Geek Net Links 06-24-2019

Texas just after the Great Dying, about 250 million years ago.

Usually I don’t post links for the Geek Net, but I’m pretty sleepy from Field Day…I might miss something. So, here are some items I might be mentioning during the net! If you have anything you’d like to add, please contact the club or just post a comment for this post.

If you’ve seen a beautiful freezing soap bubble video, here’s the story behind it.

The latest news about methane on Mars is interesting, but not exciting…yet.

The first-ever night launch of a Falcon Heavy is coming up tonight sometime at or after 10:30 pm. There will be lots of payloads on this one, including the remains of 152 dead people and a very interesting atomic clock.

Updates: Calvin, W7KYG, reports that the Raspberry Pi 4 is now out!

A giant squid has been detected in US waters for the first time…surprisingly, in the nearby waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The rings of Uranus are glowing, but not very brightly. Scientists had to use infrared and millimeter-wave images to capture anything at all.

A new corpse flower is going to open soon! If you can travel to New York, you too can soon be moved to vomit at the amazing botanical spectacle of Amorphophallus titanum. There’s even a live stream on-line so that you can watch it open. Fortunately, smellovision has not been invented yet.

Since the 1970s, scientists and doctors have been promising that our immune cells would soon be used to fight cancer. It looks like this is finally coming to fruition, at least in some limited ways.

There’s a Norwegian island that wants to do away with time. This is not entirely news; when you live near one of the poles, day and night are more seasonal than daily. If you want a UTC clock for your computer or mobile phone, just set your time zone to Reykjavik: Iceland gave up on local time years ago, and they use UTC without any daylight saving time.

And finally, dinosaurs are in the news again thanks to geography. Where was your home town when T-Rex was roaming the earth? Where was anything that you recognize when the first multi-cellular life appeared? The somewhat quirky dinosaur reference site Dinosaur Pictures has added an interactive globe so that you can find out.