The Arecibo Observatory’s telescope in Puerto Rico, the second-largest radio telescope in the world, collapsed on 1 December. The massive platform crashed into its disk below and was completely destroyed. The terrible incident was captured on both the control room camera and drone. Space.com shared the footage with the world, so you can see exactly what happened.
Anybody who’s ever ordered anything substantial from B&H will likely, at some point, receive a printed catalogue. This is essentially an inch thick (or bigger) 300+ page book featuring every product in B&H’s inventory. I’ve received them myself in the past. It started after ordering my first “Pro” lens. I didn’t ask for them, and after receiving the second I wanted no more.
Having to throw them out is a terrible waste, and not throwing them out when a new one arrives is simply taking up space on the shelf that could be otherwise better used. There is an easy way to stop the printed catalogues from showing up regularly on your doorstep, though. All you need do is simply fill in this form on the B&H website.
Destruction is always entertaining, but sometimes it’s useful, too. It can show us how things work on the inside. Cutting cameras and lenses in half is commonplace for manufacturers. You see them at all the shows in glass display cases. Cameras cut in half so the curious public can see exactly what is contained within these magic boxes.
The Waterjet Channel make a habit of cutting things in half. Using a 60,000psi water jet, they’ve sliced everything from padlocks to pumpkins. This time, they’ve taken a Canon Elan 7e 35mm SLR along with 28-90mm f/4-5.6 USM lens and subjected it to their powerful water jet. I really don’t know what’s cooler or geekier; The insides of the camera, or the amazing power of simple water.
In what can only be described as another incident of mindless stupidity, vandals have destroyed an iconic sandstone pedestal at Cape Kiwanda on Oregon’s coast. Described by local residents as a “natural wonder” and often photographed by visitors, the “Duckbill” rock is no more.
A video sent to KATU News shows a group of people pushing the sandstone formation, bringing it to the ground. The creator of the video, David Kalas, was out with his friend flying a new drone when he heard a commotion. After going over to investigate, he saw a group of 8 people claiming they were going to topple the rock. When he saw the rock start to move, he started filming.