There's a total lunar eclipse, like, right now. It's amazing I've been taking photos like some kind of mad woman, because although they're not that rare, it's usually cloudy or at stupid times in the morning so I don't get to see them.
So yes, of about 45 images taken before all my batteries died this is the best one. Not photoshopped (well, cropped and sharpened a tiny bit but that's all), still a little bit blurry but I'm rather pleased. Most of the other images came out quite badly - there was one other decent one but it's a... continue reading »
So some Russian blokey got poisoned by some Polonium-210 and it's all over the news. This has slightly pissed me off - not because of what actually happened, because radiation poisoning is not something I'd wish upon anyone - but because of the threat of mass hysteria from people who don't know what they're talking about.
Polonium 210 is an alpha source. Alpha particles, also known as helium nuclei, are fat bastards with a pathetically small range. They can't penetrate skin (or anything else for that matter) and a few cm of air will... continue reading »