic factory where Tesla makes their cars

August 30th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

The Last Question

Published in 1956, the Last Question is one of Asimov’s most acclaimed short stories.

You can read it in full here.

May 2nd, 2013 at 4:23 pm

A hurricane on Saturn

NASA Cassini spacecraft provided us with the first close-up, visible-light views of a gigantic hurricane around Saturn’s north pole. Truly stunning.

Hurricane on Saturn

The spinning vortex of Saturn’s north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

Hurricane on Saturn

The north pole of Saturn, in the fresh light of spring, is revealed in this color image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

Hurricane on Saturn

This spectacular, vertigo inducing, false-color image from NASA’s Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn’s north pole. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI


May 1st, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Grasshopper – next generation space flight

This revolutionary new design for a rocket that is able to perform multiple take-offs and landings will change space exploration forever. This means that rockets can now be used multiple times instead of shedding their segments once at every stage of leaving the orbit.

SpaceX’s Grasshopper flies 820 feet, tripling its March 7th leap. Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle that SpaceX has designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up in the atmosphere during reentry, SpaceX’s rockets are being designed to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing.

Yeah, science, bitch!

April 25th, 2013 at 1:30 pm