Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Friday, April 24, 2009
A few days before I left Singapore, I wanted to go out alone to some place I've never went to before. I was thinking of the ex-courthouse or something that was converted into an art gallery a few years ago. Thing is, I didn't know where to go or the price.
Thanks to poor info by Ruz (ahem!) who had returned to KL by then, I decided to screw the art gallery and be a nerd instead. Yeah, I became a geek for the day and went to the Science Centre all by myself. In case you didn't know, I loved science as a kid, and up till secondary 3 in Singapore, where the moles in chemistry and formulas for physics killed my interest completely -.-. I still like science, no doubt, and I'm still in awe of many, many things science has discovered. I just hate the subjects we did in school.
So, since I was nerd for the day, going all alone, I took a lot of pictures I thought would interest you. So, in the rare act of posting more pictures than I type, here's the Singapore Science Centre.
First up, the optical illusions section. This was a picture on the ground. You can hardly see what it is.
But on the metallic pole, the reflection and bending of the image creates a perfect face. Heh.
In the next section about energy, here's a manmade tornado. That's the best shot I could get -.-.
And speaking of things that turn, here's some ice crystals in water. When comets and stuff react in water, this is what happens. All of them will spin and release carbon dioxide. It's similar to the dry ice concept.
A close up.
And another close up.
I hope this didn't freak you out? Lol... this is what happens if you turn the eyes and mouth upside down while everything else is in correct order. If you turn the picture upside down, it still looks alright, because the eyes and mouth are right side up. But when it's right side up though... well, you can see for yourself -.-.
Talking about faces, here's one I think you can recognize. if not, just look at the hair -.-. It's a photo mosaic machine, which takes a picture of you and then uses hundreds of small stock images to recreate the picture. Mine took a lot longer than other people. What? Were my spikes that hard to recreate?!
In the marine section, I got to see some stonefish. Highly poisonous (stepping on one can kill you) and highly adept at camouflage as a stone, which kinda sucks, 'cause the next time you step on a rock you might just step on their spines and die two hours later 'cause of neurotoxins. Try guessing where it is?
Much easier to see this one.
The fishes don't have brilliant intelligence. Regardless, even when it's this deep in the sand, stepping on their spines can still kill you.
I have no idea what the hell this is. It just ended up in my pictures.
When you see this from far away, it really looks like a bunch of buttons or something. On a closer look though...
It's seashells! An entire wall-ful of them.
There's a machine that checks out your uniqueness among people. My earlobe isn't attached by the way. The button for un-attached was spoiled -.-. Regardless, I'm only 1% unique. Means that for every hundred people, there's one of me. Meh -.-, don't know whether thats a good or bad thing.
I went to the Genome section, and there were displays and stuff about viruses, bacteria, cells and the such. There's a machine that compares human genes with other species. 89%! WOW! I'm only 11% different from a mouse!
I also happen to be related to an underwater plant. Next time there's a family reunion...
And the ultimate one (to me). I'm also related to rice. Geez! It means when we eat rice, we're 1/10 cannibals. Lol!
The genome section had a virus section that would spray air (it better be air) when we entered the area, and some alarms ringing. I think this was my favourite area. There's tons of information and videos of how viruses infect cells and multiply. There's also many real life cases displayed, and quite a major section just for HIV and sex. Hmmm... =/.
I honestly have no idea what these numbers mean. I checked it out on wiki and found this: Dang, my diastolic just crossed the border of prehypertension! My systolic is normal though, whatever that means.
Here's a bunch of quotes as I was leaving.
It's pretty interesting, the Science Centre. I don't know if I covered much of the areas, 'cause I entered quite late. I also caught a movie at an IMAX theatre, which is those giant wide-curved screen kinds. The last time I went for an IMAX movie was... back in Canada I think, in the Science Centre in Toronto. Heh. I watched "Sea Monsters" which talked about prehistoric sea creatures in the age of the dinosaurs. Eh, there were more "dollies" than monsters in the film, but it was interesting to see the huge creatures of the past.
Some interesting things I found out were that life on earth used to be anaerobic, which meant they didn't need oxygen. In fact, it would kill them. Later on aerobic bacteria began respiration with oxygen, and increased the levels of oxygen in the earth to the extent that 90% of the anaerobic creatures were wiped out. This increased the level of oxygen in the atmoshere to the extent it is today. Also, with so much oxygen, it eventually began to form into ozone, and the once deadly gas became a protective layer later on, forming the ozone layer. Nice.
Here's a tardigrade. It was on the bulletins somewhere there. It's nicknamed the water bear because it looks and moves like a bear. Yet this is a microscopic insect of sorts. They can survive temperatures close to absolute zero, temperatures as high as 151 °C, 1,000 times more radiation than humans, nearly a decade without water, and even the vacuum of space. *Applause*
Here's the start of a mile-long walk full of bulletins, describing how the earth began and up to the point it reached the present. Just look at the scale. Humans have only been around for a puny amount of time.
This is an interesting way to find out your weight. Start from the end and walk closer to the silver ball. Once you've balanced yourself and the ball, look at where you're standing. The number there is your weight. I'm 70kg. Up 2kg from last year =/,
And as I'm leaving, here's a fountain at the entrance/exit. Pretty unique.
So there you go. Complete geekdom from me. I got so many stares in the science centre. You wouldn't expect spiky hair, chains and ripped jeans from a guy who likes going to the science centre right?