Worth Noting (7) Things We Think You Should Check Out on the Web

Nasa’s Juno spacecraft recently got some amazing pix of Jupiter’s red spot

Image of Jupiter's Red Spot
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt

The image is approximately illumination adjusted and strongly enhanced to draw viewers’ eyes to the iconic storm and the turbulence around it.

 

The image was taken on July 10, 2017 at 07:07 p.m. PDT (10:07 p.m. EDT), as the Juno spacecraft performed its 7th close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 6,130 miles (9,866 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds of the planet.

 

JunoCam’s raw images are available for the public to peruse and process into image products at: www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam   

  

“Slime Eels” explode on Oregon highway

Well this is definitely very different. So different, you might think it came from something like the National Enquirer. But no, it comes from the National Geographic. You really should check out the full story and the accompanying videos–unless you’re already grossed out.  😆 

Car skidding on slimy road
Hagfish slime isn’t actually slime—it’s more like a gel made of filaments. Photo: COURTESY OREGON STATE POLICE DEPARTMENT

No, this isn’t a scene from the set of Ghostbusters. On July 14, a truck carrying thousands of fish wrecked on Oregon’s highway, covering the road and at least one car in slime and creating surely one of the most bizarre traffic jams in history.

 

The culprit? Hagfish, deep-sea scavengers that look a bit like eels and are capable of generating massive amounts of anti-predator mucus at a moment’s notice. The Pacific Northwest is home to several hagfish fisheries that supply the fish to many Asian countries, including South Korea, where it is a prized dish.

 

Coolest gadgets to kick off summer, from CNN Money

floating speaker

The article has eight suggestions in a slide show, ranging from a floating boom box for the pool, a tiny portable printer to attach to your smart phone and a cute little drone for stick-less selfies. Some are a little pricey perhaps, but hey, it’s fun right? Check them all out on the CNN Money site linked above.

 

 

Tiny drone that fits in your handIf you’re having a good time, you know it doesn’t really count until you make other people jealous on Instagram. This drone is built for selfies. Zero Tech’s $350 Dobby folds up small enough to fit in your back pocket and takes off from the palm of your hand. It has a 13 megapixel camera and can take photos and videos of your campsite, lake house, hammock or group of friends from above.

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