The Great LEGO War of 2015

I recently penned an article about a potential LEGO shortage for European countries. Hey, it’s a HUGE deal for a lot of people so I was just passing on the warning like a good little reporter.

Since then, the article has gotten more play than any other article I’ve ever written. And the only negative press I’ve gotten from it is my choice of lead-in image (and that includes my business partner who immediately knew I was right once given all the evidence). I even blogged about it.

Exhibit A - Credit: The LEGO® Group
Exhibit A – Credit: The LEGO® Group

Turns out adult LEGO fanatics don’t know their asses from their elbows. They also don’t realize that The LEGO Group makes bricks for all ages.

I’m not bashing you adult fanatics. Well, not too much. I’m just saying that you need to do your homework before you go all bat shit crazy about the image NOT being LEGOs.

I was provided a statement by The LEGO Group, which included an image (which I believe are DUPLOs). I used that image, as well as others I hunted down myself.

DUPLOs are LEGOs. And the entire theme of my article (aside from a few joking remarks about adult fans, if only to include them in the story) was KIDS.

It’s so funny really. My most popular article is only popular because of trolls. I guess I should kind of thank them for the exposure.

I hope they step on their bricks.

Love, Lola

No, I haven’t fallen off the planet…

I’ve just been freakishly busy. We’ve been running a Halloween-themed campaign this week at work, so I’ve been up to my eyeballs in nothing BUT Halloween content. It’s been a very successful campaign. Just can’t wait for Sunday to come around when I can forget ghosts and ghouls and move on to other topics. I have found time to include some science in my diet of course. Just not as much as I would like.

Never fear! I is here! (just lurking).

Star Trek inspired sonic tractor beam unveiled

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Just what my inner geek was craving!

We may not have warp drive yet, but we do have this…

A team of researchers led by PhD student Asier Marzo has created a working Star Trek-style tractor beam that can lift and move objects using soundwaves.

“It was an incredible experience the first time we saw the object held in place by the tractor beam,” Marzo said. “All my hard work has paid off. It’s brilliant.”

Way to go, Asier!

You can read my full report here.

Cassini ready for today’s icy plunge into Enceladus plume

Dramatic jets of ice, water vapor and organic compounds spray from the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in November 2009. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Dramatic jets of ice, water vapor and organic compounds spray from the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus in this image captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in November 2009. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

While you’re getting ready to go to work today, Cassini is already hard at work, lining up and taking aim at one of Enceladus’ icy plumes coming from the moon’s ice-encrusted ocean.

At 11:22 a.m. EDT, the spacecraft will perform a maneuver taking it to an altitude of 30 miles above the moon’s south polar region where it will then begin searching for hydrothermal activity, and how that activity might impact the ocean’s potential habitability for simple forms of life.

I’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about today’s historic flyby: facts, videos, infographic, and teachable moments.

WTF?! ‘Unidentified object’ to splash down in the Indian Ocean

Space object WT1190F observed on October 9, 2015. Credit: B. Bolin, R. Jedicke, M. Micheli
Space object WT1190F observed on October 9, 2015. Credit: B. Bolin, R. Jedicke, M. Micheli

I know it sounds crazy, but this is actually quite true.

The unknown object has been named WT1190F – or WTF for short – and is due to crash into the Indian Ocean on November 13.

It is most likely a ‘lost’ piece of space debris orbiting far beyond the Moon and was first discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey in 2013.

Experts think it’s a discarded rocket body which is orbiting Earth every three weeks in a highly ‘eccentric’ orbit.

Whatever it is, let’s hope it sticks to the open ocean.

There’s a lot more information in my article on STEAM Register.

Random things found in my yard

From time to time, I’ll be out walking the dog or checking the mail and something will catch my eye. Yesterday was no exception.

While it was raining cats and dogs, my dog still had to go do his business. He’s a tiny little freak who can’t stand his tummy or paws getting wet. So when it’s raining, we have to literally carry him out to the side of the house under a HUGE pinoak tree that mostly stays dry underneath. Mostly. Yesterday it was a sloppy mess, but less of a mess in the pouring rain. Continue reading