The SOAO Daily Ditty: Lootpack – ‘Whenimondamic’

From AllMusic:

The Lootpack were one of several old-school revivalist crews to come out of southern California during the ’90s, and recorded some of the most underappreciated music on the revitalized West Coast underground scene. The group was formed in 1990 in Oxnard, CA (a smaller beach town about a hour outside of Los Angeles), by longtime friends Madlib (producer, MC, b. Otis Jackson Jr.), Wildchild (MC, b. Jack Brown), and DJ Romes (scratching, b. Romeo Jimenez). The trio members had been trying their hand at hip-hop since junior high, and formed an official group while in college…[read more]

Via: deconmedia

TED Talks With Zachary Metz: Where Did Earth’s Water Come From?

From TED-Ed:

Water covers over 70% of the Earth, cycling from the oceans and rivers to the clouds and back again. It even makes up about 60% of our bodies. But in the rest of the solar system, liquid water is almost impossible to find. So how did our planet end up with so much of this substance? And where did it come from? Zachary Metz outlines the ancient origins of water on Earth.

Lesson by Zachary Metz, animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio.

3 Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Energy by Kurzgesagt

Last week, we posted a video by Kurzgesagt (previously), “How Does Nuclear Energy Work?”. Continuing the topic are two additional videos, the pros and cons of nuclear energy.

In support of nuclear power, the video discusses reasons why it’s beneficial. By reducing the use of fossil fuels, it’s less damaging on our lungs. It also reduces Co2 emissions and is less harmful to our environment, and in the future, new technologies will help to reduce nuclear waste.

On the other side of the argument, there are many reasons against nuclear energy. Nuclear energy leads to leads to nuclear weapons, nuclear fuel has harmful and toxic chemicals, and in the sixty years of nuclear technology, there have been seven major accidents and disasters harming the environment.

Curious to know how nuclear power works? Check out the first video in this series.

Source: Kurz Gesagt – In a Nutshell

How To Make An Easter Egg Out Of String And Filled With Sweets

A neat decoration for easter is using string to create an easter egg shape and filled with sweets. The latest by Dave Hax, he shows you how to create this fun project that’s also kid friendly. The basic supplies you will need are:

  • A balloon
  • A small tube
  • Craft glue
  • Food coloring
  • A Bowl
  • Chocolate sweets

Source: Dave Hax

National Geographic’s Photo Of The Day: Corazón del Fuego

National Geographic’s Photo Of The Day: Corazón del Fuego

From Nat Geo:

Photograph by Andrew Shepard, National Geographic Your Shot

Wanting to get a closer look at Fuego, a highly active volcano in Guatemala, Your Shot member Andrew Shepard hiked the adjacent Acatenango Volcano and camped near the summit. “Under the moonlight I set my tripod up just outside the tent, and at around 1:30 a.m. we awoke to the rumbling of the ground and the sound of a breath-stealing explosion,” Shepard writes. “I scrambled to the camera just in time [to] capture a moonlit and lava-covered Fuego as it put on this beautiful display of activity and power.”

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Suiting Up For The Moon

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Suiting Up For The Moon

From NASA:

Explanation: How will cows survive on the Moon? One of the most vexing questions asked about space, scientists have spent decades debating this key issue. Finally, after extensive computer modeling and over a dozen midnight milkings, engineers have designed, built, and now tested the new Lunar Grazing Module (LGM), a multi-purpose celestial bovine containment system.

By now, many of you will not be surprised to be wished a Happy April Fool’s Day from APOD.

To the best of our knowledge, there are no current plans to launch cows into space. For one reason, cows tend to be large animals that don’t launch easily or cheaply. As friendly as cows may be, head-to-head comparisons show that
robotic rovers are usually more effective as scientific explorers.

The featured image is of a thought-provoking work of art named “Mooooonwalk” which really is on display at a popular science museum.

Image Credit: Robert Nemiroff (Michigan Tech. U.)